Rich Experiential Learning / Middle School is Hard / The Future of College

Experimental Learning
How to Set Up Rich Experiential Learning Units – Two teachers who guided a project-based learning unit that included travel share how to replicate the deep engagement they saw without going anywhere. @Romdhanifaten @LTC_UD @edutopia

Why Is Middle School So Hard for So Many People? Tweenhood, which starts around age 9, is horrifying for a few reasons. @aliaemily @NAESP @TheAtlantic

The Future of College Looks Like the Future of Retail. Similar to e-commerce firms, online-degree programs are beginning to incorporate elements of an older-school, brick-and-mortar model. @TheAtlantic @EdTechFam

Social/Mobile Media Education

Storytelling with Text Messaging – Many lessons can be completed through traditional classroom strategies, through podcasting, and through texting. @micahshippee


How to transform technology departments to be focused on teaching and learning – Changing the culture requires creating a vision, understanding your resources and using a balanced approach. @mrhgaddis @DA_magazine

Doctors and Empathy


Should we be testing doctors for empathy? Empathy is important for teachers, why shouldn’t medical doctors be more aware of it? @LilaMacLellan @QuartzAtWork @qz @DisruptedTv

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

Change and Struggle@911well

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

What Does A Downward Key Change Do To A Song? Music nerds should like this. @Digg

Recent Book Summaries, Original Work, and Guest Posts

Leaders Eat Last

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek
You Are Awesome: 9 Secrets to Getting Stronger and Living an Intentional Life by Neil Pasricha

Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning by Scott McLeod and Julie Graber

The Happy Mind: A Simple Guide to Living a Happier Life Starting Today by Kevin Horsley and Louis Fourie

The Leadership Mind Switch: Rethinking How We Lead In the New World of Work by D. A. Benton and Kylie Wright-Ford

From Teacher to Leader: Finding Your Way as a First-Time Leader—Without Losing Your Mind by Starr Sackstein

The Formula: The Universal Laws of Success by Albert-László Barabási

All Children, Including Those with Learning Disabilities, Benefit from the Arts by Lillian Brooks

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