Making Games: Meeting the technology objectives for CfE Dr Judy Robertson Computer Science Heriot-Watt University.
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Making Games: Meeting the technology objectives for CfE Dr Judy Robertson Computer Science Heriot-Watt University
A whirlwind tour of game making What are the new CfE objectives? What software packages are there for Game Making? What is the learning process in making games and how can we support it? How can we assess game making? Questions
Good news! Making games is loads of fun! Your classroom will be buzzing It’s a brilliant way to get people to love programming by stealth
Curriculum for Excellence Why? This is hard! Hmm. Programming has shrunk... But all is not lost! We can use the games design objectives as a motivating way in to teaching programming concepts
List of possible game making tools Scratch Gamemaker Adventure Author Phun Crayon physics Second Life Are there others? Of course! (Alice, Toon talk, Mission Maker, Thinking Worlds...)
Scratch http://scratch.mit.edu/ Free PC or Mac Don’t need high spec machines Fab visual programming language – based on years of research Good teaching resources Can be used for animation Used in loads of schools already
Gamemaker http://www.yoyogames.com/ Free download for PC or Mac Excellent text book and tutorials: http://book.gamemaker.nl/frames.htm Slightly more complex – for older kids?
Adventure Author My project: www.adventureauthor.orgwww.adventureauthor.org Need to buy Neverwinter Nights 2 first (~£8) Free educational plugins from our website + teaching and assessment materials Need quite high spec PCs Big advantage: can create 3D games Good for cross curricular projects
Neverwinter Nights 2 You can buy it on Amazon for ~£8
Game making toolset Comes free with Neverwinter Nights 2 game
Fridge Magnets: creative ideas Free standalone version at www.adventureauthor.org/fridge-magnets.html
Comments Cards: peer review Free standalone version at www.adventureauthor.org/ comment-cards.html
Crayon Physics and Phun Like a cross between sketch pads and physics simulations. Phun: free, mac or PC http://www.phunland.c om/wiki/Home http://www.phunland.c om/wiki/Home Crayon Physics: $20 http://www.crayonphys ics.com/ http://www.crayonphys ics.com/ PC (or iPhone!)
Second Life Free download For older kids Need to use Teen Grid Need PCs with graphics cards Why? 3D – good for teaching scripting We use it in first year at HW
Assessment See http://www.adventureauthor.org/curriculum/index.html http://www.adventureauthor.org/curriculum/index.html Possible assessment areas: – Game play – Level design – Plot – Characters – Dialogue – Programming Possible assessment methods: peer review, self review, learning logs
Tips for teachers Devote some time to playing around with the software yourself first Find another teacher to work with Let the kids play! It’s essential, not an added extra Don’t try to be the expert - be the lead learner Be prepared to be flexible about the timetable – game making is absorbing and time consuming
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