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FSU gets $600,000 Gates grant for video game study



It turns out that the only way to figure out what skills kids are learning from video games is to trick them -- at least, that's what a Florida State University professor theorizes.

Valerie Shute, of the college of education, just got $600,000 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to work on "stealth" assessments embedded in video games that will measure children's persistence, problem solving and conceptual physics while they play. The grant will help her find ways to extract that data from the players' files to study it, according to an FSU news release.

Click here for the full release, including a video explaining Shute's work.

[Last modified: Friday, August 12, 2011 10:56am]


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