|Wednesday, 23 May 2018
7.00 pm to 8.00 pm, AEST, Sydney, NSW
Non-member registration $50.00 for this live webinar. Register here.
Games as text – Using apps, online and PC games to explore narrative, setting, character and authorship
with Bill Cohen, Teacher Librarian, ICT Integrator
For some time now, computer games have been far more than tests of reflexes. Modern games contain compelling characters, complex ideas and multiple narrative threads. Some present a fresh take on classics of literature or bend, fold, mutilate and spindle familiar tropes and archetypes. The explosion of mobile gaming over the past decade has taken many of these conventions and made them portable — the phrase ‘There’s an app for that’ can now be applied to works of folklore or literature re-imagined as games, or experiences that rely on the portability and connectivity of the platform they are designed for.
This webinar offers suggestions regarding games and apps for PC and mobile platforms that could be used to complement existing text choices or form the basis of exploring how story and narrative can be shaped by the reader/ player. Ideas will also be offered regarding how these games can be integrated into a school’s device collection, considering both school controlled and BYOD devices. Finally, attention will also be paid to opportunities for cross-curriculum connections in Years 7–10, with a particular focus on History, Geography and Science.
Attendees will be able to
- Advocate for games as learning objects with heads of faculty and senior executive
- Recommend games to compliment English, HSIE and Science areas of study
- Coordinate the bulk purchase and installation of games on school devices
William (Bill) Cohen is the Teacher Librarian and ICT Integrator at Asquith Girls High School. Along with teaching Years 7–12 in both the public and private school systems, Bill has also been the Education Content Manager for a national education website, delivered workshops on social justice and global citizenship to audiences from 15–150 students, and been a featured op-ed columnist on technology and education for the ABC. He has previously spoken at conferences such as EduTECH, the 2016 conference for ICTNSW, the 2016 & 2017 Australian Curriculum Symposium, and a range of TeachMeets.
For all States and Territories:
This webinar addresses the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers:
3.3.2 – Using teaching strategies
3.4.2 – Select and use resources
6.2.2 – Engage in professional learning and improve practice
Completing Games as Text will contribute 1 hour of NESA Registered PD addressing 3.3.2 and 3.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
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