Edison Student Animators Gets its Start!

We’ve just had our first of two weekend workshops for students interested in stop motion animation with Legos and other stuff. I worked with 2 students (4th & 5th grade) who helped lead the workshop, and another 5th grader who signed on for tech support. With 14 other 4th and …

Student Publishing Wiki

As I approach a new session of my after school publishing program, I decided to use a wiki to see if I could help make the process clearer to students and give them more opportunities to work independently. My Edison Student Publishers Wiki includes information about the program, and tips …

TRUCE Toy Guide Now Available

TRUCE (Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children’s Entertainment) has released its 2008 Toy Action Guide, just in time for the holidays. In their own words, This guide is intended to help adults promote children’s creative and constructive play by making informed choices about toys, and by working with others at home, school, …

Homework Tips for Parents

I recently wrote a short article for parents on coping with their childrens’ homework struggles and demands – a topic near and dear to my heart as I sit across from my own 9 year old who’s struggling with his last assignment of the evening. The article is posted on …

My Student Publishing Program

In 2006, I created an after school multimedia publishing program to fend off my growing sense that schools have become overly and obsessively focused on standards – getting all the kids to do the same things in the same ways at the same rate. Ugh! In my program, kids learn …

Draw (splatter!) like Jackson Pollock

Draw like Jackson Pollock! This is a place for FUN… simply move your pointer and the virtual paint splatters. Click the heart to change colors. Then when you’re done, learn more about Jackson Pollock at The WebMuseum, Paris. Image uploaded with Skitch!

Make Your Own Comix!

Just in from the MadATer… Make your own comic at makebeliefcomix.com. What a great way for kids (or adults) to dip into creating comic strips – for fun, for social stories, and more. I especially like the tips that pop up on the bottom.

Meet Peter Reynolds… again!

I keep coming across one of my favorite children’s authors & illustrators Peter Reynolds again and again. I first found him at the TRLD conference in San Francisco, in 2000. He was there to promote his software, but I convinced him (it wasn’t hard) to sign a copy of The …

ArtThink from SFMOMA

ArtThink is the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s curriculum site, which provides theme-based activities in visual arts, language arts, history and social studies. ArtThink includes a glossary, online lessons, special features, tools and games. http://sfmoma.org/artthink/default.asp