Education insiders can be considered gaming skeptics, and now The Hechinger Report has made an attempt to understand why. Many futurists in education have touted the potential of video game technology to transform the way students learn — most recently during NBC’s Education Nation summit — yet there is still doubt that the gamification of eduction will have a positive impact on student achievement.
Mostly, the skepticism is fueled by a lack of solid data. Research that backs up the rosy projections is still thin, and even the argument that games can increase student engagement don’t sound convincing. Engagement is difficult to define, much less measure, and there’s still nothing that links increased engagement with improved academic outcomes.