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Thursday, June 13 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm

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This individual papers session, ”Literacy”, will include the following:

Online Role-Playing Games and Young Adult Literature
Drawing on theories of affinity spaces and traditions of online ethnographic research, this study seeks to understand the culture of physical, virtual, and blended spheres that adolescents inhabit. This paper highlights the ways in which youth use online role-playing games as a response to literature, such as The Hunger Games trilogy. Specifically, it considers how Tumblr, a microblogging site, offers a platform for readers to readily become writers and gamers. The analysis focuses on one young woman’s creative writing and role-playing processes over time, and includes a discussion of how games can shape young adults’ engagement with literature in and out of school contexts.
Jen Scott Curwood

Composition and Computation: Integrated Learning via Video Games
This Worked Example describes a three-course cluster offered during the 2012-13 academic year that uses video games to bridge the practices of written composition and computer programming. A group of 20 students enrolled in three courses—“Introduction to Computation,” “Introduction to Composition,” and a seminar course aimed at linking the concerns of the other two courses together—and spent the semester in an integrated learning environment that encouraged them to connect alphabetic writing with computer programming. By both analyzing and designing video games, these students were encouraged to see computational artifacts as expressive and rhetorical. This cluster will be offered again in the 2013-14 academic year. This Worked Example offers this course cluster as a way of using games to approach integrated learning projects, and it opens up a discussion about how to best use games in interdisciplinary teaching situations.
Jim Brown, Becca Tarsa, Andrea Arpaci-Dusseau, Deidre Stuffer

Professor to Producer of eBooks with computer games
A professor describes his experiences directing and producing a science fiction novel, in eBook format with computer games, featuring solar system science content, for sixth graders. The embedded computer games were designed to both move the plot forward and act as stealth assessments of comprehension and science content. The idea of this project emerged from a needs analysis of a 6th grade science teacher and science class from a private Christian school. The teacher suggested a strong need for better materials to teach highly spatial solar system content, including phases of the moon, eclipses, tilt of the earth relative to its orbit as the cause of seasons, etc. Our research group decided to create a novel that would be an exemplary piece of content, and an exemplar of web-based eBook with computer games to teach science and language arts content.
Glenn Smith, Mieke Caris, Jack Drobisz

Cathy Compton-Lilly, Discussant

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Cathy Compton-Lilly

Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin Madison
Catherine Compton-Lilly is an Associate Professor in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin Madison. She was an elementary school teacher for 18 years. She is the author of Reading Families: The Literate Lives of Urban Children (Teachers College Press, 2003), Confronting Racism, Poverty and Power (Heinemann, 2004), Rereading Families (Teachers College Press, 2007), the editor of Breaking the Silence (International Reading... Read More →

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Andrea Arpaci-Dusseau

Professor of Computer Sciences, UW-Madison
Dr. Andrea Arpaci-Dusseau is a Professor of Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is an expert in file and storage systems, having published more than 80 papers in this area, co-advised nearly 20 Ph.D. students, and received nine best paper awards; for her research contributions, she was recognized as a UW-Madison Vilas Associate (2012-2014). Arpaci-Dusseau cares deeply about education and outreach; she served as... Read More →

Jim Brown

Assistant Professor, English, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Jen Scott Curwood

Lecturer, English Education and Media Studies, The University of Sydney
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Glenn Smith

Associate Professor, University of South Florida
Hello, | | I am an associate professor from University of South Florida in Instructional Technology. One of my research projects is to integrate eBooks and computer games to increase young people's motivation to read and to increase their comprehension. Really I want to create a whole new medium that uses the imagination of reading, but has the re-activeness of computer games. See http://imapbook.com/ I play tenor saxophone in a band. I... Read More →

Thursday June 13, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm

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