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Jose Martinez

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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 17 2012: We could use interactive, online technologies with sophisticated ratings systems embedded into them and combine them with 'real-world' or non-virtual action-oriented challenges. Grading systems would become obsolete and transcripts would be replaced with digital portfolios complete with links to non-virtual products, answers, and solutions. Games are already designed to 'teach', but they rarely result in a meaningful end-product or value-added service. The future of games in education should probably focus on moving games in this direction.
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      Feb 17 2012: Interesting idea... But wouldn't a rating system equate to a grading system? How about a more comprehensive, milestone driven grading system that unlocks new "levels"?
      • Feb 17 2012: A rating system isn't inherently bad. The particulars of its implementation and use result in how effective and how well it accords with positive human learning and behaviour.

        I think there's plenty of merit behind a system that combines peer feedback and accreditation weighting.

        e.g. if these thumbs up attached to these comments were weighted on the basis of an algorithm that could determine how much critical authority the person had. Kinda like Google does for links and searches.

        Then we could use that system for a community driven discussion learning method. Like we already do right now on these forums. Except with greater efficacy and less noise.
    • Feb 17 2012: Existing, archaic grading systems and obsessive, myopic focus n standardized testing should definitely get tossed. I like Daniel's suggestion of transcripts evolving into digital portfolios.

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