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This is where I will post your weekly IDT assignments.  At Lanier, and especially in CDAT, we teach more than what the County and State ask (they give you too much time, so we fill it with cool things).

Week of April 24

posted Apr 24, 2017, 4:09 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Apr 26, 2017, 4:32 AM ]

First, most computer classes are screwed up due to testing, so we'll be flexible as can be.  I will touch base with classes as we go.

Second, if you have computers:

Reilly's class:  2D custom game or Portfolio.  Here's the link to the Portfolio rubric

Culpepper's IDT class should see my Week of April 10, then Week of April 17 for work.  If you are a CDAT9 or CDAT10, I suggest you do the 2D UFO game, then make a custom game you can use in your Escape Room.

Culpepper's CSP class, here's a link to the videos for the XML, courtesy of Andrew G.

Reilly's class should be finishing any custom game for Escape Room this week, assuming we're in our room.

Week of April 17

posted Apr 17, 2017, 3:43 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Apr 19, 2017, 3:56 AM ]

You should be finishing the UFO game today.

Next up:  mod it, make it your own!  CDAT9 and CDAT10, consider making this game into something that can be used in your Escape Room!  For others, change up the graphics completely, make it into a different play::  create a maze, "bad" pickups that make you lose and messages that say so. 

For those who want to make a game for their Escape Room, you can use something other than Unity, but you need to finish it in time, you can't build for 3 weeks.

By Monday, April 17, you should have finished your UFO.  By Wednesday, April 26, you should have a demo of your own custom game, whether it be for your Escape Room or not.  I expect to see:
  • New graphics instead of the given graphics
  • New type of interaction (not just standard pickup)
  • New game ending

Space Shooter video link - not required, someone requested this.

Week of April 10

posted Apr 10, 2017, 10:01 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Apr 14, 2017, 3:24 AM ]

This week we will do a very quick review/tutorial of how to use Unity3D to make 2D games.

Follow the same video tutorial style here to make the "UFO" game, which is just like RollABall, but in 2D.

It will ask you to download Assets, but most can't.  However, it's only 3 pictures, and they are attached to the bottom of this page.  Simply create your 2D project in Unity.  Then, save these pictures to the Asset folder of your project.

For those who would like the full Asset package and more complex game, there's Rogue!    Here is that site for code:

If you want those videos, there are here:

Unity is a great engine for games, both 2D and 3D.  Locally, HiRez Studios used it to make Jetpack Fighter!

You should be able to finish the UFO game this week.  You can work in pairs to get it done.  Like last time, the code is available online too, for those who want to copy and paste.  Visit this link: 

UPDATE:  now that we've started a new project, considering using our time to make something for your Escape Room, if you are a CDAT9 or CDAT10.

Week of March 27

posted Mar 26, 2017, 12:42 PM by Michael Reilly

A short week, so work hard!

You should be able to finish up basic RollaBall (which is all of the interim deliverables, so just finish the game as they teach you.).  Then, modify it!  

Look for the "Final RollABall Assignment" and complete it.  You might want to read it early on, so that you can make notes along the way.

Your "classwork" grade will be the RollABall tutorial, your "summative" grade will be your custom version.

Week of March 20

posted Mar 22, 2017, 3:50 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Mar 22, 2017, 4:58 AM ]

To start the week, you will finish your assignments from last week.  For "Art" people, we will do a "gallery walk" of your work on Wednesday, and the favorite will be made!  For "PC" people, I created a dropbox called "PC" where you should submit the writeup of designing your own PC.

We will have a quiz on PC parts on Friday, on eClass.

Wednesday, after the gallery walk, we will start using Unity!  

Here's a link to the "module" that reviews RollaBall.  We may not do all of the assignments, and will most likely save the online quizzes until after the development.  In general, you're going to follow the instructions to make RollaBall, then you will customize it later.  

The document refers to a series of videos.  I've downloaded them here, to watch via Google Drive.  While you can help each other, this is an individual assignment.

Also, if you want to copy the code, it's available for you to do so.  Each video is listed here, but you can't see them due to YouTube blockage.  However, the code for each video is listed below the video.  Click here for the list of tutorial videos and code.

There may be some glitches starting Unity, but once that's fixed we should be able to complete this by the end of next week, just before break.

If you like Unity, it's free to download at home!  Visit 

Week of March 13

posted Mar 12, 2017, 2:36 PM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Mar 17, 2017, 5:19 AM ]

This week we start with a quiz on the terms you defined and had time to review.  A twist:  you can take the quiz twice, and get the average of the scores.  So, take note of questions you got wrong...

We will most likely do the quiz Tuesday, in case you have any concerns, and I might want to add a term or two.

We will finish the Careers presentations on Monday.  

Then, it's on to actual hardware!  Yup, let's look inside a computer, then on to servers and other things!  I want you to think "artistically" about this.  Starting after Careers, we will start the assignment.  In summary, we will talk about lots of different hardware, but you will use parts from a personal computer to create art.  You'll first sketch or use Photoshop to design your art, then the "best" pieces will be built and hung!

