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The Free Universal Construction Kit

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The Free Universal Construction Kit is a set of adapters for complete interoperability between 10 popular children's construction toys.
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A collection of articles about education in the 21st century
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The Periodic Table Of How Kids Play

The Periodic Table Of How Kids Play | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
A former Frog designer visualizes the literature on the importance of play for fostering creativity in children.
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How Assessment Can Lead to Deeper Learning

How Assessment Can Lead to Deeper Learning | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
Most educators, policymakers, and parents agree that today's students need a mix of knowledge, skills, and dispositions to prepare them to be successful and engaged citizens. Given that students need
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Ryan Burwell's curator insight, April 3, 4:40 PM

It's great to see the artificial division between learning and assessment start to be chipped away!

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The Overprotected Kid

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A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.

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British Education Experts: 'Empathy Must Be Integrated Into School Curriculum'

British Education Experts: 'Empathy Must Be Integrated Into School Curriculum' | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
British education thought-leaders appeal to government to incorporate empathy and inter-personal skills into school curriculum.
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Why "20% Time" is Good for Schools

Why "20% Time" is Good for Schools | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
Have you ever met an adult who doesn't really love what they do, but just goes through the motions in their job and everyday life? Have you spoken with men and women who constantly complain, showing
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Study Shows How Classroom Design Affects Student Learning

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A new study shows how color lighting and other classroom design choices can have a huge impact on student progress.
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A Student Explains What's Wrong With Our School System And Why We Mistrust Teachers. Nails It.

A Student Explains What's Wrong With Our School System And Why We Mistrust Teachers. Nails It. | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
He wants to support his teachers, so he calls out everything we're doing wrong.
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3D Printing Will Transform Education

3D Printing Will Transform Education | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
3D Printer Inventor and Co-Founder Bre Pettis. Image Courtesy of MakerBot Industries. Never mind the computer on every desktop, that’s a given.
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Can Playing With Lego Make You More Creative?

Can Playing With Lego Make You More Creative? | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
Creativity is in decline around the world. But a new school built by the toy block company that focuses on play might unlock the secret to a solution.
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21 Foundation: 21st Century Learning For 21st Century Learners - The Positive Spirit

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21 Foundation: 21st Century Learning For 21st Century Learners.
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A School With No Teachers, Where Students Teach Themselves

A School With No Teachers, Where Students Teach Themselves | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
The school, simply named 42, requires no high school diploma and no money to apply. It's turning French education on its head, but it may also solve some of the country's most pressing problems.
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Importance of failure: why Olympians and A-level students all need to fail

Importance of failure: why Olympians and A-level students all need to fail | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
Teacher and psychologist Marc Smith looks at why we should embrace failure as a springboard to success
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Zeal for Play May Have Propelled Human Evolution

Zeal for Play May Have Propelled Human Evolution | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
Studies of children are looking at how they let their imagination run free to make and find unlikely connections.
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Studies suggest that free, self-directed play in safe environments enhances resilience, creativity, flexibility, social understanding, emotional and cognitive control, and resistance to stress, depression and anxiety. And we continue to explore as adults, even if not so freely. That’s how we got to the Internet, the moon, and Dr. Gopnik’s lab.

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Ryan Burwell's curator insight, July 26, 2013 9:41 AM

More compelling evidence that play needs to be encouraged outside of recess. Something which is imprinted in our DNA shouldn't be treated as a childish activity which is distinct from productive labour.  

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The Most Underrated Skill for Creatives? Empathy.

The Most Underrated Skill for Creatives? Empathy. | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
The entrepreneurs and creatives who make a lasting impact often aren’t the most talented, they are the most empathetic.
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Sylvia Lima's curator insight, April 9, 7:37 PM

"Every school has a rockstar teacher and their band is on Twitter." ~ @MattMurrie

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Ideo's Sandy Speicher Reimagines Education in Peru

Ideo's Sandy Speicher Reimagines Education in Peru | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
Ideo's head of education practice creates a curriculum for Peruvian private schools
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Homework's Emotional Toll on Students and Families

Homework's Emotional Toll on Students and Families | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
Homework dominates the evening for many families, even those with young children. All that time hitting the books (and arguing about hitting the books) takes an emotional toll on parents and students.
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Will We Need Teachers Or Algorithms? | TechCrunch

Will We Need Teachers Or Algorithms? | TechCrunch | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
In my last post, I argued that software will take over many of the tasks doctors do today. And what of education? We find a very similar story of what the..
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Reframing Failure as Iteration Allows Students to Thrive

Reframing Failure as Iteration Allows Students to Thrive | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
At New York City's game-based learning school Quest to Learn, sixth graders take risks in the process of designing a Rube Goldberg machine, which enables more creativity, innovation, and engagement.
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Study Shows How Classroom Design Affects Student Learning

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A new study shows how color lighting and other classroom design choices can have a huge impact on student progress.
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Teachers and School Leaders Make It Real

Teachers and School Leaders Make It Real | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
When you make it real, applicable to real life, you touch the hearts and minds of America's youth and young workforce. Make it hands on, and show young people the correlation to real life and they will learn way more and advance academically.
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How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses | Wired Business | Wired.com

How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses | Wired Business | Wired.com | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
Students in Matamoros, Mexico weren't getting much out of school -- until a radical new teaching method unlocked their potential.
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How The Lego Foundation Is Saving Creativity By Getting Our Kids Playing In School

How The Lego Foundation Is Saving Creativity By Getting Our Kids Playing In School | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
The charitable arm of the beloved brand is in the midst of a strategic overhaul that involves not giving away bricks but changing the way we think...
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A New Version Of Monopoly That Isn't About Getting Rich And Bankrupting Your Friends

A New Version Of Monopoly That Isn't About Getting Rich And Bankrupting Your Friends | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
Commonopoly asks: What if the goal of the game wasn't to crush other players under the boot heel of capitalist greed?
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Schools put genius child in special ed, tell mom he can't learn. Now he's free, and he's on track to win a Nobel Prize

Schools put genius child in special ed, tell mom he can't learn. Now he's free, and he's on track to win a Nobel Prize | Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play! | Scoop.it
A genius boy whose IQ is higher than Albert Einstein is on his way to possibly winning a Nobel Prize after being set free of special education programs in public schools.
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Encouraging Students to Imagine the Impossible

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Dreams inspire learning, according to the founders of The Future Project, a venture for social entrepreneurship in high schools
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Observation that "students have become disengaged from their own education, and education policymakers are missing the point in the debate over school reform." The Future Project returns students, rather than curriculum and governance, to the center of the discussion about education.

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Drs Fernette and Brock Eide at DyslexicAdvantage.com's curator insight, August 7, 2013 8:13 AM

"Dreaming has never looked like such a practical, powerful step"