Peer Pedagogies on Digital Platforms: Learning with Minecraft Let's Play Videos

Peer Pedagogies on Digital Platforms: Learning with Minecraft Let's Play Videos

by Michael Dezuanni


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Every day millions of children around the world watch video gameplay on YouTube in the form of a popular entertainment genre known as Let's Play videos. These videos, which present a player's gameplay and commentary, offer children opportunities for interaction and learning not available in traditional television viewing or solo video gameplay. In this book, Michael Dezuanni examines why Let's Play videos are so appealing to children, looking in particular at videos of Minecraft gameplay. He finds that a significant aspect of the popularity of these videos is the opportunity for knowledge and skill exchange.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262539722
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 09/22/2020
Series: Learning in Large-Scale Environments
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Michael Dezuanni is Associate Professor in the School of Communication and Associate Director of the Digital Media Research Centre at Queensland University of Technology in Australia. He is the coeditor of Serious Play: Literacy, Learning, and Digital Games.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword vii

Acknowledgments ix

1 Introduction: Learning with Minecraft and YouTube 1

2 Minecraft's Digital Media Literacies and Learning 13

3 The Let's Play Genre, Microcelebrity, and Learning 31

4 Peer Pedagogies and Digital Platforms 49

5 Exploring YouTube Let's Plays and Peer Pedagogies 67

6 Stampy's Lovely World 81

7 Animal Rescue with StacyPlays 101

8 Hanging Out with GamerGirl 121

9 What I Learned from Stampylonghead, StacyPlays, and KarinaOMG 145

10 Conclusion: Media Literacy in the Age of Minecraft and YouTube 163

References 175

Index 201

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