During a recent Google + Fireside Hangout President Barack Obama said that the importance of video games and the Internet in today's culture are compelling reasons for educators to use such technologies to create new ways of learning for high school students in America (thanks GII).
"Part of what I'm trying to do here is make sure that we're working with high schools and school districts all across the country to make the high school experience relevant for young people, not all of whom are going to get four year college degree or advanced degree," the President said.
"Given how pervasive computers and the Internet is now and how integral it is in our economy and how fascinated kids are with it, I want to make sure that they know how to actually produce stuff using computers and not simply consume stuff."
President Obama went on to say that video games could serve as a catalyst for learning new things, like students making their own games.
"And there are a whole bunch of young people out there I suspect who, if in high school are given the opportunity to figure out 'here's how you can design your own games', but it requires you to know math, and it requires you to know science, or 'here's what a career in graphic design looks like'. We're going to start setting those programs in our high schools, not waiting to go to community college," said President Obama.
Hopefully educators are listening and the Administration (particularly those in the Dept. of Education) will consider his words as actionable rhetoric...