Gaming in the News
The fact that Game Design is integral to our Technology curriculum is certainly not news to anyone reading the Monte”stories” (if it is…read these articles: Post STEM Challenge Win, The Next Frontier for Gaming at MMS, and 1 of Just 12 Schools…). But, the fact that games can serve an educational purpose is starting to make the national news.
A recent USA Today article, White House office studies the benefits of video games, reveals that the White House has hired Constance Steinkuehler from the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin to help shape the “Obama administration's policies around games that improve health, education, civic engagement and the environment, among other areas.”
According to the article, her hire at the White House is in conjunction with research finding that, “for all the bad press, video games make exceptional teaching machines. The past few years have seen a flurry of titles — many of them playable for free online — that teach a huge array of skills and content.”
Obama’s National STEM Video Game Challenge, which an MMS student won in 2011, was designed to push the agenda that he wants children to get “stuck on a video game that's teaching you something." Right now, 81 MMS students are in the final design and testing phases of their learning games for entry this year’s STEM challenge.
Amongst independent schools across the nation, Milwaukee Montessori School is seen as a leader in educational game design. In fact, later this month our Head of School, Director of Technology (Sherri Dodd) and one of our UE Directresses (Meghan Kearns) have been asked to present at the NAIS Annual Conference in Seattle on the topic of "Game Design for Dummies and Geniuses." Coupled with the honor of speaking at the National Association of Independent School’s conference, which brings together more than 3,500 independent school leaders and colleagues each year, MMS has also been selected to be featured at the conference as a “School of the Future.”