42000062620 2018-05-17T11:27:59-05:00 Frequently asked questions in regards to GameSalad for Education 42000096707 false GameSalad for Education FAQ 1 2018-05-17T16:17:09-05:00 1 1 2018-05-17T11:28:30-05:00 0 0 Yes!  If you are a student or educator looking for a discount on a single seat of GameSalad, we currently offer 50% off a GameSalad Pro annual subscription.  Click here to get started! If you are an educator interested in multi-seat licensing for your classroom, we offer extremely affordable classroom packages that range from 70-90% off the retail cost of the software.  Visit our quote page to get more info! <div rel="clipboard_data"><p>Yes!  If you are a student or educator looking for a discount on a single seat of GameSalad, we currently offer 50% off a GameSalad Pro annual subscription.  <a href="http://www.gamesalad.com/discounts">Click here</a> to get started!</p><p><br></p><p>If you are an educator interested in multi-seat licensing for your classroom, we offer extremely affordable classroom packages that range from 70-90% off the retail cost of the software.  <a href="http://edu.gamesalad.com/quote-request/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Visit our quote page</a> to get more info!</p></div><p><br></p> 42000096707 14 42000026512 2018-05-17T11:28:30-05:00 42002151093 1 <div rel="clipboard_data"><p>Yes! &nbsp;If you are a student or educator looking for a discount on a single seat of GameSalad, we currently offer 50% off a GameSalad Pro annual subscription. &nbsp;<a href="http://www.gamesalad.com/discounts">Click here</a> to get started!</p><p><br></p><p>If you are an educator interested in multi-seat licensing for your classroom, we offer extremely affordable classroom packages that range from 70-90% off the retail cost of the software. &nbsp;<a href="http://edu.gamesalad.com/quote-request/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Visit our quote page</a> to get more info!</p></div><p><br></p> 2 0 0 Does GameSalad offer education discounts? 2018-05-17T11:28:30-05:00 42002151093 1 2018-05-17T11:29:36-05:00 0 0 We’ve seen GameSalad used in middle schools all the way up to post-graduate classes, but the majority of our students are in 4th-10th grade. Many of today’s students are digital natives who are comfortable with sophisticated authoring tools and embrace the “maker” mentality — GameSalad is a great fit for these students. As a result, we see more and more students in middle school using the product as well. For younger learners, GameSalad is a great tool for project-based learning activities, and can also be used in deconstruction exercises, where a game with familiar mechanics and concepts is introduced and demonstrated, and then is examined and modified in a series of cause-effect experiments. (“What do you think will happen if we increase the effect of gravity on the player?”). <div rel="clipboard_data"><p>We’ve seen GameSalad used in middle schools all the way up to post-graduate classes, but the majority of our students are in 4th-10th grade.</p><p><br></p><p>Many of today’s students are digital natives who are comfortable with sophisticated authoring tools and embrace the “maker” mentality — GameSalad is a great fit for these students. As a result, we see more and more students in middle school using the product as well.</p><p><br></p><p>For younger learners, GameSalad is a great tool for project-based learning activities, and can also be used in deconstruction exercises, where a game with familiar mechanics and concepts is introduced and demonstrated, and then is examined and modified in a series of cause-effect experiments. (“What do you think will happen if we increase the effect of gravity on the player?”).</p></div><p><br></p> 42000096707 15 42000026513 2018-05-17T11:29:36-05:00 42002151093 2 <div rel="clipboard_data"><p>We’ve seen GameSalad used in middle schools all the way up to post-graduate classes, but the majority of our students are in 4th-10th grade.</p><p><br></p><p>Many of today’s students are digital natives who are comfortable with sophisticated authoring tools and embrace the “maker” mentality — GameSalad is a great fit for these students. As a result, we see more and more students in middle school using the product as well.</p><p><br></p><p>For younger learners, GameSalad is a great tool for project-based learning activities, and can also be used in deconstruction exercises, where a game with familiar mechanics and concepts is introduced and demonstrated, and then is examined and modified in a series of cause-effect experiments. (“What do you think will happen if we increase the effect of gravity on the player?”).</p></div><p><br></p> 2 0 0 For what grade levels is GameSalad for Education suitable? 