The New Era of Learning
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The New Era of Learning
The direction in which learning is going: personalized, self-directed, grounded in the real world, and blurring the lines between age groups, teachers/students, formal/informal, etc. It taps into people's instincts and desires for play, creativity and meaning. I'm hoping to eventually incorporate this content into a robust web site that will serve as a compendium on this topic.
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The Periodic Table Of How Kids Play

The Periodic Table Of How Kids Play | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
A former Frog designer visualizes the literature on the importance of play for fostering creativity in children.
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Play - a serious solution to economic and social challenges? - Virgin.com

Play - a serious solution to economic and social challenges? - Virgin.com | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
“It is literally a medieval instruction technique,” says Alison Gopnik, a University of California-Berkeley professor and child psychologist. “We’ve been doing it for hundreds and hundreds of years. And the fact is we have no evidence at all– in fact, we have some evidence to the contrary�...
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How Free Play Can Define Kids’ Success

How Free Play Can Define Kids’ Success | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
Free, unstructured playtime gives kids a chance to discover their interests and tap into their creativity. It’s a crucial element for building resilience in
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Imagination Playground - Playgrounds for Schools, Museums & Parks - Homepage

Imagination Playground - Playgrounds for Schools, Museums & Parks - Homepage | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
Imagination Playground are an innovative playground play system for children. Our playgrounds are perfect for schools, children museums, parks, daycare centers, hospitals, churches, whether indoors or outdoors.
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Cool, though I can't help but think it would be even nicer with more natural-looking props.

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A Cambrian moment (in tech start-ups) and its implications

A Cambrian moment (in tech start-ups) and its implications | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
ABOUT 540M YEARS ago something amazing happened on planet Earth: life forms began to multiply, leading to what is known as the “Cambrian explosion”. Until then...
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There's been an explosion of people around the world using software building blocks to create innovative start-ups -- essentially just an extension of childhood play. Also notes that two-thirds of millenials are interested in becoming entrepreneurs.

 

From the article: "Hal Varian, Google’s chief economist, calls this “combinatorial innovation”. In a way, these startups are doing what humans have always done: apply known techniques to new problems. The late Claude Lévi-Strauss, a French anthropologist, described the process as bricolage(tinkering)." (Reminiscent of Einstein referring to his work as "combinatorial play.")

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KuKuk Playground - alternative and natural designed playground for kids - YouTube

KuKuk philosophy The influence and effect that space can have on humans are often underestimated. Their shape and design largely affects our feelings and act...
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What a glorious space. Another way it differs from most playgrounds I've seen lately: Adults are almost out of sight, even in the case of younger kids.

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Harnessing Children’s Natural Ways of Learning

Harnessing Children’s Natural Ways of Learning | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
Fed up with the restrictions at his conventional school, 10-year-old Scott Gray convinced his parents to transfer him to one where children control their own education.
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Boston College developmental psychologist and author Peter Gray explains how exactly children learn when they are in the driver's seat and can decide how to spend their time. (This article was written by me.)

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Who dares, plays

Who dares, plays | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it

"Ms Tan had a hunch that for a younger generation of parents, born in the 1980s, those prejudices in favour of piano-bashing and rote learning might be waning. She believes that these younger pussycat mums might instead appreciate their children learning the creativity, teamwork and problem-solving that, she argues, come from playing with Lego."

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A sign that the tide may be turning against the Tiger Mom phenomenon in Asia? It may tie in with greater prosperity -- the book "Disrupting Class" says poverty (perhaps even the fear of it?) can be a powerful extrinsic motivator that renders the style of education secondary to the end result. But once extrinsic motivators are resolved, one needs intrinsic motivation to learn. Curiosity and the urge to explore (play) are powerful intrinsic motivators.

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André Stern: "Lifelong playing for lifelong learning"

André Stern (who learned without any curriculum), extracts from a lecture delivered at the Salon du livre de Paris (Paris Book Fair), 24.03.2013 (in French, with subtitles).

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Wow! Andre Stern discussing the "end of education":

"The more you play, the less you’re taught, the more you learn."

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Study: Kids who Play Outside Learn to ‘Set Their Own Goals’ | Parent Toolkit News

Study: Kids who Play Outside Learn to ‘Set Their Own Goals’ | Parent Toolkit News | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
A new study reveals that children who play outdoors and in less structured environments have higher success rates in the classroom, and think more independently.
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5-Year-Olds Can Learn Calculus

5-Year-Olds Can Learn Calculus | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
Why playing with algebraic and calculus concepts—rather than doing arithmetic drills—may be a better way to introduce children to math
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"This is what mathematicians do -- they play." -- Maria Droujkova

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"The Secret Ingredient is Freedom"

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The title is an answer to the following question: "Why do kids love Lego and Minecraft so much?" (Unfortunately, the full presentation is not available on this page, but it's worth posting just for that question and answer.)

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Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World: Tony Wagner

Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World

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I was recently told that this is one of the best books out there about the value of play. Not having read it yet, I will just include an excerpt from the top-rated review:

"But perhaps Wagner's greater contribution is to the broader dialogue of what it means to an educated adult in the 21st century. Building on his outstanding work in The Global Achievement Gap, Wagner goes beyond the now common calls for so-called 21st century skills (a term he never used) to explain how every young person must develop the capacities to solve problems creatively--to innovate. His profiles offer insights into what parents, teachers, mentors can do to nurture and develop these capacities in young people. Finally, Wagner contributes an invaluable perspective to the raging debate about the value of a college education. His description of the contradiction between the culture of schooling versus the culture of learning that develops the dispositions of an innovator is a unique insight--which is made all the richer by his exploration of some radically new approaches to teaching and learning in college."

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Give childhood back to children: if we want our offspring to have happy, productive and moral lives, we must allow more time for play, not less

Give childhood back to children: if we want our offspring to have happy, productive and moral lives, we must allow more time for play, not less | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
I’m a research bio-psychologist with a PhD, so I’ve done lots of school. I’m a pretty good problem-solver, in my work and in the rest of my life, but that has little to do with the schooling I’ve had.
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Makes a great case for why play matters.

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Messy Kids Learn More

Messy Kids Learn More | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
Toddlers are more likely to remember what a food is called when they play with it, a new study shows.
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Disrupting the Pink Aisle

Disrupting the Pink Aisle | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
Last year, Stanford engineering student Debbie Sterling founded GoldieBlox, a construction toy meant to "prove to the world that engineering for girls is a mainstream concept." The company strives to encourage little girls to remain interested in...
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Challenging the differences between "girls' toys" and "boys' toys."

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Neil deGrasse Tyson: Want Scientifically Literate Children? Get Out of Their Way.

"We spend the first year teaching children to walk and talk and the rest of their lives telling them to shut up and sit down."

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The crux: Children are natural scientists.

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