EDTC 6434 Module 5 – Clear & Unclear Reflection

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I thought it was fascinating to hear from such a variety of expertise backgrounds during the module this week. I especially appreciated the perspective of James Paul Gee. A linguist by trade Gee did not even encounter video games up until a few years ago when started to help his son with a game that he was playing. This when his eyes were opened to the possibilities that games can provide to education and learning. In fact, he believes that the most successful games are the ones that challenge the player to learn and grow in proficiency as they play. Gee puts it so simply when he states that “All a video game is, is a set of problems that you must solve in order to win.” (Gee, 2011) With a sequence of problems and solutions that the player must accomplish in order to progress. The motivation in video games…

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