Keeping Play Cognitive – Education Rickshaw – Education Article

I’m excited to announce a new workshop that I’m leading at The Future of Education Now Conference (#FOEN2019) at Western Academy of Beijing. It is one based around some my recent explorations in cognitive science research, and creativity & design. The description can tell you more about the workshop, which I hope will peel back the layers and present research findings on play, behavior, and cognition for elementary-aged students and beyond: Schools are rapidly moving towards play-based learning to prepare students to…

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Lessons from Cognitive Science that I’ve Used to Improve my Teaching – Education Rickshaw – Education Article

I  recently gave a presentation called The Cognitive Science of Creative Subjects at Learning2Asia, a conference which I thought was an incredibly well-run by Nanjing International School. The format of the workshop was really fun: Teachers do mostly hands-on, design-related experiments on themselves to sort of demonstrate how different principles in cognitive science work. I also tried to translate the principles into useful classroom applications, and to tell the story of each of the research studies that the workshop was based…

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The Power of Play for All – Education Article

The 1950s were something of a “golden era” of play. […] Schools had multiple recesses throughout the day, the concept of homework barely existed, and the school year itself was about 4-5 weeks shorter. Fast forward to today….. American kids now spend an average of just 4-7 minutes a day on unstructured outdoor play, and elementary schools across the country are reducing or entirely eliminating recess. I remember recess being a common staple when I was younger. I loved playing…

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Out with Lesson Plans…In with Lesson Design! – Education Article

Lesson design is not a new phrase or concept. However, in the midst of ever-changing educational demands, lesson design has taken a back seat to “lesson plans.” From 5 E to Madeline Hunter, there is a myriad of ways to plan for students. One commonality between these various lesson templates is the idea that instruction is a PROCESS. In thinking of lesson planning and structure, what processes are we truly using to create learning experiences for students? Design with students…

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6 articles on teacher-assigned summer reading | @mcleod – Education Article

The school year is ending for most children here in America, and that means we also often see the imposition of schoolwork on students’ free time over the summer months. Here is a quick collection of six articles and blog posts on teacher-assigned summer reading: Read them or don’t… It’s summer. Read what you want! Image credit: Kids play soccer This is only a snippet of a Education Article written by dr.scott.mcleod@gmail.com (Scott McLeod) Read Full Article

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21st Century Learning Conference 2019 – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

This weekend, I was lucky enough to attend the 11th Annual 21st Century Learning Conference (my first time at this event) and it was even better than I knew it would be. The only thing better than the presentations was the company. It was the biggest collection of amazing teachers that I have ever witnessed. So inspiring and energising! It felt like my entire PLN was there and it was very special to finally meet some of these connections face…

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Take Breaks and Be Active! An Important Digital Message for All Students – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

“[A]t some time in the day we need to disconnect, reconnect, and look around us.” – Laurie Colwin One resolution my elementary students and I are setting is to be more healthy with our digital use. I teach technology to 450+ second to fifth graders. In class we reviewed and discussed the article, Computers and Your Health. Although the article only mentions computers, I let students know the information also applies to using mobile devices, game consoles, iPads and tablets.…

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Was The Oregon Trail the Peak of Educational Gaming? – Education Rickshaw – Education Article

Do you remember the game The Oregon Trail? Did it spark something in you that had you playing it for days on end? Something I share with a lot of nineties kids is the nostalgia for a game that made learning about a relatively brief historical phenomenon fun. On an old Macintosh computer my friends and I would load up our wagons (did anyone pick anything other than conestoga*?), embark on a journey that followed a unique path while stocking…

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Was The Oregon Trail the Peak of Educational Gaming? – Education Rickshaw – Education Article

Do you remember the game The Oregon Trail? Did it spark something in you that had you playing it for days on end? Something I share with a lot of nineties kids is the nostalgia for a game that made learning about a relatively brief historical phenomenon fun. On an old Macintosh computer my friends and I would load up our wagons (did anyone pick anything other than conestoga*?), embark on a journey that followed a unique path while stocking…

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