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Authentic Learning: Video Games at Napa Valley Museum Exhibit

July 19, 2016

45 students from Lisa Gottfried's Game Design and Visual Effects class at New Technology High School worked on a project with Napa Valley Museum exhibiting Indie Games. The show will be open from Wednesdays through Sundays until January 8th. The exhibit, “Down the Rabbit Hole: Innovative Independent Video Games,”, includes playable versions of 10 games, plus videos, developmental artwork and interviews with the game developers.

 

During the 2015-16 spring semester, Lisa and her students formed teams to develop the show’s learning stations, where visitors learn the importance of game mechanics, writing, three-dimensional modeling, and music. Students learned about project management skills, from Gantt charts, to Scrum Meetings, to managing resources and deadlines, to using the Design Thinking Method to get clear about prototypes and deliverables. Students also learned about 3D modeling, motion graphics, 2D graphics, color theory, writing for signage and exhibits, research, game mechanics and game careers, prototyping, video filming and editing, presenting, and above all, collaboration. Their work is truly amazing and this project is an excellent example of authentic learning and community partnership.

 

To see the process: http://lisagottfried.weebly.com/blog/authentic-learning-projects-best-classcommunity-partnership-ever

 

Napa Valley Register article: http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/video-games-take-the-spotlight-at-new-napa-valley-museum/article_886e0891-8398-57de-9cf1-7aed05c74b7c.html

 

Lisa Gottfried's Twitter: https://twitter.com/LisaGottfried

 

 

 

 

 

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