Why Short Courses?

If you’re looking for a way to infuse game design, project-based learning and core competencies, such as collaboration, communication, and knowing how to work both independently and as a team into an English, Math, Science, Art, Social Studies, Tech or Zulama class that you are offering this year,  Zulama Short Courses might be the perfect solution. These courses are 12-20 hours long, so they are generally taught over the course of 3 weeks. We designed the course content for Middle School students, but it can be directed towards students of all ages depending on skill level.

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More than a few wonderful educators in our community teach Zulama Short Courses, including Chris Lucas at West Allegheny. We asked him a few questions about his experience:

img_0904What did you enjoy most about teaching a Short Course?

I used the GameStar Mechanic Short Course as a supplement to my Game Design class. It worked really well. It gave me an opportunity to incorporate video game design principles along with the board games we were making. I liked how it was effective at giving the students a glimpse in video game design. They could put the principles we were learning in the course into practice.

How did your students react to the Short Courses?

The students loved the short course.  They really enjoyed seeing how the principles we learned in the Game Design class correlated into building a video game.  They also were able to submit their games to the STEM National Game Design Challenge.

img_0907What would you tell other teachers who are thinking of integrating Short Courses into their Middle School curriculum?

I think it would be great to incorporate into their Middle School curriculum. With each course being so short, the students would be able to get a glimpse into the different programs that will be offered at the high school.  It would also give the students experience with the software they will be using in high school, so it may allow for them to get into more advanced concepts in the high school courses.

 

White House Summit on Computer Science for All

Livestream of Computer Science for All Summit

Zulama is making an announcement in support of the White House’s Computer Science for All Initiative. The Summit is streaming live today from 1PM EST to 3PM EST.

According to The White House, nine out of ten parents want Computer Science courses at their child’s school, but only about a quarter of K-12 schools teach Computer Science with programming. Zulama has made a commitment towards President Obama’s initiative to provide all American students with vital Computer Science skills.

Zulama’s Announcement:

Computer Science for All

Mass Technology Leadership Council Announces Finalists for the 19th Annual Technology Leadership Awards

MassTLC Annual Celebration of Innovation Casts Spotlight on Executives, Companies and Innovative Technologies Across 16 Categories

CAMBRIDGE, MA–(Marketwired – Jul 20, 2016) – Leaders of the Massachusetts innovation community gathered last night at the Microsoft NERD Center for a reception at which the group announced finalists for the 2016 MassTLC Technology Leadership Awards. The awards shines a spotlight on the best of the region’s internationally respected tech industry in 16 categories.

“The Massachusetts tech community continues to be at the forefront of solving the world’s most vexing problems and creating businesses and technologies that are helping industries succeed and people thrive each day. The list of finalists for the 19th annual MassTLC Leadership Awards is proof that our region continues to produce industry leaders in important sectors such as healthcare, robotics, security and the Internet of Things. Each year I grow more impressed at the breadth and depth of talent, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit Massachusetts continues to generate,” said MassTLC President Tom Hopcroft.

Finalists were selected from hundreds of nominations, as judged by panels of industry leaders in each of the 16 categories who participated in the selection process. The pool of finalists will be further narrowed during the coming weeks. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, September 14, at the MassTLC Leadership Awards Gala at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. More details, advance registration and sponsorship information are available at http://masstlcawards.org/.

Finalists in each of the 16 categories include:

CEO of the Year
Aron Ain, Kronos
Tom Ebling, Demandware
Udi Mokady, CyberArk
Niraj Shah, Wayfair
Gil Zimmerman, CloudLock

CTO of the Year
Greg Hinkle, Evergage
Joe Kinsella, CloudHealth Technologies
Michael Schmidt, Nutonian
Andy Smith, Curriculum Associates
Ron Zalkind, CloudLock

Emerging Executive of the Year
Scott Bailey, MassChallenge
Josh Feinblum, Rapid7
Aman Narang, Toast
Mike Festa, Wayfair
Julie Yoo, Kyruus

Emerging Company of the Year
American Well
Black Duck Software
Everbridge
ezCater
Fuze

Company of the Year
Acacia Communications
athenahealth
CyberArk
LogMeIn
Wayfair

Best Use of Technology – Big Data
Arcadia Data
FirstFuel
Jobcase
PriceStats
Progress Software

Best Use of Technology – Cloud
Demandware
Fuze
Glance Networks
Motus
Progress Software

Best Use of Technology – Internet of Things (IoT)
Beechwoods Software
LogMeIn
Powerhouse Dynamics
PTC
VoltDB

Innovative Technology of the Year – Ed Tech
Cengage
Cognii
Curriculum Associates
Teachers Connect
Zulama

Innovative Technology of the Year – Healthcare
ERT
Health Beacons
Imprivata
Wellist
Zapprx

Innovative Technology of the Year – Mobile
Applause
Jebbit
LevelUp
Street Info Tech
Toast

Innovative Technology of the Year – Financial
Finmason
Level Up
MineralTree
Vestmark

Innovative Technology of the Year – Robotics
Ascend Robotics
Locus Robotics
Mini-Mole
Ras Labs
Symbotic

Innovative Technology of the Year – Sales & Marketing
Allego
High Start Group
Nanigans
SessionM
Zoom Info

Innovative Technology of the Year – Security
Axis Communications
CloudLock
Onapsis
Pwnie Express
Rapid7

Innovative Technology of the Year – Consumer
C Space
iRobot
LogMeIn
Mini-Mole
Sonation

Click here to view the full list of finalists online, or go to http://masstlcawards.org.

Awards Program Platinum Sponsors: Century Link, CHEN PR, Cisco, Marsh & McLennan Agency, Microsoft, PwC and Unosquare.

Gold Sponsors: CoreSite, K Square Law and Raytheon.

About The Mass Technology Leadership Council, Inc.
With 500+ member companies, the Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC) is the region’s leading technology association and the premier network for tech executives, entrepreneurs, investors and policy leaders. MassTLC’s purpose is to accelerate innovation by connecting people from across the technology landscape, providing access to industry-leading content and ideas and offering a platform for visibility for member companies and their interests. More at www.masstlc.org

CONTACT INFORMATION

  • For more information, contact:
    Shannon Todesca, CHEN PR for MassTLC
    PHONE 781-672-3147
    Email Contact

Community-Based Learning

Through Real World Projects, the Zulama capstone internship course, students work as a design team to meet client expectations when designing a game for business, a nonprofit, or their school district. Take a look at how valued an internship experience can be for the community, the school, but most of all for the student.