Kids Programming

That is correct, as most schools are still teaching keyboarding and spread sheets our school is teaching kids to program! We have worked hard and transformed our business / keyboarding class into a modern times 21st century classroom.

If you work for a school or if you run a district and would like to move your district into the future and out of the 1900’s contact me and together we can work on a plan to move your kids into the future.

We have our students programming in “Scratch” this is a free web based programming interface created and supported by MIT.

Scratch gives the students an easy way to understand programming on a logic fashion. They pull in each command rather then typing it into an IDE. When they pull in the command they can run the program and see what effect the command issued has on the entire program.

One young man created a two player game that as he puts it has a automatic gravity pull. I asked, “What this does for the over all game?” He told me, “It keeps the characters from flying off the screen if you do not keep hitting the up arrow key.” He then added, “If you don’t play the game the character will simply fall to the ground and then game over.”

To say the least I was impressed. Computer classes have come a long way from simply learning keyboarding and Microsoft Office. My hat goes off to the teachers of today, pushing the kids and opening their minds to create the programming we need for years to come.

Scratch

Cell Phone Gaming

It amazes me how many kids of all ages I see playing on their parents cell phones. Did you ever wonder who that two or three year old might be calling? Grandma or grand pap maybe?

Not at all, the kids are being entertained with games on the cell phone. These games are normally placed there by the mother who knows how to keep her children calm and relaxed.

I have to admit I have Flappy Bird on my iPhone. I have found when I am at a doctors office or sometimes just sitting in the recliner I like to smash into some pipes every once in awhile.

The really sad part about this is that the hand held gaming devices are becoming less of a desire for the youths today. Even if the kids don’t have a cell phone to play on you will find them carrying an iPod touch. Which is really just a cell phone without the cell radio part build into them.

Kids are growing up in a much different world and time then when I grew up. I think I heard that same statement coming from my dad when I was young. When my friend and I was sitting in front of a TV watching a little speck of light bouncing back and forth across the screen. Or shooting alien invaders until our fingers felt like they were going to fall off of our hands.

I often sit around and wonder what the next big thing will be for the gaming industry?

Cell Gaming

 

Computer Gaming

I used to tell everyone that the computer is to useful to be used for gaming. Well I was right about one part of that statement. The truth is that the computer can handle many tasks and handle them very well.

Computer gaming has become part of our culture. I never thought in my life time that I would see my 78 year old mother sitting at a computer playing games. But she spends a lot of time sitting playing bingo on POGO with friends she has never met face to face but she knows them online.

So why did I want to talk about gaming? How does this fall into our morning talks about technology or photography?

As I said for years I told people don’t waste your money buying a computer to use it for gaming. I was wrong about this statement. I feel that gaming will keep your hands more active and open your mind. It also has a direct effect on your reactive times. I now believe that gaming will help you to keep your brain firing and keep your mind reacting.

You don’t have to play combat games. Simple puzzle games or a simple game of bingo online will help you to react and keep your senses engaged. Over the past few years games have been created to capture the very audience of the adult population. Anyone ever play farmville? I used to have a virtual farm on Face Book.

If you have never played any games online. I would suggest that you find something to play to keep all of your senses firing and keep your mind working.

Gaming