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A select group of teachers will work with teams of middle and high school students where each student will be assigned specific roles and responsibilities building on existing skills and interests as they are encouraged to develop new ones. Using the Game Design Tool Kit, teachers will guide their groups through the process of game design from the inception of an idea to the strategic and creative applications that turn a concept into a playable paper game prototype.
The camp offers teachers the opportunity to develop their abilities using a proven teaching method that encourages effective and collaborative relationships while giving them the mechanisms for engaging and energizing students in the development of creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking skills. Teachers completing the Boot Camp will receive a Professional Development certificate from the MIT Education Arcade. Students with a strong interest in game design will learn everything from basic conceptual skills to advanced strategizing and will leave the camp with the knowledge needed to begin developing their own video games.
The 2012 Game Design Boot Camp will be facilitated by Learning Games Network and will include expert instructors and designers from the MIT Education Arcade, FableVision (a Boston-based storytelling and interactive development studio) and Learning Games Network.
The week-long workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, July 23 through Friday, July 27 and will be held in classrooms on the Cambridge, MA campus of MIT.
All applications must be received by Friday, May 18, 2012. Attendees will be selected based upon criteria outlined in the application materials and will be notified of their acceptance by June 1, 2012.
To apply or for additional information visit www.learninggamesnetwork.org/
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The Learning Games Network (LGN) was founded as a 501(c)3 organization in 2008 by Eric Klopfer (Professor, MIT; Director, MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program and MIT Education Arcade), Scot Osterweil (Research Scientist and Creative Director, MIT Education Arcade), Kurt Squire (Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison)