It is back to school for students all across the country, and this fall, we will be going back to school with them. You see, over the past year we have been utilizing our experience and expertise as game technology developers to create a program that focuses on teaching kids programming through a fun and engrossing game development curriculum. Now we are proud to announce that our curriculum is released and being used this school year by the College of Southern Nevada and high schools in California.
To give a little background, GG|Interactive is a subsidiary of GargageGames, with the goal of delivering a comprehensive, programming centered, video game development course for high schools and colleges. We call this the Dev |Pro: Game Development Curriculum.
Now, I recognize that there are already video game courses available, but, as the head of an actual video game technology company, I knew there was room for improvement in what kids were being asked to suffer through. Besides, it seemed to me, making video games is a great incentive for students to learn coding and none of these existing courses were utilizing the opportunity as I thought they could.
So we did it ourselves. Taking a contemporary approach to delivering the course, we built the curriculum as fully integrated, digital education package. For students and teachers this means a modern education experience that includes: a digital user interface that replaces the printed textbook; video lectures that support the reference text; interactive assessments and exercises; and, of course, constant software updates.
This means that, perhaps for the first time ever in a school setting, students will see constant improvement and timely updates on the material they are using. Updates will include any news worthy events within the game industry and the latest feedback from teachers, educators and even the kids taking the course. This is not reprinting a textbook every year with some corrections and erratum; this is continuous, real-time, Silicon Valley-style software development used for better education.
We at GG|Interactive hold the philosophy that teaching coding in high school should be mandatory if we are to give our kids a real vocation in the modern world. Think of it this way, we used to think teaching auto shop was a good fallback for high school students not seeking a college degree. Today, if we want our kids to have valuable skills after high school, programming has to be the new auto shop. And that means we have to modernize how we think about and present education to our kids in the digital age of technology.
It is my sincere hope that we as a country begin to give our youth the tools and education they need to face the challenges of a modern, competitive world of technology. I believe GG|Interactive’s Dev|Pro: Game Development Curriculum is a serious and invaluable step in that direction and I invite everyone, not just students, in supporting programming education in American schools.