The 8-Bit Instructor: How Super Mario Maker Can Help in the Classroom (EP025)

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Episode 25

In this week’s episode, I look at some teaching lessons I’ve learned from playing Super Mario Maker. Plus, news and updates from Microsoft and Google; this week’s treasure chest; and, of course, your question of the week.

News & Updates

Treasure Chest: “I wish the ring had never come to me.”

  • This year has really taken it out of probably all of us
  • We didn’t want this, but this is where we are
  • We have to make the best of what we have

Boss Battle: Super Mario Maker

  • Level length
    • The average Mario level is a few minutes long
    • Look for shorter, quicker ways of assessing skills
  • Story Mode
    • Early levels build the basic skills; then, combine skills together for greater challenges
      • Sometimes we have to go back to building blocks and then combine them together
    • Fun narrative to go along with it
      • Find little fun ways to add some narrative to your activities
  • Course Mode
    • Players get to create their own
      • Don’t limit students to just answering questions
      • Let them create problems
    • You can play other players created levels
      • Let students share their creations with each
      • Let them quiz each other
    • Often significantly more challenging than the original
      • Kaizo levels
      • trial-and-error levels
      • Creativity – using items in unintended ways
      • Students may often come up with more difficult content than you would

Crew Members’ Board (#8BitCrew)

QOTW: What new principle can you try to implement in your classroom?

Use #8BitCrew on Twitter, tag me @comicsocks, or post longer stories in the comments section here.

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Music by David Fesliyan (

  • Intro/Outro: “Retro Platforming”
  • Boss Battle: “Boss Battle Rock”
  • Crew Member’s Board: “Pirate Dance”
  • Wrap up: “Game Over” by Patrick de Arteaga

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