Institute of Play
The Institute of Play promotes gaming and game design as a tool to help kids learn. They developed Quest to Learn, an NYC public school based on principles of gaming design.


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Have Fun at the Office

According to a 2013 Gallup poll, only 30% of adults feel engaged in their work. Decreased engagement can often lead to decreased productivity and low quality work so give your employees a boost with Institute of Play’s “Play@ Your Org” program. Through play-based learning and game design activities, participants will learn how to have a more positive attitude towards their work as well as how to maximize consumer engagement. The skills and strategies taught in this workshop can be used to help redesign marketing campaigns, products, services and more. Whether you work for a corporate company or a nonprofit organization, this program can help your team meet their goals in a new and creative way.

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TeacherQuest Program

Institute of Play believes there’s more to education than reading from a textbook, which is why they designed a new way of teaching to engage students through game-like learning. This curriculum is primarily used at Quest Schools, but now educators from any school can bring the Quest model of teaching into their classroom with Institute of Play’s TeacherQuest program. This professional development workshop shows teachers how to integrate games and game design into their lesson plans in order to increase student engagement. At the conclusion of the program, teachers will have a set of games they designed themselves and access to an online community where they can share ideas with educators across the country. 

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Make A Difference

The Quest model is a great way to foster lifelong learning in students, but it can also be used to encourage them to become agents of social change. Since online gaming and social media are popular among young people today, Institute of Play decided to create their own online game called PlayBrave to promote social change and kindness. The game involves a series of challenges that require players to go out into their community and spread positive messages. Some activities include making a poster about a worthy cause and hanging it in town or taking a picture of someone who is brave and posting it on Instagram. 

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