GLASS Lab Press Release

This is a quote from the press release (the link) released today by the Institute of Play, which now may be my favorite company in the universe. Finally, someone is taking the plunge to connect what kids today LOVE and what kids today NEED.

Let’s get to work.

“Video games can revolutionize American education and students’ testing and learning,” said Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of ESA, the trade association representing the U.S. video game industry. “We can harness students’ passion and energy for video games and utilize that to reach and educate a 21st century workforce with skills critical for college and career readiness.”

GLASS Lab Press Release


Now this is some clever recycling. A once-abandoned Wal-Mart was turned into an enormous, beautiful library by McAllen, Texas. 

The city coughed up $5 million for the 15-acre property in 2006, when Walmart announced it would shutter the store in favor of a new “Supercenter” nearby.

Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, a Minneapolis architecture firm, was hired to renovate the structure, turning the 124,500-square-foot space into the country’s largest — and most chic — single-story library. 

Wow. Smart work with wasted space. Way to go, Texas! Hopefully, this will be a model for things to come.

ASCD Express 7.20 – Changing Education Paradigms

Here is something great. Sir Ken Robinson describes quite precisely the issue of education in our country and the world outside. It is what all of us see every day as educators, but it’s never been illustrated so poignantly. At least I don’t think it has for me.

As I begin to flip my classroom and use technolgy to provide new stimulation and engage my students with new ways to learn, I hear Sir Robinson’s message loud and clear: though I am bound to the limits of learning in stages (ie, grade levels), I am in no way bound to how I present the material. This is an independent school luxury, I know, but I will take every bit of luxury I can to provide the type of individualized learning I hope to build.

If you are a teacher, take 12 minutes to listen to this presentation. If you are an administrator, please take this presentation to heart. Give your teachers the chance to express the curriculum in new and exciting ways that get to the core of their students’ minds. Let’s turn some heads this year throughout the world as we can develop divergent, creative thinkers.

ASCD Express 7.20 – Changing Education Paradigms

Will Richardson: Personalizing Flipped Engagement

This is a great conversation starter regarding the value of a flipped classroom and technology as a tool for engagement. While not a negation of the value of these two “new” concepts in the classroom, Mr. Richardson does make some great statements that should get you thinking. Thanks, Will!


My first post at SmartBlog on Education is up:

Three words seem to be dancing around in my head of late when it comes to current thinking about education: “personalization,” “engagement” and “flip.” All three were on display on the vendor floor and in session rooms at last week’s…

Will Richardson: Personalizing Flipped Engagement