New iteration:—Engaging Teens with Digital Media: Creating Stories and Games eCourse

For Immediate Release
Thu, 02/08/2018


Colton Ursiny

Administrative Assistant

ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Engaging Teens with Digital Media: Creating Stories and Games. Kelly Czarnecki will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, April 2, 2018.

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 Kelly 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. Your purchase includes the PDF version of "Digital Storytelling in Practice,” Czarnecki’s issue of Library Technology Reports.

eCourse outline

Week One: Working with Machinima
  • Telling stories with game characters
  • Steps to developing a program around Machinima
  • Gathering content
  • Choosing a game engine
  • Software for recording
Week Two: Game Design Principles
  • Examples of game design in action
  • Developing a theme
  • Types of games
  • How to develop a game design document
  • Game design workshops and programs
Week Three: Alternate Reality Games
  • Scalability and managing resources
  • Common communication tools
  • Using the library’s physical space
Week Four: Virtual, Mobile, and Augmented Reality Gaming
  • Mobile and 21st century learning
  • Using augmented reality technology
  • Planning a program

About the Instructor

Kelly Czarnecki is the Technology Education Librarian at ImaginOn for the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County (PLCMC). She was named one of Library Journal's Movers and Shakers in 2007 for her work with teens and technology. Kelly writes a monthly column called "The Gaming Life" for School Library Journal and contributes to other publications, including Young Adult Library Services and Multimedia & Internet @ Schools.

Registration for this ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions facilitated eCourse, which begins on April 2, 2018, can be purchased at the ALA Store. Participants in this course will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message board participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (MP3 files), and downloading and viewing PDF and PowerPoint files.

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