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Born Digitals Love To Make Things – Vintage Matters!

Born Digitals Love To Make Things – Vintage Matters! | Design in Education | Scoop.it
Born digitals deftly use technology; for them, it just is. Yet we constantly see discussions, blog posts, and articles about where and whether we should integrate technology, how it should be done, does it motivate learners, etc. We are decades past this discussion. Of course technology feeds motivation. What else would — filling in worksheets, taking linear notes, or sitting through text-laden PowerPoint presentations?

Education seems to view technology as something separate. It’s not for us, nor is it for our students. We use our devices all the time, and so do they. In fact, they approach technology fearlessly and can find workarounds with little trouble. Internet down? No problem. They set up hot spots using their phones to work on their iPads. Looking for contact information? No problem. They conduct a Google image search to connect to a LinkedIn profile. Need to send a direct message? No problem. They do it through social media. We've witnessed all of these scenarios with our middle schoolers.
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Using Brain Science To Study Smarter, Not Harder

Using Brain Science To Study Smarter, Not Harder | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Finding the optimum study technique is the holy grail for educators. Parents and teachers alike are joined in their quest to discover the most effective yet the most efficient process for helping their children learn. Countless conversations in the weekly parent-teacher Twitter chat (#ptchat), one of our favorites, have been dedicated to pinpointing the ideal strategies for evening study.

 

 

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Only Those Who Dare – Motivating Kids To Think Like Entrepreneurs

Only Those Who Dare – Motivating Kids To Think Like Entrepreneurs | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Steering learners away from settling on the status quo forces them to see the potential of taking a chance on their ideas. Dare to be different, dare to take a risk, and dare greatly. As educators, we believe it will foster their entrepreneurial spirit for a lifetime.

 

 

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SXSWEdu 2015: The Boy Who Beeps - Who Can Speak The Language Of EdTech?

SXSWEdu 2015: The Boy Who Beeps - Who Can Speak The Language Of EdTech? | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Now in its fifth year, the 2015 SXSWEdu rally in the Texas midland is more inclusive than ever. The panelpicker judges eschewed trendy topics like flipped learning and Big Data in favor of deeper discussions about Social Emotional Learning and Gamification. Major themes that ran through the first day included programming in schools, authentic PBL, and contemporary professional development.

 

A major highlight of the day was hearing about the impressive Coded Curriculum implemented by Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. The school has embraced a "launch / test / refine" approach to incorporate coding into every academic discipline. The faculty actively seeks to "make excellent mistakes" as they teach children the "New Basics" of open-ended problem solving, non-linear thinking, and collaboration.

 

 

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Kids Need To Dance: The ABC's For Parents

Kids Need To Dance: The ABC's For Parents | Design in Education | Scoop.it

It’s that time of the year again when we see the signs of back to school wherever we go. The usual symbols of yellow buses, apples, and ABC's seem to saturate the retail market, as if apples were grown across the country and we all need to learn the alphabet. As it turns out, Seth Godin’s picture book, V is for Vulnerable: Life Outside the Comfort Zone, is an ABC book for grownups. Hugh MacLeod illustrates each letter, and Godin’s word choice for each one will ring loud and clear for educators.

 

 

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ISTE Recap - Day 3 - Where Are All Those “Lazy” Teachers?

ISTE Recap - Day 3 - Where Are All Those “Lazy” Teachers? | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Nationwide, the witch hunt against teachers unions and teacher tenure has built its argument on the gimcrack premise that educators are inherently lazy. Teachers will no doubt recline in their cushy career thrones once granted a decent living wage and professional flexibility. Well, bring those Chicken Littles to ISTE. Their airy thesis evaporates instantly upon entering the convention hall.

There are no lackadaisical teachers here. There are no uninspired trolls among the animated educators chatting in corridors between rapid-fire sessions. There are no sheeple among the collaborative professionals trading tech on Twitter. The best way to bust open a stereotype is open one’s eyes and see teachers in action at ISTE.

