Cutting Edge Innovation

Dr. Smith’s Top 20 Reads

Title/Author of Article

Websites for Going Deep in Learning
Applying Vygotsky’s ZPD to Parenting” – Tom Limbert in Parenting

Children Talk their Way into Literacy” – Gordon Wells  

What’s Worth Fighting for in Education” – Andy Hargreaves

Change Leader” – Michael Fullan

Boys Literacy Attainment: Research and Related Practice” – David Booth

Critical Thinking. Org

Harvard’s Project Zero

21st Century Learning

Generation Innovation – Your Parents’ Education?  Not. – C.J. Westerberg

Collective Intelligence

http://edge.org/conversation/collective-intelligence

Top 5 Books for the Fall 2014

Raising Cain, The Pressured Child, Speaking of Boys, Mom, They’re Teasing Me – Michael Thompson

The Homework Myth;  The Case Against Standardized Testing in Schools – Alfie Kohn

Sir Ken Robinson – The Element

Creating Innovators – Tony Wagner

Good To Great – Jim Collins

Beyond the Hole in the Wall: Discover the Power of Self-Organized Learning – Sugata Mitra

Web Links from our December 2014 LEO VISION QUEST

In true Leo style, MCCS tried something completely different: a Vision Workshop. Dr. Smith narrowed down her list of 2000 websites and articles about innovative schools and programs from around the world to 45 groundbreaking ideas. MCCS Vision Coordinator and member of the School Management Team, Kevin Hazard, welcomed staff and community interested in having input into next school year and beyond. Students from Ms. Skelly and Ms. Wood’s class also had a chance to view ideas presented on laptop and article form. Video presentations, websites and printed materials included the following:

Introduction

LEO THE DESIGNER

Blue Man School 

Making Thinking Visible/Artful Thinking


E-Pals

http://www.epals.com/challenges/folklife2014
Peer Teaching

http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/peer-teaching/
Design 39 Campus

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/08/starting-from-scratch-a-public-school-built-on-dreams-of-students-and-parents/
The Epic School – School as a Game

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/08/welcome-to-epic-a-school-where-students-are-heroes-on-a-quest/
Student Designed Schools/Student Run Schools

·         http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/10/students-lead-the-learning-experience-at-democratic-schools/

·         http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/07/this-is-what-a-student-designed-school-looks-like/
Board Gaming in Education


LEO THE ‘PHYSICAL’ EDUCATOR
School has Bikes instead of Desks

http://www.fastcoexist.com/3036607/this-school-has-bikes-instead-of-desks-and-it-turns-out-thats-a-better-way-to-learn
How can Hip Hop Foster the Scientific Mind?

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/05/how-hip-hop-can-foster-the-scientific-mind/
Local Programming:

Athletic Revolution – soccer, basketball (http://athleticrevolutionashburn.com/)
Middleburg Martial Arts (http://middleburgmartialarts.com/)
LEO THE DIGITAL MAN
Engaging Technology

http://www.emergingedtech.com/2014/10/technology-create-lessons-that-arent-boring/
Digital Portfolios

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1vdPsrgQuK5EFB81sisKAhhYSJt3D2DdGD91QijlFkDw/edit?mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRoluavMcu/hmjTEU5z16e4tXaC3gpl41El3fuXBP2XqjvpVQcZgPbzJRw8FHZNpywVWM8TILtQYt8FtKAzgAG0%3D#slide=id.p
Digital Citizenship

http://www.edudemic.com/?wref=bif
One Hour of Code

http://hourofcode.com/us/resources/how-to
Simulations and other Video Games in Norway

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/07/literature-ethics-physics-its-all-in-video-games-at-this-norwegian-school/
LEO THE HUMANIST
The Kindness School


Kids Learning Skills and Being Awesome (https://diy.org)
Project Happiness  (www.Edutopia.org)
LEO THE ARCHITECT – AWESOME SCHOOL SPACES
Adventure Playgrounds

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/08/a-portal-to-chaos-and-adventure-in-a-playground/

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/07/audio-file-wont-embed/
School Spaces

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/01/to-inspire-learning-architects-reimagine-learning-spaces/

 READ ON…

Leo the STEM Explorer

Every Student An Engineer

Engineering for Kids of NOVA 

The Playmaker School in CA

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/07/at-this-school-its-all-about-play-game-based-learning/

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/07/a-school-that-ditches-all-the-rules-but-not-the-rigor-game-based-school-playmaker/

University of Chicago’s CAVE 2

http://www.nsf.gov/news/mmg/mmg_disp.jsp?med_id=77202
International School in Denmark – LEGO

Maker Faire

Save the Frogs

Odyssey of the Mind

Math and Science Olympiad

Benefits of Chess

Chess: Silver Knights Chess

ROBOTICS

·         Mars Robotics lesson plans
 LEGO Robotics Activities

·         Tortilla Spacecraft

·         SqueakLand

·         ImagiBotics

·         Educational Robotics Matrix
Robotics Learning

·         SpacePlace  JPL
NASA Kids Teacher’s Corner

·         Athena Mars Exploration Rovers
A Cornell University

·         How to Make Your Nanorover

·         Red Rover, Red Rover
/ Red Rover Goes to Mars

·         Beyond Black Boxes
An MIT site

·         Edventures: Lego Robotics

·         Design a Mars Airplane
NISP

·         Robotics Academy
Robotics Kits for the Educator and Parent.

·         NASA’s Mars Exploration Program

·         ROVer Ranch
K-12 experiments in robotics software.

·         The Tech Museum of Innovation: Robotics Exhibit
Make Your Own Rover!

·         M.A.R.S./Lewis & Clark Project

Conclusion

Revisiting Sir Ken Robinson’s: How School’s Kill Creativity

 

LEO THE THINKER

Rodin Meets Leo (Want to Go Deeper into graduate reading in education?)

Work That Matters

Making Memories – Constructivism

Daydreaming and Creativity

Less is More – Content vs thinking

Host a Conference

What makes a creative curriculum?

Gender Based Education

What kids Want

So many choices…

Reggio Emilia Approach
Montessori
Primary Years Program
Waldorf Education