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 video games which are real eye-openers.
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. Video below:
Originally published by The Daily Riff January 2010 and updated and/or slightly modified periodically