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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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Learn Geography, Help Those In Need-Dan Pink’s Meaning and Play in the Classroom

December 7, 2010
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Learn Geography, Help Those In Need-Dan Pink’s Meaning and Play in the Classroom

Learn Geography and donate water to those in need. What a great way to create Meaning by simulating the aptitude of Play, both of which are part of Dan Pink’s right-brain aptitudes from his book A Whole New Mind.  Not to mention the reinforcement of effort and practice that are effective Marzano Strategies.  This is…

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How Games Reward The Brain

November 9, 2010
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As an educator we are constantly pursuing ways to engage and motivate our students.  An exciting way to appeal to the Millennial generation is through games. This TED video featuring Tom Chatfield discusses the powerful connection between our brains and the format of games.  As highlighted by Dan Pink in A Whole New Mind, the…

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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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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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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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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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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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The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA – CTC touts video games to teach math, science

March 18, 2010
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The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA – CTC touts video games to teach math, science

Maybe its Spring Break Fever, but I keep finding resources for Dan Pink’s “play” aptitude from AWNM. This Pennsylvania school district is looking at implementing video games into their curriculum with the goal of enticing kids to study math and science. In a partnership between New York University and Microsoft, the initiative known as the…

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Learn to Read with phonics

March 16, 2010
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Learn to Read with phonics

This is another site that was passed along to me as a viable technology tool that enhances Dan Pink’s aptitude of “play”. It looks like the site has different grade-appropriate levels, starting with the alphabet and moving on to rudimentary reading. One of the interesting statements on the site is that even though it is…

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