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The Game Believes In You

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In today’s age of computers, smart phones and tablets, kids are constantly navigating the digital world, especially the world of games. But do video games have a place in the classroom? USA Today’s national education reporter Greg Toppo thinks the answer is a resounding “yes.” Toppo’s new book, “The Game Believes in You,” takes a look at how teachers are embracing technology and using digital play to their advantage. Ahead, we hear how one teacher turned fantasy football into fantasy geopolitics, how a group of high schoolers staged their own digital opera, and how a game designer created a virtual version of Walden Pond for players to explore.

Maureen Harvie is senior producer for On the Record. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and joined WYPR in 2014 as an intern for the newsroom. Whether coordinating live election night coverage, capturing the sounds of a roller derby scrimmage, interviewing veterans, or booking local authors, she is always on the lookout for the next story.