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Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play!
A collection of articles about education in the 21st century. Find out more about what I do at www.twentyonetoys.com
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To get into college, Harvard report advocates for kindness instead of overachieving

To get into college, Harvard report advocates for kindness instead of overachieving | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
A new Harvard report says colleges should rethink the admissions process so it focuses more on a student's kindness and character. Other colleges agree. Here are 5 ways parents can help.
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No, Finland isn’t ditching traditional school subjects. Here’s what’s really happening.

No, Finland isn’t ditching traditional school subjects. Here’s what’s really happening. | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
What will change in 2016 is that all basic schools for 7- to 16-year-olds must have at least one extended period of multi-disciplinary, phenomenon-based teaching and learning in their curricula. The length of this period is to be decided by schools themselves. Helsinki, the nation’s capital and largest local school system, has decided to require two such yearly periods that must include all subjects and all students in every school in town.
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Turns Out Monkey Bars And Kickball Might Be Good For The Brain

Turns Out Monkey Bars And Kickball Might Be Good For The Brain | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
Research shows that, like adults, kids benefit from frequent breaks while working. So, a handful of schools in North Texas are experimenting with more recess.
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Empathy Is Still Lacking in the Leaders Who Need It Most

Empathy Is Still Lacking in the Leaders Who Need It Most | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
And they’ll struggle to succeed without it.
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If We Know Play-Based Learning Works, Why Don’t We Do It?

If We Know Play-Based Learning Works, Why Don’t We Do It? | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
Six and seven year olds in Finland spend most of the school day playing, but that doesn't mean they aren't learning.
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Empathy + Critical Thinking = Compassionate Action

Empathy + Critical Thinking = Compassionate Action | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
By combining critical thinking with a deep understanding of one another, an eighth grade classroom in Chicago was able to produce a powerful learning and action experience.
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How companies are using LEGOs to unlock talent employees didn’t know they had - Quartz

How companies are using LEGOs to unlock talent employees didn’t know they had - Quartz | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
This summer, Cambridge University announced a search for a “LEGO Professor of Play, Education, and Learning.” With the support of  £4 million ($6.1 million) from the LEGO Foundation, the new professor would lead an entire research department dedicated to examining play. This is an endeavor that Robert Rasmussen knows all about. In the late ‘90s,...
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Why It’s Imperative to Teach Empathy to Boys

Why It’s Imperative to Teach Empathy to Boys | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
We need to cultivate empathy in all children, but gender stereotypes -- often reinforced in playrooms -- risk leaving boys, in particular, with a social deficit.
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The University of Cambridge Is Hiring a LEGO Professor

The University of Cambridge Is Hiring a LEGO Professor | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
Is it too late to change my major?
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Google for Education: Preparing Students for the Future

This is a recording of the first day of Education on Air, the free online conference from Google on May 8-9, 2015. To view specific sessions of the conferenc...
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Rethinking How Students Succeed (SSIR)

Rethinking How Students Succeed (SSIR) | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
A wave of noncognitive skill initiatives holds promise for making teachers more effective and students more successful. Includes a new response from Raikes Foundation Co-founders Jeff and Tricia Raikes.
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Ten obvious truths about educating kids that keep getting ignored

Ten obvious truths about educating kids that keep getting ignored | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
'If we all agree that a given principle is true, then why in the world do our schools still function as if it weren’t?'
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The death of the exam: Canada is at the leading edge of killing the dreaded annual ‘final’ for good

The death of the exam: Canada is at the leading edge of killing the dreaded annual ‘final’ for good | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
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To get into college, Harvard report advocates for kindness instead of overachieving

To get into college, Harvard report advocates for kindness instead of overachieving | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
A new Harvard report says colleges should rethink the admissions process so it focuses more on a student's kindness and character. Other colleges agree. Here are 5 ways parents can help.
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No more physics and maths, Finland to stop teaching individual subjects

No more physics and maths, Finland to stop teaching individual subjects | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
The future is all about learning by topic, not subject.
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Prepare Your Kids for the Future: The Era of Empathy

Prepare Your Kids for the Future: The Era of Empathy | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
We’ve entered the age of empathy. The world is changing faster than ever before. To keep up-- and to succeed-- we need to change, too. We need to master empathy. Read this article by management expert and professor at Columbia Business School, Rita McGrath, to learn about this new economic era and how to succeed in the 21st century workplace: http://hbr.org/2014/07/managements-three-eras-a-brief-history/. 
This is such a different world from generations past. Change is constant. Problems are global. Information is at our fingertips. In the era of Wikipedia, does it really matter how much you can memorize? What’s more important is that you can take the perspective of others – whether you’re designing a new technology, or negotiating, or anticipating the uncertain. Indeed, how well we do -- whether in the classroom or the boardroom -- depends more than ever on how well we forge and navigate relationships. In this way, empathy is the new literacy: essential for us to communicate, collaborate, and lead.
This is why Ashoka's Changemaker schools teach empathy and other non-academic competencies that will prepare children to succeed in this new world. For more information on the amazing work that these schools are doing visit our website: https://startempathy.org/schools. 
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Parents: let your kids fail. You’ll be doing them a favor

Parents: let your kids fail. You’ll be doing them a favor | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
A whole new way to think about parenting.
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The 13 most innovative schools in the world - Tech Insider

The 13 most innovative schools in the world - Tech Insider | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
Sculpting future success.
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Laurene Powell Jobs, Steve Jobs' Wife, Pledges $50 Million To Rethink Schools

Laurene Powell Jobs, Steve Jobs' Wife, Pledges $50 Million To Rethink Schools | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
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American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn’t Exist

American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn’t Exist | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
Being dumb in the existing educational system is bad enough. Failing to create a new way of learning adapted to contemporary circumstances might be a national disaster.
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Bruno Munari on Design as a Bridge Between Art and Life

Bruno Munari on Design as a Bridge Between Art and Life | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it

‘We know that only the technical means of artistic achievement can be taught, not art itself. The function of art has in the past been given a formal importance which has severed it from our daily life; but art is always present when a people lives sincerely and healthily.

‘Our job is therefore to invent a new system of education that may lead — by way of a new kind of specialized teaching of science and technology — to a complete knowledge of human needs and a universal awareness of them.

‘Thus our task is to make a new kind of artist, a creator capable of understanding every kind of need: not because he is a prodigy, but because he knows how to approach human needs according to a precise method. We wish to make him conscious of his creative power, not scared of new facts, and independent of formulas in his own work.’

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Unexpected Tools That are Influencing the Future of Education

Unexpected Tools That are Influencing the Future of Education | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
While employers, psychologists and other researchers have repeatedly noted that social and emotional skills like empathy are some of the most important ones for success, many schools still lag in developing effective programs to nurture those soft skills.
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Elon Musk didn't like his kids' school, so he made his own small, secretive school without grade levels

Elon Musk didn't like his kids' school, so he made his own small, secretive school without grade levels | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
It's called Ad Astra, and it means "To the stars."
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What's Education For? - YouTube

The greatest problem of the modern education system is that it doesn't focus on systematically preparing students for many aspects of the real challenge out ...
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9-year-old destroys Florida’s new standardized test in front of school board

9-year-old destroys Florida’s new standardized test in front of school board | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
'I consider myself a well-educated young lady. However with FSA tests, my five years of school ...do not matter. This testing looks at me as a number.' Watch the short video. Read the transcript.
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