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Spotlight on Our Artists: Shawn Whistler

By Cassie Grooms, Event Marketing Intern

Schoolchildren having fun on laptops at classroom.How wonderful would it be if your students were able to design a video game? Arts for Learning knows someone who can make this happen! Shawn Whistler, one of our teaching artists, has a program, Creative Movement & Digital Game Design, that he can bring to your school.

This program teaches kids in grades 6th-8th and 9th-12th how to create their very own video game with step by step instructions. Not to worry teachers, while the kids think they’re just making video games, they are actually learning crucial skills such as critical thinking, communication, and life skills that they can take with them as they move on to the next chapter in their lives.

Just recently, Shawn received very positive reviews from a school in which he taught this program. This is what they had to say: “Several students who struggle in core academic subjects have excelled and expressed a love for the wide range of creativity this [Game Design Residency] offers. It challenges them to think critically, troubleshoot, and problem solve by working through objectives to reach a goal. Students learn by doing and we applied ideas of science standards (ecology, habitats, and environmentalism to computer game programming. AWESOME!”

If anyone is interested in scheduling Mr. Whistler, you can find out more about his program on our website here.

November 7, 2014

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