 

 

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Educating Entrepreneurs: A Little Maker, A Whole Lot Of Genius

Educating Entrepreneurs: A Little Maker, A Whole Lot Of Genius | Design in Education | Scoop.it

While we think highly of incorporating maker education “back into” the school environment, leadership should never have let it go to begin with for the sake of test preparation. We lock up or throw away the blocks in kindergarten or cancel a kindergarten performance so kids can focus on college prep. Who are we kidding? We know this sounds ridiculous, but it happens.

 

 

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Entrepreneurship And Schools

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The recent discussion posted to the International Society For Technology In Education’s LinkedIn group via the Fishtree Blog asks the question, “Should entrepreneurship be taught at school?” Our answer is a resounding YES! It also reminds us of an excellent motion graphic called Entrepreneurs Can Change the World by the Grasshopper group. We’ve used it to kick off our interdisciplinary, fifth-grade entrepreneur project for the past three years with much success.

 

 

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Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: Make It, Own It, Learn It

Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: Make It, Own It, Learn It | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Like so many other teachers faced with time constraints in completing curricula, we often think of how to fit more things in that we know will make a difference in the learning. We strive to provide our students with creative opportunities to show what they know. To this end, the best advice we can give is to collaborate with other teachers.

 

 

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Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: We Love Our Devices, But Need To Look Up

Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: We Love Our Devices, But Need To Look Up | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Having time to develop an idea without interruption rarely happens today, but it is important that it does. Constant interruptions kill the flow of learning, the ability to focus, and the opportunity to get immersed in ideas. Like the book, Hello, Hello, the video "What the Internet Is Doing To Our Brains" has the same message. It’s okay to unplug; everything will be there when we get back. There is a lot more than information on a screen. We just need to look up from our smart phones, tablets, and laptops to see it.

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If Robots Will Run the World, What Should Students Learn? | MindShift

If Robots Will Run the World, What Should Students Learn? | MindShift | Design in Education | Scoop.it
Education reformers have been calling for a different type of education, one that nurtures creative and innovative thinkers. But for many, that future is hard
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Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: Sketchnotes: Visually Mapping Ideas

Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: Sketchnotes: Visually Mapping Ideas | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Sketchnotes are a multi-sensory form of note-taking involving listening, synthesizing and visualizing and can make a difference in the way students learn. This year we decided to jump right into using this non-linear approach, and to our surprise the results were amazing on two fronts.

 

 

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INFOGRAPHIC: Do You Have the Entrepreneurial Spirit? A Look at the Experience, Education, and Goals of Entrepreneurs

INFOGRAPHIC: Do You Have the Entrepreneurial Spirit? A Look at the Experience, Education, and Goals of Entrepreneurs | Design in Education | Scoop.it
Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? This infographic examines the experience, education and goals of entrepreneurs.
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Build It - Project-Based Learning In Full Bloom

Build It - Project-Based Learning In Full Bloom | Design in Education | Scoop.it
The library makerspace was in full bloom this year, giving our students an amazing opportunity to learn by doing. They were encouraged to use a variety of applications to explore different ways to demonstrate their academic abilities as they related to curricula thematic units. The finished products were anything but projects; they combined informational, visual, and spatial literacies, and they actively pushed students to think critically and solve problems.
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Inspiration Plus Creativity Equals Innovative Teaching And Learning

Inspiration Plus Creativity Equals Innovative Teaching And Learning | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Education is smack in the middle of an earth swell of change. No matter how hard the system tries to maintain a rigid set of evaluative assessments, something has to give. Otherwise, we will lose too many teachers over restrictions, and worse, too many young people who know that outside of school the freedom to learn, experiment, and create exists.

 

 

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SXSWEdu 2015: Education For All - How Far Have We Come?

SXSWEdu 2015: Education For All - How Far Have We Come? | Design in Education | Scoop.it

An important and undeniable thrust of the 2015 SXSWEdu conference has been the attempt to reconcile the nation's educational inequalities. Marquee panels and sofa conversations alike have centered on this notion of access – access to college, to technology, to careers, to mentors, to professional development, to contemporary learning tools.

