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.
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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 […]
AIU Reports from Education Day at the Bay
Allegheny Intermediate Unit traveled to San Francisco for Education Day and Maker Faire. This is what they had to say about it.
Recap of FredForward 2012
The Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College hosted the 2012 FredForward conference Sunday, June 3rd to Tuesday, June 5th.
Guest Post: Steeltown Entertainment celebrates the young talents of Take a Shot Contest
Take a Shot at Changing the World Film Festival showcases videos made by young filmmakers and awards $10,000 in prizes.
Learning Builds STEAM at Crafton Elementary
Crafton Elementary hosts a STEAM Showcase of new approaches to learning that combine science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.
International Spy School based in Pittsburgh gives middle school girls a head start in STEM
Click! Spy School engages middle school girls ages 10–14 to become “agents-in-training” as they explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Pittsburgh Shines at Digital Media & Learning Conference
In early March, a delegation of Pittsburghers joined hundreds from across America and around the world at the Digital Media & Learning Conference (DML). Held in San Francisco in 2012, DML is supported by the MacArthur Foundation and organized by the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub located at the UC Humanities Research Institute, University of California, Irvine.