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Software training online-tutorials for Adobe, Microsoft, Apple & more

January 14, 2011
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Software training online-tutorials for Adobe, Microsoft, Apple & more

Here’s a resource that I have been meaning to share with everyone.  It is an archive of tutorials for many of the popular software programs that you will be wanting to teach your students. I know that on our search engine page many teachers have requested lesson plans on software.  Some ask for themselves and…

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Draw and Fold Over: Dan Pink’s Play and Design

January 7, 2011
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Draw and Fold Over: Dan Pink’s Play and Design

This looked like fun so I thought I should share. You remember that old game where you draw something on one half of the paper and then fold it over so someone else can draw and not see it? Well here’s the digital version.  Just click on “Start a New One” and your kids are…

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Activity Using Bloom’s Taxonomy, Dan Pink, and a Photograph

November 4, 2010
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Activity Using Bloom’s Taxonomy, Dan Pink, and a Photograph

Do you need a quick activity that lets you apply Bloom’s Taxonomy?  How about a single activity that applies Bloom’s, and the Design aptitude from A Whole New Mind?  Even better, how about an activity that does all of this, yet is flexible enough to act as a “bell ringer” or a central component of…

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6 Free Sites for Creating Your Own Animations

October 28, 2010
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6 Free Sites for Creating Your Own Animations

I wanted to share these resources with you from Mashable’s website. Animation is an excellent tool for nonlinguistic representations, a strategy endorsed by Dr. Marzano.  Animation also challenges students to reach the synthesis level of Bloom’s Taxonomy.  All the student is required to do is to create a story that needs to be told.  This…

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Teaching Game Design: Bloom’s Taxonomy

October 10, 2010
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Teaching Game Design: Bloom’s Taxonomy

This is an interesting perspective on Bloom’s Taxonomy, teaching, and game design.  The author alludes to Dan Pink’s AWNM aptitudes of Play and Design, but he also discusses Bloom’s Taxonomy and the use of Bloom’s Learning Levels in game design. Take a few minutes and see how a game designer applies Bloom’s higher level thinking…

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Chain of human pylons planned for Iceland – Telegraph

September 28, 2010
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Chain of human pylons planned for Iceland – Telegraph

Here is an interesting application of the Design aptitude from AWNM.  As Dan Pink states, in an age of abundance the ability to design appealing objects will become a valuable skill.  What a great way to take what could be an eye sore and turn it into something whimsical. Chain of human pylons planned for…

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Learn like a kindergartner: High Tech, Dan Pink, and A Love of Learning

September 13, 2010
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Learn like a kindergartner: High Tech, Dan Pink, and A Love of Learning

Remember “Everything I Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten”? Well imagine that concept with the technology of today. That is what Professor Mitch Resnick discusses in this hour-long video about technology and learning.  Learn like a kindergartner. Don’t you remember those times?  When you wanted to go to school?  Things were new and fun. …

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Upgrade This Lesson Plan

August 20, 2010
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Upgrade This Lesson Plan

Calling all teachers of the Right-Brain! Maybe you could help me upgrade this colleague’s lesson plan to include some of Dan Pink’s right-brain aptitudes from A Whole New Mind.  She is looking for any number of suggestions, but if we get enough folks submitting ideas we can put it up for a vote to declare…

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Designing For A Hierarchy Of Needs – Smashing Magazine

May 2, 2010
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Designing For A Hierarchy Of Needs – Smashing Magazine

Dan Pink outlines multiple ways to enhance the aptitude of design in A Whole New Mind.  Pink suggests that everyone just needs to learn how to observe, understand, and appreciate the elements of good design and then they will naturally develop their own sense of design. And if you are a fan of Marzano Strategies,…

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Using Design in Note Taking

April 28, 2010
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Using Design in Note Taking

I wanted to share a template with you that I use when giving notes. The idea came from a conversation with a colleague who had attended an in-service on Marzano‘s strategies.  (To see more on Marzano and Dan Pink’s right-brain aptitudes see this post) When asking students to take notes, the obvious weakness in strategy…

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