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Lessons in Learning: The Ultimate Learning Environment

Many people remember learning the alphabet and multiplication tables. Sometimes facts from history class stick with us or a favorite passage of literature. These are the things that we typically take away from school – the drilled and learned content, as well as relationships formed in the process of learning. However, do you remember what [...]

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Mastering Willpower When Life (and Learning) Gets Tough

Exercising 60-90 minutes a day, saying no to office snack temptations (e.g., cookies, chips, chocolate), quitting smoking, reading a novel instead of hunkering down for a spot of evening TV, always submitting deliverables early (e.g., not procrastinating), sleeping eight hours a night, giving up coffee and learning a new language at the age of 40 [...]

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Making Space for the Maker Movement

“My goal is that all people, young and old, come to see themselves as makers, creators and doers because I know that the people who have the skills and knowledge to make things have the power to make the world a better place.” – Dale Dougherty, Founder of Maker Faire and MAKE Magazine There’s a [...]

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Lessons in Learning: School-in-a-Box

In December 2004, an earthquake rattled the Indian Ocean, triggering a massive tsunami. Indonesia was the hardest hit with approximately 130,000 deaths and more than 500,000 people displaced. It was a devastating disaster, and nearly every aspect of human life was affected. With such widespread destruction, though, it’s amazing to think that interrupted schools began [...]

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Lessons in Learning: Unschooling

“What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.” – George Bernard Shaw When you hear the word “education,” what do you think about? Teachers? Classes? Homework? So many different words could come to mind, but school is at the center for most of [...]

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Going the Distance for Education

When you can’t make it to school in person, what do you do? For many students, children and adults alike, they just don’t go. However, this means no formal education, which can ultimately be the difference between getting or not getting a job for many people around the world. In many locations, distance education, or [...]

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Live, Learn, Understand

Well before John Dewey and Kurt Hahn gave structure to the philosophy of experiential education, Confucius stated, “I hear, I know. I see, I remember. I do, I understand.” Perhaps the famed Chinese philosopher, teacher and politician was ahead of his time when he said these words, but he gave voice to the idea that [...]

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