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09-06-2011, 09:11 AM
From Chicago Sun-Times (http://www.suntimes.com/news/education/7395724-418/chicagoquest-promotes-game-playing-at-school.html) by Rosaline Rossi:

Games are good.

Failure is fun.

Those may not sound like the tenets of your typical school, but they are the backbone of an unconventional new one opening Tuesday on the northern edge of Cabrini-Green, not far from the posh Old Town neighborhood.

ChicagoQuest Charter School is determined to harness the power of game design and the digital world to ignite learning. After all, game designers helped create the school for sixth- through 12th graders — along with The Institute of Play. Plus, two game designers will be developing ChicagoQuest curriculum alongside teachers all year long.

“We use a lot of games here,” said Sybil Madison-Boyd, ChicagoQuest’s director of education and leadership.

“Our school is trying to implement game-like learning. That means in our curriculum, the kids are going to be given a really complicated problem — we call it a ‘mission’ — that they need to solve or achieve.

“Instead of saying, ‘You need to learn fractions because we’re on page 56 now,’ it’s more like, ‘We need to learn fractions because we have to build this roller coaster.’”

Textbooks? You’ll find most of them downloaded onto the iPads that all 260 students — only sixth- and seventh-graders this year — will receive.

Desks? Look for kids sitting at tables instead.

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