Student Session: Getting Critical with Games and YouTube

event date: 
Wednesday, 29 August 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Many students play hours of videogames and watch hours of YouTubers gameplay. This program taps into this interest in order to extend student literacy and develop critical and creative thinking. In this workshop at the WAG, experts from The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) build and extend student skills in critically assessing videogames and delivering their critique with consideration and flair in YouTube-style videos.

In this program students investigate videogame mechanics, types of interactivity, character development and story, graphics generation and style, impact of audio, and audience understanding. After applying what they have learned to games in the Codebreakers exhibition, participants learn the creative and technical skills to make their own expert YouTube-style video review of the games.

When: 10:00 – 2.00pm, Wednesday 29 August

Where: Warrnambool Art Gallery, 26 Liebig Street VIC 3280

Cost: FREE

Who can attend: Teachers with a group of students (4-5 student representatives per school). Suitable for years 6-8

Participants are required to bring their own devices (i.e. a laptop)

Tea and coffee provided


Vincent Trundle Vincent is the Digital Education Producer at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). Vincent strives to improve education practice around screen, digital and media literacy with the goal of building inquisitive, creative and social individuals. For over a decade Vincent has championed videogame education including developing programs for teachers and students around two major international videogame exhibitions, leading ACMI's national Screen It competition for students’ games, animations or films, and organising Australia's first major Games in Education conference. He was the creator of ACMI’s Games Net - a major Department of Education funded program bringing students together in online teams to develop videogames with industry mentors. Vincent now leads a new initiative collaborating with teachers to develop cross-curriculum videogame focused teaching resources into a searchable database.

Roland Dempster Roland works as an Education Deliverer at the Australian Centre of the Moving Image (ACMI) engaging with teachers and students from Prep – Year 12 to explore screen, media and digital literacy via innovative talks, workshops and videoconference programs and online resources. Roland graduated from Deakin University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Education (Media) and a Bachelor of Arts (Photography). In 2012 he received a Master of Communication (RMIT). His thesis explored how formal aesthetics shape the way we read photojournalistic images. Roland also teaches several subjects at the Photography Studies College, and in a freelance capacity produces a range of architectural, design and lifestyle work. In addition, he is building his artistic practice through a range of projects exploring abstraction and experimental photographic methods.


This event is FREE but bookings are required. Please contact WAG Education Officer Agostina Hawkins via phone 03 5559 4949 or vemail ahawkins [at] warrnambool [dot] vic [dot] gov [dot] au to book your place.