Texas Teacher Teaching Web Tech and Video Game Design for the first time

Howdy everyone! I wanted to see if anyone would be willing to share your experiences with teaching Web Tech and Video Game Design. I have been assigned to teach these two classes next year and I could use all the help I can get (best practices, resources, lesson plans, fun things. I want to teach them to be fun, enjoyable and most importantly try to get the students some sort of certifications by the end of the year. Thank you in advance for you any help you can give me.

Thanks again!

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Matt Reed

Posted on 8/5/18 8:34:13 PM Permalink

Is Maya​ a good engine to learn from?

kevin indreland

Posted on 8/6/18 4:41:12 PM Permalink

Hi Mr. Reed,

Do you happen to have any prior experience with 3D modeling?

Maya has a pretty steep learning curve and is primarily used for creating 3D models or animating, if that is what you are looking for? There are tons of applications out there that are free and have just as many bells and whistles as Maya, plus tutorials and learning materials to support. Blender is one that comes to my mind.

kevin indreland

Posted on 6/21/17 7:07:23 PM Permalink

​Hi John,

I'm a web developer/educational game designer at National University, in La Jolla, CA. I have also worked for Sony Computer Entertainment of America, in their video game department. While I don't teach at the university, I do handle instructor content that my team places in the online courses. A lot of the courses, dealing with game design and web concepts, usually pick one specific software program or programming language to concentrate on and build on each other. In your case, I might suggest leaning towards JavaScript programming concepts for Web Tech. Then build upon that concept by introducing students to game engines that utilize JavaScript to create video games. Such engines, that are free to use are: ​Unity 3D and ​PlayCanvas.

Hope this helps or at least sparks some better ideas from you or the community sir!

John Diaz Jr.

Posted on 10/15/17 3:59:18 AM Permalink

​thank you.

Joseph Labrecque

Posted on 6/20/17 4:43:09 PM Permalink

​Are they related? That is... video games based upon web tech?

John Diaz

Posted on 6/20/17 10:24:41 PM Permalink

No sorry, two separate courses.

Adobe Education

Posted on 6/20/17 3:44:03 PM Permalink

​Hi John - we have a few suggestions for ways to get started preparing for these new courses you'll be teaching:

Hope this helps and good luck!

John Diaz

Posted on 6/20/17 10:27:34 PM Permalink

Thank you! Yes I have signed up of the November course and I am going to take the Dreamweaver course, but I need to do HTML and CSS first. Thanks again!