Gaming Literacy School – MacArthur Foundation

NPR Has a story up on a new school that was just awarded a $1.1m grant from the MacArthur Foundation. Here’s the audio of the story:

NPR Audio on Gaming Literacy School

The San Jose Mercury News also did a story on this new school:

Macarthur Foundation gives $1.1 million to Gamelab to use games as pathways to creativity and learning in 6th grade to 12th grade

“New York City will be home to a new 6-12th grade public school that will use game design and game-inspired methods to teach critical 21st century skills and literacies. Opening in fall 2009, the school is being created by the Gamelab Institute of Play, a New York City-based not-for-profit organization that leverages games and play as transformative contexts for learning and creativity, in collaboration with New Visions for Public Schools, a not-for-profit organization that works in partnership with the New York City Department of Education to improve academic achievement in the City’s public schools. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today awarded a grant of $1.1 million to help with planning and development.”

The MacArthur Foundation has entered this space is a huge way. This looks like a very interesting project, one that holds much potential. I can’t wait to see what other projects will get funding by the MacArthur Foundation in the next few years.

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