Today I found out about an excellent project for elementary schools that I hope will show the value of games in the classroom! DARPA is funding a project being run by Carnegie Mellon University. http://www.etc.cmu.edu/engage/ They are seeking out teachers to play these games in their classrooms while allowing a team from the program to observe and then query the students about their activity. This is a wonderful way to be involved in the future of games in education. This is a time I wish I was still in the elementary realm!
If you teach elementary classes, please consider this project. If you want to just play the games, that is available too. I would love to hear from you if you do participate in this project. I will be following up on this as I hear more.