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I should have known...

Thanksgiving week I got a text from Mike Klapp, the SmartLab Facilitator at Kendyl Depoali Middle School in Reno, Nevada. The text simply read "Guess which period."  The picture below of his SmartLab was attached.

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Creativity and Problem-Solving in the Workplace

We know that creativity, adaptability and problem-solving are critical skillsets in today's workplace.  At Lego, it's not just a desired skillset, it's a job description.  How can we prepare learners for a job like "Lego Masterbuilder"?  Perhaps even more critically, do we discourage the development of competencies necessary to succeed in a job like this?  Something to think about as you watch this video.

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Slater Middle School SmartLab Website

A core value at Creative Learning Systems is that SmartLabs are most powerful when they evolve to meet the needs of each school community.  We design SmartLabs to be flexible learning platforms and encourage Facilitators to adapt and build upon the learning resources we provide.  SmartLab Facilitators are constantly innovating new and creative ways to drive better learning, and we do our best to share the best of these innovations with our family of school partners. 

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Ronan Robotics Shines On!

In May, I posted this announcement about the Ronan (Montana) High School SmartLab robotics team winning the world championships.

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Digital Natives

I hope you’ll forgive my occasional rant, but I had to share and comment on this YouTube video I stumbled upon. It speaks volumes about today’s learners.

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Money Well Spent

A few months back, I blogged about news coverage on the new SmartLab at Englewood High School in Colorado.  Englewood was recently in the news again as the only school district in Colorado to successfully pass bond and mill levy initiatives in the November elections.

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U.S. Treasurer Inspires SmartLab Students

United States Treasurer Rosie Rios spent time with students in the Slater Middle School SmartLab in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.  Ms. Rios is passionate about inspiring kids, especially young girls, to pursue an interest in math and science.   While inspiring students, Ms. Rios was herself inspired by the achievements of Slater students in the SmartLab.

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How Cool is This!

Fox News 29 in San Antonio spent a day in the new Davis Middle School SmartLab and filed this video report. The SmartLab at Davis is the first of a District-wide implementation in all San Antonio School District middle schools.

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And the hits keep on coming...

My last blog entry referenced several local newspaper articles featuring schools with new SmartLabs.  No sooner did I hit the “publish” button than this Englewood Herald article crossed my desk.

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Don Hense selected for Charter School Hall of Fame

I’ve had the pleasure of writing about our friends at Friendship Public Charter Schools before.  They have been at the forefront of innovative and effective education since inception fifteen years ago.  And we are justifiably proud that SmartLabs have been a key element of the highly-successful educational model in every one of the Friendship schools.

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