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From Mars to Minecraft: Teachers Bring the Arcade to the Classroom

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Teachers have found many different ways of using digital games in the classroom. But what kind of games are these students playing? And how are teachers incorporating them in the classroom?

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Game based education!

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How Geniuses Think

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Thumbnail descriptions of the thinking strategies commonly used by creative geniuses.
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Awesome article! Just confirms my belief that we cannot DEFINE "giftedness." - so why do we keep trying. Just like beauty, the concept lives in the eye of the beholder. 

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The Wraparound Learning Experience: Student Engagement

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This video is referenced on page 129 of High-Impact Instruction by Jim Knight.

Watch Sandi Silbernagel describe how she assesses whether student are engaged, strategically compliant or noncompliant.

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Student engagment is HUGE! This is where we are losing students...we need to integrate our practices into their world. 

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, February 15, 2013 5:48 PM

Love this video. This video is referenced on page 129 of High-Impact Instruction by Jim Knight. 

 

Love the discussion about student engagement.  Sandi has her children rate their own level of engagement and has taught them the three levels.  She uses their information formatively.  .

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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi - FLOW

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is one of the greatest living psychologists of our age. He earned his fame by defining and providing a detailed description of the FL...

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, February 13, 2013 4:41 PM

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi says creativity is a central source of meaning in our lives. A leading researcher in positive psychology, he has devoted his life to studying what makes people truly happy: "When we are involved in [creativity], we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life." He is the architect of the notion of "flow" -- the creative moment when a person is completely involved in an activity for its own sake.


Flow is the "feeling involved when we are totally involved in what we are doing".


This is very related to passion.  If you observe someone during flow, you will know what engagement looks like.  



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The passion gap

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“Nothing great in the World has been accomplished without passion.” -- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, German philosopher, 1832 I recently spoke at the D


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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, February 13, 2013 3:35 PM

Imagine if the "content" were related to the collective passions identified in students. Or deep thinking routines were the content and passion was the vehicle.  

 

Everything we know about motivation and engagement is discussed with passion in the sentence.  Kids run home to dive into things that matter to them (and no, it isn't only video games).   Imagine how they could broaden that if it happened at school.  We lose kids because we fail to ignite them.  Not all; but many.  

 

I love the notion of "Genius Hour" http://www.scoop.it/t/engagement-based-teaching-and-learning/p/3996075037/hack-the-classroom-adventures-in-transforming-education  and "20% time".  http://www.scoop.it/t/engagement-based-teaching-and-learning/p/3996003328/can-you-apply-google-s-20-time-in-the-classroom

 

Some people like lectures.  Those can be had anywhere, now that the internet provides them.  Schools should be about application and questioning.  That is where the real teaching and learning happens.  That is where tomorrow is born.  

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Are they Students or are they Learners?

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Art they being students or learners? Flickr photo by Taro416 A while back I spent the day working with a group of about 150 educators who'd been brought together by one of their state's regional service centers.

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, February 14, 2013 8:25 PM

There is a difference.  The difference gives us clues about the future of teaching/education and how we should be designing our model.  

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The Wraparound Learning Experience: Student Engagement

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This video is referenced on page 129 of High-Impact Instruction by Jim Knight.

Watch Sandi Silbernagel describe how she assesses whether student are engaged, strategically compliant or noncompliant.

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, February 15, 2013 5:48 PM

Love this video. This video is referenced on page 129 of High-Impact Instruction by Jim Knight. 

 

Love the discussion about student engagement.  Sandi has her children rate their own level of engagement and has taught them the three levels.  She uses their information formatively.  .

Heidi Williams's curator insight, June 1, 2013 5:26 AM

Student engagment is HUGE! This is where we are losing students...we need to integrate our practices into their world. 

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Finally! Research-based proof that students use cell phones for LEARNING

Finally! Research-based proof that students use cell phones for LEARNING | STRETCh - Striving To Reach Every Talented Child | Scoop.it

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, February 17, 2013 9:05 AM

My kids use their smartphones for homework ALL the time!

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Storybricks

A great resource for creating your own stories. Good for high achieving middle school students and high school students. Create characters with drives, wants and emotions.

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Introduction Videos on a Variety of Topics

Research and revise a wide variety of school subjects as Videojug presents tips and tutorials for a range of subjects across the school-board.
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Guiding Gifted Students - Wall Street Journal

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Wall Street JournalGuiding Gifted StudentsWall Street JournalBy MELANIE GRAYCE WEST For gifted kids to thrive, they need to be among similar peers and have unlimited academic challenges.
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How to Support Your Gifted Child's Education

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Gifted students need parental involvement and support too!
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Gifted and Getting Away....Relaxation for Gifted and Twice Exceptional Kids and Parents | Help Me With My Gifted Child : The Gifted Parent Help Blog

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A blog you might want to check out!

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Genius Hour Broken Down Into Steps

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Many folks have asked me to break Genius Hour down into steps (especially in regards to how to introduce Genius Hour) so here is a little chart that I made that hopefully helps. Take your time with...


