How to Plan Instruction Using the Video Game Model →
world-shaker: As I wrote in my previous blog, A Neurologist Makes the Case for the Video Game Model as a Learning Tool blog and the accompanying video, the most popular computer games take players through increasingly challenging levels as they became more and more skillful. As skill improves, the next challenge stimulates new mastery to just the right extent that the player could reach...
Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education and entertainment...– Marshall McLuhan (via austinkleon) YES YES and another YES. (via ohmuffins)
How Students in Common College Majors Spend Their...
gjmueller: I was a music major for 3 years and I wish it would’ve been that glamorous. The Philosophy major is fairly accurate - hilarious! submitted by amyvernon!
School in New York immerses students in technology →
I think the most uncomfortable piece of this new information landscape for educators is that many of them don’t know what learning looks like when students use these tools. They think simply because they have the ability to learn about things that aren’t necessarily the traditional disciplines and content, that those students are not doing valuable learning. This article from NYT...
90+ educators share their best blog posts (Google... →
world-shaker: teamteachers: This is outstanding. I added one of mine. I would love love love to see a bunch of you Tumblr-based teachers adding in your best post from Tumblr! Disclosure: Reblogging my own post from Team Teachers because I wanted to share this here as well. PS: I wish there was a way to publish the same post to multiple blogs. If there were a limit (like the limit of two...
Perceptual Learning Models for the Classroom →
Any such method should be used a supplementary tool to other ways of learning. The downside of this learning is that even though the mind is picking up on the shortcuts, when you ask the student to fully explain the concept behind the shortcut, I image he/she is likely to have difficulty articulating that. I could imagine using this method in addition to purely conceptual problem solving, as...
'Time' not necessarily deeply rooted in our brains →
world-shaker: fuckyeahneuroscience: Hidden away in the Amazonian rainforest a small tribe have successfully managed what so many dream of being able to do – to ignore the pressures of time so successfully that they don’t even have a word for it. It is the first time scientists have been able to prove ‘time’ is not a deeply entrenched human universal concept as previously thought. ...
World-Shaker: Reply to Too Much Info for Parents? →
world-shaker: Submitted by seljd; RE: This post Long time reader, first time writer (forgive spelling and grammar mistakes, this was written in haste). I think parents becoming too involved in their children’s education is a very real problem. There’s even a phrase for it - helicopter parents. I think…
Is College a waste of time? Perhaps. →
An interesting opinion piece by Thiel Fellowship recipient, Dale Stephens (19 yrs old) printed at CNN. I left college two months ago because it rewards conformity rather than independence, competition rather than collaboration, regurgitation rather than learning and theory rather than application. Our creativity, innovation and curiosity are schooled out of us. Failure is punished instead of...
An experiment in scheduling at one school brings... →
I’m struck by the reactions of students about a boring 45 minute class becomes a boring 2 hour class. Exactly! If you’re going to change the schedule, you have to revamp and restructure what happens in the classroom. Any change in scheduling must be coupled with a focus on designing experiences that maximize motivation, inquiry, and learning. “The collateral qualities our kids carry...
Arts to Grow: Play Power: How to Turn Around Our... →
artstogrow: The Article posted in The Atlantic Magazine by Laura Seargeant Richardson concentrated around division between work and play is a myth. If America is going to teach its youth to innovate, we need to unite the two. Nearly a decade ago, John Howkins wrote a book called The…