Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Can playing video games make you more productive?

What do you think of this Ted talk?

"Can playing video games make you more productive? Gabe Zichermann shows how games are making kids better problem-solvers, and will make us better at everything from driving to multi-tasking."

He speaks very fast but what he says is thought provoking. He is visioning a different future and making educators think about the implications of the world that our students currently inhabit on schools. I found Jane McGonigal's Ted talk on Gaming making a better world also excellent, and it is interesting that the school systems seem to be so very far behind in neglecting gamification in their curriculum design. But is that true? What is your experience? Maybe your students use games to learn, maybe your school sees the points that these two speakers are making and are redesigning students' school experiences. I'd love to hear what you think. Please comment or let me know of discussions on your own blogs on this topic.


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