Daniel Pink

Seth’s Blog: Whatever happened to labor?

September 6, 2010
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Seth’s Blog: Whatever happened to labor?

We say we want insightful and brilliant teachers, but then we insist they do their labor precisely according to a manual invented by a committee… via Seth’s Blog: Whatever happened to labor?. So as I am sitting back and enjoying Labor Day, I ran into Seth Godin’s comments about modern labor, and of course, this…

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Using iTunes U to Develop Symphony Without an iPad

August 26, 2010
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Using iTunes U to Develop Symphony Without an iPad

Apple’s iPad has taken the world by storm, and it seems that educators everywhere are fascinated by the device. At Julia Green Elementary school in Nashville, Apple’s iPad will be utilized in all of their kindergarten classrooms.  Students will be able to use the technology to surf the web, access iTunes U, and create their…

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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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BP Oil Spill Lesson Plan

July 13, 2010
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BP Oil Spill Lesson Plan

In light of the horrific environmental damage that will surely impact the Gulf Coast due to the BP oil spill, I thought I would share some thoughts on using this disaster in the classroom.  Unfortunately I think we will still be hashing out the impact of BP’s spill during August and beyond.

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Lesson Plan for Avatar and Empathy

May 23, 2010
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Lesson Plan for Avatar and Empathy

There has been quite a bit of interest generated amongst my colleagues for a lesson plan using Avatar.  I plan on using an activity this week for the movie Avatar that will develop Dan Pink’s aptitude of empathy, so I thought I would share it with you. This lesson plan involves using Dr. Milton Bennett’s…

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YouTube Tops Networks’ Primetime | Wired.com

May 19, 2010
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YouTube Tops Networks’ Primetime | Wired.com

When Time Magazine named “You” their “Person of the Year” some time back, I thought it was a cop out.  I thought that this prestigious magazine couldn’t make the hard call, so they just went with something easy-cheesy. But that was back in 2006.  Then I ran into this article highlighting the fact that YouTube…

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Futurity.org – Strong racial identity intensifies empathy

May 13, 2010
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Futurity.org – Strong racial identity intensifies empathy

This article highlights some interesting research into empathy and offers a strategy that may help us develop empathy towards others. According to the research, our “ability to identify with another person dramatically changes how much we can feel the pain of another and how much we’re willing to help.” The case in point is the…

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Pro-BlackBerry Obama: iPads, iPods Are ‘Distraction’ – ABC News

May 10, 2010
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Pro-BlackBerry Obama: iPads, iPods Are ‘Distraction’ – ABC News

This headline was confusing to me, so I had to look a bit further.  But after reading through the context of President Obama’s comments about technology as a “distraction”, his meaning became more clear. I think the gist of the President’s concerns are found as he discusses the role that constant information has taken in…

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Success Gets into Your Head-and Changes It – Harvard Business Review

May 5, 2010
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Success Gets into Your Head-and Changes It – Harvard Business Review

This is an interesting article with evidence that should fundamentally affect the way we teach. Research by MIT neuroscientists shows that our brain actually rewires in response to success.  Now that may not seem groundbreaking, but the corresponding finding might surprise you.  The brain does nothing in response to failure. In other words, if you…

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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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