Gaming in the Library

screen-shot-2016-10-02-at-12-26-23-pm I’ve never really been into video games, except for a mild obsession with Super Mario Bros when I bought a Nintendo back in middle school, but after attending the AASL Game (Gaming as Meaningful Education) Conference, I’m excited about video games!game_logo_300

Thomas Knowlton, Creator of NYPLarcade and an Outreach Librarin for NYPL gave a fast paced and engaging presentation at GAME that had the audience frantically scribbling notes and left them wishing there were demos of the video games set up in the conference room next door. In addition to the 10 fantastic games he shared, Knowlton also explained the three criteria he uses for selecting games: Availability (budget, platform required and time), Playability (is it: dynamic, watchable, age level appropriate, and quick), and Intertexuality (can it be connected to a book or another game, can it be discussed).  Two of the five games that Knowlton recommended for teens: Gone Home, a first person walking simulator video game by Fullbright and 1979 Revolution: Black Friday, a choice driven, adventure narrative video game by iNK Stories, interested me the most and I thought could best be incorporated into a curriculum.

Gone Home Knowlton gave the example of using this game with an English class, discussing: following character threads, writing narrative threads, or using the artifacts in the story to start discussions on different topics. I can see this being used with a creative writing class.

1979 Revolution : Black Friday Knowlton shared the how this video game might be tied to the graphic novel Persepolis persepolisas they both deal with the 1979 Iranian revolution. I also think both the game and the book could be brought into a discussion in a geography, history, or global studies course.

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A new year

It’s a new school year, with the emphasis on new. Our library team has new members, a new look, and a seemingly endless supply of new ideas. All this newness is refreshing and inspiring, but is only possible because we spent the last twelve months thinking about who we are and how we work, both individually and with each other. This ‘year of thinking’ allowed us to create a better working environment, as well as a three year plan for the future of the library. A recent google study talked about  “psychological safety,” having an environment where everyone is free to share ideas, and encouraged to try something new  without fear of humiliation. We are only three weeks into the school year, and it’s evident that we have “psychological safety” and it’s inspiring!

A look at some of the newness –

The amazing Jordan Ellis, created a new look for our library circulation desk.


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