Wed., July 19, 2017
On an infamous Star Trek Next Generation Episode, the "Borg" repeatedly said to all, "Resistance is Futile, prepare to be assimilated." I remember at the time that my response was balderdash, technology does not have the power to be such a major part of who a person is. Of course, there aren't true "cyborgs" as was on that episode, but there are students who live in a totally, and I mean totally different world than we do.
As classroom teachers, and principals, banning games or at least ignoring them is futile. We must embrace them, learn them (as challenging as it is), and begin a conversation with our students about them. As James Gee mentioned, students talk physics without being "required" to. Learning can truly be in different formats, and gaming is one strategy whose time has come.