2018-05-17T11:29:36-05:00 42002151093 1 2018-05-17T11:30:34-05:00 0 0 If you’re purchasing GameSalad for institutional use, you’ll need licenses for each potential user. Each student will have their own license so that they can have access to their projects through their GameSalad portfolio as well as work on projects from home. <p>If you’re purchasing GameSalad for institutional use, <strong>you’ll need licenses for each potential user. </strong>Each student will have their own license so that they can have access to their projects through their GameSalad portfolio as well as work on projects from home.</p> 42000096707 9 42000026515 2018-05-17T11:30:34-05:00 42002151093 3 <p>If you’re purchasing GameSalad for institutional use, <strong>you’ll need licenses for each potential user.&nbsp;</strong>Each student will have their own license so that they can have access to their projects through their GameSalad portfolio as well as work on projects from home.</p> 2 0 0 How many licenses do I need for my classroom? 2018-05-17T11:30:34-05:00 42002151093 1 2018-05-17T11:31:10-05:00 0 0 Because GameSalad is a drag-and-drop tool that does not require writing actual code, a question we often get is “how can this actually help students learn how to program?”  The answer is that understanding how to program is much more than typing syntax (which is often where introductory programming courses begin, is the least interesting part of programming, and tends to discourage students early). Because GameSalad emphasizes experimentation and rapid iteration, students see results quickly and can play with different concepts and experiments without fear of “breaking something” or getting tripped up with stray semicolons or brackets.  And along the way, they’re utilizing and learning fundamental concepts of software development and programming. Here are some of the key programming concepts that students learn by building games in GameSalad:   PROGRAMMING CONCEPTHOW THE CONCEPT IS USED IN GAMESALADObject oriented developmentGameSalad Actors have the concept of inheritance, prototypes, and instances.  Event Driven ProgrammingUsing Rules and Behaviors, GameSalad teaches the fundamentals of  Event Driven Programming, which is the dominant programming paradigm used in games,graphical user interface (GUI) applications, and many other applications, such as Javascript web applications.  Many other programming tools focus only on functional programming.VariablesGameSalad Actors and Scenes have Attributes, which are essentially variables.  Attributes in GameSalad have different types, including boolean, integer, real, image, and text. Access to attributes is controlled by scoping rules and encapsulation. FunctionsGameSalad’s Behaviors are effectively functions that can be called again and again, passing different arguments into the call as needed.Trigonometric math, angles, rotationActors can interact with each other based on distances, angles, velocities, and forces. The Expression Editor features mathematical functions such as sin, tan, cos, abs to allow complex computations.Comparison OperatorsGameSalad’s Rules allow the use of comparison operators like equals, less than, greater than, less than or equal, greater than or equal and, not equal to evaluate expressions.Conditional execution (if/then/else)Using Rule Groups, GameSalad teaches users how code can be executed selectively based on conditions.Data structures & data-driven designGameSalad Tables are effectively multidimensional arrays, which teaches users how to store data more efficiently and the importance of developing a program independently of data (i.e., not hardcoding)LoopingTeaches the concept of looping over a set of instructions until a given condition is reached.Physics & SimulationGameSalad includes a fully integrated 2D physics engine and all Actors have physical Attributes that can be modified as needed.  String ManipulationGameSalad has expression functions that help teach how to concatenate and manipulate strings, a key element of programming in any language. <div rel="clipboard_data"><p>Because GameSalad is a drag-and-drop tool that does not require writing actual code, a question we often get is “how can this actually help students learn how to program?”  The answer is that understanding how to program is much more than typing syntax (which is often where introductory programming courses begin, is the least interesting part of programming, and tends to discourage students early).</p><p><br></p><p>Because GameSalad emphasizes experimentation and rapid iteration, students see results quickly and can play with different concepts and experiments without fear of “breaking something” or getting tripped up with stray semicolons or brackets.  And along the way, they’re utilizing and learning fundamental concepts of software development and programming.