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radiolake 03-29-2009 08:53 PM

Advice for teaching Alice in High School
 
I'm about to begin a unit in "Alice" in my High School digital imagery class. My goals are to teach a little about 3D imagery. I'm more focused on creation of creative and artistic "worlds," than I am on programming.

Any advice for a first time teacher of Alice?

g-whizz 04-01-2009 09:27 PM

tell them that this program will frustrate them, beyond their wildest dreams. i like it, but it crashes alot, sometimes won't save, can't handle a file over 15mb, exit for no reason. be prepared for a backlash.
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radiolake 04-02-2009 07:23 AM

advice for teaching
 
Thanks G.

And yep, all of the above have already happened. I guess I'm used to programs crashing and having problems and issues and can approach those issues with only a little frustration.

My high school students don't have much patience. The slightest issue and a few are ready to quit.

I've worked with them and enough of them are into it that I think we'll be ok.

Hoping that 3.0 solves some of the issues. But only hoping.

Thanks!

HisWorld 04-27-2009 07:30 AM

I think there is something called Storytelling Alice, this maybe better for what you have in mind. here is the [URL="http://www.alice.org/kelleher/storytelling/index.html"]link[/URL]

monstar1000 05-10-2009 05:26 AM

youtube
 
I downloaded a series of clips on youtube made with alice by other high school students (youtube is blocked in my school). I showed these to the kids and it really inspired them. There's some great work out there - have a look!

Ayyamana 01-07-2010 09:40 PM

What I found helpful was that I had competitions with my friends. I was a self taught in Comp Sci, being the best in my class. I kept challenging my friends to make better animations (I usually won) and we would get better like that.

Make the students actually wat to do the work. Give them a kind of reward for a very good job. Offer extra credit, priveledges, prizes even.

Just make it fun. I am a B average student, having A's in the math and science classes, and C's in the language and social studies classes. The only reason is that I have a 100 average in Comp Sci is because it is fun. The first few days I was on Alice, I felt as though I was playing a game.

Also, make sure that the students have flashdrives. If they save it to a network drive, the programs will crash faster. My school has 2.0, on my flash I have 2.2. A lot better, a lot faster, and the computer works better that way.

x2495iiii 01-07-2010 09:56 PM

[QUOTE=Ayyamana;15444]Just make it fun. I am a B average student, having A's in the math and science classes, and C's in the language and social studies classes. The only reason is that I have a 100 average in Comp Sci is because it is fun. The first few days I was on Alice, I felt as though I was playing a game.

Also, make sure that the students have flashdrives. If they save it to a network drive, the programs will crash faster. My school has 2.0, on my flash I have 2.2. A lot better, a lot faster, and the computer works better that way.[/QUOTE]

Amen to that on both counts. I've taken two classes so far with Alice, and I've aced both of them because they didn't seem like work.

DesignTypeGeek 03-22-2010 09:04 AM

No Programming? Why Alice?
 
I'm definitely new to Alice and I realize this is the place to be for all things Alice, but if you are focusing on 3D content creation and not programming, then something like DAZ|Studio or Blender would be a better chance.

And they crash less :)

jediaction 03-22-2010 09:08 AM

Well, you should just start basic. Show them some of the games we make. Show them a nice Alice origional like Resident penguin then show mabye one of my games like Hero's. just a suggestion:D


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