Tag: effective learning

The iPhone, Education, and the Artful Interface

March 24th, 2011

Systems tend to grow in complexity—education in America, for example.

Artists create remarkable things by moving in the opposite direction. They pursue simplicity and move away from complexity.

Consider the design of the iPhone. Its circuitry is complex. Its interface is simple.

Education is complex. Our interface should be simple and artful.

    New Education Transformation Videos

    February 22nd, 2011

    The University of Oregon’s Substance Abuse Prevention Program sponsored the production of this video on making prevention education—all education, for that matter—personal.  These videos walk you through each of the three phases of the personalized prevention process: Crystallize, Personalize, and Relationalize (C.P.R.).

    For learning to be powerful and life-changing it must be personal. These videos walk you through three ingredients that must be in place to move educational approaches from abstract and impersonal to concrete, personal, and life-changing.

    I want to thank the University of Oregon’s Substance Abuse Prevention Program for this opportunity. Bryan and Sabine, thank you for your help planning, filming, and formatting the footage.

    Part 1: Introduction to Personalized Prevention Education

    Part 2: C.P.R. A Meta-Curriculum for Personalized Prevention Education

    Part 3: Crystallize Your Message

    Part 4: Personalize Your Methods

    Part 5: Relationalize Your Approach

    Part 6: Get Away from Group-think

      Part 1 of my interview with The Los Angeles Examiner

      February 19th, 2011

      Author of The Teen Age: 40 Reflections on Relating With Teens, Andrew F. Robinson, M.Ed is the founder of People Change People and creator of Epic Training. He provides coalitions and organizations with breakaway, uncommonly powerful approaches to working with teens. We had the privilege of interviewing Andrew to get his insights on reaching teens.

      EBB: What needs to change in environments where adults work with teens (schools, programs) to make relationships stronger and healthier?

      AFR: Few things are nearer to my heart than this question and few things grieve me more than what I see happening under the auspices of education. If, like Rip Van Winkle, I could fall asleep for twenty years, here’s what I would long to see when I awoke:

      1. Schools employing interactive, relationship-based approaches that engage and captivate teens at a personal level.

      2. Teachers who fuel the learning process by enflaming a student’s natural curiosity.

      3. Learning environments that have shed teach-to-the-test tactics in favor of unbounded creativity, divergent thinking, and regard for human ingenuity.

      If our country is serious about transforming education, these three ingredients must be at the heart of the transformation process.

      EBB: Given all the risks and dangers presented to teens, what can educators and parents do to help teens make better choices?

      AFR: Commit to finding points of entry into the relationship. This takes determination on the part of the adult. Study teens and you’ll discover these entry points. But you have to be intently focused and committed, like when you lock yourself out of your house. You check every door and window to see if one is unlocked. The same is true with teens.

      I introduce groups to the following three phases to help them strengthen their positive influence in the life of teens—C.P.R.

      1. Crystallize your message— Sharpen your focus to the essentials

      2. Personalize your methods— Increase relevance and meaning for teens as they take ownership

      3. Relationalize your approach and build trust with students— Teens will connect with your message as they connect with the messenger.

      EBB: What do educators and parents need to know about the adolescent brain?

      AFR: Can you imagine hosting Thanksgiving while remodeling your kitchen? You could get the job done, but it wouldn’t be pretty. A similar remodeling process is underway between the ears of every 12-25 year-old. Functions like logical, forward thinking and impulse control don’t perform as well as they will in adulthood. I devote several sections of my book to this remodeling process and what we can do about it.

      Continue reading on Examiner.com: Interview with the author of The Teen Age: 40 Reflections on Relating With Teens – Los Angeles Parenting Teens | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/parenting-teens-in-los-angeles/relating-with-teens-interview-with-the-author-of-the-teen-age-40-reflections-o#ixzz1ES7JQOHz