Category Archives: Digital Learning Resources

Unity on the Menu for 2016

Official_unity_logoI’m pleased to announce that Nayland College Digital Dojo has been granted educational licenses to use Unity 5 in 2016.

From their website:

Unity Technologies values the immense contributions made by educators and educational institutions. You help drive the future of the industry and expand the use of interactive application and game development technologies. You teach, support and mentor learners so they can realize their ambitions. We do all we can to support you through:

  • Easy and open access for individual students and faculty with Unity 5 Personal Edition
  • Special offers for institutions on licenses, content and services
  • An enhanced program of video tutorials and sample projects to support learning
  • An comprehensive, competency-based, hands-on curricular framework
  • An industry-validated Professional Skills Standard with an academic cross-reference
  • A vibrant online community of committed users keen to team up and offer advice

Don’t Fear The Internet Video Series

dfti-960Don’t Fear The Internet is a video series designed to introduce you to the basics of the internet and website programming.

Video #1 is at the bottom of the page – they are listed in order of release date rather than the order you should probably view them.

This video series was created by designer/typographer Jessica Hische and her web developer husband Russ Maschmeyer who are both well respected in their fields of expertise.

Highly recommended for quality of content and correctness of coding practices 🙂

 

Computer Science Field Guide

sys-uc-logoThe Computer Science Field Guide is an online interactive resource for high school students learning about computer science, developed at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and funded by Google.

We’ll be using this as a first point of reference as it was developed here in New Zealand specifically for the purpose of Digital Technology classes like ours.

Object Oriented PHP for Beginners

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I think the Idea with this elephant logo is that you’ll associate PHP with smiley “cartoony” things and approach it with optimism. While I’m certain you can learn PHP, I’m not so fond of such attempts to obfuscate the fact that PHP is a language that will require some dedication to get your head around. Or maybe they just like elephants?

Here’s an excellent tutorial that introduces the concept of Object Oriented Programming (OOP) in PHP. It is written lucidly but may be a little confusing if you don’t already have some basic familiarity with the PHP language.

Here’s another tutorial if you find that one a bit much.

<?php
 
class MyClass
{
  public $prop1 = "I'm a class property!";
}
 
$obj = new MyClass;
 
echo $obj->prop1; // Output the property
 
?>
Setting and Outputting a Class Property

Create Stylish Vector Portraits

vector illustration

digitalartsonline.co.uk have excellent tutorials. Here’s one that shows you how to make a vector illustration from a camera image. It uses both Photoshop and Illustrator and is a good way to experience the strengths of either.

In this tutorial, Eelco van den Berg lets you behind the curtain to see how he creates his incredible vector portraits by turning a photo into a ‘poppy’ vector illustration.

It says that it could take 3-4 hours so you may want to make a cuppa.