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Collaboration

Collaboration is a key skill for succeeding in school and life. With businesses seeking employees able to work in teams and collaborate on projects, more educators are looking for ways to incorporate these skills into the learning process. “Everyone needs to be able to collaborate in a group, because that’s how things are done in the real world. No one sits alone and works by themselves any more,” says Stan Silverman, director of technology-based learning systemsat…

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Heliotropic Effect & Abundance

The following is an essay extract from a much larger symposium document Explaining Extraordinary Organizational Performance and Transformation: Lessons from Rocky Flats. The Heliotropic Effect of Abundance is by Dr. Kim Cameron a co-founder of The Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship. The Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship is a community of scholars devoted to energizing and transforming organizations through research on the theory and practice of positive organizing and leadership. It is located at The Ross…

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Constructionism & Appreciative Inquiry

The Prelude game experience uniquely embodies the principles of Constructionism and Appreciative Inquiry. Constructionism is a theory developed by Seymour Papert at the MIT Media Lab. It holds that young people learn most effectively through the making and sharing of public objects. Papert uses the example of a sandcastle. During the co-design/creation process students gain hands-on experience and draw their own conclusions. This is meaning-making at its ideal. In the process, transformative learning occurs. Constructionist ideas link…

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Graduation & EQ

It is graduation time. High School students and College students now face a major transition into the next stage of life.  The NY Times has published two related articles with similar advice to graduates. Plan B: Skip College Dr. Robert Lerman, a Senior Fellow at the Department of Economics, American University, observes that social and emotional skills are “ranked the most desired even ahead of educational attainment — in many surveys of employers”. Employers want…

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Diversity of Expression

The slideshow below features  iTags, weTags, and allTags literally drawn from different Prelude sessions. These powerful artefacts, created by players ages 12 to 50+, illustrate the rich diversity of expression available by combining basic words, symbols, and colors. While the process of self, peer, and group discovery follows a similar arc during each game played, the actual artefacts created are unique every time. For more about Visual Thinking please see Heliograph, a sister blog. It’s worth…

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Playing Prelude in the Gulf

April promises to be a fascinating month vis-à-vis Prelude’s growing use internationally. More specifically, this involves three events in Dubai where the learning game will be highlighted. These are discussed below. All are the result of the pioneering efforts of Professor Maureen Cocksedge and her colleagues at Women’s College. Professor Cocksedge began piloting Prelude in early 2009 after learning about it at the NatCon Conference in Toronto. This trio of events is a testament to her tireless efforts…

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Windsor Park Collegiate: Winnipeg

Early this year, Windsor Park Collegiate initiated a unique Prelude pilot. WPC is part of the Louis Riel School Division in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The school has 510 students [Grades 9 -12],  38 teachers, and 36 support staff. To start, Prelude was introduced to a Grade 12 class participating in the school’s Career Internship Program. The award-winning program is designed to build transferable skills in youth. These will be needed when they enter the knowledge economy where varied skills…

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The Elements as Metaphor

The poet Octavio Paz described the world as “A conspiration of elements all moved by universal sympathy.” This also reflects the spirit of Prelude. a learning game that utilizes the four natural elements as metaphors. The game process helps players to see the holistic relation between themselves, each other, and the world around them. The study of the four elements is ancient and yet remains an ever-present fascination. This has inspired some truly great creative…

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52 McCaul

Three weeks ago tonight, a unique Prelude session took place at 52 McCaul here in downtown Toronto. This is a wonderful new multi-use hub for local and international art and events. The session was unique on two counts. First, it brought together about 20 artists and designers to play Prelude. Second, not everyone knew each other. Usually individuals know each other in the groups playing. The principal goal for the evening was to see how trained artists…

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Cross Cultural Student Videoconference

On May 11 students in the United Arab Emirates and Canada participated in a videoconference to share their experiences playing Prelude. More specifically, this involved 40 first-year business students at the Women’s College in Dubai and 32 Grade 11 students at Massey-Vanier High School in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. It became evident to all participants that Prelude helped them identify common bonds as well as what makes them distinct and special. As a result of her vision and pioneering effort,…

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