</p><p><br></p><p>Here are some of the key programming concepts that students learn by building games in GameSalad:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td width="40%"><strong>PROGRAMMING CONCEPT</strong></td><td width="60%"><strong>HOW THE CONCEPT IS USED IN GAMESALAD</strong></td></tr><tr><td><strong>Object oriented development</strong></td><td>GameSalad <strong>Actors</strong> have the concept of inheritance, prototypes, and instances.  </td></tr><tr><td><strong>Event Driven Programming</strong></td><td>Using <strong>Rules</strong> and <strong>Behaviors,</strong> GameSalad teaches the fundamentals of  <strong>Event Driven Programming</strong>, which is the dominant programming paradigm used in games,graphical user interface (GUI) applications, and many other applications, such as Javascript web applications.  Many other programming tools focus only on functional programming.</td></tr><tr><td><strong>Variables</strong></td><td>GameSalad <strong>Actors</strong> and <strong>Scenes</strong> have <strong>Attributes</strong>, which are essentially variables. <em> </em>Attributes in GameSalad have different types, including boolean, integer, real, image, and text. Access to attributes is controlled by scoping rules and encapsulation.<br></td></tr><tr><td><strong>Functions</strong></td><td>GameSalad’s <strong>Behaviors</strong> are effectively functions that can be called again and again, passing different arguments into the call as needed.</td></tr><tr><td><strong>Trigonometric math, angles, rotation</strong></td><td><strong>Actors</strong> can interact with each other based on distances, angles, velocities, and forces. The Expression Editor features mathematical functions such as sin, tan, cos, abs to allow complex computations.</td></tr><tr><td><strong>Comparison Operators</strong></td><td>GameSalad’s <strong>Rules</strong> allow the use of comparison operators like equals, less than, greater than, less than or equal, greater than or equal and, not equal to evaluate expressions.</td></tr><tr><td><strong>Conditional execution (if/then/else)</strong></td><td>Using <strong>Rule Groups</strong>, GameSalad teaches users how code can be executed selectively based on conditions.</td></tr><tr><td><strong>Data structures &amp; data-driven design</strong></td><td>GameSalad <strong>Tables</strong> are effectively multidimensional arrays, which teaches users how to store data more efficiently and the importance of developing a program independently of data (i.e., not hardcoding)</td></tr><tr><td><strong>Looping</strong></td><td>Teaches the concept of looping over a set of instructions until a given condition is reached.</td></tr><tr><td><strong>Physics &amp; Simulation</strong></td><td>GameSalad includes a fully integrated 2D physics engine and all Actors have physical Attributes that can be modified as needed.  </td></tr><tr><td><strong>String Manipulation</strong></td><td>GameSalad has expression functions that help teach how to concatenate and manipulate strings, a key element of programming in any language.</td></tr></tbody></table></div><p><br></p> 42000096707 12 42000026516 2018-05-17T11:31:10-05:00 42002151093 4 <div rel="clipboard_data"><p>Because GameSalad is a drag-and-drop tool that does not require writing actual code, a question we often get is “how can this actually help students learn how to program?” &nbsp;The answer is that understanding how to program is much more than typing syntax (which is often where introductory programming courses begin, is the least interesting part of programming, and tends to discourage students early).</p><p><br></p><p>Because GameSalad emphasizes experimentation and rapid iteration, students see results quickly and can play with different concepts and experiments without fear of “breaking something” or getting tripped up with stray semicolons or brackets. &nbsp;And along the way, they’re utilizing and learning fundamental concepts of software development and programming.</p><p><br></p><p>Here are some of the key programming concepts that students learn by building games in GameSalad:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><table><tbody><tr><td width="40%"><strong>PROGRAMMING CONCEPT</strong></td><td width="60%"><strong>HOW THE CONCEPT IS USED IN GAMESALAD</strong></td></tr><tr><td><strong>Object oriented development</strong></td><td>GameSalad <strong>Actors</strong> have the concept of inheritance, prototypes, and instances. &nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td><strong>Event Driven Programming</strong></td><td>Using <strong>Rules</strong> and <strong>Behaviors,</strong> GameSalad teaches the fundamentals of &nbsp;<strong>Event Driven Programming</strong>, which is the dominant programming paradigm used in games,graphical user interface (GUI) applications, and many other applications, such as Javascript web applications. &nbsp;Many other programming tools focus only on functional programming.