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I want to see teachers can transform classrooms into spaces of imagination and wonder. So, here's where I explore what it means to make this a reality.

I want to see teachers can transform classrooms into spaces of imagination and wonder. So, here's where I explore what it means to make this a reality.
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I want to see teachers can transform classrooms into spaces of imagination and wonder. So, here's where I explore what it means to make this a reality.

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English


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Ten Old-School Tech Skills Your Students Never Had to Deal With

8/24/2018
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I was born in the Ice Age, when Ice Cube, Ice-T, and Vanilla Ice were all the rage. If you had told me as a child that Ice-T would someday play a cop on TV, I would have thought you were crazy. As a kid, my biggest technology concern was making it through the Oregon […] The post Ten Old-School Tech Skills Your Students Never Had to Deal With appeared first on John Spencer.

Duration:00:12:06

Five Ways to Boost Metacognition In the Classroom

8/13/2018
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If we want students to develop into critical thinking, lifelong learners, we need them to develop metacognitive skills. Metacognition is vital for helping students become self-directed learners (both self-managers and self-starters). It will help them navigate the complexities of a changing world and it will help them as they engage in creative work. In this […] The post Five Ways to Boost Metacognition In the Classroom appeared first on John Spencer.

Duration:00:05:10

Seven Reasons to Pilot a Game-Based Learning Unit

7/22/2018
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Listen to the Podcast If you enjoy this blog but you’d like to listen to it on the go, just click on the audio below or subscribe via iTunes/Apple Podcasts (ideal for iOS users) or Google Play and Stitcher (ideal for Android users). Exploring Game-Based Learning For the last two weeks, I have worked with on a team of […] The post Seven Reasons to Pilot a Game-Based Learning Unit appeared first on John Spencer.

Duration:00:17:23

The Seven Myths Keeping Teachers from Designing Makerspaces

7/15/2018
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In a previous post, I explored this idea that every student deserves a makerspace. In this post, I look at some of the most common myths I see regarding makerspaces. Listen to the Podcast If you enjoy this blog but you’d like to listen to it on the go, just click on the audio below […] The post The Seven Myths Keeping Teachers from Designing Makerspaces appeared first on John Spencer.

Duration:00:19:44

What Can Video Games Teach Us About Instructional Design?

7/3/2018
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When I was a kid, I used to spend hours playing Tetris. I would zone out everything else and hit a state of hyperfocus. I was fully engaged. I could spend hours playing Tetris. Over the years, the trending games have changed. I may or may not have created my own fair share of Sonic […] The post What Can Video Games Teach Us About Instructional Design? appeared first on John Spencer.

Duration:00:17:06

5 Myths About Classroom Management in PBL

5/13/2018
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I want to make something clear before we dive into this topic. I made huge mistakes in classroom management as a teacher. I let certain disruptive behaviors go unchecked because I was tired and I didn’t want to put out another fire. I had moments when I shamed a student or yelled at a class. […] The post 5 Myths About Classroom Management in PBL appeared first on John Spencer.

Duration:00:25:11

Why Journalism Might Actually Be the Class of the Future

5/7/2018
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When we imagine the future of learning, we often hear about STEM and STEAM and things like robotics or coding. But I’d argue that one of the most relevant subjects for developing a maker mindset is actually journalism. Here’s why. Listen to the Podcast If you enjoy this blog but you’d like to listen to […] The post Why Journalism Might Actually Be the Class of the Future appeared first on John Spencer.

Duration:00:23:22

Ten Vintage Ideas to Spark Innovation in Your Classroom

4/15/2018
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The Astrodome was a modern miracle, a Space Age wonder, with a glass dome, high-tech air-conditioning, and the world’s biggest scoreboard. When it opened in 1965, reporters dubbed it the “8th Wonder of the World.” (Wilson, 1965) This was the future. No more bad weather or quirky dimensions or anything else that made baseball messy […] The post Ten Vintage Ideas to Spark Innovation in Your Classroom appeared first on John Spencer.

Duration:00:12:52

What can food trucks teach us about project-based learning?

3/23/2018
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When we think of innovative companies, it’s easy to imagine an open-air tech startup with ping pong tables and free drinks and huge windows and chairs so modern you’re not sure how you’re supposed to sit in them or look at them. Sometimes I look at those spaces and think, “Man, I wish schools were more […] The post What can food trucks teach us about project-based learning? appeared first on John Spencer.

Duration:00:22:18

7 Ways to Inspire Divergent Thinking in the Classroom

3/16/2018
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The world is unpredictable. The corporate ladder is now a maze, which means our students will need to think divergently. In this article, we explore how to integrate divergent thinking into our everyday classroom practices. Listen to the Podcast If you enjoy this blog but you’d like to listen to it on the go, just […] The post 7 Ways to Inspire Divergent Thinking in the Classroom appeared first on John Spencer.

Duration:00:26:37