A Day with the Institute of Play
Earlier this month, I was invited to spend an enlightening day with Institute of Play (IOP), a non-profit based in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan that aims to help educators integrate game-design principles into their learning experiences. The future as we know it is rapidly changing and the workforce that today's students face is widely unknown. During my visit to NYC, I got to witness the power of play and how it is shaping the next generation of innovators at the Quest To Learn (Q2L) public school, opened in 2006 by Institute of Play.
Know How to Code: An Introduction to Webmaking
Whether you’re a teacher in the classroom, interested parent, after school mentor, or student, there’s a vehicle for learning code that fits your budget, schedule, and learning style.
Tangrams + Steamroller = Community Art: An interview with the MITCH Collective's Siena Baldi
Siena Baldi is founder and director of the MITCH Collective, a community arts non-profit offering workshops, artist residencies, and studio space.
Creative Mornings finds a home in Pittsburgh
CreativeMornings was founded in New York City in 2009 to gather creative types for a free breakfast and a twenty-minute talk by a local peer. Now Pittsburgh joins the nearly fifty cities to host CreativeMornings.
Local Teens Discuss Human Rights with International Peers
From Athens, Greece to South Africa, Brazil, and back to Pittsburgh, see how students at Cornell High School are connecting with peers from around the world to take on global issues.
Serious Fun and Games in Pittsburgh
Home to cutting-edge artists and leading technologists, Pittsburgh is fast becoming a national leader in game-based learning.
The Transformation of the Elizabeth Forward School District
The transformation marking Elizabeth-Forward High School’s recent renovation warrants more than literary description and admiration, it might justify a school name change to “FORWARD Elizabeth!”
Gaming gets serious at the Pittsburgh Global Game Jam
Kids+Creativity Network member Heather Mallak reports from the front lines of the 48-hour game design challenge
An Exploration Into Inquiry-Based Learning
Melissa Butler writes a guest post for the Spark blog on her use of inquiry-based learning in her Kindergarten classroom at Pittsburgh Allegheny K-5.
Serious Play: How Early Childhood Innovators are Changing the Technology Game
Educators, researchers, and scientists in Pittsburgh are using technology as a powerful tool that awakens the imagination and fosters the cognitive development of young children.
Please Pay Attention!
Leanne Bowler of Pitt's iSchool shares her thoughts on the challenges technology and media place on metacognition, or thinking about thinking
Spark launches new RFP funding opportunity for Activation Program Enhancements
Funding announced to support pilot programs that leverage collaborations between organizations to create pathways for learning activation
Program Evaluation Lunch & Learn Recap
Yael Silk informed K+C Network members about all types of program evaluation this afternoon. Miss out? Read here to see what went down!
SMALLab turns classroom on its head at Elizabeth Forward Middle School
Elizabeth Forward Middle School opens a SMALLab to create multimodal learning environment that reinvents the traditional classroom.
Pittsburgh STEM Summit 2012: Recap
Get the recap of the 2012 Pittsburgh STEM Summit here. Learn about presenters and their STEM-forward projects and ideas.
Guest Post: Junlei Li considers the possibilities of the tail wagging the dog
“I wonder to what extent your technology ‘tail’ is wagging the dog.” wrote the reviewer in the rejection letter of my first grant proposal.
The Next Generation of Makers
The maker movement is more than just a trend; it is a revival of the heart and soul of the American dream where everyone has the potential to push the boundaries of the imagination and create something that has never been done before.
Sandbox Summit Lunch & Learn Recap
Seema Patel and Patrick Mittereder joined K+C Network members today for a luncheon of learning at The Children's Home & Lemieux Family Center to discuss information from the Sandbox Summit
STEAM Lunch & Learn Recap
Spark, K+C Network members joined for lunch and learning at the AIU to discuss STEAM learning and it's implications for Pittsburgh area schools.
Activation Lab Seeks to Turn Young Students on to Science, Technology, and the Arts
What does it take to ignite a child’s interest in learning? How do you transition these early interests into college and career choices? Activation Lab is looking for answers.
Guest Post: Constraints as a Framework for Change
Teresa DeFlitch, Director of Winchester Thurston's City as Our Campus Program, discusses the benefits of restrictions.
Teens fund programs for other teens through Teens 4 Change
The youth-led grant making program, Teens 4 Change, involved nine students ranging in age from 14 to 17 years old. Students came together from a number of different Pittsburgh schools and communities to learn about making social change happen, specifically for people their age. Willa Paterson from Three Rivers Community Foundation (TRCF), the leader of […]