Monday, February 23, 2009
SiliconValley.com is reporting that Microsoft has ponied up $1.5 million to start "The Games for Learning Institute," a joint venture with NYU and other colleges to see if video games can be used to better teach students math, science and other subjects.
"We want to figure out what's compelling about the games," said John Nordlinger, head of gaming research for Microsoft. "If we can find out how to make the games fun and not make them so violent, that would be ideal."
Some think that video games have great potential to teach students problem solving skills. There's an obvious potential tie-in to teaching problem solving in law school. Video games could certainly be used to make legal research instruction more entertaining and fun.
Of course, there are also skeptics like Vince Repesh, a counselor at the University of Minnesota at Duluth, who is quoted in the article saying that he "fears that gaming is replacing education, not adding to it. He recalled a couple of students coming to him for help after they got hooked on 'World of Warcraft.' One student had gone from straight A's to flunking out. 'I accused him of coming in loaded from smoking dope, he looked so bad,' Repesh said. 'Turns out he had been up for 28 hours straight playing the game.'"
You can read the full article here.
I am the scholarship dude.