 

 

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Collaborative Hearts And Minds Help Kids Cope

Collaborative Hearts And Minds Help Kids Cope | Design in Education | Scoop.it

With the increasing questions we received from our sixth graders about the abhorrent news this past week, we realized they needed to do something to make them feel they were sending a positive message to help the world be a more peaceful place. Eleven- and twelve-year-olds hear the news, and most have far more access to content than their parents realize. Their questions abound and need an outlet. As middle school educators, we know this.

 

 

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The Power Of An Idea

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There are wonderful picture books published every year, but sometimes there’s one that stands out from the crowd. What Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobi Yamada and illustrated by Mae Bosem is the one. This book is a wonderful story about a brilliant idea and the child who helps bring it to the world. As the idea grows, so does the confidence of the little boy. This inspirational tale is for anyone, of any age, who’s ever had an idea but may be reluctant to embrace it, because it might seem different, odd, or just a little too big.

 

 

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ISTE Recap - Day 2 - Creative Confidence: The Teacher Who’s Always Pitching

ISTE Recap - Day 2 - Creative Confidence: The Teacher Who’s Always Pitching | Design in Education | Scoop.it

First of all, let’s not kid ourselves, there are a lot of people here at ISTE 2014. The Georgia World Congress Center turns into Pamplona when a marquee session hour approaches. There’s also a panic upon walking past a long, bullish line waiting for an event that you haven’t heard about. You’re tempted to join the stampede for fear of missing out. Still, the hours are impeccably managed by the ISTE organizers, and the mood of sharing is high.

 

 

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Inspiring Innovation

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Rethinking Innovation. Does it just come or can we inspire it? How do you inspire innovation in your students?
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LEGO Foundation LEGO Foundation - Research - Research Articles

LEGO Foundation LEGO Foundation - Research - Research Articles | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Cultures of Creativity: "Cultures develop when people find ways to play, make, and share. This report describes how human cultures can be characterized by their similarities rather than their differences, and emphasizes the importance of recognizing playfulness and creativity to develop societies prepared to accommodate the rapid changes associated with technology and globalization."

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Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: The Truth About Brainstorming And The Proof About Learning

Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: The Truth About Brainstorming And The Proof About Learning | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Brainstorming, which has been practiced for decades in every boardroom and classroom across America, has been shown almost never to work. Brainstorming relies on the conceit that any idea is a good idea, and that feedback is the same as criticism which kills spontaneity. Both of these notions are completely false, and taken as the underpinnings of creativity, they yield surprisingly few and alarmingly thin suggestions in response to any group-think exercise.

 

 

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Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: 2nd Graders Go Wild For Sketchnotes

Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: 2nd Graders Go Wild For Sketchnotes | Design in Education | Scoop.it

We are so excited about the sketchnotes in this post by our second grade students. Our innovative colleague and friend, Stefani Rosenthal, was thoroughly intrigued by the process of visual note-taking and wanted to try it to see how this would help reinforce her students' understanding of different types of communities. Her forward-thinking approach and willingness to collaborate in trying something new paid off in helping her students learn.

 

 

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Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: Inspiring Entrepreneurship In Kids

Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: Inspiring Entrepreneurship In Kids | Design in Education | Scoop.it

We are in the third year of our fifth grade entrepreneur program, and with each undertaking we get more inspired by our students’ interest, responsibility, and serious approach to the project. Their appetite for the challenge to think like an entrepreneur comes more easily each time.

 

 

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Entrepreneurship at conventional four corner-schoolroom would be awesome great!

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TEDxCreativeCoast - McGrath Davies - The Future Will Not Be Multiple Choice

The Future Will Not Be Multiple Choice (but it does eat boogers) Creative genius Drew Davies and forward-thinking educator Jaime McGrath propose a new approa...
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