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    Anyone using Kodu?

    Is anyone using Kodu in their schools?

    Our ICT Department has started teaching it this half term, and we are finding it to be very crashy and having quite a lot of glitches.

    I was wondering if anyone else has found the same, and if anyone has found a solution to improve it?

    Cheers all.

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    Looked at it and decided it was definitely not for KS1 or KS2.

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    It's perfect for KS2. and I have been using it for 2 years now And I'm going to give it a go with KS1

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    We have just a few months ago created the network package for kodu, however not had any feedback good or bad as yet.

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    Been playing with it a bit here (XP atm) and not had any problems - pushed the XNA framework out then the Kodu MSI and they've both been fine. Have to turn off the depth of field effects when running on the Intel graphics but not had any crashes.

    Current plan is to get Year 7 started with it and lead into Scratch, the latter integrated with some funky Arduino board stuff (and probably Makey Makey when it's available)

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    TBH I thought it was a no go for KS2 when I first fired it up but after 10 mins you realise that actually its dead easy to get into and has a lot you can extend it with. I find it a bit buggy also but if you go into the settings, turn down the resolution then unchecked most of the effects its runs pretty flawlessly on our netbooks with 1gb ram. I also make sure the kids dont add unneeded gumf to the worlds they create as this makes their game a bit laggy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crc-ict View Post
    Is anyone using Kodu in their schools?

    Our ICT Department has started teaching it this half term, and we are finding it to be very crashy and having quite a lot of glitches.

    I was wondering if anyone else has found the same, and if anyone has found a solution to improve it?

    Cheers all.
    yes... we use it.

    yes... it is buggy and crashy as.

    yes... we've found it is markedly improved by running it on windows 7, i7 with 8gb ram (not practical, but it seems to fix most problems)

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    We run an after-school club here that is attended mostly by Year 5, and they are getting on great with it. We have found a few bugs, but usually they are triggered by specific things that we warn the pupils abut once we've figured it out.

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    We have just started using it for year 4 - I installed it locally on each machine in the IT suite as I was warned that sometimes the remote install is a pain. The teacher loves it and so far we havent had any crashes or any issues at all.
    The children find it really easy to use too.

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    I have it in a few schools and the kids really enjoy using it a few have downloaded for the Xbox too

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    If anyone feels they can contribute to a Kodu magazine in the style of MagPi (an amateur magazine for the Raspberry Pi) then please do get in touch either through twitter - @kodumag or by mailing admin@kodumag.net

    The website isn't there yet but it will be www.kodumag.net

    If you want to write an article or setup some problem solving tasks that would be great.

    Gareth

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    We've used it a bit on XP and the kids seem to like it.

    The tip I was given to keep it running well was not to include any water. It kills anything but the best machines.

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    kudo deploys fine for me as long as the XNA Framework goes first. Also if your using Netsupport 9 or 10 ensure that this hasn't turned the 3D settings off (there is a registry fix for this)

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    HI

    We use it and deploy it thought gpo but you have to deploy the prerepesites first. It does crash but the teachers love it and you have to deploy it to decent hardware otherwise the graphics card will not cope.

    Richard

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    Quote Originally Posted by crc-ict View Post
    Is anyone using Kodu in their schools?

    Our ICT Department has started teaching it this half term, and we are finding it to be very crashy and having quite a lot of glitches.

    I was wondering if anyone else has found the same, and if anyone has found a solution to improve it?

    Cheers all.
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