The Game Believes in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter

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St. Martin's Press, Apr 21, 2015 - Computers - 256 pages
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What if schools, from the wealthiest suburban nursery school to the grittiest urban high school, thrummed with the sounds of deep immersion? More and more people believe that can happen - with the aid of video games. Greg Toppo's The Game Believes in You presents the story of a small group of visionaries who, for the past 40 years, have been pushing to get game controllers into the hands of learners. Among the game revolutionaries you'll meet in this book:

*A game designer at the University of Southern California leading a team to design a video-game version of Thoreau's Walden Pond.

*A young neuroscientist and game designer whose research on "Math Without Words" is revolutionizing how the subject is

taught, especially to students with limited English abilities.

*A Virginia Tech music instructor who is leading a group of high school-aged boys through the creation of an original opera staged

totally in the online game Minecraft.
Experts argue that games do truly "believe in you." They focus, inspire and reassure people in ways that many teachers can't. Games give people a chance to learn at their own pace, take risks, cultivate deeper understanding, fail and want to try again—right away—and ultimately, succeed in ways that too often elude them in school. This book is sure to excite and inspire educators and parents, as well as provoke some passionate debate.

 

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Contents

Prologue
1
To the Moon and Back in Five Minutes
25
Dont Kiss the Engine Daddy or the Carriages
39
The Game Layer
59
Math without Words
77
Rube Goldberg Brought Us Together
95
Project Unicorn
135
A Walk in the Woods
153
Throw Trucks with Your Mind
173
The Opposite of Fighting
191
The Ludic Loop
205
Acknowledgments
222
Index
243
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Greg Toppo is USA Today's national education and demographics reporter. Toppo was a 2010 Spencer fellow at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and in 2011 he co-led the team that investigated cheating in the nation's public schools, most prominently in Washington, DC, schools under then-Chancellor Michelle Rhee. He lives in Ellicott City, Maryland.

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