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Seattle Times on UW CSE’s Center for Game Science and non-profit educational startup Enlearn

enlearn“Educators have been struggling for decades to resolve a fundamental problem: Students who are in the same grade because of age often vary greatly in skills, abilities and experiences, even on the first day of kindergarten.

“Teachers are told to differentiate their instruction so that each student gets what she needs ­ a good idea in theory, but hard to pull off in a real classroom …

“That’s the big puzzle that University of Washington computer science professor Zoran Popović hopes to solve with insights gained over the last five years of developing computer learning games that adapt to the skills of individual players so they progress more efficiently toward mastery.

“Popović directs the university’s Center for Game Science.

“He also is the founder and chief scientist at Enlearn (a contraction of “engaged learning”), a not-for-profit organization started with money from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.”

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