Thursday, December 10, 2009

Tektoma (Review)

As part of the Homeschool Crew, we received a free 90 day trial membership to the Tektoma website to review. Tektoma is a game tutorial website for kids ages 7-17.

Tektoma offers you this:

  • Engaging video tutorials for ages 7-17
  • Tutorials of varying skill levels and topics
  • Learn at your own pace in the comfort of your home
  • Natural progression helps develop technical skills
  • Customize your learning experience
  • Low monthly membership fee gives access to all our resources
  • New curriculums available monthly
  • Free 14 Day Trial

If you have kids in the 7-17 age range, and those kids are big on video games, then this may be something of great interest to them. The average tutorial is 1 hour long; although some are as long as 2 hours and 24 minutes. I'm guessing most 7 year olds aren't going to sit still that long, but maybe I'm wrong. I would venture to say, that unless your 7 -9 year old is REALLY a computer geek (no offense intended) I think this is best left to the tween and teen groups. Unfortunately, my 6 and 4 year old weren't the least bit interested, nor would they have been able to understand and do the tasks. This of course means, the task fell to me, sigh.

The game programming uses GameMaker software {a free download}. I watched several of the tutorials, but in order to really start and grasp everything, it would take several hours of time before being able to start creating your very own game. Tektoma doe have a premade race track and graphic for those who aren't willing to invest so much time.

Requirements

In order to use the Tektoma website, it would be best to have a broadband connection. Computer software requirements also include either Windows XP or Vista ~ there are no Mac options available yet. There is also a gaming software needed, but it is available as a download online.

You can also choose a monthly subscription for $14.95 or a yearly option at $140.00. You can order directly from the Tektoma site.

To read reviews from other Crew members, click here.

Disclosure: This product was provided to our family for free as members of the 2009-2010 Old Schoolhouse Magazine Homeschool Crew. Reviews and opinions expressed in this blog are our own.

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