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This is like a blog posting of assignments, the most recent will be on top, and I will keep the whole year.  Seek, and ye shall find the assignment.

Week of 5/11

posted May 11, 2015, 4:25 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated May 11, 2015, 4:25 AM ]


I received most of your game proposals for HiRez last week.  You might be wondering "what is everyone else doing?"

Monday, and maybe into Tuesday, we will be presenting our concepts to each other.  Have your best spokesperson make the pitch, and have a very upbeat, positive tone about it.  I hope YOU like it, otherwise why propose it?

Not sure about the rest of the week yet, due to testing, etc., but we'll get there.

Week of 4/27

posted Apr 27, 2015, 8:09 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Apr 30, 2015, 10:58 AM ]

MakerFest projects for CDAT students are due at the end of the week.

We will give students an open work day Monday, as they will most likely not have one in other classes due to EOCT's (Milestones tests).

Starting Tuesday, you will be writing a REAL game concept that will be reviewed by HiRez Studios.  Here are the initial details:
  • Using Unity, come up with the concept for a 2D game.
  • SMITE is one of a few HiRez studios games, so keep in mind the style of the studio.  What 2D game would compliment their current work?
  • Create a backstory, a storyboard, some general concept art (or similar characters to what you will make).
  • What are the rules of play: how to win, lose, what type of social interaction?
  • Working title?
  • Form your team and brainstorm today.  Teams are limited to 4, unless you can justify a skills/work assignment for more.
  • Tomorrow (Wed.), give me your ideas so far, make sure they are in WRITING on a team-shared site or document.
  • Have your final presentation in a format that someone else can just watch/read.  Could be a video, Google Slides, your choice.  One of the game directors at HiRez will be evaluating them.  Any game could be developed, so it's not just one winner!
  • Make a case why your game is unique, interesting, and why it would get users/players.
  • Final presentation:  Friday, May 8.

Search the web for "video game pitches" and find sites like this:  http://www.gamepitches.com/category/gamepitches/

Week of 4/20

posted Apr 19, 2015, 7:57 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Apr 19, 2015, 7:57 AM ]


Short for spaghetti?  No!  It's Student Performance Goals!  

It is required, and you take yours Tuesday.  It IS part of your grade, and could be up to a 2-point difference in your final average.  So, do you best.  It can't hurt you badly, but it sure can help!  For those who are not doing well in a class, this is one of those chances to say "See, I learned it!"

Monday - take those online practice quizzes over and over and over.  

Tuesday - we take the SPG, take your time!

Friday your portfolio is due, so make sure you check it all on Wednesday and Thursday, have someone else look through it too.  This is 10% of your grade, possibly a full letter grade up or down for you, so focus on this one!!!!

Week of 4/13-4/17

posted Apr 13, 2015, 3:23 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Apr 13, 2015, 3:26 AM ]

Welcome back.  You will have the next two weeks (10 hours in class) to finalize your Performance Final, which is YOUR personal web portfolio.  This is 10% of your entire semester grade, so very important for all.

Here's a link to the instructions, how it will be graded, etc.  We will review the required projects, some good portfolio examples and some design principles on Monday, April 13.  

This is due April 24, no later.

Unrelated side note:  if anyone feels like it, my 10-year-old son created a Minecraft YouTube channel, and he's looking for viewers and subscribers.  If you're surfing at home and want to make a kid excited, view or subscribe  - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgmUaPkWXjZkYIW8LCAXIyQ

Week of 3/30 - 4/3

posted Mar 30, 2015, 3:58 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Apr 2, 2015, 8:15 AM ]

Robotics season is over, so sorry about all of that missed time and grumpy teacher.  AND your Spring Break is only one week away!

This week we will start reviewing "big data".  What does that mean?  It relates to the massive amounts of information available, and the need to make sense of it.  From things like phone call records (estimated 6 billion people have access to a cell phone, only 4.5 billion have access to a toilet) to a self-driving car that takes in 1.3 million pieces of data per second, there is a LOT of data in the world!

We are going to use Google's "Making Sense of Data" course to understand "data" a little better.  Using your Google Apps accounts, we are going to use Fusion tables to learn to gather, read and understand data.

The course does have some videos on YouTube, but I have downloaded them, and put them into the Shared Drive (TechEd > Reilly > CSP) so you can see them.  They are not important, just informative and introductory.

Also, one weird thing about the the course:  they frequently put questions before the lessons, to make you think.  Don't worry about getting it wrong, we'll be doing other data things as exercises.
The course refers to a "certificate of completion".  They don't offer it anymore, just the free course.

We will be doing the lessons, then the Final Project, then our own quizzes.

So, let's get going on Making Sense of Data!    

For the Final Project, you should be using the questions listed in the Final Project 1 and 2.  We will do this a little differently though.  I will show you how to put Google Fusion Tables into your Chrome browser, and it allows you to search public data sources.  YOU need to find data, and do the following:
  1. Understand the "schema" - what does the data represent, and how is it organized?
  2. List some questions you think of when you see the data.  You might not find the answers, but you usually start with some kind of curiosity.
  3. Summarize the data in some way.  You probably need to play with this, and practice the things you've learned.  List things in order, create averages, create "buckets", and more.  Go back to the course, or go here for tips.
  4. Create some kind of chart about your data: bar charts, or scatter plots, heat maps, whatever you want. 
  5. After all of that digging, what information did you discover?  You don't have to answer your original questions, but did you?  Did you find something interesting that was not something you initially considered?
Type up your findings, capture your graphics, and put this onto your portfolio on a page titled "Big Data".  
Don't forget, a portfolio page should also have the story behind the assignment.  Like "We were asked to .... So, I decided to ..... What I found was...."

