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Through Video Game Development

  By Paul Ackerman
Edgewater High School
   Orlando, Florida
    Session Outcome Goals
What should YOU be able to do after you leave
this break-out session?
– Have a better understanding of Video Game
  Development as a tool for teaching Florida Sunshine
  State Standards.
– Be able to find the FL SSS on the web.
– Correlate FL SSS standards to activities performed in
  your classroom.
– Understand how VGD can help raise FCAT scores.
– Laugh a little
My teaching situation
– Magnet Program
– Classes taught
Short Biography
– Teaching Experience
– Disney Teacherrific Award
– Plans for the future
        Edgewater High School
         EST Magnet Program
Students from entire Orange County may apply
and attend. (Transportation not provided.)
College preparatory curriculum, heavy in
technology, computer applications, and
Selection criteria:
–   Application process through OCPS.
–   3.0 GPA
–   Passing FCAT Reading and Math (Level 3 minimum)
–   Essay
              Classes Taught
Video Game Development (Fresh. EST)
– Learning Basic Computer Language
– 12 weeks total
Video Game Development (Open to all students, all
grades, not just EST students)
– Semester-Long Class
– Has grown from 14 to 26 students this school year. Students are
  being shut out because of computer station limits.
Pre-AP Computer Science (Soph. EST)
– Beginning Java class
– 12 weeks total
AP Computer Science (Jrs. And Srs.)
– In Java Computer Language
– Year-long course
      Teaching Experience
Escambia County, Pensacola, Florida (Three
– Woodham High School
– Escambia High School
– Taught Earth Science, Biology, Physical Science,
  Marine Biology
Orange County, Orlando, Florida (Twenty Years)
– Dr. Phillips High School
– Edgewater High School
– Taught Earth Science, C++, Java, AP Comp Sci,
  UCF/EHS Engineering, Video Game Development.
       Disney Teacherrific
Submitted class curriculum and results as
a project to Disney: “Having Fun and
Learning with Video Game Development”
November 11, 2006 Award Ceremony
EHS Received a “Top Program” award for
Video Game Development class project.
Will submit again next year with new
project and additional data.
         Plans for Future
Continue at Edgewater High School
Continue with Video Game Development
Continue research on test score results
     More Introductory Info
The Need:
– Pique student interest in technology classes.
– Reinforce “21st Century Skills”
– Appeal to “real life” situations.
– Give students hands-on experience.
– Reduce discipline problems.
– And the ones you came to hear about:
    Fulfill administrative requirements for aligning class
    activities with FL SSS.
    Raise test scores!
            21st Century
       Basic Knowledge/Skills
English Language (spoken)
Reading Comprehension (in English)
Writing in English (grammar, spelling, etc.)
Foreign Languages
   21st Century Applied Skills
Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
Oral Communications
Written Communications
Information Technology Application
Lifelong Learning/Self Direction
Professionalism/Work Ethic
Ethics/Social Responsibility
 Some Statistics from FCAT
Last Year’s (2005-2006) Study Group:
– 9th and 10th grade students in Magnet
    Most are reading at level 3 or better.
    Most are at level 3 or better in math.
– 81% Maintained FCAT level or improved.
– 19% digressed in either Math, Reading or
    Curious group!
               Cold Stats
In 2005-2006 School year: 178 Students
exposed to VGD curriculum
– 105 Sophomores
– 73 Freshmen
Students with no score from previous year were
thrown out of statistical data.
– 24 freshmen, 1 sophomore
Learning gains were defined as a student
maintaining or improving upon their previous
year FCAT Criterion Referenced Test Level.
        Freshmen Gains

39 out of 49 (80%) showed Reading gains

44 out of 49 (90%) showed Math gains
       Sophomore Gains

73 of 104 (70%) showed Reading gains

90 of 104 (87%) showed Math gains
Warm Stats and Student Reactions
 Student enthusiasm is UP!
 Students arrive early.
 Students have to be encouraged to leave!
 Some students buy the software and work
 on developing games at home.
 Students helping students.
        How Did We Do It?
Video Game Development Software from I
Support Learning.
– Steve Waddell, CEO
– Olathe, Kansas
– Minimal Training
Supportive Administration
– Mr. Robert Anderson, principal EHS.
– Mr. Howard Hepburn, admin in charge of EST
– Dr. Alice Joossens, admin in charge of curriculum
       How Did We Do It?
Outstanding Technology Coordinators
– Paula Nowell
– John Sudik
Some Prep Work!
  Video Game Development
Recently Updated Computer Lab
Dell Optiplex GX 260 Mini-towers
Advanced Radeon 7500 Video Cards
1.8 MHz Processors
256 MB RAM
Video Game Development…
Video Game Development… The
Video Game Development… The Projects
Video Game Development… Dark
 Video Game Development

CarbonAde Project: Game Arena
   Standards Alignment                                                                Phase One-
                                                                                     Certification I


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   Standards Alignment


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Standards Alignment                                          Certification


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      Charles Schultz

The following is the philosophy
of Charles Schultz, the creator
of the "Peanuts" comic strip.
You don't have to actually
answer the questions. Just read
straight through and you'll get
the point.
        Charles Schultz
Name the five wealthiest people in the
Name the last five Heisman trophy
Name the last five winners of the Miss
Name ten people who have won the Nobel
or Pulitzer Prize.
Pause to Ponder
How did you do?
The point is, none of us remember
the headliners of yesterday. These
are no second-rate achievers, and
they are the best in their fields. But
applause dies, awards tarnish,
achievements are forgotten, and
accolades and certificates are buried
with their owners.
Here's another quiz. See how you do on
this one:

– List a few teachers who aided your
  journey through school.

– Name three friends who have helped
  you through a difficult time.

– Name five people who have taught you
  something worthwhile.

The lesson: The people who make a
difference in your life are not the ones with
the most credentials, the most money, or
the most awards. They are the ones that
Teachers who care make a difference in
students lives!
Pass this on to those people who have
made a difference in your life.
        Important Links
To the FL DOE
To the Sunshine State Standards
To the 9-12 Science Standards
To the 9-12 Math Standards
To the 9-12 Language Arts Standards
To I Support Learning
       Farewell and Adieu
Thank you for attending.
Thank you for your attention.
Feel free to email me if you have any
questions or comments.
     More Important Links
Edgewater High School
– http://www.ehs.ocps.net/
Paul Ackerman Teacher Web Page
– http://teachers.ocps.net/ackermp/
Paul Ackerman Email
– ackermp@ocps.net


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