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The Game Believes In You

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 reporterGreg 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 Supervising 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.