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This course delves into the powerful societal and technological influences contributing to the development of today's students. As the influences of postmodernism shift our world from rational to experiential problem solving, technology moves us from linear to complex thinking, and collaboration replaces individual responsibility with evolving parenting and educational trends, students are learning in a world that has changed dramatically from what it was the past couple of centuries.

This course examines the corresponding shift in student behaviors and worldviews from older generations, and explores the opportunities and challenges represented by a new type of student. Strategies are discussed for equipping and empowering today's students for a strong future.

Mindfulness: From television personality Dan Harris's reports of using mindfulness to reduce on-air anxiety, to Congressman Tim Ryan's book, "Mindful Nation," mindfulness practices have become mainstream. They have helped many to destress, relax, become more self aware, and ultimately live more happy and contented lives. 

Our schools and classrooms have become a microcosm of society - places where an increasing number of students, teachers, and administrators feel angry, worried, depressed, overworked, unheard, underappreciated, and just generally lost. Author, Jon Kabat-Zinn says that mindfulness is “the awareness that emerges through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment by moment.” 

Mindfulness practices are being used globally and quite successfully by educators to help to address many of the difficult social and emotional situations common in today's school settings. This course will demystify the term 'mindfulness,' uncovering its ancient roots and offering modern education-friendly ideas and practices. The participant will have a chance to first practice mindfulness, then move on to explore and identify classroom practices which may be of benefit to students in the classroom.

This course delves into the powerful societal and technological influences contributing to the development of today's students. As the influences of postmodernism shift our world from rational to experiential problem solving, technology moves us from linear to complex thinking, and collaboration replaces individual responsibility with evolving parenting and educational trends, students are learning in a world that has changed dramatically from what it was the past couple of centuries.

This course examines the corresponding shift in student behaviors and worldviews from older generations, and explores the opportunities and challenges represented by a new type of student. Strategies are discussed for equipping and empowering today's students for a strong future.

This course delves into the powerful societal and technological influences contributing to the development of today's students. As the influences of postmodernism shift our world from rational to experiential problem solving, technology moves us from linear to complex thinking, and collaboration replaces individual responsibility with evolving parenting and educational trends, students are learning in a world that has changed dramatically from what it was the past couple of centuries.

This course examines the corresponding shift in student behaviors and worldviews from older generations, and explores the opportunities and challenges represented by a new type of student. Strategies are discussed for equipping and empowering today's students for a strong future.

In this course participants will investigate the uses of commercial video games in the classroom. Participants will play, analyze, and build games suited for a variety of levels and subjects, and gain an understanding of the ways in which the experiences of play can help students develop critical thinking and creativity.