Learning List has reviewed Zulama’s AP Computer Science Principles. This comprehensive product supports instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Principles courses. Content is fully online and includes printable resources. Instruction develops students’ understanding of computer science and coding skills through the lens of game design. The course requires the installation of GameMaker Studio 2 software; GameMaker Studio 2 requires a Windows operating system. [Read more…]
Content is organized in 16 modules made up of 65 lessons. Each module opens with a set of essential questions, the game design topics and learning objectives addressed by instruction, and list of learning outcomes (e.g., “Dynamically allocate game resources”). Lessons are short and focus on a specific essential question (e.g., “How is code used to move two instances in sync?”).
The use of GameMaker software enables students to be creative and instruction includes step-by-step guidance in the process of game development. Students are asked to create a digital portfolio of their creative work. A portfolio guide and rubric are provided.
Students love learning about the technical side of video games, and Zulama gives them the chance to explore topics they enjoy, like storytelling and computer programming.
The Zulama curriculum was created by educators at the world-renowned Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University. It gives teenagers experience with problem solving and thinking creatively—skills they need to earn jobs in a digital world.
Zulama contains over 80 hours of lessons, activities, projects, and content. The content is delivered through a browser-based platform into your classrooms, where students participate in hands-on, project-based activities and assignments.
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