For the past six years, Collin has hosted this event - 2007 Texas State Working Connections - part of a national IT professional development initiative started by the American Association of Community Colleges, Microsoft, and the National Workforce Center for Emerging Technologies. This year, the tracks offered were:
- Intro/intermediate Voice over IP (VoIP)
- Fundamentals of Wireless LANs (me)
- Ethical Hacking
- Social Networking (Gordon Snyder) / Office 2007
- Game Programming
Introduces principles of game programming through hands-on creation of simple games with the Python programming language. Major topics include Python syntax, data structures for games, designing game worlds with objects, sprites, audio playback, player input, animation and collision detection. More advanced topics, such as simple physics and basic artificial intelligence, will be covered if time permits. Both text-based and graphics-based games will be examined. As a final project, attendees will program a 2D action game, complete with graphics, music, sound effects and animation.There's also a retail version of Mike's book, Python Programming for the Absolute Beginner - here he is holding a copy at the Frisco Barnes and Noble - not quite Vanna White.
Take a look at how you're teaching and the context within which you're teaching - are your students like the meerkats in this video or more like this one?