“Play Streets” bring fun and more to Los Angeles

“The temporary transformation of Fickett Street in Boyle Heights began with yellow shades resembling huge kites suspended over the sun-scorched asphalt. Soon, a thoroughfare known for its speeding vehicles and gang activity became something else entirely — a “play street” in which women gathered for Lotería, or Mexican bingo, and …

Map: Real places that inspired the best kids’ books!

Atlas Obscura offers up “A Guide to the Real-Life Homes of the Heroes of Children’s Literature.” Find the actual streets, buildings and spaces that provided the inspiration and settings for some of your favorite books! Thus far, the map only covers North American locales. But imagine the road trip it …

Brain Images, Screen Time and Moody, Impulsive Behavior

Jacqueline at Deep Roots at Home writes, “We now know that smartphones, iPads, and Xboxes are a form of digital drug. Recent brain imaging research is showing that they affect the brain’s frontal cortex – which controls executive functioning, including impulse control – in exactly the same way that cocaine …

Nurturing an Inclusive Learning Culture through Universal Design for Learning

What does it really mean to use a UDL lens? This series by Kathy McClaskey explores how Universal Design for Learning (UDL)can strengthen teaching and reinforce a culture where every learner feels that they are valued, belong, and are learning. Part One: Understanding the Pedagogy of a Learning Science to …

We Can Play!

We Can Play: A guide to Inclusive and Accessible Play is an old (2003) project I worked on with Alice Wershing for the Alliance for Technology Access, based on our years of running accessible play groups at the Center for Accessible Technology in Berkeley, California. It contains 20 one-page activity …