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Would-be engineers get ideas | statesmanjournal.com | Statesman Journal

February 27, 2010
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Would-be engineers get ideas | statesmanjournal.com | Statesman Journal

As I was participating in a career and technical education conference this past week, I noticed a continuing theme: Students must see the purpose behind their education. Of course Dan Pink’s Meaning aptitude came right to mind.  In his book A Whole New Mind, Pink defines meaning as something larger than just oneself.  While I…

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New Plan Would Let High Schoolers Graduate Early – NYTimes.com

February 20, 2010
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Wow!  This would be quite a change in our educational system.  I’m not sure how I feel about it, but I can see some of the advantages. According to the article,  schools would no longer be held to “seat time” or credits to graduate high school students.  Instead students would take a battery of tests…

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Northwest High students building a rocket under NASA contract | Local News | Star-Telegram.com

January 22, 2010
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Northwest High students building a rocket under NASA contract | Local News | Star-Telegram.com

What if your students were under contract with NASA?  That’s what is happening at this Texas high school. Talk about A Whole New Mind!  This is where design, symphony, and meaning all come to life. Students at this high school are under actual contract from NASA.  They placed in the top 20 in a national…

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Wired to learn: Engineering Academy new option for high school students in fall

January 21, 2010
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Wired to learn: Engineering Academy new option for high school students in fall

If you are not familiar with Project Lead The Way, then it would be worth your time to read about it. This article highlights a school in the Lacrosse district that has implemented PLTW.  It basically takes science and engineering and applies it to real situations, giving a hands-on experience to the students. This type…

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Audit Finds One in Four Kids Drop Out of High School in W.Va. – State Journal – STATEJOURNAL.com

January 20, 2010
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Audit Finds One in Four Kids Drop Out of High School in W.Va. – State Journal – STATEJOURNAL.com

This quick read highlights a fact that I think most teachers would agree with: Kids that do not feel engaged at school will drop out. I ran across this article after reading Dan Pink’s new book, Drive.  To put it into Dan Pink’s framework, these kids felt no “purpose” in what they were doing at…

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School Teaches Its Students Almost Entirely Through Video Games – Neatorama

January 15, 2010
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School Teaches Its Students Almost Entirely Through Video Games – Neatorama

Here is a quick read about a middle school that uses video games to teach their entire curriculum. This is definitely along the lines of Dan Pink’s Play aptitude from A Whole New Mind.  Plus, I think that it taps into the concept of Mastery that Pink describes in Drive. I think there is value…

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Student web designers help businesses

January 11, 2010
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Student web designers help businesses

This article shows the power of realistic, project-based student work.  High school students used to develop websites for fictitious companies, working in isolation from the outside world. When the business departments in the Bismarck public school system went out to find real companies to work with their students, they added both Meaning and Symphony from…

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YouTube – “The Growth Mindset” for Students

January 10, 2010
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YouTube – “The Growth Mindset” for Students

As I read through Dan Pink’s new book Drive, I was curious about his reference to Carol Dweck.  She is a Psychology professor at Stanford University who has written a book entitled Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Her research focuses on individuals’ mindsets and whether they are “fixed” or “growth” oriented.  I found her…

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iPods and educational applications have Minnesota students giddy about learning – TwinCities.com

January 9, 2010
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iPods and educational applications have Minnesota students giddy about learning – TwinCities.com

This is a high-tech version of Play from AWNM.  Kids get I-Pods and use them in class for vocabulary, journal entries, even Twitter. Dan Pink states that those people who can bring a sense of “Play” to products in the future will be successful.  As you read through this article, you can truly get a…

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Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

January 8, 2010
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Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

In case you had not heard, Dan Pink’s New book Drive has arrived at bookstores. I have just started to read the book and I have found it fascinating, of course.  Basically he has researched the science of motivation and has found some incredibly useful information for all of us. As educators who are striving…

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