Game Based Learning: Hype vs Reality

FROM: Huffington Post: April 4, 2011 by AlanĀ  Gershenfeld

In a recent speech to a group of students at TechBoston in Dorchestor, Massachusetts. President Obama had this to say about video games:

I’m calling for investments in educational technology that will help create … educational software that is as compelling as the best video game. I want you guys to be stuck on a video game that’s teaching you something other just blowing something up.

When I started my career in video games in the early 1990s, the idea of a sitting President saying anything positive about video games was pretty much unthinkable. Back then, the medium was routinely vilified by politicians and generally dismissed as a frivolous waste of time by everyone else.

Perceptions of video games are definitely changing.

Today, hardly a week passes without a new study highlighting how video games can be good for learning. There is a steady stream of books, blogs, TED talks and conferences making a wide variety of claims about the positive potential of games. These claims range from rigorous academic studies highlighting the efficacy of a single game to broad claims about games saving the planet.

So, is game-based learning hype or reality? Right now it is both.

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Game Based Learning: Hype Vs Reality
From Huffington Post: April 4, 2011

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