Posts made in August, 2016

LARP in school, Not Just Gen Con

Posted by on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Call me Jeffery Baker. I’m a coal baron in the United States circa 1874. Along with my good buddy David Montgomery (and real life good friend Steve Isaacs) who owns most of the railroads, are at a wedding reception in Long Island, NY for the wedding reception of Jacob Tyler (TX redneck cattleman) and Paulette Bonnet (cultured French ballet dancer). In August at the world’s largest gaming convention, Gen Con in Indianapolis, I took my first plunge into what some may consider the deepest level of nerddom, I LARP’d. Live Action Role Play is sometimes mocked, like in the...

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Game Design as a High School Course: Gateway to Computer Science?

Posted by on Saturday, August 27, 2016 in Game Design | 0 comments

Game Design as a High School Course: Gateway to Computer Science?

“I wish they had fun classes like that when I was in school”. – Student Parents   That’s how you know you’re on the right track. Alumni and parents of students tell you they’re jealous. Starting at my new school, Elida High School, I was given a lot of freedom to design new courses that I thought would be best for students related to computer science. The administration trusted a teacher to do what was best for students (sign of a high-functioning school culture) and I came up with: Intro to Programming (Samples of C#, Python, JavaScript, even some...

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