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Stephen Downes

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The bad news is that I was utterly unable to play the game - there's an android app but it only plays classical TicTacToe unless you pay the $3.50 (Canadian) but it isn't accepting payments. And the online version doesn't work right. But - the idea of using games to teach quantum principles is a really good one. Quantum mechanics is officially very weird and as this article (37 page PDF) says, "teachers must overcome the traditional narrative approach." It doesn't work to just explain quantum concepts; people have to play with them to get a sense of how they work (the same is probably true of traditional mechanics, but we've all had lots of experience playing with that in our everyday lives). There's also a nice blog post from a couple of years ago describing the game.

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