Week of March 6

posted Mar 6, 2017, 4:36 AM by Michael Reilly

First, I've attached YOUR documents to the bottom of this page for the tech terms, which will be on your quiz this Wednesday.

Second, you will be doing presentations this Wednesday on the Careers.  Be sure to follow the instructions, you're getting graded on this too!
(See the attachment from last week).

Week of Feb. 27

posted Mar 3, 2017, 4:12 AM by Michael Reilly

Monday, I'm out, but finalize those PDFs and send them to me.

Wednesday we're going to try a cool exercise given to us from the Heraeus Corp.  Should be fun!

Friday we will reflect on Wednesday.  What worked and why?  What did not?

Also, I would like you to submit your PDFs to a dropbox on eClass.  I don't use these often, we'll see how it works.

Finally, we need to review Careers.

Here is the main site for career info in our Country.

And then, the assignment:  click here

Week of Feb. 20

posted Feb 19, 2017, 4:14 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Feb 24, 2017, 3:54 AM ]

With no class Monday, we start Tuesday with an A day.  So, I'll see you Wednesday!

This week is about some necessary yet a bit less creative stuff but some is cool, and some is downright scary!  

Let's start with the fact that we are in a permanent war, a new "world war":

On Wednesday, your job is to learn all of the terms below.  
  • Describe trends in emerging, evolving, and future computer technologies and their influence on IT practices.
    • Mobile technology, tablets, cloud computing, phablets, cell phone, smartphone, GPS, triangulate, SMS, MMS, Internet of Things (IoT), streaming, 5G
  • Recognize online risks and dangers in order to take appropriate actions to protect the business and self while using digital tools and resources.  
    • Includes hacking, DOS, cyberwarfare, virus, antivirus, malware, cyberbullying, phishing, firewall, adware, cyberstalking, COPA, CIPA, digital footprint
  • Demonstrate ability to access, navigate and use online resources and technologies. 
    • URL, domain, ISP, modem, P2P, video chat, social networks
What we will do is review the terms, decide on what we might be missing, and then assign terms.  Your job will be to make a Word document poster describing this for younger kids.  We will agree on a font and style as a group, and also follow "ethical" use of images.  To do this, we'll discuss how to use pictures that are "legal" to use.

Be sure to include links to both your information source and to your picture source.

On Friday, we will review the documents you made, for one uniform document.  Once it's approved, save it as a PDF, print it AND email it to 

Then move on to your personal use of computers and ethics, safety, etc.:  Listed below are the standards from GCPS.  The core of the issue is good citizenship with electronics and communication, safety and responsibility.  You and a partner have today only to create a small series of posters, or some other effective advertising product.  What would really be effective to address a topic of your choice?
  • 10.1 Demonstrate positive cyber citizenry by applying industry accepted ethical practices and behaviors.
  • 10.2 Recognize the ethical and legal issues while accessing, creating, and using digital tools and resources in order to make informed decisions.
  • 10.3 Exercise digital citizenship as a lifelong learner.
    • a. Promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social technology interactions, permanence of digital footprints, online image and presence, etc.
  • 10.4 Understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.
  • 10.5 Describe personal and legal consequences of inappropriate use of resources and online content.
    • a. Plagiarism, piracy, illegal downloading, copy-right infringement, licensing infringement, inappropriate use of software, hardware and mobile devices.
  • 10.6 Identify security issues and trends affecting computers and information privacy.
    • a. Virus, open or free networks, user control methods, file sharing, etc.
  • 10.7 Describe the use of computer forensics to prevent and solve information technology crimes and security breaches.
  • 10.8 Identify criminal activity in relationship to cybercrime, the Internet, and Internet trafficking.
    • a. Common internet crimes, techniques to identify criminal activity and prevention actions related to cybercrime.

Week of Feb. 13

posted Feb 12, 2017, 9:48 AM by Michael Reilly

This is delivery week, whether you are a CDAT project or not.  If you are a CDAT project, you will have NO time on Friday to work in Academy time.  Your plan should be to finish before that, and when I check Friday, you will say "We're done".  Then I'll say "Okay, let me see it."  Then you'll say "Okay".  Then you'll show me.  Then I'll say "You could improve it here, in this way".  Then you'll say "Oh yeah, we could, thanks!"  or you might say "We're happy enough with it", then I'll say "Don't be satisfied with mediocrity, be great!", then you'll be inspired, your life direction will change, and you will make the greatest project product ever!

Or none of this will happen, and you and I will both be sad because you didn't try so hard.  

Choose wisely.

Non-CDATs:  you have a project of  your choice, a lot of Earsketchers out there.  For Earsketchers, I mentioned at least 60-90 second music, with 4 new "methods" used.  I highly recommend using Random and Lists, very fun stuff.  And I would also like you to bring in an outside piece of audio, to do "sampling", from your voice or a song or two that you like.

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