USA Today natl education writer. Author of THE GAME BELIEVES IN YOU: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter (out 4/21) @gamebelieves gtoppo@usatoday.com

Baltimore, other cities see violent holiday weekend

usatoday.com — Violence surged in major U.S. cities over Memorial Day weekend, bringing new highs for homicides in Chicago and Baltimore after years of declining crime. In Baltimore's monthly monthly homicide rate soared to its highest point in more than 15 years, taxing a city and police department already pushed to its limits after rioting last month.

Police believe more than one person killed D.C. family

usatoday.com — The members of a prominent Washington, D.C., family identified in a grisly quadruple murder were longtime members of a tightknit, upscale community, churchgoers who volunteered at their children's schools, neighbors said.

Police: Shooter had 'fixation' with Zimmerman

wtsp.com — (USA TODAY) A Florida man charged with shooting at George Zimmerman in an apparent road rage incident last week had a "fixation" with the one-time neighborhood watch leader, who gained national attention in 2012 for killing an unarmed black teen, according to a police report made public on Tuesday.

We’re boring our kids in school: This easy reform will actually help them learn

salon.com — Excerpted from "The Game Believes in You" In 1967, media critic Marshall McLuhan predicted that within two decades, technology would make school unrecognizable. "As it is now, the teacher has a ready-made audience," he wrote. "He is assured of a full house and a long run.

What if we prescribed video games, and not Ritalin, to treat ADHD?

medium.com — One in five high school boys is diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactive disorder. Here's how gaming may change that. By Greg Toppo The following is an excerpt from The Game Believes in You , which explores how digital games can inspire and motivate children - and result in better learning outcomes.

The video game that teaches algebra to 4-year-olds

qz.com — I met Jean-Baptiste Huynh-the Vietnamese Frenchman living in Oslo who persuaded the entire country of Norway to spend a week solving algebra problems-a few months after his iPad algebra application, DragonBox, had gone viral in Apple's App Store. Everyone I knew was asking me if I'd played it.

Freddie Gray funeral draws mournful throng in Baltimore

usatoday.com — Thousands of mourners and supporters are expected to descend on Baltimore's New Shiloh Baptist Church on Monday for the funeral of Freddie Gray, a young black man whose death while in police custody sparked daily and sometimes chaotic protests. The mayor, police chief and Gray's family have pleaded that protests be kept peaceful.

Video games that work better than school

hechingerreport.org — I met Jean-Baptiste Huynh, the Vietnamese Frenchman living in Oslo who persuaded the entire country of Norway to spend a week solving algebra problems, a few months after his iPad algebra application, DragonBox, had gone viral in Apple's App Store. Everyone I knew was asking me if I'd played it.

New report shows urban 'donut' shifting

usatoday.com — The long-standing urban-suburban divide in education, income, race and other characteristics is being turned on its head as college-educated Millennials crowd into U.S. cities, new research shows.

Fewer than half of teachers now covered by unions

usatoday.com — For the first time since the rise of teachers unions in the 1980s, the percentage of USA teachers represented by unions in public and private schools has fallen below 50%, suggesting that the demographics of the teaching profession and the shift away from traditional schools are taking a toll on union membership.
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May 25, 2015

What can kids learn from video games?: bit.ly/1JQtqZ2 via @leannalandsmann @lacrossetribune #gbl @gamebelieves

May 24, 2015

@Dear_Godot I agree, actually. Best games are all about intrinsic motivation, aren't they? Give users a taste, let them sort the rest out.

May 22, 2015

Dang! RT @kzenovka: If u didn’t hold tweetchat during raid time u would have gotten more responses! ow.ly/NgSzM #edgamechat

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