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ERIC Number: EJ1046780
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0004-3125
Alternate Reality Gaming: Teaching Visual Art Skills to Multiple Subject Credential Candidates
Engdahl, Eric
Art Education, v67 n2 p19-27 Mar 2014
Through Alternate Reality Games, students engage in narrative, play, cooperation, creativity, and joy by creating storylines focusing on one element of art. In 2008, the Luce Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum presented Ghosts of a Chance. The first Alternative Reality Game (ARG) to be hosted by a museum, it was designed to deepen and expand the museum-going experience as well as serve as a marketing device to engage a younger audience. The game commenced with the appearance of a body builder wearing attention-seeking tattoos at an ARGers' convention in Boston. Players then entered the game world through websites, e-mail, in-person discussions with actors playing game characters, and activities at the museum and sites around Washington, DC. The author believes that future students will help educators discover the full potential of ARG, especially as the born-digital kids enter teaching programs. If the current generation of educators are, in Marc Prensky's terminology, "digital immigrants" (2001a, p. 2) then teachers must learn from the different brains, new knowledge, and experiences of the natives so that they can teach them more effectively. ARGs offer an exciting mode of learning for natives and immigrants alike, because the central components are what make us human--stories, sociability, playfulness, the use of tools, and creativity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia
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