The History of Video Games: Arcades, Avatars and Adventures – Junior Instructor


    NEW Course! “Video games are a gateway to another world, where you can be whoever you want to be and do whatever you want to do.” – Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda


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    Video game history collage - The History of Video Games
    Junior InstructorAmara the Anthropologist
    Content LevelsGrades 6-7 • Middle School
    Grades 7-8 • Junior High
    Course Length16 weeks
    Live Webinars Held OnFridays, 10:00 - 10:50 AM Pacific - 8/18/23 - 12/16/23

    Do you enjoy video games? Are you curious about the fascinating history of one of the most popular forms of entertainment in the world? If so, then our course on the history of video games is the perfect opportunity for you to explore this exciting topic! In this fun and engaging course, you will discover the evolution of video games from their earliest beginnings to the cutting-edge games of today. You will learn about the pioneers of the industry, the technology that made it all possible, and the cultural impact that video games have had on our society.

    Through interactive lectures, engaging discussions, and hands-on activities, you will gain a deep understanding of how video games have become a cultural phenomenon that continues to captivate audiences of all ages.

    Whether you are a casual gamer or a hardcore enthusiast, our course on the history of video games is sure to be a fun and rewarding experience that you won’t want to miss!

    What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:

    • Two activities relating the the week’s content.
    • Two chapters of reading from the required text.

    What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:

    • Curated links (videos, additional reading, creative activities) offering subject matter related to the week’s theme and reading.

    What to expect during the weekly webinar:

    • Live weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Webinars are recorded and are available for students with schedule conflicts.
    • Primary discussions and lectures are provided during live webinars.
    • Active participation (via the microphone and chat) in online class discussions is encouraged.

    Before taking this course, students should be able to: 

    • Read at a solid 5th-grade level or above.
    • Write a paragraph independently.

    Students should be willing to:

    • Actively participate (via the microphone) in the class discussion.
    • Encourage class discussions with on-topic questions and ideas in the chat box.
    • Exercise classroom courtesy by keeping responses concise and on-topic and by responding with positive and encouraging remarks on their classmates posts and online comments.

    Required books & materials:

    • Replay: The History of Video Games by Tristan Donovan