(CNN) – At one New York City school, students learn by gaming. But how does it work? CNN takes you inside Quest to Learn.
My son is going in to 8th grade at Quest to Learn. I was fascinated and excited about game based learning, the computerized learning and each child having a laptop. Indeed, it has many advanced things including "Canvas" where you and your child can go online and check each assignment and how they did or do and when future ones are due. Each teacher I have experienced has had open communication with me, as well as the administrators and I have emailed and met with each in his already two years there. My son is learning. And, he has fun learning. Each learning "Quest" is presented as a challenge or problem to be solved and figured out. The problem– behavior or some of the students which impedes the learning of others who want to learn. As in any middle school there are trouble makers. Many live well outside the district so I even wonder how they got in to the school. It is fantastic in theory, great for some, but the "in practice" kinks need to be worked out– certainly with my son's entire grade.
This seems like a cool idea, but I wonder how these kids are going to transition into a traditional school. But they will eventually have to.
*Because they will eventually have to... (Maybe I need to go back to school)
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