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Literature, Ethics, Physics: It’s All In Video Games At This Norwegian School

Literature, Ethics, Physics: It’s All In Video Games At This Norwegian School

| July 21, 2014 | 2 Comments

Teachers at a Norwegian school use video games to teach everything from language and literature, to ethics, art, and science.

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How One Designer Bridged the Gap Between Play and Learning

How One Designer Bridged the Gap Between Play and Learning

| July 20, 2014

An exhibit designer at the Boston Children’s Museum says kids are ‘natural scientists,’ and she wants to create experiences that cater to them.

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A Land Where Kids Roam Free

A Land Where Kids Roam Free

| July 18, 2014 | 5 Comments

A playground that seems dangerous to many adults provides a brand of freedom for kids to take risks through play that is gradually going extinct.

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New Research: Students Benefit from Learning That Intelligence Is Not Fixed

New Research: Students Benefit from Learning That Intelligence Is Not Fixed

| July 16, 2014 | 15 Comments

New research from Stanford is helping to build the case that nurturing a “growth mindset” can help many kids understand their true potential.

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This Is What a Student-Designed School Looks Like

This Is What a Student-Designed School Looks Like

| July 14, 2014 | 40 Comments

The Independent Project is a result of a high school student’s mission to create a school where students would feel fully engaged, have an opportunity to develop expertise in something, and learn how to learn.

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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 | 24 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 | 5 Comments

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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What Makes an ‘Extreme Learner’?

What Makes an ‘Extreme Learner’?

| July 8, 2014 | 16 Comments

It’s the hunger for learning rather than raw intellect that distinguishes Extreme Learners from the gifted. Intensely motivated and harboring a breadth of interests, they also consider ignorance a temporary and reparable condition.

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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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Putting the World In Their Hands: Augmented Reality in the Classroom

Putting the World In Their Hands: Augmented Reality in the Classroom

| July 4, 2014 | 12 Comments

These days, students can walk into a classroom and use their tablet or smartphone as the AR device to trigger to original content made on movie-making software and posted to YouTube, leading to an immediate and immersive learning experience.

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