Learn About Gaming
Video games have been around far longer than most people realize, dating as far back as the 1950s. These early games bore little resemblance to the video games of today, though. The history of modern video games is more closely associated with the 1970s and '80s, when arcade games, followed by home consoles such as the Magnavox Odyssey and Atari 2600, were introduced. Despite a brief video game market crash that started in 1983 and continued until the 1985 release of the Nintendo Entertainment System in the U.S., the video game industry has continued to grow. Not only are they playable on multiple platforms that range from gaming consoles to PCs to mobile devices, but their popularity also stretches from kids to adults of any gender. In addition, gaming also represents career opportunities for current and future job-seekers with the right set of skills.
IT for Kids and Students
The evolution of gaming and information technology in general lies in the hands of future generations. As a result, it's important to introduce kids to computers and other devices at an early age. There are many different ways to do that, both at home and in the classroom. Parents are able to purchase kid-friendly devices for their youngest children. Computers, laptops, and tablets that are designed specifically for children can contain games and learning programs that are age-specific, stimulating, and fun. For students, IT is important in the classroom and at home. In schools, teachers use computers as tools to help reinforce what's being taught. It's also an opportunity for hands-on learning in terms of IT projects and applications, particularly in schools that focus on STEM-related education.
Programming and Video Gaming
Exposure to computers and video gaming can help kids develop a deeper interest in technology. This interest is one that could direct the career choices that they make as adults, perhaps leading to a future in programming video games. Programming video games is a very specialized process that requires a significant amount of skill and knowledge. It involves understanding programming languages and writing the code that makes a game come to life. There are a number of different positions associated with video game programming, including the lead programmer, sound programmer, tools programmer, and AI programmer.
Education and Other Career Options
Game designers, artists, animators, and audio engineers can all be a part of the video game industry. When a person decides to pursue a career in this field, they need to have the right education, which often includes an associate or bachelor's degree. Video game programmers can be self-educated, but a formal education is valuable and many video game programmers begin their career with the help of a college degree in programming or software engineering.
- Technology Links: Sixth- to eighth-grade students who attend Maple Heights city schools can visit this page for a list of technology resources, including games.
- Learning Links: Parents of third-to-sixth-grade students at Doxey Elementary can visit this page for educational links that are age-appropriate for their children. The links are to fine art, science, and social studies sites.
- Seventh-Grade Computing: Seventh-grade students who visit this page will find helpful links to typing exercises, Powerpoint projects, and computer-related resources.
- Etiwanda School District References: Students and parents who visit this Virtual Library Learning Commons page will find links to atlases and almanacs, dictionaries, and encyclopedias.
- Free Resources: People interested in free or discounted online resources should visit this page for a list of links that offer tips and tricks to make one's computer experience easier. The page also includes links to discounted sites for educational needs and computer-related technology.
- Media Literacy: Internet Basics: Learn about a media literacy course and find a technology glossary for kids.
- Windfields Library Links: On this page, visitors will find a list of links to other libraries, world news sources, books and e-books, and e-learning sites.
- Practice Computer Skills: Find helpful computer skills resources here.
- St. Mary's Catholic Primary School: E-Safety: By clicking this link, parents and guardians can find hints and tips that can make children safer when they're online. The page includes videos as well as links to sites that discuss safety.
- Game Design for Learning: Game developers and students will find useful links to education-specific development and design articles, books, blogs, and videos here.
- Game Programming and Development Tutorials: Click for game programming and algorithm resources.
- Game Programming Links: Individuals interested in programming will find links to articles, lesson plans, teacher forums, and more when they visit this page.
- Game Industry and Programming Information: Open this page for links to information about game companies, business aspects, forums, cover letters, and classic video games.
- Programming Posts: This page lists popular programming resources.
- From the World of Scala and Reactive Programming: Find links to new content and updated software posts and resources.
- Object-Oriented Programming Advice: On this page, site visitors can read how serializing and de-serializing can be done quickly.
- Computer Training Courses: Basics, Software, and Setup: On this page, people interested in taking computer courses will find a list of links to sites that offer classes on email setup, downloading antivirus software, and more.
- How it Was Done: Software and Resources: Visitors to this page can read about the different resources used to create the BioControl Network website.
- Software Engineer Rob Janssen: Valued Resources: Visit this page for a list of links to bookmarked sites and articles.
- Programming Languages: Anyone interested in this course may click this link for publicly accessible information about it.
- Principles of Programming Languages: Lafayette College students who visit this page can get information on course credits, goals, and topics covered.
- Programming Languages: When considering this course, students attending the University of New Hampshire can click this link for an overview, times, and location.
- University of New Hampshire: Programming Languages: Click this link for information about this course, including its times and location.
- The HTML Programming Language: Learn about HTML by clicking on this link, which includes sections on history, features, areas of application, sample programs, and related links.
- Idea Connection Network: When looking for opportunities and partners to help with venture ideas, click this link to the Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center's website and read about the Idea Connection Board. The page also includes a list of ideas looking for people and people looking for ideas.
- Computer Network and System Administration Degree: Get information on a computer network and system administration (CNSA) degree by clicking on this link to the Michigan Tech School of Technology. The page also includes jobs held by graduates and a list of employers who hire graduates.
- Business and Information Technology Programs: Students at Gateway Technical College can visit this page for information about advisors they can meet with.
- Mathematics and IT: Mount Saint Mary College provides visitors with an overview of their Bachelor of Arts program for networking and Web technologies. There is also an information sheet here that readers can download.
- Web Software Developer: Learn about Nicolet College's Associate of Applied Science program for Web development on this page.
- Distinctions Among Computing Degree Programs: The University of California at Irvine offers a variety of bachelor's degree programs in information technology. These include computer engineering, computer science, informatics, and more.
- Programming Certificate or Degree: Visit the California Institute of Arts & Technology website for details about programming curricula that they offer.
- Computer Science Courses: Francis Marion University features a list of information technology-related classes that students can take at their School of Business.
- Computer Information Systems: Click this link for an overview of Bay College's information technology education program.
- Information Technology Programs: McFatter Technical College offers information about their tech-related classes on their website. They cover cybersecurity, cloud computing, video games, Java, networking, and Web development.
- Job Exploration: Computing: The information technology industry offers many paths to employment. The UNF College of Computing, Engineering, and Construction has degree programs that cover a large number of these paths, and on this page, they explain what type of education each program entails.
- Web Network Technology: People who are interested in getting a degree in Web-related technology will find useful information on the Erie Community College website.
- Information Technology: Southeastern Community College presents information about their network administration and cybersecurity degree program here.
- Engineering Technology: Visit the Savannah State University website for a brief overview of their computer science technology program.
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