Posts Tagged ‘ Drive ’

New Plan Would Let High Schoolers Graduate Early – NYTimes.com

February 20, 2010
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Wow!  This would be quite a change in our educational system.  I’m not sure how I feel about it, but I can see some of the advantages. According to the article,  schools would no longer be held to “seat time” or credits to graduate high school students.  Instead students would take a battery of tests…

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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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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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Audit Finds One in Four Kids Drop Out of High School in W.Va. – State Journal – STATEJOURNAL.com

January 20, 2010
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Audit Finds One in Four Kids Drop Out of High School in W.Va. – State Journal – STATEJOURNAL.com

This quick read highlights a fact that I think most teachers would agree with: Kids that do not feel engaged at school will drop out. I ran across this article after reading Dan Pink’s new book, Drive.  To put it into Dan Pink’s framework, these kids felt no “purpose” in what they were doing at…

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School Teaches Its Students Almost Entirely Through Video Games – Neatorama

January 15, 2010
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School Teaches Its Students Almost Entirely Through Video Games – Neatorama

Here is a quick read about a middle school that uses video games to teach their entire curriculum. This is definitely along the lines of Dan Pink’s Play aptitude from A Whole New Mind.  Plus, I think that it taps into the concept of Mastery that Pink describes in Drive. I think there is value…

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YouTube – “The Growth Mindset” for Students

January 10, 2010
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YouTube – “The Growth Mindset” for Students

As I read through Dan Pink’s new book Drive, I was curious about his reference to Carol Dweck.  She is a Psychology professor at Stanford University who has written a book entitled Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Her research focuses on individuals’ mindsets and whether they are “fixed” or “growth” oriented.  I found her…

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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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Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

January 8, 2010
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Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

In case you had not heard, Dan Pink’s New book Drive has arrived at bookstores. I have just started to read the book and I have found it fascinating, of course.  Basically he has researched the science of motivation and has found some incredibly useful information for all of us. As educators who are striving…

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