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Gaming conference explores interactive media in learning

Madison, Wis. - Between the "leetspeak" of chat rooms and instant messaging, the jargon of programmers, and an infinite library of obscure game-related terms and rules, it's readily apparent that devotees of computer games speak their own language.

What's less apparent is the possibility that this language may be vital to the future of education.

This possibility was the t......

Full article >>> on education professor Elizabeth Hayes. From 2001 to 2005, there was a 42 percent decline in undergraduates majoring in computer science. Students are not getting the opportunity to participate to the level they would like, which Hayes said is leading to a growing gap between sophisticated positions and people prepared to fill them.

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The speakers said this level of interest on the part of gamers, combined with the benefits of interactivity, make electronic games a valuable tool in the education world. However, gaming has to overcome several hurdles to make it into the mainstream. Chief among them are the educators, themselves, who come from a completely different media perspective ......

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