Some schools are adding more technology into the curriculum. Ligonier Valley High School is one of the tech-savvy schools enjoying their new learning concepts.

Adding More Technology Into the CurriculumThe school board approved the use of Zulama: Games Through the Ages, to pilot the advanced emerging technology class next semester.

The course, developed by Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center, teaches computer programming and computer science through games from various time periods, such as ancient Egypt, according to high school Principal Tim Kantor.

Upperclassmen enrolled in the advanced emerging technology class will be the first to try out the course, which Kantor said is “project-based learning.” Next year, Kantor hopes to offer it to ninth-grade students.

The curriculum has upper level, semester-long courses that build upon the skills taught in the previous course.

A series of skills courses allows students to explore several technology areas, such as three-dimensional design, mobile application development and game design, Kantor said.

The next course gives students the chance to produce their own projects in a sort of “studio” setting, and the final course allows students to complete projects for real-world entities, such as a mobile application for a local business.

Superintendent Chris Oldham said the board will receive information about the skill courses in February or March for consideration, and the production studio course will be considered in the following school year.

The cost of “Zulama: Games Through the Ages,” which will total $4,300 at most, will be paid through the school’s Richard King Mellon Foundation technology grant.

In other business, Oldham announced the last day for students in grades nine and 10 to register for the district’s dual-enrollment associate degree program is Nov. 15.

The program allows students to earn associate degrees from Penn Highlands Community College while in high school. This is one of the benefits of adding more technology into the curriculum.

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