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ERIC Number: EJ831235
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1041-7915
Imagine, Invent, Program, Share: A Library-Hosted Computer Club Promotes 21st Century Skills
Myers, Brian
Computers in Libraries, v29 n3 p6-9, 38-40 Mar 2009
During at least one afternoon each month, Wilmette (Illinois) Public Library (WPL) hosts a local group of computer programmers, designers, and artists, who meet to discuss digital projects and resources, technical challenges, and successful design or programming strategies. WPL's Game Design Club, now in its third year, owes its existence to a combination of elements: the library's commitment to supporting 21st-century literacy skills, a motivated population of teens for whom no comparable peer community exists, and the recent development of a variety of free and open source programming environments and content editing tools designed specifically to facilitate learning in a media development context. Like many public libraries seeking to enhance its services to teens, the Wilmette Public Library began offering open video game play and competition events in 2005. In this article, the author describes how the WPL's Game Design Club promotes 21st century literacy skills among its participants.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois