Why Playful Learning Is So Important in the Classroom and the Real World

David Gann on episode 449 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

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David Gann, Professor of Innovation and Technology Management, shares what his research has shown about playful learning in the business world and classroom. This is a great show for those who think “play” is a bad word and to realize that play is applicable at all levels of success. He is author of “The Playful Entrepreneur: How to Play and Adapt in Uncertain Times.” We talk about AI, play, and so much more and how it is applicable to learning.

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Bio of David Gann as Submitted

David Gann The Playful EntrepreneurDavid Gann is a university and business leader with international experience in innovation strategy and technology management. He is Vice-President (Innovation) and Professor of Innovation and Technology Management at Imperial College London and has written or edited eight books exploring why and how innovation happens, the ways it continually transforms the world we live in and how it can be managed.

Blog: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/d.gann

Twitter: @DavidMGann

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How to Design the Classroom for Effective Education with Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen aka the Tech Rabbi on episode 448 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

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Michael Cohen, aka the Tech Rabbi, and author of Education by Design talks about classroom design. We should design the classroom environment for learning.

Michael Cohen the Tech Rabbi

Today’s sponsor: Empatico This free tool helps educators around the world connect their students. Empatico uses live video, file sharing, a partner classroom at least 300 miles (or 483 kilometers) away, and specially designed activities. I’ve been collaborating globally since 2006 and have seen the power it has to help children be more accepting of people different from themselves. That is why I’m recommending those teachers of students aged 7-11 sign up for the free site, Empatico. Just go to www.coolcatteacher.com/empatico to learn more.

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Bio of Michael Cohen aka “The Tech Rabbi” As Submitted

Michael Cohen, The Tech Rabbi, is a designer, educator and creativity instigator. He is the author of Educated By Design: Designing the Space to Experiment, Explore, and Extract Your Creative Potential.

His mission is to help educators around the world reveal their own creative abilities so they can empower students to solve interesting problems and become positive contributors to our global society.

When he isn’t traveling the world sharing his message, he serves as the director of innovation for Yeshiva University of Los Angeles Boys School (YULA).

Blog: www.thetechrabbi.com

Twitter: @thetechrabbi

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored podcast episode.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Empatico: A Breakthrough Way to Promote Empathy (And It’s Free)

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Empatico is a free platform, targeted to students aged 7-11, that helps classrooms connect in powerful ways. I’ve been collaborating globally since 2006 and have created more than 30 global collaborative projects in that time, co-winning the ISTE Online learning award with that first project in 2006. As I look for opportunities to collaborate, I look for simple, easy ways. If you teach children in the 7- to 11-year-old range, Empatico is a free tool that you should check out now. In this article, I’ll give you a review of the product, give you some classroom examples, and help you get started.

This blog post is sponsored by Empatico. All opinions are my own.

Creating Positive Experiences to Promote Diversity and Acceptance

First, I found this heartwarming Facebook post by Wendy Turner, 2017 Delaware Teacher of the Year. She is experiencing what I’ve also seen. When students at a young age have early positive experiences with diverse types of people, they are more willing to have positive perceptions of diverse peoples later in life.  (See Lease, A. M., & Blake, J. J. (2005). A comparison of majority-race children with and without a minority-race friend. Social Development,14 (1), 20-41. also cited in this research brief about Empatico.)

When a researcher studied one of our projects all those years ago, I remember his finding that high school students who participated in a global collaborative project became less ethnocentric. This sort of change in perception and worldview often happens when a child travels at a young age. While not all of our children can afford to travel, all of our classrooms can afford to use Empatico, which is free. In fact, I might go so far as to say that our classrooms cannot afford to miss out on this.

In the video from the classroom led by Michael Dunlea and Stacie Delaney, they say something similar. For some background, Michael and Stacie’s class in New Jersey is predominantly white. They were paired with Melissa Collins from Memphis who has a predominantly black classroom. The classrooms (and teachers) have become very close (as you can tell from the video below.)

Michael says,

“I look at what we’re doing with the kids, and we’re providing them with those travel opportunities from the classroom.”

Empatico Overview

What is Empatico?

Empatico is a platform being incubated by the KIND Foundation which “fosters meaningful connections and empowers teachers and students to explore the world through experiences that spark curiosity, kindness and empathy.”

Empatico

How Do Students Connect Using Empatico?

The Empatico platform connects two partner classrooms with live video, file sharing, and activities. These research- and standards-based activities are designed to promote meaningful interactions and positive perceptions among students.

The concept is that when students learn together and explore their similarities and differences with kindness and curiosity, they will develop practical communication and leadership skills. These hands-on activities cross cultural and geographic barriers.

