Narratives come to life through coding: digital game making as language and literacy curriculum

O'Mara, Joanne 2017, Narratives come to life through coding: digital game making as language and literacy curriculum. In Beavis, Catherine, Dezuanni, Michael and O'Mara, Joanne (ed), , Routledge, New York, N.Y., pp.102-114.

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Title Narratives come to life through coding: digital game making as language and literacy curriculum
Author(s) O'Mara, JoanneORCID iD for O'Mara, Joanne
Editor(s) Beavis, CatherineORCID iD for Beavis, Catherine
Dezuanni, Michael
O'Mara, JoanneORCID iD for O'Mara, Joanne
Publication date 2017
Chapter number 7
Total chapters 13
Start page 102
End page 114
Total pages 12
Publisher Routledge
Place of Publication New York, N.Y.
Keyword(s) Education
Scratch Programming
Programming as Literacy
Digital game making
New Literacies
Summary Children are often positioned as consumers of digital games, but what happens when they become the creators and producers of their own games? This chapter describes a digital game-making project in a Year 3/4 classroom where young students made their own digital games using the block coding program Scratch. While this project cuts across several curriculum areas, it was primarily designed as a Language and Literacies project with written composition at the centre.The case study data used in this chapter was collected from one teacher, Nick, and his Year 3/4 classes over a three-year period. While coding work in schools is generally located in Science, Technology and Mathematics education (STEM), Nick drew upon the affordances of Scratch to develop a strong language arts/ literacies focus through a game-making unit. In this way, the unit cuts across the curriculum, addressing many of the STEM standards in addition to those of Language and Literacy.
ISBN 1134979118
Language eng
Field of Research 130199 Education Systems not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
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