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My Son Had Fun at Digital Media Adventures!

By Claire Haggin, DMA Adventures Parent

Last summer at Digital Media Adventures, my 9-year old son worked on 3 different types of computer games: Platformer, Ball & Stick, and Dodge the Screen Bouncers. On Monday, the teacher started by explaining how to “control” the environment with arrow keys so the characters won’t “float” around. After that, he showed them how to make ladders, how to utilize the screen to “zoom” and “follow” a character  –  even how to create enemies who shoot weapons that must be dodged! Then, at the end of the week, they learned how to incorporate sound effects like “crashing” and “breaking” noises.

As an aside, my son especially liked circling around and switching chairs so he could  play and test classmates’ games, and of course, give them feedback.

A highlight of every morning and afternoon was going outside to play – after working for a few hours it was a great way to get re-energized. A favorite memory was playing a game that involved tying a balloon around your ankle, then running around trying to pop others’ balloons – all while not getting your balloon popped. All in all, he really had fun.

And not to be taken for granted, Miles also loved the lunches!

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Adventures: Kids Learn Web Design and Flash

I’m Ben Jaffe, one of the instructors for Digital Media Academy’s Adventures Program. I teach Game Design and Web Design.

I love teaching Web Design to 9-13 year olds. One of the best parts about DMA’s Adventures Web Course is the software we use. We teach the kids how to use Adobe Photoshop, Flash and Dreamweaver. We use Photoshop to create and modify graphics, and we take some of these graphics into Adobe Flash to add movement to them. Finally, we use Dreamweaver to build a full website and upload it so they can share it with friends and family.

We see Flash files everywhere on the web. YouTube uses a flash player, and most web banners and online games are created with Flash. Dreamweaver is used to build and manage websites of almost any scale. Photoshop is used for image modification and preparation. Virtually every image in every print publication has been modified with Photoshop. It is even used to prepare graphics for videos!

Our students learn how to use the same tools that the pros use. Photoshop, Flash, and Dreamweaver are the industry standards for graphics, animation, and site design. After taking our course, many students continue using the software to create websites and media. Middle schools and high schools often have a few licenses of the software. Knowing these applications gives anyone a distinct advantage in the job market.

When I first learned about Photoshop, I was in 9th grade. I took a multimedia class, and we covered Photoshop in moderate detail. There suddenly were so many possibilities open to me, and so many fun projects to work on. I impressed my family by creating realistic-looking photo compositions, and eventually made my way into video. Now, I do graphics, animation, video and audio work as a profession. It only took that brief introduction to pique my interest. The seed was planted. But the job I enjoy most is teaching, because in every class, there is a chance that one kid might latch onto what I teach them, and blossom.

I hope to see you this summer at DMA!

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Film Camp for Kids. Cool stop motion video made between film projects at summer camp!

Kids learn how to make a movie at summer camp!

This is a project the Digital Media Adventures film class (movie making and special effects) made in between movie projects this past summer at DMA summer camp in Michigan. Somehow they managed to shoot these hundreds of photos and stitch them together in Final Cut Pro as a fun project in between the two other short films they made in one week!  This is truly a great film camp experience for kids.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Lo8BW0MMPc

Learn more about DMA’s Film and Computer Camps for Kids

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