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The Impact Of Creativity On The Brain

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by Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed., radteach.com The Impact Of Creativity On The Brain The current theme of the critical role of the arts in providing students with a well-rounded education that meets the needs of the whole child promotes thoughts...

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Companies want employees who are creative! We need to figure our how to stop "educating" students out of this essential skill! Like Sir Ken Robinson said...it is not "the right answer...at the back of the book...but don't look!"

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, February 14, 2013 8:33 PM

There are so very many reasons to have creativity as your goal.  

 

Can we measure this?  Should we?  

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Twitter / txtsmsgs: My Talent. http://t.co/aH5Xf0T1bN

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My Talent. http://t.co/hC6vakdHkx"
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Points for creativity...?

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Learning Achievement Coalition-Oakland: Student Engagement

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, February 12, 2013 7:11 PM

The LAC-O Student Engagement group met today to review data on a student engagement survey given to middle school students in our county.  An executive summary will be drafted and action plan created. The conversation was rich.  We viewed a video that included student and staff reflection on what student engagement means to them.  Background music was created by a team of elementary school students and their music teacher.  

 

We will be sharing practices aimed at engagement based teaching and learning next time.  

 

I thoroughly enjoy being involved with this important work.  

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Students as Curators of Their Learning Topics

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Robin Good: Must-read article on ClutterMuseum.com by Leslie M-B, exploring in depth the opportunity to have students master their selected topics by "curating" them, rather than by reading and memorizing facts about them.

 

"Critical and creative thinking should be prioritized over remembering content"

 

"That students should learn to think for themselves may seem like a no-brainer to many readers, but if you look at the textbook packages put out by publishers, you’ll find that the texts and accompanying materials (for both teachers and students) assume students are expected to read and retain content—and then be tested on it.

 

Instead, between middle school (if not earlier) and college graduation, students should practice—if not master—how to question, critique, research, and construct an argument like an historian."

 

This is indeed the critical point. Moving education from an effort to memorize things on which then to be tested, to a collaborative exercise in creating new knowledge and value by pulling and editing together individual pieces of content, resources and tools that allow the explanation/illustration of a topic from a specific viewpoint/for a specific need.

 

And I can't avoid to rejoice and second her next proposition: "What if we shifted the standards’ primary emphasis from content, and not to just the development of traditional skills—basic knowledge recall, document interpretation, research, and essay-writing—but to the cultivation of skills that challenge students to make unconventional connections, skills that are essential for thriving in the 21st century?"

 

What are these skills, you may ask. Here is a good reference where to look them up: http://www.p21.org/storage/documents/P21_Framework_Definitions.pdf (put together by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills)

 

 

Recommended. Good stuff. 9/10

 

Full article: www.cluttermuseum.com/make-students-curators/

 

(Image credit: Behance.net)

 

 


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 13, 2013 4:43 PM

I had a similar conversation yesterday and as I prepare my lit review this thinking has emerged. It is less about content and more about skills, attitudes, habits, practices, etc. in learning.

Priscilla Der's curator insight, April 6, 7:12 PM

This article is a reminder that as we are curating content as teachers so are students. Rather then memorizing or reciting textbook facts, students should be able to steer and set their own learning goals (this is where PBL) comes into mind. 

Education Creations's curator insight, May 11, 9:00 PM

How to turn students into curators.

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What Student Engagement Isn't

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, February 14, 2013 4:02 PM

So I asked my beloved Madeline, a senior scouring colleges, to tell me (impromptu) what student engagement isn't.  

 

Her spontaneous response?

 

"Textbooks and tests"

Donna Fry (@fryed)'s curator insight, February 14, 2013 4:58 PM

So true!

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The Impact Of Creativity On The Brain

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by Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed., radteach.com The Impact Of Creativity On The Brain The current theme of the critical role of the arts in providing students with a well-rounded education that meets the needs of the whole child promotes thoughts...

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, February 14, 2013 8:33 PM

There are so very many reasons to have creativity as your goal.  

 

Can we measure this?  Should we?  

Heidi Williams's curator insight, June 1, 2013 5:28 AM

Companies want employees who are creative! We need to figure our how to stop "educating" students out of this essential skill! Like Sir Ken Robinson said...it is not "the right answer...at the back of the book...but don't look!"

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12 Interesting Ways To Start Class Tomorrow

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It’s Sunday night. You love teaching, your love your classroom, you love your students (most of them), but you’re tired. This doesn’t mean you’re not willing to work, but it makes the fountain of good...

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Storybricks

Create your own stories using Storybricks. This is a great resource for high achieving middle school students and high school students.

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www.stretchinstructor.com

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Website of resources for educators wanting to shift their paradigm to a 24/7 teaching model that mimicks our digital native learners!

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Gifted Online, A Service of The Gifted Education Centre .::. #NZGAW Blog Tour 2012

Gifted Online, A Service of The Gifted Education Centre .::. #NZGAW Blog Tour 2012 | STRETCh - Striving To Reach Every Talented Child | Scoop.it
Gifted Awareness Week? 2013: An International Year of Giftedness and Creativity? YES!
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ABCya! Word Clouds for Kids!

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Word Clouds for Kids...
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