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Monday, July 12 • 5:30pm - 6:20pm
Well-Played / Raising Good Gamers: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at 3 Families’ Experience in Minecraft

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During the Covid-19 pandemic, many children have had limited real-world access to playtime with other kids. Online games like Minecraft have filled the gap as digital communal playground spaces. Here kids are continuing their social development and establishing their early identities as gamers and peers, learning to navigate online norms and cultures. Parents are finding the balance between supporting autonomy and providing adult guidance. In the first part of this session, game designer Sabrina Culyba will share clips and stories from a year of Minecraft with her 7 year old daughter and her friends (ages 9 and 10), with commentary from both kids and parents about their gaming life on a Minecraft server. The presentation will be followed by a live panel with the families, moderated by Katie Salen Tekinbaş, discussing what it means to raise good gamers in 2021.

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Katie Salen Tekinbaş

Professor, UC Irvine
Katie is a Professor in the Department of Informatics at the UC Irvine, a member of the Connected Learning Lab, and Chief Designer and co-founder of Connected Camps. She has expertise in the design of play-based learning environments and loves to collaborate with youth to develop... Read More →

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Sabrina Culyba

Owner & Game Designer, Ludoliminal
Sabrina has been creating games and game-like experiences for over 15 years. She specializes in designing games to transform players including educational games, behavior-change games, and social impact games. She is the author of the book The Transformational Framework (2018), and... Read More →
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Kate Gigliotti-Gordon

Stay-at-Home Mom
Kate Gigliotti-Gordon is a stay-at-home mom who enjoys sharing her love of games with her kids and watching them grow into little gamers themselves.
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Mary & Cadence Pratt

Music Educator / Rising 6th Grader, Friends of Sabrina Culyba
Cadence Pratt is a full-time student starting middle school in the Fall. She studies trumpet and loves clicker training her cats. Cadence's favorite games are currently Minecraft and Warrior Cats: Untold Tales.Mary Pratt is a parent and musician who teaches Kindermusik and supports... Read More →

Monday July 12, 2021 5:30pm - 6:20pm EDT