[Participate and share : Poster]
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Purpose & objective
Aurora Public Schools (APS) is Colorado's 3rd largest and one of the nations most diverse school districts. Over the last eight years APS has gradually adopted the Scalable Game Design curriculum to teach computational thinking in middle and high schools. This poster will present the strategy employed, showcase games and simulations built and provide evaluation data.
Specifically, participants will:
- learn about the four core components of the Scalable Game Design strategy and how they align with the ISTE NETS framework
The presentation will include:
- Diagrams explaining the four core components of the Scalable Game Design strategy including data providing evidence of efficacy.
- The definition of a district approach to sustain and grow game design activities.
- Presentations by students of their game and simulation projects.
- An opportunity to talk to an APS district person.
These Aurora Public Schools (APS) videos capture the approach employed to systemically introduce Scalable Game Design in the district:
more about Scalable Game Design:
Scalable Game Design including computational thinking tools employed (AgentSheets/AgentCubes) has been supported with ~$20M by the National Science Foundation, Google, the National Institutes of Health and many other agencies in the US, Brazil, Switzerland and Mexico.
Project site with references: http://scalablegamedesign.cs.colorado.edu
Evidence of relevance:
- academic publications, e.g., Repenning, A., Webb, D. C., Koh, K. H., Nickerson H., Miller, S. B., Brand, C., et al., "Scalable Game Design: A Strategy to Bring Systemic Computer Science Education to Schools through Game Design and Simulation Creation," Transactions on Computing Education (TOCE), vol. 15, pp. 1-31, 2015.http://sgd.cs.colorado.edu/wiki/images/4/41/TOCE_2015_Repenning.pdf (more publications: http://sgd.cs.colorado.edu/wiki/Publications)
- popular press, e.g., WIRED: http://www.wired.com/2013/09/ap_code/
- videos, e.g., high production video made by Google as part of the 2015 Google RISE program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=4&v=wStwKAVqSbY (more videos: http://sgd.cs.colorado.edu/wiki/Videos)
- TV, e.g. FOX31: http://kdvr.com/2013/12/10/kids-learn-to-make-apps-video-games-quickly-with-hour-of-code-activities/
AgentSheets research showcased in government reports, e.g., Fostering Learning in the Networked World: The Cyberlearning Opportunity and Challenge. A 21st Century Agenda for the National Science Foundation, June 2008.