Happy Constitution Day everyone. In honor of the holiday I have given you a wonderful, heartwarming tale of the Department of Education's effort to revive the economy. I'll let USA Today take it from here:
The White House today unveiled plans for a research center that aims to infuse more digital learning -- including video games -- into the nation's classrooms.
The effort, dubbed Digital Promise, will aid the rapid development of new learning software, educational games and other technologies, in part through helping educators vet what works and what doesn't.
"Digital Promise" is the name of this project, in case you missed it. It sounds like an 80's pop song about a philandering male robot who assures his latest mate that their relationship will be exclusive. I have not decided yet whether his "latest mate" will be a male, female, or intersex robot.
Anyway, it appears that at the heart of this curriculum will be a game called Portal- a puzzle game where the player must manipulate gravity and teleportation to reach the goal at the end of the level. This sci-fi spectacle is a hit with kids my age who don't recognize that the entire idea of the game was taken from the music video of the aforementioned hit Digital Promise.
Apparently kids will play the game and make puzzles of their own. Valve, the team behind the game, is releasing software that "allows [students] to create new levels of Portal for classroom use." The goal of the program is to not only help feed creativity, but according to the article, "the game is finding a second life in classrooms as teachers modify it to teach physics."
Finally, before Ricochet is burned in a fiery rage of vengeance against this overreach in federal power, it's important to note that "a large group of high-tech business and non-profit organizations is supporting the effort, which is being overseen by the U.S. Department of Education." Phew. So it's not all coming out of our pockets.