The School in the Cloud: Learning Unleashed

The School in the Cloud: Learning Unleashed

What do we do when we can see that the best schools and teachers don’t exist in the places children most need good schools and teachers? This is the question Sugata Mitra faced, and his answers have led to some of the most innovative education in the world. I first learned about his work in … Continue reading

FNV and the Coolness of Vegetables

FNV and the Coolness of Vegetables

It’s time to eat broccoli! Or apples. Or pineapple. And you (and your students) can help make it happen. Recently, First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated the fifth anniversary of her “Let’s Move” campaign by announcing a full-fledged ad campaign designed to market (you guessed it) fruits and vegetables, newly branded as FNV. This is going … Continue reading

Adobe Edex: Explore the Possibilities

Adobe Edex: Explore the Possibilities

Are you interested in creativity? Do you use Adobe products (who doesn’t)? Do you wish you knew more about them? Would you like to share ideas with teachers around the globe? Adobe Edex may be just what you need. Adobe Education Exchange (Edex) bills itself as “your online hub to help ignite creativity in your … Continue reading

Hooray for Wales!

Hooray for Wales!

The small country of Wales has just done something big. The government of Wales, in conjunction with the Welsh Arts Council has issued a 5-year action plan titled Creative Learning Through the Arts: An Action Plan for Wales. It starts with a vision:     The arts, and creative approaches to teaching and learning, should … Continue reading

Bringing Them in with Trailers

Bringing Them in with Trailers

How do you choose a movie? My husband and I don’t see many movies, but when we do, we are often influenced by movie trailers–especially those shared by friends and family. So I was interested when a recent National Public Radio (NPR) broadcast featured Mike Woolen, who has created trailers for movies including Birdman, Boyhood, … Continue reading

When Do We Play?

When Do We Play?

Play is important.  Why else would it be so consistent across the human and animal worlds? When we had kittens in our house, the two of them found the world a continual source of adventure. They stalked one another with delight, dove into our shoes just for the sake of popping back out, and chased … Continue reading

BIg Hero 6: Looking from a New Angle

BIg Hero 6: Looking from a New Angle

Recently I had the chance to snuggle down with some of my favorite young people to watch the movie Big Hero 6. I’ll admit I did not have high expectations, given that the hero of the movie bears a striking resemblance to Ghostbusters’ Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. But Big Hero 6 was not just delightful … Continue reading