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Marzano’s Instructional Strategies and Dan Pink

April 24, 2010
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Marzano’s Instructional Strategies and Dan Pink

This is a great site for resources on Robert Marzano’s instructional strategies. If you are familiar with Marzano, then you will find this site particularly interesting as it connects instructional technology resources with each of his strategies.  If you are not familiar with Marzano, each strategy is briefly defined so that you can implement the…

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Futurity.org – Web access alone won’t bridge digital divide

April 12, 2010
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Futurity.org – Web access alone won’t bridge digital divide

This is something that most of us would assume, but here is the data to back it up. Just providing access to the internet will not necessarily benefit students.  They must know how to use it. The study surveyed freshmen from the University of Illinois to test their “internet know-how”.  Students from lower socio-economic backgrounds…

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Bloom’s Taxonomy and Dan Pink

April 8, 2010
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Bloom’s Taxonomy and Dan Pink

I was asked once by a colleague to relate Dan Pink’s Right-Brain aptitudes to Bloom’s taxonomy.  To be honest I have always preferred to apply Bloom’s Taxonomy through the verbs that are usually associated with his work.  My colleague and I threw out as many verbs as we could remember, and I wrote them on…

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Free Printable PDF Templates – Smashing Magazine

April 2, 2010
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Free Printable PDF Templates – Smashing Magazine

This is some great stuff! If you are looking at enhancing your students’ design aptitude from AWNM, any lesson plan would benefit from one or more of these templates. And for those followers of Marzano’s strategies, these templates will let you create graphic organizers, nonlinguistic representations, summary activities, and advanced organizers. There are templates for…

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High school puts its eggs in a high-tech basket – chicagotribune.com

March 31, 2010
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High school puts its eggs in a high-tech basket – chicagotribune.com

It looks like this Chicago school is going to implement quite a few of Dan Pink’s right-brain aptitudes, even though they did not call them by name. The article highlights a school that is implementing a new curriculum supported by Partnership for 21st Century Skills.  They will move to a collaborative, inquiry-based learning model with…

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The Lost Principles of Design | Fuel Your Creativity

March 27, 2010
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The Lost Principles of Design | Fuel Your Creativity

As teachers we may not always feel comfortable with our knowledge of design.  Because of this insecurity, I am always on the lookout for information on design basics. Balance, contrast, and proportion are all concepts that we may inherently appreciate, but trying to teach them to students is a completely different story.

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Dartmouth Engineer » Engineering by Design

March 23, 2010
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Dartmouth Engineer » Engineering by Design

What a great idea – Using improv to develop design-based thinking. This article highlights Peter Robbie’s Design Thinking class at Thayer Engineering School, which acts as an effective reminder of the powerful role that the arts can play in rigorous education. As you read the article, Robbie points out that in an age of abundance…

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Academic Rigor and Student Engagement: A Perfect Match | Asia Society

March 22, 2010
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Academic Rigor and Student Engagement: A Perfect Match | Asia Society

What an interesting application of Dan Pink’s ideas from A Whole New Mind. Chris Livaccari outlines how to apply Dan Pink’s ideas in a Chinese language classroom. Although I have always held the flexibility of Dan Pink’s ideas in the highest regard, I never could have imagined applying them in a Chinese language class.

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Business thinking in the knowledge economy | guardian.co.uk

March 20, 2010
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Business thinking in the knowledge economy | guardian.co.uk

This interview is an extremely quick read,  but I think Dan Pink does an excellent job at concisely describing the role of design-based thinking in business, and the importance of empathy in the business world. As educators we sometimes lose site of the fact that our students will be leaving the world of education even…

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“Thinking Space” Maps Your Mind on Android – Lifehacker

March 10, 2010
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“Thinking Space” Maps Your Mind on Android – Lifehacker

This android app caught my eye, as I am always looking for technology-based tools for design thinking. As our students continue to be less and less paper-based, we might find that digital brain storming will become indispensable.  And from a classroom perspective, what a perfect solution to the shortage of whiteboard space and laptops.

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