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20070713-04 Gaming Literacy

What Videogame Making Can Teach Us About Literacy & Learning: Alternative Pathways into Participatory Culture — Kylie Peppler & Yasmin Kafai

new effort concentrating on creating games and what is learned when creating them
divided between modding and making

situate making games for learning within the current debates on the participatory culture (Jenkins et. al., 2006)
- viewing, playing, and producing content are all instrumental to the new participatory culture

Gaming and Libraries Symposium Attendees - Sign Up to Win Prizes!

Or just show up and win prizes. :)

A quick note to make sure that if you're coming to the ALA TechSource Gaming, Learning, & Libraries Symposium that starts on Sunday (July 22) and you plan to participate in the open video gaming that night, please be sure to sign up on the Advance Tournament Registration page. Three of the five games require pairs play, so we'll help you make a new friend if you don't have a buddy to sign up with.

Bring Your DS to the Symposium and Fantasy Library Standards

First, another quick note - Paul Waelchli has proposed additional Nintendo DS play at the open gaming at the TechSource Gaming and Libraries Symposium Sunday night (July 22), so if you have a DS, bring it! He'll also bring a few of his own so that you can play if you don't have one. More info on the TourneyRegistration page (even though you don't need to register for this).

Still More Symposium Fun - Werewolf and More

If you're interested in playing some games Saturday night (July 21), meet Scott Nicholson in the lobby of the Mariott at 7:00 p.m. Bring your favorites, or just play what he brings, including the big-group game of Werewolf.

I'm hoping to be there, as I've always wanted to play Werewolf myself.

Addendum: If you have a video camera we could use to record sessions on Monday and Tuesday, please let me know. Thanks!

GLLS2007 Is Underway!

Even though I'm at my own conference, I don't think I'll have much time to blog while here. It's killing me because we've already heard three incredible presentations that I normally would have liveblogged. Day one was exactly what I'd hoped it would be, with the release of some pretty big news.

GLLS2007 Wrap Up

I'm happy to report that the ALA TechSource Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium turned out even better than I had hoped. This was due entirely to the energy of the participants and the quality of the speakers. I actually missed most of the non-keynote sessions because I was running around trying to record video of the presentations, resolve issues, and generally just keep things running as smoothly as possible.

Made You Laugh

Activision Reports Sluggish Sales For Sousaphone Hero
"Despite a catchy 1890s soundtrack and realistic-feeling game play, Sousaphone Hero, the third installment of Activision's massively popular Guitar Hero video game franchise, sold a mere 52 copies in the United States in its opening week, the company reported Monday....

I Wish ALA Had Done This

SPARC Video Contest
"The Internet gives new meaning to the notion that, by sharing ideas, we build a better understanding of the world around us. If you use YouTube or Wikipedia, exchange gaming tips on the Internet, or have a blog, you probably well understand the value of sharing information, ideas, and knowledge.

EBSCO Finally Gets RSS Right

For two years, I've been giving presentations showing ProQuest's mock-ups of what RSS could look like in its databases if it existed and EBSCO's crazy wack, real-life implementation. I tell the audience to tell ProQuest to implement already and then tell EBSCO to make their setup easier to use. Today, however, all of this changes because EBSCO has changed the way it offers RSS feeds and they've done a great job. EBSCO CIO Mike Gorrell told me the new version "kicks butt in the RSS area," and he is oh-so-very-right.

Me in the Chicago Tribune

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