Learning, Innovation & Tech

Bombs & Breakthroughs

How Kids Actually Learn Through Video Games

CJW, April 11, 2010 7:23 AM


How The Digital World Has Created "Tremendous Pressure" For Schools
"To Change In A Profound Way". 
 Interview About Video Games, Literacy & The Teaching Profession.

James Paul Gee, who received his Ph.D. in linguistics from Stanford, is author of extensive writings and books on video games and learning, and is currently Professor at Arizona State University.  Gee shares some profound thoughts about the following sub-topics, in this most excellent Edutopia video interview BELOW.  While it is not new, the video is still one of the best overviews out there, and moves along quickly, in spite of the 11 minute clock time.

You may be surprised by Gee's assertions about:
  • video games as assessment;
  • textbooks as reference only;
  • words as tools for problem solving;
  • how kids want to produce, not just consume;
  • how kids see media as cross platform, not in individual silos;
  • how digital has not prevented kids from writing or reading;
  • and in the final few minutes, how "we have de-professionalized teachers" and
  • how we can "make teaching a much more sexy job".

So the next time you fret that your child is on a mindless video game (of course, depending which one), take a chill pill.  It may not be as bad as you think:


| Post a Comment

This is my first time seeing this video. Thanks for re-sharing this gem. My favorite line: "In the modern world you produce collaboratively."

- Oliver

Love the way Gee uses games as a great way of illustrating how people work on their own and then come together as a group, with "the group smarter than the smartest person in the group". I sometime get negative reactions to the the idea of collaboration as if every element "is done together" when in fact it's the coming together which Gee describes so well.

Post a Comment

Each man is afraid of his neighbor's disapproval - a thing which, to the general run of the human race, is more dreaded than wolves and death.
Mark Twain

Passionate about our edu-nation?

RIFF it here

Follow The Daily Riff on Follow TDR on Twitter

find us on facebook


Singapore Math Demystified!

CJW, 10.03.2010

Guest Post By Scarsdale NY Teacher Bill Jackson
Can It Help Solve Our Country's Math-phobia?

Read Post | Comments

Riffing good stories

standardized testing2.jpg

Three Great Reads on High-Stakes Standardized Tests

CJW, 10.03.2010

Three Great Resources for Parents, Teachers & Administrators

Read Post | Comments

Saying No to Standardized Testing for College?

CJW, 10.03.2010

Colleges & Universities Jump On Board the "Test Optional" Movement: No SAT or ACT
VIDEO: One Student's Journey + Lawrence University Shares Views

Read Post | Comments

Singapore Math Demystified! Is This The Most Visual Math?

CJW, 10.02.2010

Part3. Why Is It Better For Problem Solving? Are Drawing & Visualization As Important As Numbers? Teacher Bill Jackson Gives Us Answers. Plus Bonus Video.

Read Post | Comments

Singapore: Five Surprises in Education

CJW, 10.02.2010

An American Math Teacher's Travel Journal

Read Post | Comments

An Inconvenient Truth In Math Education: A Very Viral Video

CJW, 10.01.2010

Math Wars: 3.0The Top Viral Video  --And It Ain't a Pretty Picture For"New Math"  aka Everyday or Terc Math--With national standards in Math being introduced this week, we thought it might make sense to show one of the top videos...

Read Post | Comments

School Leadership: Jumping From Good To "Great"- Jim Collins & The Top Ten

CJW, 09.30.2010

What Jim Collins, Best-Selling Author of "Good To Great" and A School Principal Have To Say About What Leaders Students & Teachers Need Now

Read Post | Comments

Is Math Art? "A Mathematician's Lament"

CJW, 09.30.2010

Teacher Paul Lockhart Ph.D Reveals: Math Education, Teachers, Testing, Curriculum-Dream or Nightmare
Every Parent & Educator Should Check Out This Book Excerpt

Read Post | Comments

Colbert to Parents: Keep Fear Alive

CJW, 09.30.2010

"The More You No" Video: Banning Books & the March on Washington DC in October

Read Post | Comments