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The Backchannel Book by Cliff Atkinson

December 8, 2009
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The Backchannel Book by Cliff Atkinson

The Backchannel Book by Cliff Atkinson. This is an interesting phenomenon for teachers.  As much as we don’t like to admit it, we lecture.  And, as much as we don’t like to admit it, students do not always pay attention. What if we as teachers could use the “backchannel” – Twitter and other online chatting?

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Microsoft Photo Story 3 for Windows: make show-n-tell cool again

December 7, 2009
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Microsoft Photo Story 3 for Windows: make show-n-tell cool again

Microsoft Photo Story 3 for Windows: make show-n-tell cool again. Now this is an excellent piece of technology for Story.  Students can get the experience of researching a topic and then weaving a story from it. I have seen teachers use this to explain classical music.  I have also seen some very interesting uses in…

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Six-Word Memoirs at SMITH Magazine

December 7, 2009
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Six-Word Memoirs at SMITH Magazine

Six-Word Memoirs at SMITH Magazine. You really need to look through this site and learn more about Six-Word Memoirs.  This is an effective way to get students to digest large amounts of information, use the most effective words, and synthesize an expansive concept with next-to-nothing. I have personally started using this technique to have my…

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Using Animoto

December 7, 2009
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Using Animoto

Animoto Home Page A colleague told me about this site and I unleashed my students on it.  It really is a simple idea that hits on some major components of the Story and Design aptitude from A Whole New Mind.  It’s easy and lets students focus on telling a story, not on learning new software.

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The Fun Theory

December 7, 2009
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The Fun Theory You really should check these videos out.  When Daniel Pink mentions the aptitude of “Play” in A Whole New Mind, he had to mean something like this.  It really puts the theory of fun into some practical applications.  I know there are uses for the classroom and a place for the Fun…

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Video Games in Education

December 7, 2009
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Here is a very interesting video from Edutopia that I found on Dan Pink’s blog. James Paul Gee, a professor from Arizona State University, argues that creativity, innovation, problem solving and collaboration are the future of eduction. I think you will appreciate his assessment of 21st century skills. This is a perfect example of implementing…

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Elegant Design With Dan Pink

December 7, 2009
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Elegant Design With Dan Pink Daniel Pink gives a quick background on his book, A Whole New Mind, and discusses his right brain theory of skills for the 21st century.  When he begins discussing design, Dan really gets going.  He gives a concise and convincing argument for developing the design aptitude in all of us. …

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Design Education

December 7, 2009
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Dan Pink on Design Education This is really an excellent video outlining the argument to support all of the arts in school.  As teachers I’m sure that we would all agree with the majority of what is stated, but it’s always nice to hear it from others! Share

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Design | Daniel Pink

December 7, 2009
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Design | Daniel Pink

Design | Daniel Pink. Be sure to check out this resource.  I often look through Mr. Pink’s resources for inspiration and insight.  He always seems to have some pretty interesting stuff. It may not be all education related, but it will definitely get you thinking! Share

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Health Care on a Napkin!

December 7, 2009
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Health Care on a Napkin!

Author Dan Roam really proves the power of visual thinking that he touts in his book The Back of the Napkin.  Think about Dan Pink’s Design aptitude, and you can start to understand the synthesis and higher level thinking skills that it takes to distill such a complex problem into an intuitive interface.  It’s little…

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