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Category: Vision

You Can’t Take the Sky from Me

Welcome to new guest blogger Ian Cavanaugh!   Traveling with my parents is quite the adventure. We drove through Colorado Springs (visiting the Air Force Academy) and decided to follow the ‘unique’ recommendations on the web.  We found The Airplane Restaurant about five minutes from our hotel to one of the highest reviewed restaurants in the …

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Doing Work That Matters

I will celebrate, in two weeks, the fantastic culmination of a year of work by the third and fourth grade research fellows at Baden Academy’s Imagination Celebration. With limited resources and mentors that span the globe, twelve research fellows and their ten assistants have developed a virtual scale model of the school in MinecraftEdu, made …

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Creating Projects with Real World Impact: Becoming a Resource to the World

Given the choice of a completing an assignment to make a real world impact or writing an assignment that will be thrown away, what would you choose?  Students in my Global and Cultural Perspective’s class are struggling with this question as reach into the into the vast stores of recent academic research at Duquesne’s extensive …

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What is a MOOC? (and where do I sign up!)

In a word, a MOOC is a free online class you can take at a University.  According to the Washington Post, it is the latest buzzword coming out of higher education.   MOOC is an acronym for “Massive Open Online Course.” It is an online class that anyone (at least anyone with access to the internet) …

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Improv Skills: On the Path to a Life’s Vision

Excerpt from 21st Century Parenting: Grow a Generation Tina Fey, the comedian, actress, writer and producer, describes what she calls the four rules of improvisation. Those rules apply to seeking a vision of your child’s (happy!) self in the future. The first rule of improvisation: AGREE and SAY YES. Challenge them to agree* to every single …

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Augmented Reality

“Run! Run from the dragon as fast as we can!” When my children were very little, so little their little legs moved quick but traveled slow and their attention was enraptured by every pebble, line and shadow, I grew impatient and a bit frightened by backing cars on the walk from the car to the …

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Childhood Dreams

Children can and do change the world.  They recognize injustice, they experience fear and anger.  The father of the Buddha tried to protect him from all suffering, injustice, and anguish. He created a beautiful bubble for him, a bubble of plenty of sweet food, no harsh words, no sickness, no poverty, and no loss. The …

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Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World

USA Today calls Tony Wagner’s latest book “A road map for parents who want to sculpt their children into innovative thinkers.”  I couldn’t agree more. Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World focuses on what we must do differently, as parents and educators, in a globalized and technologically altered world …

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Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

I just finished reading Switch by Chip and Dan Heath from the perspective of a person and parent trying to understand how to motivate myself and my child to action. It was a great complement to Kahneman’s Thinking Fast and Slow reviewed last month.  The Heath’s metaphor for what Kahneman called System One and System …

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Musically Gifted: Tools to Help Parent

Do you believe your child is musically gifted? They may –       think in terms of chords or harmony, –       look at numerous lines of music on a page and hear it in their head, –       quickly learn to read and play music, –       show creative improvisational talent, –       enjoy composition, –       live as though they …

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