Games at Center of Obama’s Digital Learning Initiative

November 23, 2009 -

In a bid to improve science and math comprehension for U.S. school pupils, President Obama has launched an open competition designed to encourage the creation of digital media-based learning experiences.

Launching December 14, the 2010 Digital Media and Learning Competition is being undertaken in conjunction with the MacArthur Foundation, the Humanities, Arts and the Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC) and National Lab Day. Two categories are offered in the $2.0 million competition—21st Century Learning Lab Designers and Game Changers.

Game Changers will task entrants with creating content, using the PlayStation 3 game LittleBigPlanet, which incorporates science, engineering and math. Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) and The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) are backers of the competition as well, with the former donating 1,000 PS3 systems and copies of LittleBigPlanet to libraries and community organizations in low-income U.S. communities.

Jack Tretton, president and CEO of SCEA added:

“When leveraging the innovative technology of LittleBigPlanet and the PS3 system, both advanced and novice gamers have access to an open canvas to learn, build, and explore entirely new kinds of gaming experiences. There’s no better training ground for anyone interested in digital media.”

Winners will be announced next spring. Winning LittleBigPlanet levels will also be made available to the public.


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Re: Games at Center of Obama’s Digital Learning Initiative

Oh, and they all pale next to "Schoolhouse Rock." Every person I know who can recite the preamble to the Constitution, learned it from that cartoon.

Re: Games at Center of Obama’s Digital Learning Initiative

I hate games that force "knowledge" down your throat. I feel bad for the kids whose parents go into GameStop looking for items for their LeapFrog system. "Hey, I did this really cool thing in Forza 3!" "Well, you should have seen what I did the other day in Halo!" "Well, I was playing 'Timmy the Turtle,' and..." *crickets*

 

That said, WWII games teach better history than History class, because you experience it. You're immersed. Personally, I learned more about Chopin's life from Eternal Sonata than I ever did in Music Appreciation.

 

What someone is going to learn from Little Big Planet is beyond me. Kudos to Pres. Obama for talking out of both sides of his mouth, though.

Re: Games at Center of Obama’s Digital Learning Initiative

loling at the comments people always make when you criticize Obama. 'Well Bush did *action*!'

As if I liked Bush anymore than this guy. Obama's got more charisma and is a better publich speaker, but both are pretty much the same in terms of worth to me.

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Re: Games at Center of Obama’s Digital Learning Initiative

Obama's only got more charisma when the teleprompter is working.

Re: Games at Center of Obama’s Digital Learning Initiative

Funny, this coming from the president whose constantly saying "get off the video games."  Typical politican.

Re: Games at Center of Obama’s Digital Learning Initiative

Math Blaster enhanced my basic math skills quite a bit back in the day.

That's about it though.

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Re: Games at Center of Obama’s Digital Learning Initiative

Seriously, even though I enjoyed Oregon Trail, I don't recall anything I "learned" from it. The Demon Compendium is the only thing I recall anything at all from.

Re: Games at Center of Obama’s Digital Learning Initiative

Thank you, Mr. President, for not bashing gamers. I hope this means youve finally seen the light.

Now if youll only get off your this-country-is-so-stupid-and-everyone-needs-to-go-back-to-school trip, youll do fine.

Re: Games at Center of Obama’s Digital Learning Initiative

Yeah, that's what he needs to change in order to do fine. 

Surely, his spending, the fact that he spends more time fucking off than any recent president, the fact that he wastes more money travelling, the fact that he can't make a decision.  Those are just minor problems.

Re: Games at Center of Obama’s Digital Learning Initiative

Wait he's spent more time fcking off than bush? surely you jest!


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Re: Games at Center of Obama’s Digital Learning Initiative

Surely, I do not.  For example, look at all the fucking golf Obama plays. 

Re: Games at Center of Obama’s Digital Learning Initiative

I seem to remember Bush played more than his fair share

"We're gonna find Osama and kick his ass, now watch this drive" anyone?

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Re: Games at Center of Obama’s Digital Learning Initiative

Obama has played more Golf in 8 months than Bush in 2 years.

Re: Games at Center of Obama’s Digital Learning Initiative

Proof? And I don't mean some conservatard blog claiming it's fact.

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Re: Games at Center of Obama’s Digital Learning Initiative

Funny, I thought "ties" meant "equal to"

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Re: Games at Center of Obama’s Digital Learning Initiative

The article was written a month ago.  He's played more since then.  You know, when he should've been showing some leadership and making some decisions.

Re: Games at Center of Obama’s Digital Learning Initiative

You mean like how Bush failed to do for New Orleans?

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Re: Games at Center of Obama’s Digital Learning Initiative

No no no, what he did during New Orleans was patriotic and justifiable. They all deserved it anyways.

 

Then again, you're replying to someone who thinks Obama playing more golf than the last guy is bad, but said last guy spending more time on vacation than Obama has even been president for is fine and dandy.

Re: Games at Center of Obama’s Digital Learning Initiative

At least Bush could make a decision.  Oh, and he didn't spend NEARLY as much as Obama.

Re: Games at Center of Obama’s Digital Learning Initiative

There's no worship like Bush worship.

Re: Games at Center of Obama’s Digital Learning Initiative

Except for that Obama cult-like worship.  It's like watching people worship L. Ron Hubbard.

Re: Games at Center of Obama’s Digital Learning Initiative

I could make a very long reply to this, but this sums it and you up much much quicker:

 

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Since the page cuts off the image, here's a direct link.

Re: Games at Center of Obama’s Digital Learning Initiative

Hard to tell who's the bigger moron between Bush and that guy he put in charge of FEMA. That one's too close for me to call.

Re: Games at Center of Obama’s Digital Learning Initiative

Even if those decisions WERE what his minders told him to make.

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Re: Games at Center of Obama’s Digital Learning Initiative

Yeah,  because Obama doesn't have his own minders. 

Re: Games at Center of Obama’s Digital Learning Initiative

New Orleans' failure is on the heads of the local government and state government.  They wanted to play the hero and save their own people, having developed a plan to bus people out.  When the bus drivers bailed on the city, they waited 3 MORE DAYS to call for martial law, allowing FEMA to come in with the National Guard.  At this point, FEMA had already allocated its resources elsewhere.

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Oh, and how about how Obama spent all of four hours in New Orleans and then left?  Man, that's some leadership.

Re: Games at Center of Obama’s Digital Learning Initiative

Nothing bad from 2000-2008 was ever Bush's fault.

Re: Games at Center of Obama’s Digital Learning Initiative

What an intelligent reply.  Way to debunk nothing I said.

Re: Games at Center of Obama’s Digital Learning Initiative

I was just summarizing your opinion is all.

Re: Games at Center of Obama’s Digital Learning Initiative

It's not Obamas fault 60% of north americans are incredibly stupid and need to go back to school. Mind you, they learnt bugger all the first time round, so a return visit is unlikely to help matters.

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Re: Games at Center of Obama’s Digital Learning Initiative

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww....... I think that is sooooooooo cuuuuuuuuuuuute! I love sackboy! He is soooooooooo adorable. & donating this game to learning for children is sooooooooo awesome! :)

 

 

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Re: Games at Center of Obama’s Digital Learning Initiative

I hereby dub thee ShadowDarkman the Second. *touches Royal Sword to DarkSaber's shoulders* Arise, Sir ShadowDarkman II.

Re: Games at Center of Obama’s Digital Learning Initiative

Amen.

 
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