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Game Theory

11th Jul 2011 posted in Education

At the Aspen Ideas Festival, I had the privilege of talking with three quiet revolutionaries about how to inject games into the classroom. Here is the video of that panel, featuring Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy, John Hunter, creator of the World Peace Game, and Katie Salen, executive director of the Institute of Play.

And later that day, I saw the documentary film about John Hunter’s remarkable World Peace Game. I highly recommend it, if you get the chance to check it out. The story of a wise school teacher who turns a group of 9 and 10-year-olds into prime ministers, arms dealers and diplomats—and then sits in the back of the classroom while they solve all the problems of the world.