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 … Continue reading

Connecting the Dots – Video Games and Learning Pt 2

This is part 2 of Connecting the Dots, for part one go HERE

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Concept Three: You Can Learn Without Knowing It

What excites me about the potential for learning principles from video games, is the possibility it can be done without the learner even being actively aware that they are learning.

In a previous post, I detailed a problem solving approach that discovers how many difficult problems may already … Continue reading

Connecting the Dots – Video Games and Learning Pt 1

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This post is an excerpt from the book Mastering The Game: What Video Games Can Teach Us About Success In Life

When I asked best-selling author Simon Sinek what he had learned from video games, he offered an interesting reply: “It’s difficult to know where our lessons come from.” Part of what I believe makes understanding where learning comes from it so difficult is that it … Continue reading

Podcast EP 25: Dr. James Rosser Interview

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James C. Rosser, Jr., MD, FACS is a surgeon, educator, scientist, inventor, author, futurist, social advocate, television personality, playwright, video gamer, comic book collector, lover of cinema, and self proclaimed terminal twelve year old.


Join us as we discuss:

  • How he got the nick name “The Nintendo Surgeon”
  • Confronting the erroneous methods of “research” that is often used to connect video games to negative traits
  • The moral imperative tied to video games
  • How video games transcend learning styles and empower knowledge transfer
  • What is Stealth Learning and how it can be used to accelerate learning
  • Dr. Rosser’s study on how playing video games like Super Monkey Ball can actually improve speed and reduce errors in laproscopic surgery
  • Why even serious games need to include fun
  • And more!

Dr Rosser’s Book: Playin’ to Win: A Surgeon, Scientist and Parent Examines the Upside of Video Games

Dr. Rosser’s Research Paper: The Impact of Video Games on Training Surgeons in the 21st Century 

Also available on Amazon :

Buy Mastering The Game: What Video Games Can Teach Us About Success In Life

Intro/Outtro: Playing With Power by Fantomenk, used with permission.

I hope you enjoyed this episode: Dr. James Rosser Interview