Puzzlets Redefining “Remedial”

Matt Eversole Education, School Snapshot

School Snapshot is a blog series which illustrates how Puzzlets and its various games have been implemented into classrooms across the United States; and how they have impacted how students learn, through the eyes of education professionals. Teachers are generally aware that each their students possess unique learning styles, but what can we do with students that inexplicably fall-behind their …

Games & Grit

Joe Norden Education

Way back in the 1930s, author Napoleon Hill decided to study successful men and women in an attempt to find something they had in common that might help others achieve their own success. Surprisingly, he found nothing in the way of specific genius or super-human abilities in those high achievers. Rather, the overall skills of the group seemed to be …

Establishing Educational Credibility

Matt Eversole Education

focusing on educational engagement Digital Dream Labs CEO, Jacob Hanchar, discusses how advances in educational technolgy will help American students attain high-paying careers in STEM. The webinar covers why the Digital Dream Labs team focuses on educational validity and some recent Puzzlets announcements, including: the Digital Promise study on the engagement of Puzzlets in the classroom, our Phase I Small …

Tangible Talks: Puzzlets Podcast

Tangible Talks: Episode 1

Matt Eversole Education, Tangible Talks

looking beyond computational thinking In the first episode of Tangible Talks: the Puzzlets Podcast, we’re speaking with Laura Lamont, an educational consultant from the Appalachian Intermediate Unit. The conversation covers topics ranging from how tangible learning elements can be effective in early childhood education to how Cork the Volcano can be used to augment ELA (English Language Arts) curriculum. Have …

Cultivating the Maker Mindset

Matt Eversole Education

shifting the conversation The maker movement has taken root, and has become a catalyzing force of innovation and discovery for our youth. Working on projects that we care about provides intrinsic motivation and perseverance, and helps build confidence through experience. Despite knowledge of all the positive outcomes of projects where physical artifacts are made, we still struggle with cultivating a …

Tactile Brain Gain: Getting Physical

Joe Norden Education

The notion of tactile learning has been flying against cultural headwinds for centuries, since French philosopher Rene Descartes’ dualistic view of mind and body caught on a few hundred years ago. That notion clearly separates the mind from the body as a distinct “thinking entity,” but contemporary cognitive scientists are taking issue with the idea. Their findings are driving a …

Executive Function, The Brain’s Corner Office

Joe Norden Education

These days an ever-growing abundance of research, learning aids, and instructional tools exist to help students succeed in the classroom. Amongst all that activity, an interesting thread of brain research has emerged that may be useful to both students and educators. Focused on activities in the brain’s prefrontal cortex, it links seemingly basic behaviors to cognitive skills in ways that …

Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom

Joe Norden Education

A product of millions of years of evolutionary trial-and-error, the human brain is the most extraordinary organ to be found in any creature living on planet Earth. Our brains are capable of learning across a wide range of varying skill areas, a fact mostly ignored (or at least not well understood) by the people who designed our traditional education system. …

21st Century Skills & Habits of the Mind

Matt Stewart Education

  As school districts integrate principles like 21st Century Skills and Habits of the Mind into their requirements, many educators are left wondering how it will change classroom. What do you need to do to foster an environment where students are encouraged to be creative, exhibit critical thought, communicate their ideas and collaboration with their peers? How can you design …