Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Survey for Kids (& Parents) Who Make Things with Games


The survey for my Playing at Making project is now live and we need everyone's help in getting the word out and ensuring we receive a sufficient number of responses. I've included the ad above (we also have one aimed directly to kids), and Copy+Pasted the text from our project website below. 

Basically, we're looking to get the survey out to kids aged 12 years and under who create content in/using digital games, anything from a Minecraft server, to costumes in Stardoll, to mini-games in Scratch or LittleBigPlanet. Details below - any questions can be directed to me. 

Thank you all!

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Do you have a CREATIVE child? Does your child like to BUILD THINGS? Do they like VIDEO GAMES? If so, we’d like to hear from you! We’re surveying children who like to play creative games (and their parents/guardians). From Minecraft to Little Big Planet and everything in between, we want to know more about what kids are creating and making while they play today’s popular video games. We want to know more about how kids make things with video games, and why video games are so important to kids’ creativity and play. And we need your help!
If you think that your child (or a child you know) might fall into this category, please let them know about our survey. The survey itself only takes about 20 minutes to complete, and all of the answers we collect will be kept anonymous. We’ll also be sharing our results with the public once the survey is done, so if you’re interested in finding out more about kids and game-making, be sure to keep an eye on this space in the coming months.
Please click here to take the survey, which includes a section for children and one for parents.
Additional Info and Next Steps:
While we’re encouraging everyone to complete the survey asap, it will remain open for most of Fall 2014. That said, if necessary, we will keep it running a bit longer to ensure that we’ve collected a large enough sample to do some rigorous analysis and draw compelling conclusions.
But the study itself will continue on after the survey (Stage 1) is complete. During Stage 2, we want to look at some game creations made by actual kids! Instructions on how to participate in Stage 2 are included at the end of the survey. But if your child has made something in a game that they’d like to share, and you’d like to find out more about this phase of our research, you can also email us via the Contact Page!
Also, be sure to send us an email if you and your kids would like to be invited to future Playing at Making workshops and learning events, or if you have any questions or concerns about the survey or any other aspect of the project.
Please note: This study is being conducted out of Faculty of Information’s Semaphore Lab at the University of Toronto. It has been reviewed by the University of Toronto Research Ethics Boards (REB).

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