The title of this post comes from "The World is Flat" by Thomas Friedman. Basically this means curiosity plus passion are greater than intelligence: when a student loves something they will learn more than a naturally gifted student who is unengaged and bored. I thought about this today as I was presenting to parents about games and the effect of games on the brain. With so much research out there now about the impact on games on the plasticity of the brain, about how gaming can improve attention and focus and aid in laying down long-term memories, keeping students in "the zone" and encouraging "flow" there is really no excuses for anyone to doubt the impact of technology on learning. When students are engaged and passionate, when they are motivated to persist and learn through failure, then they are sure to be successful.