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Slashdot Mobile Story | XCore’s EduBook, a Netbook That Runs on AA Batteries

February 13, 2010
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Slashdot Mobile Story | XCore’s EduBook, a Netbook That Runs on AA Batteries

Even though this $200 Netbook may not be it, the future is just around the corner. I have the privilege of teaching half of my day in a classroom setting where every student has a Macbook.  As you can imagine, this has changed my entire approach to education. But the technology is just a tool…

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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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Glogster – Poster Yourself | New Info

February 9, 2010
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Glogster – Poster Yourself | New Info

I was sent this update from Glogster EDU and thought I should pass it along: As of February 28th, Glogster will begin limiting its free education accounts to 100 students. If you are like me, you teach more than 100 students in a day.  If you sign up for your account before the deadline, you…

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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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Austin Daily Herald | Southgate uses Lego League as building block for high school robotics

January 25, 2010
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Austin Daily Herald | Southgate uses Lego League as building block for high school robotics

Remember the Segway?  Well Segway inventor Dean Kamen has an education program that he has started called FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). This program enhances both design and symphony from A Whole New Mind.  It also follows Dan Pink’s motivation research from Drive by letting students obtain mastery, providing them autonomy,…

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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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3 Ways Educators Are Embracing Social Technology

January 16, 2010
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3 Ways Educators Are Embracing Social Technology

I ran into this article while researching social media in the classroom.  It looks at Skype for learning a foreign language, as well as Twitter and mobile phones for student communication. I think that finding ways to use this technology in a productive manner is critical.  Not only does it develop the empathy attitude from…

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New York City Schools Put Stronger Focus on Environmentalism – NYTimes.com

January 13, 2010
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New York City Schools Put Stronger Focus on Environmentalism – NYTimes.com

I ran into this article and immediately thought of Daniel Pink’s Meaning from A Whole New Mind. Kids at these “green” schools work on projects that are meaningful to them and their families.  And it goes much deeper than classic environmental issues.  Schools study the impact of political and economic decisions on their own neighnorhoods.

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