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Kids playing video games. Photo: sean dreilinger via Flickr.

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A lot of parents worry about whether their kids' video game habits are harmful - especially when gaming gets in the way of homework or reading. But writer Greg Toppo says gaming can be a great way to learn.

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Back to all reports

Microsoft - $129,889.42 spent on 25 trips
95.4% spent on Democratic Party
3.7% spent on Independent Party
0.8% spent on Republican Party

BISHOP, SANFORD D JR - Democratic Party
March 16, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (3 days)
San Jose, CA
Co-sponsor(s): AT&T, American Airlines
Purpose - Attend technology presentations and tour company facilities
Total Cost - $9,205.00

BOSWELL, LEONARD L - Democratic Party
July 26, 2003 - July 29, 2003 (4 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - Microsoft campus visit
Total Cost - $7,024.36

BOUCHER, FREDRICK C - Democratic Party
April 18, 2001 - April 18, 2001 (1 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - Speech to Microsoft executives regarding intellectual property tour changes on the congressional agenda
Total Cost - $1,750.00

BROWN, CORRINE - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
Monterey, CA
Co-sponsor(s): American Airlines, AT&T
Purpose - Attend technology presentations and tour company facilities
Total Cost - $4,867.00

CLAYTON, EVA - Democratic Party
March 15, 2000 - March 17, 2000 (3 days)
Not specified
Co-sponsor(s): AT&T, American Airlines
Purpose -
Total Cost - $4,602.50

CUMMINGS, ELIJAH E - Independent Party
March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
San Jose, CA
Co-sponsor(s): AT&T, American Airlines
Purpose - Technology tour in California
Total Cost - $4,867.00

DAVIS, JAMES OSCAR III - Democratic Party
December 11, 2003 - December 12, 2003 (2 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - fact finding trip to see first hand Starbucks Corp and Microsoft headquarters in Seattle, Washington.
Total Cost - $2,970.16

DAVIS, LINCOLN EDWARD - Democratic Party
July 26, 2003 - July 29, 2003 (4 days)
Nashville, TN
Purpose - Meeting with technology industry leaders, briefing on current issues
Total Cost - $6,790.68

HONDA, MIKE - Democratic Party
December 11, 2003 - December 13, 2003 (3 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - to do a plant tour of Microsoft facility and meet with CEO of Starbucks
Total Cost - $2,019.79

LEE, SHEILA JACKSON - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
San Jose, CA
Co-sponsor(s): AT&T, American Airlines
Purpose - CBC Tech Summit
Total Cost - $747.00

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
March 16, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (3 days)
San Jose, CA
Co-sponsor(s): AT&T, American Airlines
Purpose - Hi-tech tour for CBC hosted by Rep. Johnson
Total Cost - $9,425.00

KILPATRICK, CAROLYN CHEEKS - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
San Jose, CA
Co-sponsor(s): AT&T, American Airlines
Purpose - Attend technology presentations and tour company facilities
Total Cost - $9,594.00

LUCAS, KENNETH RAY - Democratic Party
July 26, 2003 - July 29, 2003 (4 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - legislative study and fact-finding
Total Cost - $6,833.18

MCINTYRE, MIKE - Democratic Party
July 26, 2003 - July 29, 2003 (4 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - educational trip regarding high-tech issues as related to official duties
Total Cost - $6,176.00

MEEK, CARRIE - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
San Jose, CA - Monterey, CA
Co-sponsor(s): American Airlines, AT&T
Purpose - participate in technology briefing
Total Cost - $4,602.50

MICHAUD, MICHAEL H - Democratic Party
July 26, 2003 - July 29, 2003 (4 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - Congressional briefing/Microsoft Campus Visit for Members of the Blue Dog Coalition
Total Cost - $2,405.19

MOORE, DENNIS - Democratic Party
July 26, 2003 - July 29, 2003 (4 days)
Redmond, WA
Purpose -
Total Cost - $5,610.43

NORTON, ELEANOR HOLMES - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 19, 2001 (5 days)
San Jose, CA
Co-sponsor(s): American Airlines, AT&T
Purpose - Attend technology presentation and tour company facilities as part of Congressional Black Caucus Retreat
Total Cost - $4,771.00

OWENS, MAJOR ROBERT - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 16, 2001 (2 days)
Menlo Park, CA - Monterey, CA
Co-sponsor(s): American Airlines, AT&T
Purpose - Attend technology presentation and tour company facilities
Total Cost - $9,205.00

PAYNE, DONALD M - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 16, 2001 (2 days)
Menlo Park, CA - Monterey, CA
Co-sponsor(s): American Airlines, AT&T
Purpose - Attend technology presentation and tour of facilities
Total Cost - $9,205.00

SANCHEZ, LORETTA - Democratic Party
July 27, 2003 - July 29, 2003 (3 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - meetings and fact-finding
Total Cost - $4,598.43

THOMPSON, BENNIE G - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
San Jose, CA
Co-sponsor(s): American Airlines, AT&T
Purpose - to attend technology presentations & tour company facilities
Total Cost - $9,203.00

HATCH, ORRIN GRANT - Republican Party
June 11, 2004 - June 14, 2004 (4 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - speech and meet with executives of Microsoft Corporation and Real Networks
Total Cost - $1,058.20

BOUCHER, FREDRICK C - Democratic Party
April 15, 2005 - April 18, 2005 (4 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - Speech to Microsoft meeting on elements of upcoming telecommunications law reform
Total Cost - $1,370.00

HOYER, STENY HAMILTON - Democratic Party
March 3, 2000 - March 5, 2000 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL
Co-sponsor(s): Faith and Politics Institute, Alabama Power Company, Delta Air Lines Inc, Coca Cola Enterprises Inc, Daimler Chrysler, Fannie Mae, General Motors, Caterpillar Inc, Pew Charitable Trust, National Chamber Foundation
Purpose - Alabama Pilgrimage to celebrate 35th Anniversary of '65 Voting Rights Act March
Total Cost - $989.00

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Kids playing video games. Photo: sean dreilinger via Flickr.

Learning from Video Games

A lot of parents worry about whether their kids' video game habits are harmful - especially when gaming gets in the way of homework or reading. But writer Greg Toppo says gaming can be a great way to learn.

Recent Posts

  • 06.17.15

    Teaching the Birds and the Bees

    For more than a century, Americans have been arguing about how to teach children about the birds and the bees in public schools. A new book argues that for all the fuss about sex education in America, students get precious little of it.
  • 06.11.15

    What can Japan teach us about teaching?

    Coming up this fall we'll be releasing a documentary about teacher preparation - how people learn to become teachers and how they get better once they're in the classroom. This week: how do Japanese teachers learn to improve on the job?
  • 06.02.15

    Million-Dollar Teacher

    When Nancie Atwell was growing up, she never thought she’d go to college, let alone become an award-winning teacher. But a few months ago, Atwell received a $1-million-dollar global prize for her decades of teaching English and literacy skills to elementary and middle schoolers.
  • 05.28.15

    Divestment on Campus

    Across the world, college students are urging their institutions to “divest” from fossil fuels. This week we ask: is the divestment movement working?