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Springing Forward

posted: 3.9.09 by Traci Gardner

It’s Spring Break where I am. Clocks have just sprung forward to Daylight Savings Time. It was a balmy 75 degrees outside this past weekend. I haven’t seen a robin or a tulip yet, but I’m sure they’re out there somewhere.

I’m taking advantage of these symbolic new starts to spring into my role as a Bits blogger. I’ll be posting teaching ideas, sharing cool new Web sites that you can use in your classroom, and suggesting ways that you can connect with colleagues.

To get started, why not spring forward with a new Web site: The Librarian’s Guide to Gaming, from the American Library Association. Profiled on the YALSA blog, the Guide to Gaming focuses on the resources that librarians need to build and maintain gaming collections, but it includes materials useful to college teachers who want to include gaming in the classroom as well.

Take, for instance, the advocacy materials, which suggest how to explain the use of gaming and how to respond to challenges. Literacy 101 explores the connections between literacy skills and gaming. Check out the Current Gaming News and Research section for pointers to reference materials, industry research, and scholarly articles on gaming and its influence on the 21st century literacy skills students need to succeed.

It would be great for CCCC to come up with a similar “Classroom Teacher’s Guide to Gaming.” 21st century literacy is certainly on the mind of the association, but there are no ready resources available yet. Until there are, the ALA’s Librarian’s Guide to Gaming offers some great materials teachers can adapt and use as they teach 21st century readers and writers.

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