Teachers learn to use games

At Quest to Learn, a New York City charter school for grades 6-12, teachers are supposed to use video games for teaching. That means the teachers have a lot to learn about gaming, reports Ed Week’s Digital Directions.

“[Game-based instruction] is very challenging, especially for teachers who have been teaching for a long time in one way and are learning to do something in a different way,” says (Quest’s Arana) Shapiro.

Quest teachers started training before the school opened last fall and they spend a weekly two-hour block in what’s called Studio Q talking about how to make it all work.

Nationwide, teachers may pick up idea at conferences but rarely get any training in how to use games to enhance learning, reports Digital Directions.

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