Breaking: Zulama Joins AT&T Aspire Accelerator’s 2017 Cohort

We are thrilled to announce that we’ve been selected for the 2017 class of the AT&T Aspire Accelerator program! Now in its third year, the program brings together startups that are tackling the most pressing challenges in education.

This year’s class puts us alongside seven other innovative ed-tech organizations. During our time in the program, we’ll receive financial investment, mentorship and access to expert services from AT&T and others. The Aspire Accelerator is part of AT&T Aspire, the company’s $400 million commitment since 2008 to support education and connect the learning revolution to the young people who need it most.

We can’t wait to get started. Learn more here and stay tuned for updates.



Make Computer Science Part of Your Professional Learning

Over the next few months, we will be sharing all kinds of resources related to Computer Science Professional Development — from stories by teachers and Computer Science Professional Development experts to podcasts, graphics, Facebook Live events, and other fun surprises ;).

This is a conversation and we would love to hear your ideas and feedback along the way! Is there anything in particular about Computer Science (CS) that you’d like to hear about?

We are exploring the intersection of Computer Science and Professional Development to champion CS education and the teachers who bring it to life and to support the launch of our own CS professional learning opportunity.

Computer Science and Game Design for Teachers

From its inception, Zulama has been committed to helping teachers become life-changing mentors to their students and providing teachers with personalized, fun, and rigorous learning opportunities. To that end, we’re SO excited about the launch of our Computer Science and Game Design Professional Development Course and Certificate, created in partnership with the Computer Science Teachers Association.

With the rapid growth of CS-related careers, we want to give all teachers a chance to learn how to bring engaging CS experiences to their students. Our self-paced, interactive course will do just that, and this year we’re aiming to teach 2,000 teachers across the country about the joys of CS and Game Design.

A Bit More about the Course

Our 30-hour professional development course is designed for K-12 Teachers, experienced coders and novices alike. This online course is fun and highly interactive while also being rigorous enough to align with the K-12 CS Framework and the CSTA standards. In the course, teachers will:

  • learn and apply game design principles and programming skills.
  • use industry-standard tools to design and code an original video game and showcase it in their own digital portfolio.
  • interact with other teachers who are learning about and teaching CS.
  • receive a Computer Science and Game Design Certificate, upon completion of the course.

You can learn more about the course and register for it here.

Why CS Matters: The State of CS Education

  • Over 7.7 million Americans use computers in complex ways in their jobs (Change the Equation, 2015).
  • Nearly half of those 7.7 million work in fields that are not directly tied to science, technology, engineering, and math (Change the Equation, 2015).
  • Fewer than half of K–12 schools offer computer science courses with programming included (Google & Gallup, 2016).

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

Announcing New Short Courses!

Three new Short Courses are now ready and available for Zulama schools!

BB Sub RobotArcade Game Design

Students will use Scratch and a Hummingbird robotics kit to build their own arcade game! Learning the fundamentals of game design and coding, they will use LEDs, motors, and sensors to create a game that lights up and moves.

IMG_2968Science Game Design

Science is everywhere, from tiny bacteria to space travel! Your middle schoolers will team up with friends to build and play a game about a popular science topic of their choice!

Screen Shot 2016-01-31 at 12.18.20 PMGamestar Mechanic Game Design

Your students will learn to apply five elements of game design to build a game using Gamestar Mechanic. They will create a design document, prototype, and play their game with friends!

We Want Your Feedback!

For a limited time, we’re opening up the opportunity to be the first to use these new 15-18 hour courses in your classroom, whether your school has purchased the Short Courses or not!

In return, we’d like to hear your feedback about your experience with the new courses.

What we ask from you:

  • Complete a 5 minute click and submit survey at the conclusion of the course to let us know how your class enjoyed the course activities and project
  • Take a short followup call from Zulama to share your course experience with us
  • Your classroom meets the requirements (below) for the course you’d like to teach
  • You are willing to share samples images of your student’s work

Only with feedback from our valued teachers and administrators, can we continue to bring innovative and engaging new content for your students to enjoy! We couldn’t do what we do without you!

This offer is only available through the end of Summer 2016, so if you’d like to take advantage of this opportunity, talk to your administrators, and send us an email at sarah.avery@zulama.com for more information!

Classroom requirements for each course are listed below:

Arcade Game Design Requirements

  • Access to access Scratch 2 (free)
  • Hummingbird Duo Base Kits, can be purchased here.

Science Game Design Requirements

  • Must teach in a grade 6 through grade 9 classroom, preferably in a science classroom

Gamestar Mechanic Game Design Requirements