Tina Barseghian

Technology is revolutionizing the world of education – replacing familiar classroom tools and changing the way we learn. MindShift explores the future of learning in all its dimensions – covering cultural and technology trends, groundbreaking research, education policy and more. Tina Barseghian is the editor.

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A School That Ditches All the Rules, But Not the Rigor

A School That Ditches All the Rules, But Not the Rigor

| July 9, 2014 | 5 Comments

How can we make school a joyful experience without sacrificing rigor? What’s the best way to measure true learning? What’s the purpose of school? The founders and teachers at the PlayMaker School, an all-game based school in Los Angeles, are asking those big, hairy questions that all teachers grapple with. At the PlayMaker School, they’re trying to find their own answers through their constantly morphing, complex experiment. Here are their thoughts about these issues, in their own words.

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A School Day That’s All About Play

A School Day That’s All About Play

| July 9, 2014 | 1 Comment

Imagine a school where the students’ day revolves around playing games, all day long. Video games, live action role-playing games, board games, building games. At the PlayMaker School in Los Angeles, the school day takes kids from one game activity to the next, as they explore any number of different subjects and ideas, from the […]

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The Backlash Against the ‘Pinkification’ of Tech

The Backlash Against the ‘Pinkification’ of Tech

| July 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Important story about the backlash against the “Pinkification” of STEM in the San Francisco Chronicle.

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What Does It Take To Get Into Harvard? Not What You Might Expect

What Does It Take To Get Into Harvard? Not What You Might Expect

| July 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

With these words of advice to parents, Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust surprised the Aspen Ideas Festival: “Make your children interesting!” If that’s the trajectory to “success,” it should make parents, teachers, and schools question whether the current system is helping to foster an interesting life for kids. How to Get Into Harvard    

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What a Teacher-Powered School Looks Like

What a Teacher-Powered School Looks Like

| May 20, 2014 | 10 Comments

The goal of Teacher Powered Schools initiative, led by Education Evolving, is to seed a movement that will inspire other teachers in schools across the country to realize their potential as leaders.

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How Hip Hop Can Foster the Scientific Mind

How Hip Hop Can Foster the Scientific Mind

| May 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s easy to get swept up in Chris Emdin’s passion for hip hop, for learning, for science, for the success of each and every one of his students. It’s this passion he brings to his work, the work he says can “change the world.”

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What It Takes For Public Schools to Move Forward

What It Takes For Public Schools to Move Forward

| May 14, 2014 | 7 Comments

Word to the wise: “Catch yourself every time you’re systematically mis-predicting who can and who can’t do what among your children. We mis-predict among race, gender, socio-economic status, and standardized test. It’s not democratic and it’s not moving us forward,” says Larry Rosenstock, co-founder of High Tech High.

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Ali Partovi: Why Learning to Code Is Imperative In Public Education

Ali Partovi: Why Learning to Code Is Imperative In Public Education

| May 13, 2014 | 12 Comments

Ali Partovi, co-founder of Code.org, has an ambitious goal: To get public high schools to offer computer programming classes — not just as an elective, but as a science requirement. “It’s absolutely relevant for public education to embrace computer science,” he says. “I can’t think of any other science that would better prepare you for life in the 21st century.”

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By Going Online, Are We ‘Choosing’ to Have Our Privacy Invaded?

By Going Online, Are We ‘Choosing’ to Have Our Privacy Invaded?

| May 9, 2014 | 1 Comment

It’s a provocative question, and it may be argued that “choosing” is not exactly the right term. For schools using any online tools — from Edmodo to any of Google’s apps to student information systems, are they risking exposure to a data breach, or is the issue being blown out of proportion? PBS Idea Channel’s always-entertaining Mike Rugnetta breaks it down.

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Forget Gold Coins and Badges: The Real Value of Video Games for Learning

Forget Gold Coins and Badges: The Real Value of Video Games for Learning

| March 24, 2014 | 3 Comments

“Game-based learning is not gamification!” exclaims Jordan Shapiro, author of FREEPLAY: A Video Game Guide to Maximum Euphoric Bliss. “We don’t need gamification if gamification is about competition and commodification of learning,” Shapiro says in this talk at the Global Education And Skills Forum in Dubai. But what it can do is introduce systems thinking in a way that allows kids to want to solve problems and master new systems, even if they don’t know the first thing about it — yet.

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