I went with a few of our HS students to the eVermont Digital Wish session on learning KODU which is a Microsoft visual game designer tool...http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=10056 there isn't any formal coding but it's another "gateway" to game design and it's fun. I've also used GameStarMechanic http://gamestarmechanic.com/ as a way to instroduce the basic elements of game design and we'll be starting with some middle school students on using this and then KODU.
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From: School Information Technology Discussion [[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Susan Briere [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Monday, January 16, 2012 11:05 AM
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Subject: M.S. / H.S. introductory programming, game design
OVUHS is interested in expanding computer classes beyond business apps. What would you folks recommend in terms of introductory programming and game design (or other) software? What software do you use at the M.S. level and what is available as they progress into H.S. courses? Do you have favorite open source apps? How in-depth are the offerings... smorgasboard (little of this, little of that) or concentrated on a particular skill set for the duration of a semester or blocks of time?
Thanks very much in advance for sharing. I did search the topic of game design and found postings from 2010. Thought it might be time to revisit the subject.
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