With the intention of revolutionizing current pedagogy, Microsoft Corp. is bringing researchers and businesses together to develop a game-based computer learning environment to be used by classroom teachers.

The idea behind this partnership—known as the Learning Federation—is to take the same video-game technology that lets you virtually fly airplanes or build amusement parks, and use it for educational purposes.

"There's a very strong attraction to video games, and it crosses age and ... culture," said Randy Hinrichs, group research manager for learning and science technology at Microsoft and principal founder

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