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Hackschooling Makes Me Happy ~ MAKE magazine

Hackschooling Makes Me Happy ~ MAKE magazine | Into the Driver's Seat |

by Goli Mohammadi

"When 13-year-old Tahoe native Logan LaPlante takes the stage for his TEDx talk at the University of Nevada, what follows are 11 minutes of eloquent, confident wisdom on his style of education, which he calls “hackschooling.” Here’s a sample:

'I’m not tied to one particular curriculum, and I’m not dedicated to one particular approach. I hack my education. I take advantages of opportunities in my community and through a network of my friends and family. I take advantage of opportunities to experience what I’m learning, and I’m not afraid to look for shortcuts or hacks to get a better, faster result. It’s like a remix or a mashup of learning. … And here’s the cool part: because it’s a mindset, not a system, hackschooling can be used by anyone, even traditional schools.'

"He touts the virtues of having the hacker mindset:

'A lot of people think of hackers as geeky computer nerds who live in their parents’ basement and spread computer viruses, but I don’t see it that way. Hackers are innovators. Hacker are people who challenge and change the systems to make them work differently, to make them work better. It’s just how they think, it’s a mindset.

I’m growing up in a world that needs more people with the hacker mindset, and not just for technology. Everything is up for being hacked, even skiing, even education. So whether it’s Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, or Shane McConkey, having the hacker mindset can change the world.'

"He emphasizes the importance of being happy:

'We don’t seem to make how to be healthy and happy a priority in our schools; it’s separate from schools, and for some kids it doesn’t exist at all, but what if we didn’t make it separate? What if we based our education on the practice of being happy and healthy because that’s what it is: a practice, and a simple practice at that. … Education is important, but why is being happy and healthy not considered education? I just don’t get it.''"

Check out Logan’s full TEDx talk, “Hackschooling Makes Me Happy,”

Mark Laird MSc's curator insight, September 9, 2013 7:17 AM

This kid has hit the nail on the head.

wow! What an insite!

Debbie Ruston - The Success Educator's curator insight, September 9, 2013 1:24 PM

Excellent mesage from Logan on the importance of being creative, doing things diffferently, taking personal responsibility for education and realizng there is choice outside of traditional education....

Denise McManus's curator insight, September 10, 2013 5:04 AM

I love the idea of self schooling, being happy.....very confident new teen

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Mindset Matters

Mindset Matters | Into the Driver's Seat |
You can have either a fixed or growth mindset according to Carol Dweck, Which mindset do you have?

Via Barbara Bray, Kathleen McClaskey
ratzelster's curator insight, June 25, 2013 11:34 AM

We've all heard these terms.  I thought this diagram illustrates the main ideas and might be something you can save and use in future presentations.

Cynthia Alvarado's curator insight, July 12, 2013 8:25 PM

Mindset makes a difference!

Stephen Gwilliam's curator insight, July 23, 2013 8:49 AM

Carol Dweck: The Effect of Praise on Mindsets - really interesting stuff!

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Can You Become Smarter? Students Who Say Yes Act More Intelligently

Can You Become Smarter? Students Who Say Yes Act More Intelligently | Into the Driver's Seat |

Can intelligence be changed? This article explores this issue, looking at work by Carol Dweck (and colleagues). It looks at "fixed mindsets" and "growth mindsets" and student whom have "growth mindsets" engage "in adaptive behaviors, such as focusing on mastering concepts and developing new strategies after making mistakes."  

Students with "fixed mindsets showed decrements in performance when faced with negative feedback or failure."

Additional information is found in the article.

Via Beth Dichter
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