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Tech Tools for Teachers, by Teachers: Video Game Design in the Classroom

Publication: Wisconsin English Journal
Date: 2011

Summary: Author and teacher Greg Kehring shares his experience of using video game design as a way of teaching the writing process to his middle school students.

 

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I found the answer I was looking for when I attended a session at the National Writing Project's National Meeting in 2010. The presenter of this session was Alan Gershenfeld, the founder and President of E-Line Media. He introduced video game design as a genre of digital literacy and I was instantly amazed at the possibilities of this concept. Gershenfeld showed me a writing genre that used the conventional writing process, collaboration, problem solving, and critical thinking in an engaging and innovative way. I saw many learning opportunities that would involve the use of game design; including some very cool possibilities for writing in the content areas. Mr. Gershenfeld introduced Gamestar Mechanic, the game design platform that he helped to create. He was proposing that teachers should use video games, and game design, as an instructional tool and I was totally on board."

Copyright © 2011 Wisconsin English Journal. Reprinted with permission.
Kehrig, Greg. 2011. "Tech Tools for Teachers, by Teachers: Video Game Design in the Classroom" in Wisconsin English Journal 53(2): 27-30.

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