GamesNET is a 3 year DET funded program aimed at (primarily) Gifted and Talented kids across Victoria. 2015 will be a pilot year. ACMI (The Australian Centre for the Moving Image) are organising and overseeing the project. Four students from our school, Hawkesdale P12 College, will be involved from years 7 and 8. Although, Jarrod Hogan, their English and Humanities teacher, will be primarily responsible, I will be helping out on the sidelines.
Students will be grouped as a trio, across age groups and across schools. They will work on creating videogames collaboratively in the online environment. Much of their collaboration and work will be completed online in their own time, with parents encouraged to oversee and a mentor usually on duty. They will be assisted through the process by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, industry mentors, online resources and specialist teachers.
Some of the tools to be used will be:
- slack – for chat, socializing, discussions, sharing resources etc. It allows videos and images to be shown live
- zoom – for online meetings
- google drive for sharing documents and files with a group
- scratch for creating the games
- machinima for making movies of games et minecraft
Students attended one or two days face to face days in Melbourne, so they could get to know each other and learn more about the art of creating videogames. They will all meet up again in December, when they will all showcase their games. This is an exciting project to be involved in!