2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

Getting Started with Teaching Game Design

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In this presentation, we will show some beginning basics to get you started, give student examples, and show how Scratch can be applied across the curriculum. You will discover how to get students interested in basic game programming and design and get them involved in animation, drawing, interactive art, games, math, music, simulations, and even a possible contest. While this presentation will only "Scratch" the basics, it will leave you and your students scratching for more.
Scratch is a free programming language developed by and made available through MIT. What makes Scratch unique is the way it allows students to easily create their own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art. Best of all, they can share their creations on the worldwide web, collaborate with others as they create, share, remix, and recreate! Scratch certainly goes beyond STEM by bringing in just about anything.

This SXSW Gaming Session at the Long Center is FREE and open to the public. However SXSW Interactive, Film, Gold and Platinum badges gain priority seating.



Carl Hooker

Dir of Innovation

Eanes ISD

Carl Hooker has been a part of a strong educational shift with technology integration since becoming an educator. His unique blend of educational background, technical expertise, and humor make him a successful driving force for this change. He’s been a keynote or featured speaker at many national events including iPad Summit, School CIO Summit, TCEA, ISTE, SXSWedu, Mobile Experience 2013, Leading Future Learning Summit and multiple Tech Forums (Texas, Boston and Atlanta). Carl’s popular presentations include: “Top 10 Things NOT to do in a 1:1”, “The New Digital Brain”, “The Connected Leader”, “Swimming in the SAMR swimming pool”, “Space...The Final Learning Frontier” and “Surviving the Digital Zombie Apocalypse.” As Director of Innovation and Digital Learning at Eanes ISD, he has helped spearhead the launch the LEAP program (Learning & Engaging through Access and Personalization), which put one-to-one iPads in the hands of all K-12 students in his 8000-student district. He is also the founder of “iPadpalooza” (http://ipadpalooza.com) - a three-day “learning festival” in celebration of the shift iPads have brought about in education and beyond. Follow him on twitter at @mrhooker and follow his blog: http://hookedoninnovation.com


Juan Orozco

Educational Technology

Eanes ISD

Juan Orozco is an Education Specialist for Instructional Technology at Eanes ISD and has been an educator for 18 years. Juan is also an Intel Teach Master Teacher, Google Certified Teacher, PBS Teacherline facilitator, Discovery Star Educator, and a Texas Staff Development Conference board member (TSDC). He has developed and led numerous instructional technology staff development sessions and has presented at various conferences including the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) now ISTE, Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA), Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) and Learning Forward Texas.


Todd Gratehouse

Chief Technology Officer

Del Valle ISD

Todd is currently the Chief Technology Officer in Del Valle ISD, Del Valle, TX. Todd is a K-12 educator with 22 years of technology rich experience. @toddgratehouse

A little more about Todd:

Todd began his journey in education as a music teacher with a degree in K-12 Music Ed from Southwest Texas State. Todd plays the guitar but designed and taught music classes in San Antonio in schools that had no music programs.

Todd went on to develop a strong technology program and curriculum in Austin. During that time, Todd completed a Master of Science degree in Computer Education and Cognitive Systems from the University of North Texas via an online distributed learning cohort.

Todd spent several years building network database programs to collect a variety of student instructional data and played a leading role in school success initiatives. He has managed both local and state assessments at a district-wide level and developed online methods of delivering "just-in-time" professional development.

Todd's passion has always been with technology education. He has developed classes that teach students how to create and interact with various aspects of games, particularly level maps, and has led committees to develop an aligned and integrated curriculum. In addition, Todd completed a Master of Education Administration degree and is working to build positive and productive pathways for district leaders to understand best practices in technology initiatives.

"In every revolution, there is one [person] with a vision" - JTK


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