Grandma's Got a Wii!

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Grandma's Got a Wii!

  1. 1. Grandma’s Got a Wii! ALA Gaming Symposium Presented by Allan M. Kleiman November 3, 2008
  2. 2. Grandpa's Got a Wii!, Too!
  3. 3. Grandma's Got a Wii! <ul><li>Gaming Discussion/Research/Funding/Interest </li></ul><ul><li>Centers Around Children, Tweens, Teens </li></ul><ul><li>Great Interest Linking to Education, Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Pew Internet Research </li></ul><ul><li>Fastest Growing Gaming Segment is Older Adults </li></ul><ul><li>Wii, Wii Sports, Wii Fit, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Gaming For Seniors is MORE Important </li></ul>
  4. 4. Grandma's Got a Wii! <ul><li>Older Adults are my BUSINESS! </li></ul><ul><li>30+ Years Working With Older Adults </li></ul><ul><li>Past Chair, ALA RUSA RSS Library Service to an Aging Population Committee </li></ul><ul><li>Worked on All 4 Editions of Guidelines for Library Service to Older Adults for RUSA </li></ul><ul><li>Workshops, Programs, Lectures, Courses </li></ul>
  5. 5. Grandma's Got a Wii! <ul><li>Why Wii Gaming in the Library for Seniors? </li></ul><ul><li>Mental Stimulation (Using the Brain) </li></ul><ul><li>Eye/Hand Coordination </li></ul><ul><li>Social Interaction </li></ul><ul><li>Inter-Generational Activity </li></ul><ul><li>Group/Lifelong Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Exposure to New Technology </li></ul>
  6. 6. Grandma's Got a Wii! <ul><li>The Second-annual “Evercare 100 @ 100 Survey,” sponsored by Evercare, polled 100 Americans turning 100 and older in 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>1 in 7 had played Video Games </li></ul><ul><li>47% of online Games are Downloaded by 55+ Population </li></ul>
  7. 7. Grandma's Got a Wii! <ul><li>June 2007: Opening of “Senior Space: The Library Place for Baby Boomers, Older Adults, the Elderly and Their Families” </li></ul><ul><li>Key Component: Experiment, Expose Seniors to New Technology, Web 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a Curriculum That Supports Lifelong Learn, Engagement, and FUN! </li></ul>
  8. 8. Grandma's Got a Wii! <ul><li>Trace Steps – My Personal Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Last June 2007, ALA Conference </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Librarian, October 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>First Gaming Day with Teens and Seniors, November 2007 </li></ul>
  9. 9. Grandma's Got a Wii! <ul><li>How Did we do It? </li></ul><ul><li>Used Teen Advisory Board </li></ul><ul><li>Basic Training on how Older Adults Learn </li></ul><ul><li>Pretend Your Teaching Your Grandma </li></ul><ul><li>Be Patient, Expect Questions, Keep Your Cool! </li></ul><ul><li>After Senior Done—Open Play </li></ul>
  10. 10. Grandma's Got a Wii! <ul><li>First Session: 2 Play Stations </li></ul><ul><li>Wii Bowling on Large Screen </li></ul><ul><li>Big Brain Academy </li></ul><ul><li>Second Session: Added Guitar Hero </li></ul><ul><li>Results: FANTASTIC! </li></ul>
  11. 11. Grandma's Got a Wii! <ul><li>Open Gaming </li></ul><ul><li>Competition Play </li></ul><ul><li>Seniors Not Interested in TRUE Competition </li></ul><ul><li>One Event Seniors vs. Teens in Bowling </li></ul><ul><li>Seniors, WON! </li></ul>
  12. 12. Grandma's Got a Wii! <ul><li>What Have “Wii” Found— </li></ul><ul><li>Great Social Interaction </li></ul><ul><li>Helping Each Other Learn </li></ul><ul><li>Great Relationships Between Teens and Seniors </li></ul><ul><li>Feeling of Accomplishment at Learning New Technology </li></ul>
