Check out this lesson archive to see older lessons.

 

 

2015-2016 School Year Lessons

August 24-28th (Week 1)

 

How do I use Office365? Check out the video tutorial for detailed information.

 

Complete the "Career Assignment"

 

Watch the weekly topic video tutorial. Review the "How Do I Begin Weekly Assignments" document.  Teacher will go over the weekly assignment rubric.

 

Save the "Weekly Topic Planning Calendar" on your flash-drive and network drive.

 

Sign up for Code Studio. Video tutorial on how to sign up on Code Studio.

August 31-Sept 4th (Week 2)

 

Need to upload an assignment?  Go to O365.pcsb.org choose OneDrive, Click on "Shared with me", find your period folder and the assignment folder, choose "Upload", find where you saved the document, then click "Open".

 

Open up your Weekly Topic Planning Calendar.

 

Monday: Teacher will dicuss the history of video games.  Absent Monday? Watch this video.

 

Need resources for learning about the history of games?  Try the  3 below:

1. IGN's 25 Greatest Breakthroughs in Video Game History!

2. History of games timeline.

3. Check this interesting blog post about a Dad and son playing retro games. 

 

Want to create a blog?

Here's how in Wix (can create from school or home).

Here's how in blogger (must first create an account at home for blogger).

 

Thursday: Watch a video on Consoles

 

Sept 8-11th (Week 3)

Cover Video Game Genres- Complete a project on genres and upload to O365.

 

Digital portfoliosVideo Tutorial on digital portfolios.  We will begin to build portfolios this week.

Step by Step instructions on Wix.com Portfolios. 

 

Digital Portfolio Samples: Concept Artist, Art Director, Game Developer, and there are many others- do a google search for inspiration!

 

Sept 14-18 (Week 4)

 

Monday: Form teams for NGT Competition (3-5) students.

 

 

 

Open the assignment Information for this week.

 

 

 

Review contest documents: Charter (how to sheet), Charter (fill this one in), Expectations, Rubric

 

 

 

Use the below articles to answer some of the "why" questions on the charter.  Forbes, Alpine Valley Schools, TeachThought, English Forum, Cognosenti, LiveStrong, Game Dev Blog

 

 

 

Tuesday: Fill out the project charter (get from mrskirk.com) and finalize game ideas. 

 

Wed: Research Video Game Business Models

Thursday: Target Audience

 

Unsure of your target market?  Click Here (Retrieved from: http://www.theesa.com/article/150-million-americans-play-video-games/)

 

Click Here for "Gamer Demographics that Every Developer Should Know"

 

Define your target audience.

Sept 28-Oct 2 (Week 5)

 

Check out "Week 5" Information on the Weekly Topic Resources page.

Back to School Night! Parents and students join us form 6:30-8:00PM.

 

Monday is also Mrs. Kirk's Birthday! :)  All homemade cards welcome!

Tuesday-Thursday: Complete a project on gaming trends and upload to O365.

Friday: Sharing session! Be prepared to contribute, discuss, and share what you learned.

 

General Game Evaluation Form

Week 6

 

Monday: Teacher will dicuss the game development life cycle.

Tuesday: Complete a project on the game development life cycle and upload to O365.

 

Wednesday: Complete charter and gaming engine choice; upload to O365.

Thursday: Game Development Lifecycle Outline (Click here for template)

Week 7

 

Monday: Teacher will dicuss legal issues game developers deal with and game industry vocabulary.  Students will look over an article on legal issues game developers deal with.

 

 

Wednesday/Thursday: Complete your Concept Planning Guide with your group.  Students will also save the Design Document Template to two flashdrives and begin to fill out your team name and general information.

 

Week 8

 

Monday: GameMaker Intro

 

Tutorial 1  

Tuesday:

 

Tutorial 2

 

External Tutorial for movements

Wednesday (Thursday if you are taking the PSAT or taking a college day):

 

Tutorial 3

 

Do Finishing touches and upload to O365

 

 

Week 9

 

Tuesday: Week 9- Overall Game Design

 

In your group- Finish your design document (pages 4-10).

Tuesday-Thursday: Complete tutorials based on your role in the group.  Create products based on your role.  Notes and product will be uploaded.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 10- Storytelling

 

Game Flow

 

Week 11- Puzzle Games

 

Google Searches

 

Week 12- Monday-Tues: Envrionmental DesignSurvival Game-

 

Unity 5 adjustments

 

Wednesday: In your group... Business Requirements Template

 

Week 13 -Monday-Thurs: Evaluating GamesGame Evaluation TemplateGame Evaluation Analysis

 

Digital Portfolio Samples:

 

Programmer

 

Programmer 2

 

Game Developer

 

Game Designer

 

Concept Artist

 

Concept Artist 2

 

Art Director

 

3D Animator

 

3D Animator 2

 

Game Writer & Narrative Designer

 

