Katie Salen on the Power of Game-Based Learning (Big Thinkers Series)
Katie Salen, executive director of nonprofit design studio Institute of Play, offers a look inside the ground-breaking school in New York City that she co-founded, Quest to Learn. The school uses core principles of game design as a framework to help students become lifelong learners and design thinkers.
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More Edutopia Coverage on Game-Based Learning:
- BLOG: Gamifying Student Engagement
Social studies teacher and ed techie Matthew Farber outlines the basics of gamification and suggests how they can be used to engage students in a game-centric world.
- BLOG: How to Build Curriculum Units Using the Video Game Model
Blogger Andrew Miller shows educators some specific techniques for building a game structure across different subjects.
- BLOG: The Games Pupils Play
Former Edutopia contributing editor Owen Edwards wrote this blog about Quest to Learn and Katie Salen's work when the school first opened in 2009.
The New York-based Quest to Learn school has continued to grow and evolve since its founding in 2009, and now the model is being remixed in Chicago at ChicagoQuest. Katie Salen continues her work with both schools as executive director of the Institute of Play. Institute of Play also offers a great page with resources for educators about game-based learning. In addition, Katie has since moved on from Parsons the New School for Design to become a professor in the School of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University in Chicago. Keep up to date with Katie Salen and Institute of Play on Twitter.
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