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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.


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