</td></tr><tr><td><strong>Variables</strong></td><td>GameSalad <strong>Actors</strong> and <strong>Scenes</strong> have <strong>Attributes</strong>, which are essentially variables. <em>&nbsp;</em>Attributes in GameSalad have different types, including boolean, integer, real, image, and text. Access to attributes is controlled by scoping rules and encapsulation.<br></td></tr><tr><td><strong>Functions</strong></td><td>GameSalad’s <strong>Behaviors</strong> are effectively functions that can be called again and again, passing different arguments into the call as needed.</td></tr><tr><td><strong>Trigonometric math, angles, rotation</strong></td><td><strong>Actors</strong> can interact with each other based on distances, angles, velocities, and forces. The Expression Editor features mathematical functions such as sin, tan, cos, abs to allow complex computations.</td></tr><tr><td><strong>Comparison Operators</strong></td><td>GameSalad’s <strong>Rules</strong> allow the use of comparison operators like equals, less than, greater than, less than or equal, greater than or equal and, not equal to evaluate expressions.</td></tr><tr><td><strong>Conditional execution (if/then/else)</strong></td><td>Using <strong>Rule Groups</strong>, GameSalad teaches users how code can be executed selectively based on conditions.</td></tr><tr><td><strong>Data structures &amp; data-driven design</strong></td><td>GameSalad <strong>Tables</strong> are effectively multidimensional arrays, which teaches users how to store data more efficiently and the importance of developing a program independently of data (i.e., not hardcoding)</td></tr><tr><td><strong>Looping</strong></td><td>Teaches the concept of looping over a set of instructions until a given condition is reached.</td></tr><tr><td><strong>Physics &amp; Simulation</strong></td><td>GameSalad includes a fully integrated 2D physics engine and all Actors have physical Attributes that can be modified as needed. &nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td><strong>String Manipulation</strong></td><td>GameSalad has expression functions that help teach how to concatenate and manipulate strings, a key element of programming in any language.</td></tr></tbody></table></div><p><br></p> 2 0 0 How does GameSalad help teach programming? 2018-05-17T11:31:10-05:00 42002151093 1 2018-05-17T11:31:34-05:00 0 0 Yes!  The Official GameSalad Guide to Game Development by Jeannie Novak is our textbook offering.  Published by Cengage, you can request textbooks on your customized GameSalad quote, purchase via online retailers, or directly from the publisher. Are you an educator looking to request a sample copy?  You’ll need an account with Cengage; follow this link to sign up (or sign in) and request your classroom sample. <p>Yes!  <a href="http://www.cengage.com/search/productOverview.do?Ntt=7018325061904146043170198167990020654&amp;N=16+4294967028&amp;Ntk=P_EPI">The Official GameSalad Guide to Game Development</a> by Jeannie Novak is our textbook offering.  Published by Cengage, you can request textbooks on <a href="http://www.gamesalad.com/education/purchase-information/custom-quote">your customized GameSalad quote</a>, purchase via <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Official-GameSalad-Development-Explore-Design/dp/1133605648/">online retailers</a>, or <a href="http://www.cengage.com/search/productOverview.do?Ntt=7018325061904146043170198167990020654&amp;N=16+4294967028&amp;Ntk=P_EPI">directly from the publisher</a>.</p><p><br></p><p>Are you an educator looking to request a sample copy?  You’ll need an account with Cengage; follow <a href="https://login.cengage.com/cb/login.htm?sISBN=9781133605645&amp;digital=true">this link</a> to sign up (or sign in) and request your classroom sample.</p><p><br></p> 42000096707 13 42000026517 2018-05-17T11:32:14-05:00 42002151093 5 <div rel="clipboard_data"><p>Yes! &nbsp;<a href="http://www.cengage.com/search/productOverview.do?Ntt=7018325061904146043170198167990020654&amp;N=16+4294967028&amp;Ntk=P_EPI">The Official GameSalad Guide to Game Development</a> by Jeannie Novak is our textbook offering. &nbsp;Published by Cengage, you can request textbooks on <a href="http://www.gamesalad.com/education/purchase-information/custom-quote">your customized GameSalad quote</a>, purchase via <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Official-GameSalad-Development-Explore-Design/dp/1133605648/">online retailers</a>, or <a href="http://www.cengage.com/search/productOverview.do?Ntt=7018325061904146043170198167990020654&amp;N=16+4294967028&amp;Ntk=P_EPI">directly from the publisher</a>.