Big Thinkers: James Paul Gee on Grading with Games

An Arizona State University professor sees a bright future for video games in the learning process -- in and out of school.

An Arizona State University professor sees a bright future for video games in the learning process -- in and out of school.

Release Date: 8/13/08

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Directed by

  • Ken Ellis

Associate Producers:

  • Amy Erin Borovoy
  • Lauren Rosenfeld


  • Karen Sutherland

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  • Orlando Video Productions

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Desmond (not verified)

Maxing out stats and the best school

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Dear James Paul Gee,

I have some really cool information to share with you. There is this school named Tekos School and it is the best school in the world right now. It is simply amazing and I want to create a school that is actually more powerful and beautiful. but I have some other interesting information that is David Hawkins create a very cool test of false from truth and this is also made into a chart for calibrating consciousness but my wise friend has created charts of everything experiencing with his intuition and creating charts of the vast medical realm of health. But it can totally be used to make charts about education. It is great. But please check out the Tekos School. It is the greatest school in the world right now and I want to model it along with some other great wisdom and I enjoyed your video. I have thought of creating an entire new realm of work where everything is incorporated into a single space of luxury and work. the tekos school kids can finish 11 years schooling in 1 year at best but I think that the average students who take like 4 years can all max out there educational intelligence and such to easily reach 1 year for all of them. If this is possible what could we do to mix work and education together?


Sonny Moore (not verified)

Big Thinkers: James Paul Gee on Grading with Games

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This video was quite an eye opener. I am a 4th grade teacher for High Ability students, and I use classroom simulations to engage learning; however, I feel the technology piece to virtual worlds would be much more engaging and stimulating for a student. In the Pay Attention video by Marc Prensky, I learned that, "70% of 4-6 year olds use a computer at home". The technology piece would be a great way to connect the school and home community. I loved Gee's comment regarding how students learn. They learn by doing...much like scientists learn about science. Putting students in a virtual world or environment would bring about more engagement and commitment to task. Gee had another comment about today's schools being somewhat likened to standardized test prep factories. I entirely agree with this notion. We will eventually be making headway for NCLB; however, we will lose ground in the global market/community. Other countries are not prepping students to make "minimum" requirements on tests. Why are we doing this?

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