Empathy

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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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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Google Launches Web Store for Cloud-Based Apps | Wired.com

March 11, 2010
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Google Launches Web Store for Cloud-Based Apps |  Wired.com

I’ve been hearing about this launch by Google, and it looks pretty darn cool. I am a big Google Apps fan, and I use it extensively in my international studies program.  If you want to develop a collaborative environment, I really think it’s the best.  Plus, you can get an enhanced education version for free!…

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Technology Turns Students into Educators in Distance Learning Program — THE Journal

March 8, 2010
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Technology Turns Students into Educators in Distance Learning Program — THE Journal

Videoconferencing is something you continue to hear about, and I think we can all agree that it continues to create opportunities in education. But this program in Rural Texas really has a great application of the technology. The main project that elementary students use is a presentation about cotton.  The Texas students are living in…

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The Official Flat Stanley Project

February 22, 2010
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The Official Flat Stanley Project

I’ve heard a lot about this program, and I think it may be an effective way to build Dan Pink’s Empathy aptitude from A Whole New Mind. If you are not familiar with “Flat Stanley”, it is basically a pen pal program where elementary students mail a paper cutout of Stanley to  other locations around…

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Colts curriculum gets kids excited | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star

February 12, 2010
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Colts curriculum gets kids excited | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star

What a great lesson plan!  If you look through some of Dan Pink’s presentations, he speaks about developing the entire right brain, and not being too caught up in individual aptitudes. As the Indianapolis Star points out in this article, teacher Chad Wallace uses football statistics to enhance his mathematics lesson plans. Students wear jerseys,…

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Whatever Happened To … opera in elementary school? – washingtonpost.com

February 11, 2010
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Whatever Happened To … opera in elementary school? – washingtonpost.com

As a lover of the arts, this article really struck home for me.  I immediately thought of Dan Pink, and the aptitudes of Story and Symphony. What is opera but a human story?  Most of our great and wonderful story lines can be found in opera.  And if you can include all of the actions,…

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A special report on social networking: Yammering away at the office | The Economist

January 30, 2010
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A special report on social networking: Yammering away at the office | The Economist

I ran onto this article on The Economist website.  I think it really hits at the heart of technology use. The article discusses social networking and the desire to harness its value for business purposes.  What if your students used something like Facebook to collaborate and create? I think this will be the defining struggle…

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Students get pen pals, learn about diversity through NFL – South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

January 24, 2010
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Students get pen pals, learn about diversity through NFL – South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

This is an interesting way to develop the empathy aptitude from A Whole New Mind, Students write letters to NFL players.  The purpose is to start a pen pal relationship that is meant to help students appreciate diversity. As Johanna Giunta, Chapel Trail elementary teacher states “I’ve watched my students grow closer, more tolerant of…

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