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Friday, July 31, 2009

The Game of School

Now video games are sneaking into the design of entire curriculums and starting to influence education in interesting and exciting ways.

The Quest school located in Manhattan (New York) is creating a curriculum that is radical different from other schools. According to the web site, "Quest is not a school whose curriculum is made up of the play of commercial videogames, but rather a school that uses the underlying design principles of games to create highly immersive, game-like learning experiences."

The school's mission:
Design and innovation are at the heart of Quest to Learn (Q2L), a school committed to helping every student to achieve excellence in the skills and literacies necessary for college and career readiness. We believe that students today can and do learn in different ways, often through interaction with digital media and games. Q2L builds on this belief to create a nurturing and vibrant 6th-12th grade school environment that supports all students in the pursuit of academic excellence, social responsibility, respect for others, and a passion for lifelong learning.


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