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Harnessing the power of video games for learning

Thursday, October 26, 2006


The Federation of American Scientists have released a report,  Harnessing the power of video games for learning (1.3MB PDF).

It’s an exceptional research report, and rightly calls for more investigation and understanding.

On 26 October 2006, Raj inscribed the following thoughts about this post:

Good find there.

I think of all the points that come out of that report, the ability to prioritize multiple tasks.  It’s certainly one point that flies in the face of many traditional school environments where there is generally only one task on the go at any given time per class, and teachers generally ignore the fact (or seem to) that there are other teachers doing the same thing.  The traditional model does, technically I guess deal with the multiple points, but it does it in what are essentially silos, where games are requiring synthesis of information from multiple domains and managing tasks generated from this integration.

On 09 November 2006, chad inscribed the following thoughts about this post:

hey mr mack i havent talked to you in a long time! what have you been up to? finally teacher how to keep people in video games raspberry i just got one of the new ipods the nano minis its pretty sick lol its red which is cool but again the day after i got mine they came out with the 8gb one (ofcourse) hmm well since i havent talked to u since summer i also got a camera its probubly the sickest digital camera out there 6.1 megapixels but it has bluetooth it in!!!! so all the new new apple computers here i can send pictures to! i might start 2 see in decmeber cuz im taking drivers ed hopefully!! this year im taking programing which is sorta fun when its not giving you errrors but ya.. how are you doing? i hope you still use this site and im not just typing this for no reason.. other then my computer life my cross country season just ended and im going to miss it :( fall is the best season !!! well comment back or something :D

p.s. i see you still have ur word stopper -built87 hahaha

On 28 November 2006, Lisa Cullison inscribed the following thoughts about this post:

Great article!  I did some research (in undergraduate study) on incorporating technology into the math classroom.  I did not include techonology equipment such as graphing calculators, however.  My research focused on using technology such as educational video/computer games and software.  I feel that this article would have fit great into my research paper and presentation to high school teachers.  I wish I had it available to me a few years ago.  I will definitely include this article to my “resource file”.  Thanks for the info.

On 29 November 2006, Bill inscribed the following thoughts about this post:

Hello Lisa!

Thanks for the comment.  There seems to be a remarkable amount of research in the games in education arena these days.

Thank you for visiting, and when I get re-charged I’ll update my research and references section wink

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