  13. 13. Grandma's Got a Wii! <ul><li>Best Games </li></ul><ul><li>Wii Sports (Bowling, Tennis, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Big Brain Academy </li></ul>
  14. 14. Grandma's Got a Wii! <ul><li>Not So Successful-- </li></ul><ul><li>Endless Ocean </li></ul><ul><li>American Idol </li></ul>
  15. 15. Grandma's Got a Wii! <ul><li>Staff Buy-in </li></ul><ul><li>Staff Day 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Gaming in Our Library </li></ul><ul><li>Gaming For Children, Tweens, Teens </li></ul><ul><li>Gaming for Seniors </li></ul><ul><li>Gaming @ Laurence Harbor Branch </li></ul>
  16. 16. Grandma's Got a Wii! <ul><li>June 2007: Opening of “Senior Space: The Library Place for Baby Boomers, Older Adults, the Elderly and Their Families” </li></ul><ul><li>Key Component: Experiment, Expose Seniors to New Technology, Web 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a Curriculum That Supports Lifelong Learn, Engagement, and FUN! </li></ul>
  17. 17. Grandma's Got a Wii! <ul><li>Wii and Persons With Disabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Visually Impaired (Large Screen) </li></ul><ul><li>Wheelchair Bound </li></ul><ul><li>Used in Wiihabilitation, with Persons who Have had a stroke, surgery, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive and Entertaining </li></ul>
  18. 18. Grandma's Got a Wii! <ul><li>Wii and Persons With Disabilities </li></ul>
  19. 19. Grandma's Got a Wii!
  20. 20. Grandma's Got a Wii! <ul><li>What are Libraries Doing? </li></ul><ul><li>Receive an Average 2-3 Inquiries Per Week </li></ul><ul><li>How to Set-up a Wii Event for Seniors </li></ul><ul><li>Cost, Equipment, Staffing </li></ul><ul><li>How to Train the Teenagers </li></ul><ul><li>Funding for the Wii and Games </li></ul><ul><li>Why do I Think They are not Getting Seniors in? </li></ul>
  21. 21. Grandma's Got a Wii! <ul><li>What are Libraries Doing? </li></ul><ul><li>Two Brief Listserv Surveys, Total 50 Responses </li></ul><ul><li>Research Online (Google Search) </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback, Anecdotal, Not Statistical </li></ul><ul><li>More Formal Surveys are Needed </li></ul><ul><li>More Research </li></ul><ul><li>Release of Pew Study </li></ul>
  22. 22. Grandma's Got a Wii! <ul><li>What are Libraries Doing? Wii on the Move! </li></ul><ul><li>Bowling, Golfing, Tennis </li></ul><ul><li>Tournaments with Senior Groups, Other Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Seniors are Playing With Their Grandchildren </li></ul><ul><li>Library, Nursing Homes & Retirement Centers </li></ul><ul><li>State Libraries Giving Grants </li></ul><ul><li>LSTA Funding in NYState </li></ul>
  23. 23. Grandma's Got a Wii! <ul><li>Schedule on a Regular Basis </li></ul><ul><li>Get the Staff Involved! </li></ul><ul><li>Publicize the Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Serve Refreshments </li></ul><ul><li>Create a “Fun” Atmosphere </li></ul><ul><li>Seek “Senior” Input – What Works? What Does Not </li></ul>
  24. 24. Grandma's Got a Wii! <ul><li>Make the Experience Inviting </li></ul><ul><li>Make the Experience Interactive </li></ul><ul><li>Make the Experience Fun </li></ul><ul><li>Now---Let’s Wii! </li></ul>
  25. 25. Grandma's Got a Wii! <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Comments? </li></ul>
  26. 26. Grandma's Got a Wii! <ul><li>Allan M. Kleiman </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] ; amkleiman@aol.com </li></ul><ul><li>libraryolderadults.blogspot.com </li></ul><ul><li>732-738-5183 </li></ul>

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