Over on Boing Boing Offworld, our Brandon has an early look at Quest 2, a school in New York that's focused on game-based learning.
New York's Institute of Play has officially announced the foundation of Quest to Learn, a new school for "digital kids" that will be accepting its first 6th grade class this fall, which "uses the underlying design principles of games to create highly immersive, game-like learning experiences for students."
It's important to note that 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.
Games and other forms of digital media serve another useful purpose at Quest: they serve to model the complexity and promise of "systems." Understanding and accounting for this complexity is a fundamental literacy of the 21st century.
Man, that sounds good enough to move to NYC for.