Educational Value in Video Games?

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Dr. Yasmin Kafai
Professor, Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania

• Nationally recognized researcher in technology’s role in education, including online/video games and virtual worlds and how they relate to learning
• Author of “Minds in Play: Computer Game Design as a Context for Children’s Learning,” which established the foundation for initiatives on games and learning in the U.S. and Europe, and “Beyond Barbie and Mortal Kombat: New Perspectives on Gender and Gaming”
• Studies the daily life and learning opportunities in, a virtual world that is home to 3.3 million players aged 8-16.
• She has also studied ‘tweens’ activities in games/virtual worlds, including gender play and romantic relationships.