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Category: Critical Thinking

Baden Academy’s Jaylee Duncan’s Ted Talk featured in National Playlist!

TEDEd Clubs international headquarters wrote recently about how inspired they were by research fellow Jaylee Duncan’s TED Talk made last year.  They created a new YouTube Playlist, included her video, and sent it out on their international mailing list. When you listen to the kids she shares a space with, you can’t help but walk …

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Newton’s Prism

This ingenious tale not only recounts the story of Newton’s famous prism experiments and discovery of color, but also helps students learn about the difference between facts and inferences.  The story is brought to life by the kindergarten students of Kelli Keriotis, whose faces are photoshopped into classical images of history. What questions does Newton’s …

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Middle School Math: Another New Age of Learning is Approaching

We are getting there! Getting to a place where we engage students creatively as they master the crucial STEM concepts needed for today and tomorrow’s world. Walk with me for a few minutes to glimpse three unique approaches to the common core standards with focused and prioritized curriculum. One approach that I have loved using …

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Google and Wikipedia in the Classroom

What does a room full of 4th graders using Wikipedia have in common with a room full of college students in a classroom shouting out conflicting information from their e-devices? I am working with fourth graders at Baden Academy as we develop together a year-long new curriculum that integrates their science curriculum, but also seeps …

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Syria – A Teachable Moment in Critical Thinking, Digital Tools, and a Hermeneutic of Suspicion

A Facebook post grabbed my attention last week.  It was an August 29 letter from Trappist nuns in Syria to President Obama. But was it real?  I used the opportunity to model for my Global and Cultural Perspectives class efforts to authenticate sources. The letter claimed to be from Trappists nuns living in Syria. Trappists …

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Science Center claims Moon Landing May Have Been Faked

“Going to the Moon may have been a hoax.” These were the opening lines in the Montréal Science Centre’s iDTV Newsroom space exploration activity.  I visited the Centre last week while in Montréal, terribly excited and open to experience another phenomenal invitation to the public to get excited about science and technology.  We bought our …

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Permanent link to this article: https://growageneration.com/2013/08/25/science-center-claims-moon-landing-may-have-been-faked/

Theatrical Robots

The Theatrical Robots camp was a great success!  What an absolute joy to work with these very creative, hilarious kids. The boys helped complete and test the Theatrical Robots curriculum for the Grow a Generation Lab that will be offered next year for homeschool and afterschool labs in the home and in the Media Lab …

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Conversations with kids in the wake of violent tragedies

  The below comments are written for parents and grandparents of children over ten. The funerals at Newtown have come to an end, the days of mourning have (for those of us not directly affected by the tragedy) given way to Christmas celebrations. Group prayers have turned to other concerns.  And yet the shadow of …

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The Lies We Tell: A Review of Imagine: How Creativity Works

I was so excited to get my hands on Jonah Lehrer’s book Imagine: How Creativity Works.  I had read reviews when it first came out and put it on my request list at the library.  The audio book came in and I couldn’t wait for each small trip in the car to hear more. His storytelling was extraordinary and …

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Kindergarten and Circuit Boards: The Children’s Innovation Project

It was amazing to see students at the end of 1st grade, only 2 years into the program, drawing electrical diagrams and cannibalizing circuitry from   one toy to create something completely new. I attended the November 5 workshop by the Children’s Innovation Project at the CREATE LAB at Carnegie Mellon University.  Melissa Butler and Jeremy Boyle presented the …

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