Engaging Teens with Digital Media: Creating Stories and Games

Engaging Teens with Digital Media:
Creating Stories and Games
Facilitated by Kelly Czarnecki
4-week eCourse
Beginning Monday, April 15, 2013

Take your gaming nights up a notch by drawing eager creators to your workstations! Library programs in game design and interactive media are proving to be immensely popular with teens; what’s more, educators tout their value in teaching 21st-century skills. Noted library gamer Czarnecki will be your guide in this eCourse loaded with activities for both novices and experienced participants, and generously illustrated with numerous video examples. You’ll learn the basic skills to get your teens started in designing, producing and telling their stories.
After taking this course you will be able to:
• Develop a game design document
• Compare game creation software and identify the best options for your needs
• Understand alternate reality games and how they relate to libraries and transmedia storytelling
• Generate ideas for creating library games for mobile devices
• Create digital media library programs that develop skills
Kelly Czarnecki is a Teen Services Librarian at ImaginOn with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library in North Carolina and an experienced collaborator with community groups in teen programming. Author of Gaming in Libraries (THE TECH SET® #9) and the Library Technology Reports issue Digital Storytelling in Practice, she also wrote School Library Journal’s Gaming Life column for several years. She is a former chair of YALSA’s Teen Tech Week committee and a frequent presenter on the intersection of gaming and libraries.