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SXSWedu hosts AMD Game On Pre Conference


Monday, March 5, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (CST)

SXSWedu hosts AMD Game On Pre Conference

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Introduction to Game Design

We know that students learn by playing games, but when they make games the learning goes up exponentially. Game design can help enhance students STEM skills as well as 21st century skills.


What you will learn

This full day BYOT workshop is designed for teachers who want to learn about incorporating game design into the classroom. The day will run from 8:30am-5:00pm on March 5 at the Hilton Austin Downtown and includes hands-on sessions about making games and teaching game design with little to no programing experience. While developed especially for educators, this pre conference will be insightful to all who are interested in the gamification of learning!

Workshop leaders will take you step by step through three free game design tools – Gamestar Mechanic, Scratch, and Globaloria. By the end of the day, you will have an understanding of how to incorporate game design into your lessons, and you will have tutorials and examples to use as soon as you return to the classroom.


Gamestar Mechanic

Facilitator - Brian Alspach, Executive Vice President, E-Line Media
Get your students started on a pathway to becoming game designers. Gamestar Mechanic is a game design platform and curriculum for youth ages 8-14 designed to foster 21st century learning skills through teaching the principles of game design. This BYOL session will include hands-on activities designed to introduce those who are new to the field to the core elements of game design. Participants will be introduced to the key concepts of digital game making and even have an opportunity to build their own digital games using Gamestar Mechanic. All of the tools and techniques used in the workshop are suitable for use as an introduction to game design for the students in your own classroom.


Facilitator - Dan Rauzi, Senior Director, Technology Programs, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Scratch is a free programming language from the Media Kitchen at M.I.T. Geared to youth ages 8 – 16, Scratch allows for the easy creation of games, interactive stories and animations. As young people create and share Scratch projects, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. During this session, you will be introduced to the Scratch language, learn the parts of the Scratch drag and drop interface and the basic programming command structure. You will then create your own game in Scratch using a simple game mechanism you can use with your students for them to create their own games. To best experience this workshop, bring a laptop with the Scratch program installed. You can download Scratch free at both the Windows and Apple platforms.

Globaloria Network for Learning Game Design

Facilitator - Denise Stalnaker, Director of Professional Development, World Wide Workshop
Creating educational webgames within a social networking context is a rigorous and complex process that fosters team work, problem-solving collaboration, sharing and transparency, communication skills and accountability. Join us in this educator-led, hands-on, BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) session to experience the power of game-design for learning school content, the Globaloria way. Participants will learn-by-doing, to invent, research, plan, prototype, and program an original educational game with industry-standard tools using the Globaloria learning platform and comprehensive game-design curriculum and resources. Since 2006, over 5000 middle and high school students and educators in 5 states have used Globaloria.


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When & Where

Hilton Austin Downtown
500 East 4th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Monday, March 5, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (CST)

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SXSWedu is pleased to host its second annual conference focusing on innovations in learning. SXSWedu 2012 will occur March 6-8, 2012 at the Downtown Hilton in Austin, Texas.

Like other SXSW festivals, SXSWedu seeks to converge the wide variety of stakeholders who share an interest in 21st Century innovation and best practices. Our attendees represent not only education professionals including teachers, administrators and university professors, but also business, industry and policy leaders who all share a keen interest in modernizing teaching and learning.

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