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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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6 Word Stories: A Template for Videos

April 22, 2010
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6 Word Stories: A Template for Videos

I recently created a 6 Word Stories Video Template for using six word stories as video summaries.  It really does make for a quick and easy upgrade for watching videos.

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History comes alive through program at Montgomery elementary school | MyCentralJersey.com

April 6, 2010
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History comes alive through program at Montgomery elementary school | MyCentralJersey.com

Another great use of empathy in the classroom. History is an excellent medium for developing empathy.  And these New Jersey elementary students have taken it to the next level. In the first part of the project they research historical figures.  They look into their early life and careers, following the figures throughout all of their…

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Free Printable PDF Templates – Smashing Magazine

April 2, 2010
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Free Printable PDF Templates – Smashing Magazine

This is some great stuff! If you are looking at enhancing your students’ design aptitude from AWNM, any lesson plan would benefit from one or more of these templates. And for those followers of Marzano’s strategies, these templates will let you create graphic organizers, nonlinguistic representations, summary activities, and advanced organizers. There are templates for…

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Dartmouth Engineer » Engineering by Design

March 23, 2010
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Dartmouth Engineer » Engineering by Design

What a great idea – Using improv to develop design-based thinking. This article highlights Peter Robbie’s Design Thinking class at Thayer Engineering School, which acts as an effective reminder of the powerful role that the arts can play in rigorous education. As you read the article, Robbie points out that in an age of abundance…

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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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Boy discovers microbe that eats plastic | MNN – Mother Nature Network

March 7, 2010
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Boy discovers microbe that eats plastic | MNN – Mother Nature Network

This article was passed along to me, and I just found it amazing.  A Canadian high school student used his science fair project to solve a major ecological problem, the biodegrading of plastic. Obviously this student has been developing the aptitude of Meaning from A Whole New Mind.  He took an academic assignment and turned…

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9th graders ask themselves: “What’s my sentence?” | Daniel Pink

March 5, 2010
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9th graders ask themselves: “What’s my sentence?” | Daniel Pink

I always like to check up on Dan Pink’s blog, and I encourage you to do so as often as you can. I really liked this activity, so I thought I would pass it along. In his newest book Drive, Dan Pink outlines an activity where you create one sentence to describe yourself.  This example…

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Math for Primates Podcast

March 1, 2010
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Math for Primates Podcast

This is a pretty cool blog and podcast series.  If you want your kids to find the relevance of math, there are some great ideas here. If you look through the examples that he provides on the site, you can get some practical upgrades for your math lesson plans.  I’ve always thought that in math,…

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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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