Alice 2 or Storytelling Alice - 4 hour workshop details
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Ages: 4th grade to high school
Equipment: laptop for each student with Storytelling Alice for 4th grade to middle school or Alice 2.2 for high school.
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Before each workshop
During each workshop
10 minutes: Introductions - see During each workshop
10 minutes: Pre-survey
Explain that Alice is free software from CMU that lets you create 3D movies and games. Show the Alice website http://www.alice.org. Show some of the winners from the Georgia Tech Alice competition (http://home.cc.gatech.edu/TeaParty/348) so that they can see what they can do with Alice. Also show the distance learning site http://ice-web.cc.gatech.edu/dl/ and point out the video tutorials and projects. For elementary school show: Space.mov or princesss.mov. For middle school and high school students show the winner of the individual movie for their age group (http://home.cc.gatech.edu/TeaParty/876).
Open up Alice (Storytelling for 4th-8th grade and 2.2 for high school). Show students how to create objects from classes in Alice. Show them how to position, resize, and turn the objects using the mouse controls. Show them how to invoke methods on objects in Alice (like built-in methods in Storytelling and move, turn, and say). For Storytelling Alice have them view http://ice-web.cc.gatech.edu/dl/?q=node/218.
Let the girls try out creating objects, positioning them, and invoking methods on the objects. They can create a short story using the "say" methods to have characters talk to each other. They can have a character introduce them and say a few things about them.
Ask for volunters to show what they have done.
Show them how to do more than one thing at a time (Do Together) (see http://ice-web.cc.gatech.edu/dl/?q=node/231. Show them how to change the duration of the animation (see http://ice-web.cc.gatech.edu/dl/?q=node/227). Show them how to create their own methods in Alice (see http://ice-web.cc.gatech.edu/dl/?q=node/213) If you have more advanced studnets you can show them how to create parameters to make the methods more reusable (see http://ice-web.cc.gatech.edu/dl/?q=node/619)
Have the students create a story with several things happening at the same time using the "Do Together". Encourage the girls to create at least one method.
Show them how to use the loop (see http://ice-web.cc.gatech.edu/dl/?q=node/232) to repeat a command and challenge them to use a loop. Or show them how to create multiple scenes in Storytelling Alice and switch between them (see http://ice-web.cc.gatech.edu/dl/?q=node/285).
Rest of time:
If there is time have some volunteers show off what they have created.
Do the post-surveys! We must have a post-survey for each person who attends!
After each workshop
To learn more see http://ice-web.cc.gatech.edu/dl/ and http://www.dickbaldwin.com/tocalice.htm.
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