In this episode, we speak with author / journalist, Greg Toppo. Greg is the author of two books on education, “The Game Believes in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter”, and “The Trust Machine,” co-authored with educator James Tracy, looking at how AI, automation and machine learning are changing the American high school (forthcoming in 2020 from MIT Press). A former senior editor at Inside Higher Ed, he was previously the national education reporter at USA Today from 2002 to 2018, and at The Associated Press from 2000 to 2002. Currently, he is living in Doha, teaching undergraduate journalism at Northwestern University in Qatar.
Greg talks to us about the learning potential that video games provide, and suggests that we rethink some of the preconceived notions that we may have about video games as parents and recognize that they can be a very effective and important part of a balanced approach to play for kids, especially while sheltering-at-home during this COVID-19 outbreak.
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