Game Writer 2

 

Week 14:

Monday-Thursday:

 

Developers:

 

Sprite Maker

 

Tutorials and Assets

 

Link to Free Unity Assets

 

Link to Free GameMaker Assets

 

 

Everyone Else:

 

Game Technology

 

Semester 2

 

Week 1-3

Competition Presentations- Jan 5 & 7th

 

ENSURE THIS IS DONE AND UPLOADED BEFORE PRESENTATION:

REPORT OUT FORM FOR CONTEST

 

Tuesday-Friday: Information Technology Tools

 

CLICK HERE FOR INDUSTRY CERT TRAINING

 

Week 4:

Monday-Thursday: Player Choice

 

Tuesday- Industry Certifications

 

Article with player choice examples

 

Friday: Dicussion/Sharing session

Week 5:

 

Monday-Thursday: Standard 24.0- Create a working game. 

GameMaker Projectiles- Top Down or Left to RightWork on your group game.  Developers work on coding, QA work on bug reports, others work on report outs, status updates, re-evaluate scope, assets, background music/sounds, etc.

 

Week 6:

Monday-Thursday: Player Immersion Project

 

Friday: Discussion and sharing session!  Be ready to talk about what you learned this week!

 

Week 7:

Tuesday-Thursday: Demonstrate Math (22.0) and Science (23.0) Skills.

 

Contest Students- Work on printing out items for your board for Friday's breakfast.
 

Tuesday:

Math: Play a game of your choice at http://www.math-mage.com/

Write a review about the game you choose.

 

Wednesday-Friday:

Create a scientific experiment in gaming, set a hypothesis, document results.  An example is testing a hypothesis that a certain game will improve your  spatial reasoning.  **Document what your hypothesis is, talk about the game you are going to play (cannot be rated M), take the test you choose before you begin to play, play the game then take the test after and compare and document results.

 

Week 8:

Developers- Finish programming

 

PM or DBA- Marketing teasers

 

QA testers- Test Cases and Bug reports (type of error, how were fixed, what level of importance, and all other info)

 

Other:

 

-Package Graphic: Create package cover with game info/name, rating, etc. 

 

-Survey: Create a customer survey (in survey monkey or just print one and have them fill it out), have other groups play your game and give you feedback.  You will turn in the survey results.

 

-Scope Changes: Type up all changes to scope that were done throughout the process since September.

 

Friday: Discussion and sharing session!

 

Period 1/2 Group Game Survey

 

Period 6/7 Group Game Survey

 

Week 9

Mon-Thursday: Challenge Rule Creation Elements (37.0)

 

Designing Boss Encounters

 

Thursday: Replay Museum!

 

Friday: Mrs. Kirk will be out. 

-Finish and upload your project 

-Update your digital portfolio with your group game build.  See how here!

-Once you are done you can play a game, work on other school work, do a tutorial of your choice, or listen to music (with headphones).

 

Week 10

Mon-Friday: Inventory Systems

 

This week you will be creating a game that has an inventory system.  The link above has several tutorials to assist you. GET CREATIVE!  HAVE FUN!

 

Want tutorials to add some different things to your game?  Check out the below tutorials for different additions.

 

Scrolling Background

 

Camera Follow/Zoom on Player

 

Character Shooting

 

Enemy Bullets/Shooting

 

Text Boxes

 

Creating Sprite Sheets

 

Enemy AI (enemy chase)

 

Assets:

Mrs. Kirk's Dropbox of Resources

GameMaker Specific Resources

More GameMaker Resources

Freepik

Open Game Art

Royalty Free Images

Free Stock Photos

Public Domain Images

 

Week 11

 

Badges- Gamification

 

Week 12

 

Mon-Friday: Environmental Design and Level Design

 

Friday: Class Discussion- be ready to talk, discuss, and share

Week 13

 

Mon-Friday: Art & Animation

 

Check out all the new Adobe programs we have on your computer- choose something new!

 

Some options if you aren't sure where to start:

 

Blender:

http://gryllus.net/Blender/3D.html (use the project ones- may have to do the interface ones first if you haven't used before)

 

https://www.lynda.com/Blender-training-tutorials/164-0.html

 

Photoshop

 

Week 14

 

Monte Carlo Simulation & Pertinent Issues Facing Game Designers

 

 

Week 14-18

FINAL GAME OF YEAR

Items you will need to turn in with the final game:

Storyboard

Word doc outlining team & roles

Architecture

Word doc with deliverables & timeline

Business Requirements

Design Document

Source Code Document

Test Cases

Market Teaser, brochure, or commercial

Final .exe file

Assets & Tutorials:

Mrs. Kirk's Dropbox of Resources

 

Image Assests:

Freepik

Open Game Art

Royalty Free Images

Free Stock Photos

Public Domain Images

 

Music:

Royalty Free Audio

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