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Culminating Project Title

Media Specialists and Gaming

Date of Award


Culminating Project Type

Plan C Paper

Degree Name

Information Media - Education Media: M.S.


Information Media


School of Education

First Advisor

Merton Thompson

Second Advisor

Marcia Thompson

Third Advisor

Augusto Rojas

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Media Specialist, Media Center, Gaming, Gamification


The purpose of this portfolio is to provide three games that a media specialist can use to help bring play to education and to enhance a student’s education. The media center should be an ever adapting environment and a place to provide students and teachers with new materials and ideas that fit their needs. Media specialists are in an excellent position to introduce digital games and collaborate with other educators and while doing this add more play to a testing and standard focused curriculum. The research in this portfolio will look to see how play and games are affecting education and what types of games are being used in the Media Center and in classrooms. This information will be used to inform the creation of three games a media specialist can use to enhance a child’s experience and education in the school. The first game, developed by the author, will provide students with fun and educational materials that can be used in and outside the classroom and help teachers differentiate instruction for their students. The second game, also developed by the author, will motivate and encourage students to read for enjoyment. The third project provides materials to integrate an existing game that teachers can use in any subject’s curriculum as a form of formative assessment and to help students work on the 4Cs.



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