Some of Empatico’s helpful features include:

  • Student voice and communication with one another (the heart of what Empatico does)
  • Easy for educators to plan together and connect as they join their classrooms
  • A tool for scheduling the exchange that simplifies confusing time zones
  • Simple activity plans to use with your classrooms (the work required has always been a challenge of collaborating globally, so this is fantastic!)
  • Matching classrooms that are at least 300 miles or 483 kilometers apart (for a diverse community connection)
  • Simple, stable tools that are there for you when you log in
  • A free platform with a community of over 7,000 educators

I hope that all of you with classrooms who teach kids in the 7-11 age range will sign up for Empatico now and use this valuable tool. As I’ve shared in my books on global collaboration and in speeches around the world, children are the greatest textbook ever written for each other. I’ve also emphasized how we are building the bridges today that the society of tomorrow will walk across.

No one’s classroom is as diverse as it could be. Even a diverse classroom can be surprised when connecting with one that is not diverse! I think Empatico provides a fantastic opportunity for every classroom, and I hope you join in the powerful learning experiences!

Empatico promotes kindness, empathy and diversity.

Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored podcast episode.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services that I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies that I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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How to Use Alexa Devices in the Classroom

Dr. Brian S. Friedlander talks about Amazon Alexa on Episode 447 of the 10-Minute Teacher

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Dr. Brian S. Friedlander talks about the Amazon Alexa devices and why so many teachers are excited about them.

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Today’s sponsor: Empatico This free tool helps educators around the world connect their students. Empatico uses live video, file sharing, a partner classroom at least 300 miles (or 483 kilometers) away, and specially designed activities. I’ve been collaborating globally since 2006 and have seen the power it has to help children be more accepting of people different from themselves. That is why I’m recommending those teachers of students aged 7-11 sign up for the free site, Empatico. Just go to www.coolcatteacher.com/empatico to learn more.

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Bio of Dr. Brian S. Friedlander As Submitted

Dr. Friedlander is a school psychologist with expertise in assistive technology. Dr. Friedlander is an Associate Professor of Education at the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, N.J., where he coordinates Graduate Programs in Special Education and teaches graduate courses in assistive technology. He maintains a consulting and private practice in the area of assistive technology working with schools and parents to find innovative solutions to support student learning.

Dr. Friedlander is the co-author of the following assistive technology reference guides which are available from National Professional Resources, Inc. : Chromebooks in the Classroom: Changing the Landscape of Education & Co-Teaching & Technology: Enhancing Communication, Assistive Technology: What Every Educator Needs to Know, Co-Teaching and Technology:Enhancing Communication & Collaboration, iPad™: Enhancing Learning & Communication for Students with Special Needs (Updated), and Autism and the iPad™:Strengthening Communication and Behavior, (Updated). You can find him on his blog at assistivetek.blogspot.com and on Twitter and Instagram at assistivetek.

You can find Dr. Friedlander’s educational technology info-graphics on Twitter to help teachers quickly understand how technology can be used in the classroom to support learning.

Blog: assistivetek.blogspot.com

Twitter @assistivetek

Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored podcast episode.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Reclaiming Your Calling #MotivationMonday with Brad Gustafson

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Principal Brad Gustafson, author of Reclaiming Our Calling: Hold on to the Heart, Mind, and Hope of Education, inspires us to find our reason for teaching and being an educator again. If you’re struggling, this is an inspiring show that you’ll want to listen to. You’ll also want to think about your “big three” of character traits for your school, team, or classroom.
Brad Gustafson Reclaiming Calling

Today’s sponsor: Empatico This free tool helps educators around the world connect their students. Empatico uses live video, file sharing, a partner classroom at least 300 miles (or 483 kilometers) away, and specially designed activities. I’ve been collaborating globally since 2006 and have seen the power it has to help children be more accepting of people different from themselves. That is why I’m recommending those teachers of students aged 7-11 sign up for the free site, Empatico. Just go to www.coolcatteacher.com/empatico to learn more.

Listen to the Show with Brad Gustafson
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Brad Gustafson – Bio as Submitted

Dr. Brad Gustafson’s life is defined by his faith, family, and desire to help kids – and the educators who serve them – succeed. He is a practicing principal, speaker, best-selling author, National School Boards Association “20 to Watch,” Digital Innovation in Learning Award winner, and Minnesota Principal of the Year. He serves on Scholastic’s Principal Advisory Board and is a national advisor with Future Ready Schools.

He co-hosts UnearthED; a popular school leadership podcast.

Brad’s newest book, Reclaiming Our Calling, is helping educators hold on to the heart, mind, and hope of our profession.

Blog: www.BradGustafson.com

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored podcast episode.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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