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01:32 PM on 03/02/2011
my kid played a simple math software called Treasure Math Storm when he was five. He learned all his facts in order to get to the next levels. He learned multiplication on that program, too. He learned all the basic addition, subtraction and multiplication facts in about two months of playing that game. Drill and kill is bad for most of us. It's boring. BUT - and a huge but- some kids like that kind of game and learn that way - but not ALL kids! We also need a whole vocational education system from very early (Waldorf-y?) that is funded and highly respected. Mechanics, plumbers - you can't outsource them and they pay well. Machinists. Etc. If a parent doesn't have those skills to pass on to a child that DOES have those skills, you have zero in the education system to cultivate those kinds of skills - and worse, they are either ignored or even sometimes denigrated. That kind of skill is hands-on design, understanding, manipulation of materials. It is not taught in our schools. No wonder manufacturing is gone and white-collar mentality uber alles.
I was here before SP and will be long after her.
03:45 PM on 03/02/2011
We loved Treasure Math Storm. What happened to that game? It even speedup up my calculations.
Francois Bergeron
seeking sense
02:46 PM on 03/04/2011
I didnt even know they had these games. Why did they disappear? They should've been improved upon.
01:01 PM on 03/02/2011
I video games became homework less children would play them. It would be a good supplementary tool but I don't see it becoming the future of education.
Robert Schwartz
Parent, educator, edtech enthusiast/skeptic
12:10 PM on 03/02/2011
Too much time is spent in educational arguments about what gets taught, that little time is spent on how it should get taught, so we default to the way its always been taught. The great thing about learning platforms such as this gaming model, is that they are content agnostic. I'd love to see how this would play out in the real world. Are there any schools doing this?
Tina Barseghian
12:43 PM on 03/03/2011
Check out Quest to Learn in New York:
11:54 PM on 03/01/2011
I get the idea of it but the old fashioned way of learning should be taught as well. We live in a society where children are able to quickly used technology to find an answer to a problem. If you put a pencil and a pad in front of them, however, they're not able to quickly answer like generations before them. Technology is great when used with together with other methods but not totally depended on.
01:28 PM on 03/02/2011
Yah, I am still a little salty that my education omitted the abacus and sundial.
01:57 PM on 03/02/2011
How old are you?  Three?  Children today are still taught about the abacus and the sundial.  Too bad only the smart ones will understand why.
03:30 PM on 03/02/2011
Not a hands-on learner?
11:33 PM on 03/01/2011
I love the idea that we should be changing curriculum to match gaming, not adding games to our existing curriculum. Very interesting and inspiring idea.
Even without a paradigm shift in the way we think about education and assessment, games can be used to motivate and inspire creativity. Check out this adaptation of the canterbury tales, made for an English assignment using World of Warcraft.
Clowns to the Left ...Jokers to the Right
11:20 PM on 03/01/2011
I LOVE this !!!
11:05 PM on 03/01/2011
Excellent! It's about time I heard from somebody who was not convinced that any form of technology melts people's brains. This is absolutely correct, and, being 14, I would know.
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Sleepers Awake
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01:59 PM on 03/02/2011
HOW would you know?

Just curious.