Monthly Archives: February 2016

Is this the future of learning?

It comes from the Fullerton (CA) School District, which has developed “epic storylines” and a gamification around core skills in order to make learning more technologically integrated, experiential, and fun. It also looks and feels very different from the sort of educational experiences almost anyone above a certain age has ever had. Is that a […]

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This is the end of education (& the future of learning)

Or, more specifically, this is a video about a conversation of those issues. It features yours truly, but also Jaime Casap, the head of education at Google, and a number of other great educators in both K-12 and higher ed. Check it out, and see what it ignites in your own thinking . . .

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A Year of Wonder: The Neuroscience of Empathy

If a person wishes to wonder deeply about the world, which ingredient is more important – the person, or the world?

Until recently, our answer was clearly the latter.

For the great majority of our time on this planet, human beings have viewed the world almost entirely through the prism of “we,” not “me.” As foragers, we lived in unquestioning obedience to the unknowable marvels of the natural world. And in the earliest civilizations, we lived to serve the needs of our Gods in Heaven – and then, later on, their hand-chosen emissaries on Earth.

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This will completely blow your mind

It has nothing to do with education — and I still don’t really get it. But I love that Einstein predicted it a century ago (!), and that now we know that it’s true.

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This is what every student could look like (and be)

Here’s the thing about me: I love schools. And I’m in them all the time. Lots of them, all over the country. So it’s safe to say that I am as aware as just about anyone what is out there when it comes to American educational options.

And yet here’s the other thing: I’m constantly hearing about new places doing great work — new to me, at least, because the folks there have been doing their thing for a long time — and whose approach to learning is precisely the sort of thing we should be hearing a lot more about.

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This is what Kindergarten looks like in its ideal form

Imagine what a place like this is capable of unleashing in the mind of a child.

Imagine what places like this are capable of unleashing in the mind of every adult.

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