How to Show Off Your Inner Education Hacker

Grab Hack Learning gear from our store

Grab Hack Learning gear from our store

During a recent Twitter chat, I shared a picture of a Hack Learning T-Shirt; it was just a mockup of an idea. The chat began buzzing with tweets of “Where can I get a shirt like that?”

Hack Learning is a movement that is helping all education stakeholders reimagine problem solving. Hack Learning Series books provide right-now solutions to some of our biggest problems. The bestselling Hacking Education is available in paperback, eBook and audiobook formats, and two more HLS books will drop before the end of this year.

People are hungry for the kind of change that Hack Learning proposes–solving problems immediately, without an act of Congress or a 5-year plan.

With the growing popularity of Hack Learning and the Education Hacker philosophy, it’s time to show of your inner hacker.

Enter the Hack Learning Store

The new Hack Learning Store offers a variety of gear, so you can tell the world about Hack Learning.

Hack Learning T-Shirts and mugs sport our famous logo, book covers, catchy mantras, and great quotes.

Now you can show off the education hacker inside you with a quick visit to the Hack Learning Store.

Want more gear? Tell us what you’d like in the comment section here and at hashtag #HackLearning on Twitter.

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4 Qualities of a Great Hackers: They Have PEEP

Hackers have PEEP

Hackers have PEEP

What’s a hacker? Some people think of hackers only as nefarious people who try to steal your identity or break into your computer files. These aren’t hackers, though; they are criminals.

Real Hackers are people who improve the world. They take existing ideas or products and make them better than they are.

Here, at Hack Learning, we create amazing hacks every day. We share them on Twitter, Facebook and in blog posts. Best of all, we put them into books, contained in the Hack Learning Series. Still not sure what makes someone a Hacker? Simple. Great Hackers have PEEP.

4 Qualities of a great Hacker–PEEP

1-Perspective: A Hacker looks at problems objectively, combining experience with a unique view of the problem. In many professions, especially education, shareholders are too invested to maintain objectivity. If I believe reading is the most important thing in school, I want more books at all costs and I’m not going to hear that there isn’t enough money for more books. I’ll just stomp my feed and say, “Dammit, get me the books.” The great education Hacker may love reading as much as anyone, but she will take a step back and see this issue in ways that the English teacher or librarian may not. This objectivity brings a powerful perspective to every problem. The Hacker knows how much teachers want those books, while understanding the fiscal constraints that the administrator is considering. She’ll find a simple solution that satisfies both.

2-Experience: Hackers have experience not only with problem solving but in the field they are hacking. An Education hacker is or has been a teacher, counselor, principal, or thought-leader. I can’t hack education if I’m a politician. Hackers aren’t politicians, and they aren’t opportunists. They have been in the trenches and have a laser-focused understanding of the problem and how it impacts all shareholders.

3-Expertise: Sure, doing something for 20 years gives a person experience, but it doesn’t make them an expert. Hackers not only hone their crafts over decades, they look, listen, read, practice, experiment and lie awake at night thinking of how to do the job better than everyone else. This unique combination leads to expertise.

4-Perseverance: The true Hacker will not stop until the problem is solved. Barriers only embolden hackers. When they hear, “This is how it is and we can’t change it,” hackers become inspired; they view seemingly insurmountable mountains as just one more challenge they can conquer. Hackers breathe problem solving. They won’t be denied.

Great Hackers have PEEP. Without these qualities, you may be an onlooker; you may be a shareholder, but you can’t be a hacker.

What do you think? Do you have PEEP?

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Twitter Gives You Two Videos in One

Not only does Twitter’s in-app video feature give you and students a great opportunity to easily create and tweet short videos, it stores the videos on your device for posterity.

Now, after tweeting your video to the world, why not upload it to Youtube and embed it on a blog post like this one?

Imagine the possibilities for this feature in the classroom.

As of this post, Twitter’s in-app video is only available on iPhone. The feature will soon be available on Android and other mobile devices.

So, shoot a video today; tweet it to #HackLearningSeries. Then, upload it to Youtube and embed it on your favorite blog or website. Create an amazing library of 30-second hacks.

Soon, you’ll be a Hack Learning star.

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Hacking Twitter: Video and Social Media Engage All Learners

Check out the power of Twitter’s in-app video feature, which marries social networking and video–two irresistible digital learning tools.

Consider what you can do as a teacher with this amazing feature. Engage all students in learning in a variety of ways with video, which they love.

Create your own learning hacks today and post them to the Twitter hashtag #HackLearningSeries.

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