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April 23, 2007


Misha Griffith

Hmm, I never thought about Gee's audience. Perhaps it was mainly meant for the computer industry folks to feel better about what they do. I could not imagine educators accepting his argument that their work was universally unacceptable.

Bill A

I thought Gee's case was less for videogames in the classroom, but more for handcrafted, and finely tailored educational approaches to fit the individual. This is seemingly impossible for any large bureaucratic institution like the Fairfax county school system.


Mark Stevens

You said:
"Their effectiveness, as well, would be dependent on the skill of the educator guiding the classroom experience. I'd advocate them in some subjects, in some grades, for some students.
Good educators have devised a plethora of learning experiences that achieve the goals Gee has outlined. The educator who knows when and what teaching tool to implement for whom approaches god-like proportions. So, my question is, who is Gee's audience? Is he, perhaps, singing to the choir?"

In my humble opinion you observations in this area could not be more correct. Success of learning tool, especially technology connected means, depends on the desire and ability of the teacher. Too many teachers avoid new methods like this, or use them inappropriately. They must be, as you suggest one tool in the arsenal, not to be used with all students, or at all times. We call this differentiation.

In many classes we have at the same time students who are learning disabled for various reasons, regular kids, gifted kids, emotionally disturbed kids, and kids whose families are falling or have fallen apart. Technology driven gaming approaches can be productively used with all of these populations, it just takes time to plan, and available technology, which can be a whole other issue.

I think Gee is talking as what he is, a university professor who is an educator of educators. He has many good ideas and observations, but he seems to be making the points to those who would think like him. It would not take much more effort on his part to craft his message in a way that attracts the attention of teachers at the levels of education who can implement his ideas.


I love your question at the end, who is his audience? And even if we go with what Bill says, that Gee is more advocating for "handcrafted, and finely tailored educational approaches," than using this technology in the classroom, isn't this what many good or even decent educators do? So, then, is he speaking to bad educators? Or maybe to school administrators who keep these bad educators around? I have no idea, check out my Blog for more of my thoughts on this...

Laura Veprek

Lee Ann--
I had a thought in class the other night about your logo/title for your final project. There was some debate about whether, in others' opinions, you should keep it or change it or whatever. I know you like it, and so I thought that one way of making it look more complete would be to add one or more border lines around the edge. This, I think, could make it look more like a stamp, the effect that some of us liked about your design. If you could replicate the style of the lettering in your lines, it just might come out looking very cool. Then you could move it around, resize it, use it on all pages in some way. Just an idea...


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