I have never played video games. They cut into reading time. Today, I don’t even understand TV advertisements for games. Do you have to get inside an Xbox? What? I am sensing this may become a handicap for an education writer, says Jay Mathews, columnist for the Washington Post. What game designers know about what excites and involves their users may be the key to a new age of online learning. I say maybe because I have grown weary of technological breakthrough reports that promise more for classrooms than they deliver. Twenty-first century learning plans, when you examine them closely,...

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