Teens Learning in World of Warcraft

The WoW in Schools Project is still rather new to me, but I’ve been incredibly impressed with what I’ve seen to date. When Peggy Sheehy spoke briefly during the Australian R U Game conference last month, she elicited comments like “I’m paralyzed with jealousy for her project.” (You can read the whole of the relevant transcript here.)

It’s very short notice, but you can hear Peggy and her collaborator Lucas Gillespie talk in a few hours at a live, interactive interview with the FutureofEducation.com. A transcript will be available afterward. Read more details and how to join the discussion right here — and I hope to see you there!

The potentials for after-school programs in academic libraries are obvious, but even public librarians should look into this and think about the possibilities. I hope to talk more, soon, about projects like this Scavenger Hunt in Terokkar Forest at Marion Public Library (Indiana) which is scheduled to take place in September.

Game on.

Liz Danforth About Liz Danforth

Liz Danforth, MLS, is a freelance game illustrator, scenario designer, and game developer who was inducted into the Academy of Gaming Arts and Design's Hall of Fame in in 1996. She has 18 years experience as a part-time paralibrarian in Phoenix and Tucson and is one of about a dozen "gaming experts" working with the American Library Association on a million-dollar grant-funded project to study the use of gaming to improve literacy skills and to develop a model "toolbox" for gaming in libraries. Through Danforth Design & Development (D3), she also works as an artist, a writer, and a library consultant. Follow her on Twitter @LizDanforth.


  1. Pete Figtree says:

    Very interesting. People are starting to realize the power of games. I saw a TED talk about this a while ago and was intrigued. But never forget the flexibility and innate educational qualities of tabletop roleplaying games.


  2. Liz Danforth says:

    Pete, I am a big proponent of experimenting with everything when it comes to games in libraries: tabletop, online, console, and live action. It gives me hives when someone believes there is only one variety of “good” game experience.


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