CONVERGE DIGITAL WORLDS WITH COMPUTER SCIENCE AND GAME DESIGN

A growing trend in schools is the introduction of computer science and coding to the K-12 curriculum, but some schools struggle to find the right curricular fit.

The teaching of computer coding is limited to schools with a computer science teacher or a faculty member with coding experience, right? Wrong! Built specifically to help teachers understand how online content is delivered, to foster the role of teacher as facilitator in a project based and blended learning environment, and to dispel the myth that only computer science majors can teach computer coding, we will help jumpstart your school’s pathway into computer coding. 

The Capital Region BOCES CTE program and other schools have implemented Zulama, a curriculum created by Carnegie Mellon University faculty members Ruth Comley and Chris Klug. Zulama connects core knowledge with game design and computer programming skills. Inclusive of courses in game history, video game design, board game design, mobile game design, programming, screenwriting, digital art, and real world projects, the curriculum is aligned with New York State and national standards.

These schools have brought the best of blended and project-based learning into middle and high school classrooms through authentic learning experiences that provide essential experiences in problem solving and creative thinking. Delivered through a well-structured and robust Learning and Content Management System (LCMS), the curriculum provides game design, computer programming, and digital art curriculum. The content is delivered online in a blended classroom environment in which students collaboratively explore digital and board game design. Students have not only gained technological skills needed for success in the 21st Century, but have also developed interpersonal skills through face-to-face communication and collaboration facilitated by project based learning activities.

View the webinar below to learn more about Zulama. The video shown during the webinar can be found here 

 

 

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