Podcast EP 28: Interview with Greg Toppo Author of The Game Believes in You

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Interview with Greg Toppo

Greg Toppo is USA TODAY’s national K-12 education writer. He’s been with USA TODAY since 2002 and was a 2010 Spencer fellow in education reporting at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Previously, Toppo was a reporter for the Associated Press in Washington. Toppo has worked as both a high school English and writing teacher and as a fourth-grade teacher. He is the author of the book:The Game Believes in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter.

Join us as we discuss:

  • What is happening in the classroom with video games
  • Greg’s influences
  • Going beyond “if” games can be used to teach, to the “How” they do
  • The importance of asking how
  • What it means for the “game to believe in you”
  • The not-so subtle difference between movies and games
  • How games are not a substitute for teachers
  • What technology is in the classroom  Clara Cuban
  • What games offer technologically that other teaching technology does not offer
  • Gamifications place in the classroom
  • Dragon Box the game that I’m using to teach my 4 yearold algebra
  • The difference between types of screen time (TV vs Video Games)
  • The social element of video games
  • …and more!

Individuals & resources mentioned:

Greg Toppo’s website:


Greg Toppo’s book: The Game Believes in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter

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