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Kelly Falcone

Professor & Professional Development Coordinator

Category: Education

Race to Nowhere: What’s wrong with education today?

Are our students in a an educational race to nowhere?

From the Race to Nowhere website: “Race to Nowhere” is a film and call to mobilize families, educators and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens.

Here are a few videos to get the conversation started:

The Unintended Consequences of our educational system:

NBC nightly news clip about the Race to Nowhere:

Here is a video of a panel discussion at Stanford University:

What are your thoughts?  Is our current educational structure failing our students? What effect have standardized test scores had on our educational system?

21st Century Learning Skills: Do kids learn differently now?

How has technology changed learning?  Children today have grown up with technology and computers, does this actually change the way they learn?

It’s very interesting to look at the differences in students today versus 20 or even 10 years ago.  It is said that the Brains of these Millennial students actually process differently, much more like a computer.  They are multi-taskers and need to be actively learning; the passive teacher-centered classroom is a thing of the past and a style that will not likely be conducive to teaching these students.

Here are some resources on 21st century learning:

Article:  Connecting to the 21st-Century Student


What really motivates us? Are you motivated by money or more by intrinsic motivators?

It is very interesting to think about what really motivates people. Is it as simple as, if you do this task or solve this problem I will pay you lots of money? or is there more to Motivation like wanting to learn things and feeling purposeful?
The book Drive by Daniel Pink is a fantastic view into the underlying causes of motivation.  I encourage you to watch this video and read the book!


Here is a short Prezi presentation about Motivation and Drive (note you may need to use Chrome browser to view this Prezi):

Where do good ideas come from? How do they happen?

Do you ever think about where “good ideas” come from? Do you envision the light bulb in your head just all of a sudden turning on? Or is there more to how we come up with those genius ideas? Are there things you can be doing to increase the likelihood of having these “moments”?

It’s time we get connected!  Watch this awesome TEDtalk…

Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from | Video on



Top 5 Videos Showing How Marissa Mayer’s Vision Will Shape Yahoo

Read Write Web article: Top 5 Videos Showing How Marissa Mayer’s Vision Will Shape Yahoo.

All of the videos in this article are awesome. As Google has shown, it is so important for people to work together to increase productivity, motivation and the generation of “GOOD IDEA’S”!

Marissa Mayer is very well spoken and a great role-model, not just for women, but for seeing what it takes to be successful.

Illinois Institute of Technology Commencement Speech: