Using Games and Social Networking to Teach – Great Podcast

I’m just catching up on listening to some podcasts I’ve neglected. “Smart City” is one that continually pulls me back.

Here’s a great podcast that talks about the impact of new media and technology on educating kids (media/tech = video games, social networking sites, etc.).

http://www.smartcityradio.com/smartcityradio/past_shows.cfm?showsmartcityID=307&PageNum_getsmartshows=1 

Doug Thomas (author of Hacker Culture) from the Annenberg School of Communication at USC notes that games are actually a really good way for students to learn.  Students need to be prepared for different ways of thinking and innovation. Games are good at (multiplayer games) setting dispositions or outlooks towards certain ways of knowing, understanding how people share information.  Games can help students learn exploring different paths and possibilities and therefore may be able to help students simulate innovative thinking.  Games can allow players to solve problems.

Thomas also notes that educators today (some) are really having a hard time transitioning to accepting new ways of learning that include games…. I’m thinking that this is most likely because these educators don’t like to give up control over the learning and the content that is being presented.

I have to get back to work, but if I have more time later today I’ll try to comment more on the second half of the podcast on use of social networking media.

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