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Afternoon Announcements: Video Games are a ‘New Frontier’ in Education

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October 10, 2013 03:49 pm

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There is a new frontier in education: videogames as teaching tools. Though it’s still a budding movement, scores of teachers nationwide are using games such as “Angry Birds,” “Minecraft,” “SimCity” and “World of Warcraft” to teach math, science, writing, teamwork and even compassion. In Chicago and New York, entire schools have been created that use the principles of game design in curriculum development. The Wall Street Journal

Federal student aid should reward success, said Richard Vedder at a Brookings Institution event last week. An Ohio University economist, Vedder directs the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. Despite rapid growth in federal student aid since 1971, lower-income students make up a smaller share of college graduates, Vedder pointed out. As federal aid expands, state governments spend less and universities charge more. Community College Spotlight

The Wyoming state Board of Education is sticking with its support for new statewide K-12 education standards in English, language arts and math. Education Week

California’s largest healthcare foundation Wednesday announced a $50-million initiative to support minority boys and young men, saying the odds against their succeeding in school and in future careers were staggering.The California Endowment said the seven-year project would aim to boost attendance 30% in targeted schools, reduce by half the number of those suspended, train campus police on the effect of trauma on students, establish conflict-resolution programs in 10 communities, develop 1,000 youth leaders and make sure all eligible children have health coverage. Los Angeles Times

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