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Gaming – let’s playyyy (coding resource)

Bunch of resources for side project on gaming.

(got 2 boys at home who have their eyes locked on mario – so I just want to use that to open their eyes on it works and make some mods and some cool evolution of the game with them…)

here is what I have found that look like the more promising for quick development of 2D arcade games:

Enchant JS

Seems like a basic library for simple games.

Sounds like the kind of things I’d use to make a quick candy crush.

Examples

Docs

GitHub

Processing JS

JS version of a more advanced language – which I have never heard of – name surprisingly enough : Processing

Main page

A pretty detailed tutorial on how to make a Mario Game adaptation :

Codeproject

Codeproject version of Mario game (and editor for new level):

Tutorial on Mario

Editor level

Codeproject is a well known site with hundreds of tutorial – this on looks pretty good and I love the fact there is an editor for creating new levels.

I still need to check which library it is using to see how reusable the knowledge here will be.

If the library is too peculiar, I might skip it because I’d like to be able to learn (and then teach) some stuff that will be reusable outside of the tutorial – so there is that… but then again, I am also pretty excited because of the editor level… so this might play an important role too.

Quintus

This one is my favourite because of the library and the demos which looks ridiculously simple to use and the tutorial who looks like very adapted to what I’d like to do – and also I’d love to master this library … but we’ll see

http://www.html5quintus.com/

Tutorial

StageJS

Nice even if a bit light – might try – dunno. Maybe it is quick to learn…

http://piqnt.com/stage.js/

A bookmark for me to refresh my canvas manipulations…

http://html5doctor.com/an-introduction-to-the-canvas-2d-api/

3 elearning platforms you probably never heard of

We always talk about elearning through the lense of MOOCs and self-study management.

WordPress (Sensei, Learndash, LeanPress, WP-Courseware), Moodle, edX, Blackboard, Canvas, Sakai and others come out as the solutions mentioned over and over again.

 

Here I wanted to show you three different directions for education and elearning needs.

 

HR Driven: JollyDeck

JollyDeck is an HR driven elearning platform to help managers and training departments develop and deploy internal learning strategies.

They come with pre-made courses on HR related topic, tools for managers and trainers.

 

 

Microlearning : Moblrn

Learning is hard.

Dropout rate are kind of impressive.

Therefore elearning solutions  are trying to adapt new formats to our overbooked scheduled.

Moblrn is one of these solutions.

Design your couse online and make them available in your app.

 

 

Curriculum Design : Design Jot

Organising the data is kind of critical.

Design Jot is a mobile app designed to help you organise your learning curriculum.

It is made by a major training consultancy, AllenComm

 

 

That’s it.

I just wanted to give some quick preview of what is out there.

I will probably make an other couple of posts on this topic later on.

Meanwhile, if you know of some interesting elearning products or platforms you think should get more exposure, please fell free to drop it down in the comments.

 

 

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The elearning (r)evolution

Daphne Koller: What we’re learning from online education

The lady from Coursera tells you how it is done and what they have learned.

 

Salman Khan: Let’s use video to reinvent education

The guy who founded the Khan Academy talks to you about what online video can do for schooling and education.

Rethinking Education – 3 talks to watch

If you are not familiar with these 3 people and their thesis about education, take the time to catch up.

Entertaining and well-articulated, they will help you understand where the current education system is falling short.

Ken Robinson is more focused on the what – Seth on the why – and Sugata Mitra is looking for an alternative approach (hint: it involves the Internet).

Ken Robinson – School kills creativity

Super famous – and if you never watched it, you should.

Funny, witty and pointing the issues our current schooling system.

 

Seth Godin – School sucks by design

Seth is mostly known as a marketing and branding expert, but he is much more than that.

In his book the Linchpin, published a few years ago, he talks about the root of the school system, and why it was designed in a certain way.

In this talks he goes on with more details.

 

Sugata Mitra – Maybe kids don’t need schools

Sugata Mitra is an indian expert on education who run an experiment years ago in India which was called “A whole in the wall” – here is comes back on his experiments and translate it into 4 main thesis which are fundamental to understand how kids (and adults) approach education and self-learning.

 

That’s it for today.

I will publish more things on this topic. This was more like a reference post for a quick introduction.

More to come.

Comments welcome!