GameMaker: Studio GameMaker: Studio caters to entry-level novices and seasoned game development professionals equally, allowing them to create cross-platform games in record time and at a fraction of the cost of conventional tools! In addition to making game development 80 percent faster than coding for native languages, developers can create fully functional prototypes in just a few hours, and a full game in just a matter of weeks. Key Features GameMaker: Studio Feature Comparison The Network of Excellence September 2012 saw the launch of the Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science. CAS, working in collaboration with the BCS Academy to co-ordinate and provide training opportunities for both existing teachers and those training for the profession. This initiative is supported by The Department For Education, OCR, CPHC, Microsoft and Google. As the government and other industry leaders and educators call for more Computer Science in the school curriculum there is a need to raise the confidence level of existing ICT/Computing teachers to embrace Computer Science, if they are not already doing so. The DfE have supported the application made by CAS/BCS to continue and expand the Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science (NoE). The heart of the programme is to build a high-quality, sustainable CPD infrastructure at low cost.
Grab video from 10,000 sites with Downloader 3.0 This is a crucial update of our Video Downloader. Starting with version 3.0, the software will be able download any online video from thousands of websites (except Hulu, MTV Network, Netflix and YouTube RTMP and on-demand videos). Now Freemake Video Downloader has become an all-in-one solution to get any streaming video no matter whether it's embedded into a site or hosted by popular video sharing platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, TubePlus, Dailymotion, Veoh, Megavideo, and 10,000 others. LiveWires - python:home The LiveWires Python Course is intended to teach the Python programming language to people who have never programmed before. The current LiveWires Python Course release is release 1.2. The current LiveWires package release is release 2.1. The major change from version 1.0 is the use of the Pygame library for the games worksheets; version 2.1 fixes a number of bugs in 2.0. Pages about the Python course:
Kodu Kodu is a new visual programming language made specifically for creating games. It is designed to be accessible for children and enjoyable for anyone. The programming environment runs on the Xbox, allowing rapid design iteration using only a game controller for input. Programming as a Creative Medium The core of the Kodu project is the programming user interface. The language is simple and entirely icon-based. Coding, Computer Science and iPads – My Current View Photo Credit: flickingerbrad via Compfight cc I have spoken a lot recently about my frustration with a lack of apps that help teach children to code. Largely this frustration is centred around the resulting perception of ICT and edtech this limitation gives our schools. If a school invests wholesale in a set of iPads then the ICT curriculum for these children can be based largely around internet research, movie making and a collection of multimedia authoring apps. And though I love my iPads and iPad lessons the aspect of struggle or challenge for children using these devices is not always apparent or indeed talked about. There are exceptions though: Creatorverse, Garage Band, 123D Monsters
The EV3 Extension - ev3basic Before trying to use the Small Basic EV3 extension you should make sure you are familiar with basic programming concepts such as 'variables', 'For loops', 'While loops' and 'arrays'. If you don't yet have such knowledge then a great way to start would be to work through the Small Basic tutorial HERE (PDF file). Some of the text below comes from this page which gives a good introduction to Small Basic and the Small Basic EV3 extension. Once you have installed Small Basic on your Windows computer you will need to also install the Small Basic EV3 extension suite in order to be able to program the EV3 using ‘Microsoft Small Basic‘ (download is free of charge). With the EV3 extension, you have an easy-to-use development environment where you can build and run programs that control the EV3 Robots with the Small Basic language. The term 'EV3 Basic' refers to Microsoft Small Basic with the EV3 extension.
About An overview of Kodu. (Click to play) Kodu lets kids create games on the PC and Xbox via a simple visual programming language. Kodu can be used to teach creativity, problem solving, storytelling, as well as programming. Anyone can use Kodu to make a game, young children as well as adults with no design or programming skills. Since Kodu's introduction in 2009, we have visited the White House, teamed up with great groups like NCWIT and DigiGirlz, inspired academic research and been the subject of a book (Kodu for Kids).
Coding Ok we had a week off due to it being UK Easter Holidays. Each week my Flipboard app, Twitter responses, my kids, my Kindle Fire and my Google reader deliver a collection of new web tools, apps, books, crazy experiences and must read articles. Here is this weeks Stuff I have seen: 36 Resources To Help You Teach Kids Programming As a parent, I am always looking at what my children are learning and what they like. As a software developer, I hope that my daughters embrace their inner geek one day and get involved with technology. That being said, I was wondering at what age kids should learn programming and what resources there are to teach kids programming. Robot Navigation » EV3 Drawing Robot This robot is built using mostly EV3 Lego parts (see details below). It can draw any postscript formated image stored in the SD card. The program runs entirely inside the Lego brick.