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What should the 21st century classroom look like? Could interactive technology provide solutions to the current system of education?

Can game technology be used to make the system of education more fun,engaging, and valuable?

How would such a “gameful” classroom be structured?

How do we begin to implement this new system? What would the 1, 5, and 10 year plans be for creating a new, more engaging system of education?

Please join graduate students from the Rochester Institute of Technology along with game developers, educators, usability specialists, and others from the global community in an online forum as we attempt to solve this problem collaboratively.

Please share your thoughts at http://tinyurl.com/rit-edu and help us shape the future of education.


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    Feb 16 2012: Hello. My name is Nikhil Goyal. I am a student at Syosset High School in New York and I am writing a book on education reform.

    We must reform the classroom, a relic from the Industrial Revolution. Classrooms are structured in educating kids by making them sit in desks, shut down, and hear the teacher passively. It is based on the fallacy that efficient delivery of content is equal to effective learning. Research demands a personalized education mode. Let’s design a 21st century classroom. Scientists have concluded that there exists a close correlation between human productivity and space design. Facebook and Google are your evidence.

    Prakash Nair, an architect and school planner, writes in Education Week that there is a conglomerate of design principles for tomorrow’s schools. (1) personalized; (2) safe and secure; (3) inquiry-based; (4) student-directed; (5) collaborative; (6) interdisciplinary; (7) rigorous and hands-on; (8) embodying a culture of excellence and high expectations; (9) environmentally conscious; (10) offering strong connections to the local community and business; (11) globally networked; and (12) setting the stage for lifelong learning. A revolution is brewing!
    • Feb 17 2012: Thanks, Nikhil. I really enjoyed reading your post. I am deeply impressed with your insight and dedication to solving this critical issue and look forward to reading your book.

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