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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 20 2012: I personally believe in the idea of a "flipped" classroom (see Salman Khan's TED Talk) so that teachers actually have time during the day to interest students with fun things that apply the learning to real life. This interest could most certainly be sparked by technology or really anything that students find interesting.

    I believe that teachers should be there to just excite students about learning. Only this allows students to realize their potential instead of just going through the motions that the modern educational system creates. I am personally more inspired by a 20 minute TED Talk than six hours of teacher instruction a day at my high school, and I personally think that this is a sad reality. So many students get turned off by learning because it's frankly just boring, and they think that all learning is like this. Teachers need to be there to show that this is simply not the case.

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