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Teaching Children to Program Games
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Teaching Children to Program Games
SPEAKER/S: Jill Denner (ETR Associates)
DAY / TIME / LOCATION: Monday 1:45- 2:10 Room 301, South Hall
TRACK / FORMAT: GDC Education Summit / Lecture
DESCRIPTION: An increasing number of gaming environments are available for children to design and program their own computer games. However, educators who want to use these tools in their classrooms have little information about the benefits or limitations, or the learning outcomes associated with each. This lecture will draw on eight years of teaching middle school students to program games using four different programming environments. The speaker will describe a teaching method and what the students learn. She will also talk about the challenges and strategies for engaging girls and underrepresented minorities in computer game programming, including suggestions for new game authoring tools.

TAKEAWAY: Attendees will learn a method for teaching students with low computer skills and low confidence to program their own games. They will learn how to facilitate a learning progression from using, to modifying, and then creating an original game.

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