About Playful Learning

Growing game-based learning in schools. Together.

The Need for Playful Learning

A world of games exists to support learning, not just in the traditional “learning games” arena, but across the entertainment spectrum. They just never have been at a teacher’s fingertips — until now. Welcome to Playful Learning, a nationwide initiative that invites us, together, to innovate through the use of games in education.

Playful Learning begins with a simple idea: learning can be fun, not rote. It can be engaging, not forced. It can be exploratory, not narrow. And it can be done together, not always alone.


The Playful Learning Initiative

Through professional development and outreach at regional and national events across the USA, we’re helping teachers connect with each other and share ideas about using games to teach.

The Playful Learning website supports this growing network of educators through friendly guides, useful links and event information. It is open to everyone, whether or not they have attended our workshops.


The Playful Learning Team

Playful Learning is a project of the Learning Games Network, an award-winning non-profit producer of games for learning. Grounded in a decade of game-based learning research at the MIT Education Arcade and the Games+Learning+Society Center, Learning Games Network was founded in 2008 and is now based in Cambridge, MA, Madison, WI and Washington DC.

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Supporters & Partners

Playful Learning would not be possible without the generous support of the NewSchools Venture Fund and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation…

…as well as the support from our strategic partners, the Games & Learning Publishing Council, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, and BrainPOP.