Monthly Archives: February 2010

Feb. 21, 2010

Bringing Outsiders Into the Learning Process

This past Friday, during a workshop I was giving in New York City, I was teaching participants how to podcast using Aviary. One of the district trainers noticed that the company is based in NY and not far from where we were that day. Everyone was so thrilled with the tool we were using that we thought it might be a great opportunity to bring someone in from Aviary to talk to us a bit about their product and the background of its development.

Using the support form on their site, we sent a quick email and asked if someone might […]

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Feb. 11, 2010

The Learning Spiral, Scratch and Global Community

This is our first of two episodes with Mitchel Resnick, LEGO Professor of Learning Research, head of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Laboratory and BLC10 opening keynoter. In this episode, Mitch discusses the origin of the visual programming tool, Scratch. Additionally, he explains how the “creative thinking spiral” and this engaging tool have inspired students and teachers around the world to create fantastic interactive creations at a break-neck pace.

You will learn about a young student and her new online team who are developing their entrepreneurial skills as they develop and share new characters within the Scratch […]

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Feb. 8, 2010

Choice: Time, Technique, Team

I am fascinated by Daniel Pink’s new book Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates  Us. The book is about what motivates people to improve the quality and quantity of their work. I won’t do justice to the concepts and the big picture that Pink paints in his book, but  I would encourage you to read the book.

When we give students choices we will obtain better results. Daniel Pink gives several business examples where choice of time, technique and team has motivated employees to be more creative and to do better work. However, I would like to focus on how […]

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