Learning Kodu: Basic Video Game Design for Kids

Date(s) - 05/10/2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



According to a 2016 “Sales, Demographic, and Usage Data” report released by the Entertainment Software Association, 63% of U.S. households have at least one person who plays video games for 3 hours or more each week. This same report states that consumers spent $23.5 billion on games in 2015 and that games are “personal learning gateways” where we will start to see them more in schools and in professional life. Libraries that provide basic video game design classes can provide that spark that ignites the next wave of video game designers.

In this webinar:
· Learn the basic components of video games.
· Receive step-by-step instructions for using Kodu Game Lab.
· Discover a variety of alternative gaming engines (GameMaker, etc.) where people can learn to experiment and ultimately to design their own video games

Register here for the live webinar or to have early access to the recording when it becomes available – all in this place! No need to register in a separate place for recording access.

Biography ~ Chad Mairn 
Chad Mairn is a librarian, teacher, author, and self-described geek who frequently shares his enthusiasm for ‘all-things technology’ as a speaker at library and technology conferences. He is an Information Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, and manages the Innovation Lab at St. Petersburg College. In October 2015, the Innovation Lab received a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from the Walt Disney Company in collaboration with ALA’s Association for Library Service to Children to expand their successful Maker Boot Camp series that helps “promote exploration and discovery for children ages 6 to 14.” Imagination and originality, flexibility, decision-making, communication and self-expression, collaboration, and motivation are the critical components of creativity that the Maker Boot Camp has integrated into their curriculum (https://youtu.be/kO3_NRWHZ9E).

While an undergraduate studying Humanities at the University of South Florida (USF), Chad was awarded a Library of Congress Fellowship archiving Leonard Bernstein’s personal papers. During his Library and Information Science (LIS) graduate work, also at USF, Chad became a technology liaison between the Bill Gates Learning Foundation and Florida public libraries.

Much of Chad’s recent interests have focused around mobile and emerging technologies. Chad has written a couple of book chapters and numerous articles on library technologies. Chad also plays drums in two bands, Fowler’s Bluff and Low Season, and he also organizes Pinellas Comic and Maker Con, which is held each year at the St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus.


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