Posts Tagged ‘ 21st Century Skills ’

KC TechNet and Benjamin Wilkoff

February 14, 2010
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KC TechNet and Benjamin Wilkoff

This past Friday I had the honor of being a presenter at the annual KC TechNet conference.  I conducted a morning session over implementing Dan Pink’s 21st Century skills from A Whole New Mind into the classroom.  The session went extremely well, and I think that the participants left with a great framework for implementing…

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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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World Internet Usage Statistics News and World Population Stats

February 4, 2010
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World Internet Usage Statistics News and World Population Stats

When I ran across this data, the impirtance of Dan Pink’s A Whole New Mind began to crystallize. I think as teachers we are obsessed with teaching technology to our students.  We think that if we can learn the cutting edge technologies, then our kids will be at an advantage.

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21st Century School Teacher – Home

January 27, 2010
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21st Century School Teacher – Home

This is a great resource that I was introduced to by our technology department.  It has a number of great resources.  Be sure to check out the cool websites link and the tip sheets. I have used a number of these technologies, and I will post about them in the future in order to get…

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The Children of Cyberspace: Old Fogies by Their 20s – NYTimes.com

January 19, 2010
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The Children of Cyberspace: Old Fogies by Their 20s – NYTimes.com

This article is a little alarming to me in its implication for education.  The writer’s premise is that basically technology is changing so rapidly that even siblings 2-3 years apart interact differently with technology. 3-year-olds swipe at laptop screens, expecting them to react like an I-Phone.  College students spend much more time on the actual…

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iPods and educational applications have Minnesota students giddy about learning – TwinCities.com

January 9, 2010
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iPods and educational applications have Minnesota students giddy about learning – TwinCities.com

This is a high-tech version of Play from AWNM.  Kids get I-Pods and use them in class for vocabulary, journal entries, even Twitter. Dan Pink states that those people who can bring a sense of “Play” to products in the future will be successful.  As you read through this article, you can truly get a…

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Ohio.com – From a seed, a STEM grows

January 5, 2010
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Ohio.com – From a seed, a STEM grows

This is an interesting article about a project-based middle school in Ohio.  Be sure to read through the “Related Stories” to get some more in-depth background. Project-based, inter-curricular school structure is an excellent way to develop the Symphony aptitude from A Whole New Mind.  If you read the section about the Tarantula and the Black…

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New York High Schoolers May Have Discovered New Cockroach Species – Shots – Health News Blog : NPR

January 2, 2010
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New York High Schoolers May Have Discovered New Cockroach Species – Shots – Health News Blog : NPR

I ran into this article on NPR and immediately thought of Dan Pink’s Symphony aptitude. Students are using new technology to create connections in a project-based, realistic environment.  This is something that obviously requires students to take a number of small details and assemble them into a bigger picture.  They are doing some pretty incredible…

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The LINCS Strategy: Story

January 1, 2010
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The LINCS Strategy: Story

This strategy was introduced to us by a Special Education teacher in one of my Lesson Upgrades classes.  This teacher had learned of this technique through some professional development sponsored by the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. The class agreed that this was an excellent tool for developing the Story aptitude from…

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Photostory Tutorial: Introduction

December 31, 2009
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Photostory Tutorial: Introduction

Just a follow-up to Photostory.  This tutorial was found by one of the teachers taking my Lesson Upgrades class on Dan Pink’s A Whole New Mind.  It has great information and a step-by-step tutorial on how to use Photostory.  If you want to use technology to enhance the Story aptitude, this is a great choice!…

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