Posts Tagged ‘ Play ’

FunBrain.com

March 14, 2010
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FunBrain.com

One of our technology people passed this site along to me, so I thought I would share it with all of you. Any elementary teacher that can get a little lab time might appreciate this site.  It has a huge variety of educational games, which would not only entertain kids but would also enhance the…

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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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How to boost student learning? More recess might help. / The Christian Science Monitor – CSMonitor.com

February 10, 2010
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How to boost student learning? More recess might help. / The Christian Science Monitor – CSMonitor.com

This article in The Christian Science Monitor points to an interesting endorsement of Dan Pink’s A Whole New Mind. By reintroducing Play into the school day, students listen better and focus more during class. Play is important to success.  Teaching kids that is is “OK” to take a break and then get to work is…

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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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Education Week: Fine-Arts Techniques Linked With Academics

January 23, 2010
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Education Week: Fine-Arts Techniques Linked With Academics

This is a great article on using the arts in education.  It definitely taps the Right Brain of young learners. It focuses on the “Opening Minds Through the Arts” (OMA) program.  In this program, opera singers, musicians, and visual artists combine their talents to help core educators teach curriculum. While students may find it as…

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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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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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Peaceful Playgrounds: Research suggests: Replace homework with play.

December 27, 2009
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Peaceful Playgrounds: Research suggests: Replace homework with play.

I’ve read this blog off and on when researching about Dan Pink’s “Play” aptitude. This entry talks about an article in the Sydney Morning Herald that debates the value of homework in elementary school.  Most notably, the article cites research that echos a growing number of parent complaints: Kids in elementary school have too much…

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YouTube – Let Children Create.m4v

December 18, 2009
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I found this clip when I was thinking about content creation.  People today, young and old, are used to creating content.  Wikis, online collaboration, social media, Twitter, the list goes on and on.  But people are creating the content. So in education, how do we incorporate that?  It’s a pretty scary thought for myself and…

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Concept iPod Vacuum Sucks it Up, Sweetly | Cult of Mac

December 12, 2009
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Concept iPod Vacuum Sucks it Up, Sweetly | Cult of Mac. Now this is somebody that is making money off of their Right-brain “Play” aptitude.  Electrolux has taken the most boring chore on the planet and added a bit of fun to it.  Now whose vacuum would you buy? Share

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