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Infographic About Multitasking

Posted in learning, technology on 03/09/2014 by mark novelli



White space in design = comprehension, satisfaction

Posted in communication, creativity, learning on 02/20/2013 by mark novelli

Ran across this post from artist friend Paul Soupiset’s blog that he wrote a while back. Good stuff!

Well designed pages with ample margins and leading = reading comprehension, satisfaction.


Margin white space affected both reading speed and comprehension; participants read the Margin text slower, but comprehended more than the No Margin text. In general, the results favored the use of Margins. The manipulation of Leading did not seem to impact reading performance, but did result in lower satisfaction with the layout and perceived eyestrain when paired with No Margins. Forty-seven percent of participants chose the Margins, Optimal Leading layout as their favorite, while 50% of the participants chose the No Margins, Sub-Optimal Leading text as their least favorite.

Best iPhone Apps for Kids

Posted in learning, technology on 11/10/2012 by mark novelli

This article is a good resource for parents and educators, also might gives some good holiday gift ideas?

Thinking Wrong – the key to great ideas

Posted in creativity, learning on 06/27/2012 by mark novelli

 I came across this article, “Learning to ‘Think Wrong’ Could Be the Key to the Right Answers” and it really  resonated with me.

For me this was the main idea that I took away, “People need to keep their imagination alive and not feel like they need to be right all the time. That’s difficult because by the time we’re adults, we’re afraid of failure.”

I think in education and ideation – imagination and abandoning fear are the key.

I love the brainstorming process. I get a chance to lead ideation sessions several times per year with a variety of different groups of people. I have found that in the brainstorming process that removing evaulation entirely is essential—there are no bad ideas and we do not critique other ideas. We try to create as much trust and safety possible, and creating a loose and fun environment.  We use separate meetings to evaluate, plan, discuss logistics, narrow and implement. This protecting of the brainstorming time has led to less fear and greater imagination.

Infographic – Idea Execution Audit

Posted in creativity, learning on 06/20/2012 by mark novelli

Love this – sparked a lot of thought about how I use my time.
This is an area that I am always trying to grow in.

A little bit about it from the 99%:

What are the core ingredients of great idea executions? How are our workspaces impacting our creative output? And why do we waste almost 40% of our productivity each day? To answer these questions and more, we polled the creative community, crunched the data, and transformed it into a beautiful, poster-size infographic – otherwise known as the 99%’s annual Idea Execution Audit.

HERE IT IS: 99_Execution_Audit_2012

Read the full article HERE.

[HT Michael Novelli]

Video Games in the classroom

Posted in creativity, learning on 05/10/2012 by mark novelli

Found an interesting article about how video games are becoming a more and more common part of education.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

About half of elementary and middle school teachers say they use digital games at least twice a week with students, while nearly 70 percent say that games help students who are struggling with reading and math and 60 percent say gaming helps them personalize their instruction and meet the needs of all students.

There is actually a school in New York City who’e entire curriculum is based on games!

 I think games are an important part of teaching in way that allows students to make choices. To help move them from consumers to creators. This article made me consider, how can I incorporate games into my learning environments?
Read the full article here.

Whole Child-Centered Education

Posted in learning on 04/25/2012 by mark novelli

Over the last several years I have become more and more interested in experiential learning and learner-centered teaching approaches. I have learned much from my brother, Michael Novelli, in this area and we have taught a few workshops on the topic together. I ran across an article that I found really interesting about schools that are changing their approach to be Whole Child-Centered —”one that nurtures a student’s academic, emotional, and physical needs and prepares them for the real world.”

This immediatley made me think of ways that the church is “educating” and how we might learn from these models. A few things that stood out:

  • Staff and students have worked hard to build a true community and learn from each other
  • The school has also fostered strong relationships with individuals, institutions, and community organizations that can help the students learn and develop
  • Parents are also intimately engaged in the workings of the school
  • There’s an extensive mentoring program—both adults and older students
  • The design of the building also helps create a sense of the community

Let me know your thoughts.

Read the full article HERE.

How do you give a presentation when people are texting?

Posted in gatherings, learning, technology on 11/09/2011 by mark novelli

I read a good article in Fast Company entitled, Giving Kick-Ass Presentations In The Age Of Social Media. Here is a an overview – with my thoughts added:

1. Don’t Panic if They Aren’t Looking at You – Engagement doesn’t always mean eye contact in these settings. Drawing or typing on an iPad can be engagement.

2. Stifle the Temptation to Ask for a Device Moratorium – People don’t like being told how to engage. A pen and paper is no more valid or appropriate than a smartphone.

3. If You Aren’t Nervous, You Should Be Now – Your audience has access to unlimited amounts of information almost instantly. This means we must work hard to make our presentations more than just lectures that transfer information to the listener. They must be passionate stories and experiences that allow for participation.

4. If You Don’t Speak Twitterese, It’s Time to Learn It. Share your social media information before you start. Make connections with your audience that extend the conversation outside of the presentation.

5. Congratulations! You May Be Speaking to Millions You Can’t See. Every presentation is an opportunity to share your story with those inside AND OUTSIDE the room. The influence of those in the room is a powerful thing.

6. The Reviews Are In–In Real Time. We should welcome and seek to grow from the instant feedback that the internet provides (but not get too focused on a negative comment here and there).

7. When All Else Fails, Surprise the Audience with Honesty. I believe this has always been at the center of any good message. People can sniff out when someone is honest, and when they they are not.

Things effective speakers have in common - Don’t use word-heavy powerpoint  // good storytellers // use humor // keep it short // allow for Q+A

The full article can be found here

Ideas from a math teacher that could change how you teach

Posted in communication, creativity, learning on 09/21/2011 by mark novelli

I think Dan Meyer’s approach to learning is brilliant. What struck me is how the principles of his approach apply to all kinds of learning, not just math.

Do any these issues sound familiar when thinking about those attending our church gatherings? Lack of initiative / perseverance / retention / aversion to word problems / Eagerness for formula

Especially in our shifting culture, I think his suggestions for helping learners are relevant: Use Multimedia / encourage student intuition / ask the shortest question you can / let students / be less helpful

I firmly believe that we need to push ourselves to embrace new learning methods in our gatherings, especially Church gatherings. This starts with empowering our congregations to discuss, imagine, explore, visualize, interact, experience – rather than sit and listen to a lecture or performance.

Let’s lead the innovation towards deeper learning environments!

MERGE 2011 (Instant Nostalgia)

Posted in about imago, events, learning on 07/20/2011 by Kelly Dolan

The clip above is a photo highlights video of our time at MERGE last week. We showed it Saturday morning in our final gathering together. Watching students and leaders respond to the video was a lot of fun, and instant nostalgia was definitely in full effect.

Every day of MERGE is packed with interconnected experiences from the time students wake up until the time they go back to the dorms at night. We’ve found that it’s really important to give them moments throughout the day to simply stop and reflect on what they’ve experienced over even the previous few hours. But it’s for more than nostalgia’s sake. At MERGE, we tried to help students become more aware of those moments in each day where they found themselves wrapped up on God’s amazing story, or made a real connection with God, learned something new, or heard from God in a specific way.

Then, we had the joy of sitting back and listening to students share those moments with each other. Some students used art to share. Others wrote spoken word pieces. Others simply wrote a letter to God, then read it for all of us.

For every image we captured at MERGE, and for every moment a student shared with us, we know there are countless more moments where God was at work in students’ lives.

We are grateful to have witnessed some of those moments, and to have been a part.


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