Nolan Bushnell, who founded Atari, thinks cloud computing can fix the “nightmare” of modern education. With Bushnell’s Speed to Learn, students could finish high school in a year, he said at the Cloud Gaming Conference USA. From The Escapist:
At an education summit in New York, Bushnell described the program as arcade-style videogames combined with aerobic activity for the purpose of education.
“The whole idea,” Bushnell said, “is to give rewards that real kids want to have, and to have school be as chaotic as possible.”
Speed to Learn would use cloud computing to minimize technical problems, Bushnell said. At any given time, 10 to 15 percent of classroom computers don’t work, he said. “They’re virus-infected nightmares.”
“We’ve been in hundreds of classrooms with 40,000 kids. We are currently teaching subjects 10 times faster. We believe that when we roll this up to full curriculum we’ll be able to teach a full career of high school in less than a year. And we think we’ll be able to do that by the end of next year.”
I’d imagine that videogames could teach some things quickly and well, but could they teach everything? That seems unlikely.