Week of 3/23-3/27

posted Mar 25, 2015, 4:30 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Mar 25, 2015, 6:04 PM ]

This week should be the last where I'm out a lot.  Sorry about that, all school stuff.  This week is FIRST robotics championships.  Thursday, Friday and Saturday are the FIRST Robotics Regional Championships.  Watch your team live at the Georgia World Congress Center on Saturday, or online at http://www.thebluealliance.com/event/2015gadu

The Microsoft Study Guide we'll be using is on the Shared Drive under TechEd > Reilly > IDT.  It's also online at http://mreilly.lanierhs.org/idt/assignments/weekof323-327/gameDevMTA.pdf

  • Mon, we'll review Sections 1.1 to 1.6, Game Design, 
  • Tues we will review Section 2, Hardware
  • Wednesday - Practice quizzes are on eClass for Objectives 1 and 2.  Take these for a "classwork" grade.  If you take it, you get a passing grade.  However, practice them for the real thing on Friday.  Then review Objective 3: Graphics.
  • Thurs review Section 4, Animation  - I messed up!!  This was already in Objective 2, I'm not smart.  However that means you have practiced it a lot on Wednesday, so Thursday is the real thing!  Take the Microsoft Game Dev quiz online.
  • After you take the quiz Thursday, start reading this article, sent to me by a pro game developer:
    • http://blog.invisionapp.com/how-to-manufacture-desire/
  • By the end of Friday's class, I want you to write a discussion post on one thing you found MOST interesting and why.  Also, what product do you think of the most for YOU when you read this?  Go to "Discussions" in eClass.

**If anyone has PDF trouble, load it to your Google Drive account, you can read through there, and you then have a copy!

Week of 3/16-3/20

posted Mar 20, 2015, 3:24 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Mar 20, 2015, 3:24 AM ]

Hi -

Sorry I'm out a lot again, all work.

Next week you will have a quiz based on the following attachment:

Your task:  I will answer questions on this on Monday, but ONLY if questions are emailed to me today.  If you do not compile then email me questions, I will assume you have no questions prior to the quiz.  So, today, write down then email me your questions.

Quiz is Tuesday.  These questions are from one of the certifications we're considering for you.

Week of 3/9-3/13

posted Mar 8, 2015, 4:18 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Mar 9, 2015, 4:49 AM ]

Monday I will be in the building, but will have a sub.  We have visitors from California, so be ready to show your work.

You will have time to practice the quiz on Monday (go to eClass, Classroom Assessments, "Internet and more", the real quiz will be on Tuesday when I'm there, in case of any issues.  While you are taking the quiz, I will be checking your plans for the week.

Mon - Fri you should have a plan for the project and follow that plan.  

Next week we will have a quiz on some other general topic like this one.  All of these quizzes will make up your final.

By the way, regarding certification tests and classes for next year, here's a link to study guides:

The tests we are considering for certification are

Gaming Development Fundamentals, 98-374  - probably easier information

Software Development Fundamentals, 98-361 - has a self-paced study guide that is VERY useful

Week of 3/2-3/6

posted Mar 3, 2015, 6:10 PM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Mar 5, 2015, 3:55 AM ]

This week you should continue your "STEM Maker Fest" project.  I will want to look at your current projects for an update.

On Wednesday we need to take a break and review some of the course standards that we have to cover.
Here they are:
Course Standard 7 - IT-CSP-7
Gain insight into the operation of the Internet, study characteristics of the Internet and systems built upon it, and analyze important concerns, such as cybersecurity.
7.1 Explain the abstractions in the Internet and how the Internet functions.
7.2 Explain characteristics of the Internet and the systems built on it.
7.3 Analyze how characteristics of the Internet and the systems built on it influence use.
7.4 Connect the concern of cybersecurity with the Internet and the systems built on it

Thursday back to work start thinking about a plan for next week.

You'll have a quiz on Friday. and I would like to see your plan for next week as well.  

Week of Feb. 23-27

posted Feb 22, 2015, 4:19 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Feb 22, 2015, 4:19 AM ]

There was a chance I was going to be here all week, but no.  Meeting at the County on Thursday, sorry.

However, you really don't need me anyways.  I didn't need a programming teacher, I learned all by myself (okay, but it's easier to have someone who can answer questions.

You should have completed most of the Mario game.  I know there were some issues with the collider bounds, so we'll see what you do have.  Based on that tutorial, ALL students in CSP will be taking a quiz.  Here's a list of study terms.

I will review those terms in class on Monday/Tuesday.  Quiz will be Wednesday.

Also, all students should have a STEM Maker Fest project submitted.  We will clarify that on Monday, but most should be submitted by now.  Whether you're in CDAT, or not in CDAT, you're drafting a working project.  I am going to prioritize feedback on your projects, so you can work on them the rest of the week.  Check out this link for project details, deadlines:  http://cdat9.lanierhs.org/projects2014/project5-stemmakerfest

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