The Scalable Game Design research project supports teachers through a grant by the National Science Foundation.
Teachers will learn
- how to program and design games and simulation (depending on level) using AgentSheets and/or AgentCubes software
- how to teach computer science and computational thinking and critical thinking skills through Scalable Game Design
- how to guide students in designing and building games and STEM simulations
- how to work with computational thinking patterns
- how game design maps to the ISTE standards and other content area standards
- how to access a large resource of curriculum and teacher & student support materials
- how to collect student motivation and game design data
Teachers will receive
- free training on the highly successful Scalable Game Design curriculum
- free personal AgentSheets software for as long as participation continues in the research project
- free school AgentSheets software for as long as participation continues in the research project
- a stipend upon completing all steps of classroom research data-collection implementations
- free support from research team, including lesson plans and other teaching material
- up to 3 University of Colorado (Boulder) graduate level credits for $60/credit paid by the teacher
Teachers commit to
- attend summer training at the University of Colorado in Boulder for 3 to 5 days
- teach students using curricular materials developed by the research team and evaluated and evolved by other teachers, e.g.
- at least one unit on game design (two to sixteen weeks in length)
- administer online motivational questionnaires and computational thinking surveys to students
- help students upload their games and simulations to the Scalable Game Design Arcade
- collect and turn in all necessary forms
Teachers are encouraged to
- contribute to Game Wiki by improving existing teaching materials and submitting new materials
- contribute to Game Facebook and Edmodo wall by posting comments, ideas, photos
- Teacher Agreement Form: once you are accepted into the program, you need to sign an agreement
- Teacher Consent Form: upon acceptance into the program, you will sign a consent form for participating in the research study. A new consent form is signed each year.
- Signed W9 with SS# and current mailing address upon acceptance into the program, signed W9 forms must be turned in to receive stipends
- Teacher Media Release Form. all participants must have media releases for photos and videos on file.
- CU graduate Credit Form - coming soon: all qualifying participants must complete this form and submit payment to receive graduate credit from the university.
- Please make sure you follow the classroom implementation guidelines before, during, and after your implementation cycles.
Past Summer Institute Archive
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