</p><p><br></p><p>Are you an educator looking to request a sample copy? &nbsp;You’ll need an account with Cengage; follow <a href="https://login.cengage.com/cb/login.htm?sISBN=9781133605645&amp;digital=true">this link</a> to sign up (or sign in) and request your classroom sample.</p></div><p><br></p> 2 0 0 Does GameSalad offer a textbook? 2018-05-17T11:31:34-05:00 42002151093 1 2018-05-17T11:32:45-05:00 0 0 To ensure compliance with COPPA regulations, GameSalad prohibits anyone under the age of 13 from creating a GameSalad account. In a classroom scenario, educators can keep students’ privacy protected and still use GameSalad by creating accounts owned by the educator or institution and ensuring that students do not divulge any personally identifiable information. <div rel="clipboard_data"><p>To ensure compliance with COPPA regulations, GameSalad prohibits anyone under the age of 13 from creating a GameSalad account.</p><p><br></p><p>In a classroom scenario, educators can keep students’ privacy protected and still use GameSalad by creating accounts owned by the educator or institution and ensuring that students do not divulge any personally identifiable information.</p></div><p><br></p> 42000096707 6 42000026521 2018-05-17T11:32:45-05:00 42002151093 6 <div rel="clipboard_data"><p>To ensure compliance with COPPA regulations, GameSalad prohibits anyone under the age of 13 from creating a GameSalad account.</p><p><br></p><p>In a classroom scenario, educators can keep students’ privacy protected and still use GameSalad by creating accounts owned by the educator or institution and ensuring that students do not divulge any personally identifiable information.</p></div><p><br></p> 2 0 0 Can students under the age of 13 use GameSalad? 2018-05-17T11:32:45-05:00 42002151093 1 2018-05-17T11:33:23-05:00 0 0 We use the same service (“SheerID”) to validate student and educator eligibility as Fortune 500 companies like DirecTV and Amazon.com, but sometimes there are cases where it is unable to identify individuals: K-12 students are not identified due to COPPA privacy regulations College students attending school overseas may not be identified Teachers working outside the US may not be identified Homeschooling parents are unlikely to be identified as educators In any of these scenarios, your trusty GameSalad customer support staff can help! Just reach out to us using the chat box in the bottom right corner of our website, letting us know you need our help to activate your discount, and attach any relevant documentation proving your identity and status as a currently-enrolled student or faculty member, and we can get you authorized. <div rel="clipboard_data"><p>We use the same service (“SheerID”) to validate student and educator eligibility as Fortune 500 companies like DirecTV and Amazon.com, but sometimes there are cases where it is unable to identify individuals:</p><p><br></p><ul><li>K-12 students are not identified due to COPPA privacy regulations</li><li>College students attending school overseas may not be identified</li><li>Teachers working outside the US may not be identified</li><li>Homeschooling parents are unlikely to be identified as educators</li></ul><p><br></p><p>In any of these scenarios, your trusty GameSalad customer support staff can help! Just reach out to us using the chat box in the bottom right corner of our website, letting us know you need our help to activate your discount, and attach any relevant documentation proving your identity and status as a currently-enrolled student or faculty member, and we can get you authorized.</p></div><p><br></p> 42000096707 10 42000026523 2018-05-17T11:33:23-05:00 42002151093 7 <div rel="clipboard_data"><p>We use the same service (“SheerID”) to validate student and educator eligibility as Fortune 500 companies like DirecTV and Amazon.com, but sometimes there are cases where it is unable to identify individuals:</p><p><br></p><ul><li>K-12 students are not identified due to COPPA privacy regulations</li><li>College students attending school overseas may not be identified</li><li>Teachers working outside the US may not be identified</li><li>Homeschooling parents are unlikely to be identified as educators</li></ul><p><br></p><p>In any of these scenarios, your trusty GameSalad customer support staff can help! Just reach out to us using the chat box in the bottom right corner of our website, letting us know you need our help to activate your discount, and attach any relevant documentation proving your identity and status as a currently-enrolled student or faculty member, and we can get you authorized.</p></div><p><br></p> 2 0 0 I submitted my documentation for a student/teacher discount, but was rejected. 2018-05-17T11:33:23-05:00 42002151093