Constance Steinkuehler on Interest-Driven Learning (Big Thinkers Series)
University of Wisconsin game-based learning scholar Constance Steinkuehler talks about her research on online video games and literacy, and how learning skyrockets when students are passionate about the subject matter. Steinkuehler is currently serving as a White House policy analyst, shaping the Obama administration’s efforts to encourage development of games that improve health and education.
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More Edutopia Coverage on Gaming, Literacy, and Passion-Based Learning:
- BLOG: Games and the Common Core: Two Movements That Need Each Other
Milton Chen, senior fellow with GLEF, suggests that the game-based learning and Common Core movements could be mutually beneficial to one another.
- BLOG: Passion-Based Learning
Science evangelist Ainissa Ramirez advocates passion-based learning as the best possible way to bring out students' inner geeks and make the subject matter personally meaningful to them.
- BLOG: Teach At-Risk Students in Leadership and Language Arts with. . . World of Warcraft?
Edutopia blogger Todd Finley speaks with IT coordinator Lucas Gillispie about his pioneering work with incorporating MMORPGs into the public school curriculum.
Find more information on Constance Steinkuehler's blog, or follow Constance Steinkuehler on Twitter. Steinkuehler is currently on leave from her research at the University of Wisconsin, where she is co-director of Games + Learning + Society, for 18 months to be a policy analyst for the White House.
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