[vet-mm] Game Maker for Teachers

Jo McLeay jo at vitta.org.au
Tue Sep 1 12:30:54 EST 2009

Dear edulists subscribers, 

I'd like to introduce myself as the new Professional Learning Officer at VITTA, the representative association of Victorian Information Technology Teachers. I will be collaborating with Mark Richardson to present on a range of education professional learning opportunities.  So with this email I would like to announce an event for teachers working with Primary aged students on September 15th, 2009. There is also a similar event for Secondary teachers on the 17th September. For more information go to http://www.vitta.org.au/trainingevents 

Apologies for the cross posting. 

GameMaker for Primary Teachers 15th September (9.30 to 3.30 pm) and Game Maker for Secondary Teachers (17th September 9.30 to 3.30 pm) 

The Programming Awards Competition is coming up (entries close on 16 th October). How can you gain confidence in programming skills, graphics, music and creating engaging gameplay, to help your students (and you) showcase your talents? 

VITTA and Tony Forster present a practical day of learning with some of your students where you will explore Game Maker in order to learn, inspire and engage. Game Maker is a program that allows you to make exciting computer games, without the need to write a single line of code. Making games with Game Maker is a lot of fun and allows you to create professional looking games within very little time. 

Game Maker's simple drag and drop interface is friendly enough to use with as young as Year 3, but through its powerful scripting language, it is suitable right up to Year 12 and beyond. With Game Maker you can easily create games such as top view, platform games, first person shooters, 3D and networked multiplayer games. It is a fully fledged programming language capable of non game applications such as physics simulations and databases. 

New : a category for teacher entries in the Programming Awards ! Now you can have a go as well. 

Dates : Tuesday 15 th September 2009 (Primary) and 17th September 2009 (Secondary) 

Time : 9.30 am to 3.30 pm 

Venue : Forest Hill Centre for Digital Excellence 
198 Mahoneys Rd 
Burwood East VIC 3151 

Presenter: Tony Forster .  Tony has been providing workshops in Game Maker for VITTA for many years and has expertise in using Game Maker across the curriculum. 

Cost : Members: $150.00 Non Members $185.00 

Lunch and light refreshments will be provided 

Jo McLeay 
VITTA Professional Learning Officer 
T: +61 3 9495 6836 
F: +61 3 9495 6834 
M: +61 (0) 402 087 017 
E: jo at vitta.org.au 
W: www.vitta.org.au 
Suite 209, 134 - 136 Cambridge St, 
PO Box 1099 
Collingwood, VIC, 3066, Australia 

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