Tuesday Feb 28, 2012

JMonkey Engine

JME is the OpenGL game engine for our core Java path that we are working on now at iED. Just a little something to complement the new focus at Oracle Academy by letting kids work on something that's both fun and teaches valuable skills at the same time.




Monday Feb 13, 2012

Java Path

Here's the student developer curriculum path at St Paul College in MIN which was rated the #1 community college in the USA. Intro to Csci (Language C) -> CS 1 (Python and Elementary Graphics) -> CS2 (Python, Pygame and C++) -> Java 1 (Java and Swing)  ->  Java 2 (Java, JME, OpenWonderland Modules) -> JSP and Servlets (Java, Glassfish, MySQL). C simply used for an intro to programming, develop computational thinking with Python and C++, then develop a professional skill around Java. The JME people have a custom development environment based on Netbeans and it's emphasized as a tool set for teaching web applications. Gaming and gaming interfaces are a perfect motivator for them and it makes teaching it better since they get engaged. Finally, when they throw in the MiRTLE virtual world they really like that part of the material.


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