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October 9, 2008

Microsoft funding academic institute on using games for education

Microsoft is funding the the Games for Learning Institute (G4LI) at NYU in Manhattan, as well as additional funding to schools like Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Parsons, Polytechnic Institute of NYU, to investigate the using of gaming technology as an educational tool for middle school children.

" Educators are hoping that by adding videogames to their education arsenals they will be able to win over Internet generation students whose math and science skills are on a disturbing decline.

"While educational games are commonplace, little is known about how, why or even if they are effective," said John Nordlinger, senior research manager for Microsoft Research's gaming efforts.

The G4LI will evaluate game prototypes and test them in New York City schools. Results will be shared with researchers, game developers and educators, Microsoft said."

Read more at: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20081008/ennew_afp/usitvideogameseducationcompanymicrosoft

And also the NY Times : http://www.nytimes.com/idg/IDG_852573C400693880002574DA0051B914.html?ref=technology

Posted by undergrad at October 9, 2008 8:51 PM

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