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

Celebrate CS Ed week with Zulama!

Dec 4-10, 2011 is Computer Science Education Week! Celebrate with Zulama!

Zulama pledges support to CS Ed week by giving high school students and teachers free 30-day access to the first programming project in our Introduction to Video Game Programming course. This hands-on course was written by Ruth Comley, faculty at the world-renowned Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University.

ContactUs

To enroll, click on “Contact Us” and select the “Free Intro to Games ProgrammingLesson”.

You will need to download the free version of GameMaker from the yoyogames website.

Then, put on your programming hat and code your own video game!