Check out HomeschoolProgramming.com. They have courses where you have a book but also work on the actual programming project and all the software they suggest is free. They have game programming as well as other things and the courses are written by homeschool parents who are actually software programmers themselves.
I great idea for students to pursue while in high school is to create a blog chronicling what they're learning. Not only will it help with writing and computer skills, but it may also get them thinking creatively how they can use the internet for entrepreneurial activities as well. Especially if they begin to attract much attention, Google Adsense could be used to make a profit!
I think the other Microsoft Office product you're referring to is 'Access'.
Check out DigiPen as a college option:
See if you can visit them at a college fair. Then look into the DigiPen ProjectFun for next summer:
Dig around on the DigiPen site and see if you can find what educational materials they use. In general, though, books aren't going to be helpful. Game programming is interesting to hands-on and high-tech learners who like curriculum that is high-tech and hands-on, so books probably won't be effective.
I hope that helps!
This has been great for my youngest son. But I'm having difficulty figuring out how to teach him game programming. It's what he's very interested in doing, and we've purchased a few books, but it seems that none of them really pans out for him. We've also checked books out of the library. I just can't seem to figure out a way to get him going with this subject, even though it's what he really wants to do.
If it were just Office products, graphics, blog design, html, it'd be so much easier.
Do you find yourself fretting over the unavoidable task of making a homeschool transcript for your high school student? What seems like a daunting task can be done in a