Sarabeth Berk: Learning Designer/Artist/Researcher

Brooklyn Robot Foundry

Brooklyn Robot Foundry
The Brooklyn Robot Foundry is offering all kinds of cool classes for youth and educators.  Flying, floating, spinning, and drawing machines galore. Looks like such a cool space, I want to catch an airplane and check it out now.

The usefulness of useless knowledge

The usefulness of useless knowledge
By Dr. Abraham Flexner, published 1955 in Harper’s (Abraham Flexner was an American educator. His Flexner Report, published in 1910, reformed medical education in the United States. He also helped found the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.) The Editor of this JOURNAL believes that Dr. Flexner’s paper is one of those timeless [...]

White House Announces First Maker Fai...

White House Announces First Maker Faire
        The administration plans to launch a comprehensive effort to enable students and entrepreneurs to access the tools, facilities, and expertise that can assist them to be inventive and productive. This effort will feature a variety of opportunities for individual Makers and for institutions from the corporate and pu [...]

POP!Tech: Global Community of Innovat...

POP!Tech: Global Community of Innovators
Around the world, visionary change agents are hard at work incubating new approaches to the planet’s toughest challenges. Yet they’re often doing so without taking advantage of the latest tools and thinking in technology, communications and innovation – or a network of experts, peers, and supporters who can help them truly change the world. h [...]

Studio H: Design Lessons and Resource...

Studio H: Design Lessons and Resources for the Classroom
Check out Project H, a unique design program in Berkeley.  Their website has inspiring and practical design lessons to use with students.  Bringing the quality and level of thinking found in undergrad/grad schools to k-12.    

Emily Pilloton: Social Innovator, Hum...

Emily Pilloton: Social Innovator, Humanitarian Designer
Biography The founder of Project H Design, a Pop!Tech Social Innovation Fellow, USA Network’s Character Approved Award Winner, and guest on The Colbert Report, Emily was also chosen for The Nifty 50 in The New York Times’ T Magazine, a list of America’s up-and-coming. A designer on paper and high school teacher in practice, Emily works a [...]

Taxonomy of Innovation

Taxonomy of Innovation
From Harvard Business Review

Creativity- an academic discpline on ...

Creativity- an academic discpline on some campuses
(New York Times online) IT BOTHERS MATTHEW LAHUE and it surely bothers you: enter a public restroom and the stall lock is broken. Fortunately, Mr. Lahue has a solution. It’s called the Bathroom Bodyguard. Standing before his Buffalo State College classmates and professor, Cyndi Burnett, Mr. Lahue displayed a device he concocted from a large w [...]

Other 21st Century Skills


Welcome the Attack on Higher Educatio...

Welcome the Attack on Higher Education
By George Siemens In the past few years, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have become a lens used by educators, entrepreneurs, education reformers and venture capitalists to view the higher education system. They are now a proxy for our hopes and fears for education; how we speak of MOOCs increasingly says more about our personal philosoph [...]

Where Can Creative People Make the La...

Where Can Creative People Make the Largest Impact?
Andrew Yang is an extremely smart person.  In fact, his brainpower is off the charts.  He scored in the top 0.5% on the SAT at age 12, was admitted to Stanford and Brown, got a 178 LSAT, and a 780 GMAT.  He personally felt unfulfilled by a legal career after graduating from Columbia Law, so he ended up paving his own path, eventually foundin [...]

American Promise: Documentary on race...

American Promise: Documentary on race in the classroom
American Promise spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, N.Y., turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through Dalton, one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys’ divergent paths from kin [...]

Future Learning: Short Documentary

Future Learning: Short Documentary
Students are the future, but what’s the future for students? To arm them with the relevant, timeless skills for our rapidly changing world, we need to revolutionize what it means to learn. Education innovators like Dr. Sugata Mitra, visiting professor at MIT; Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy; and Dr. Catherine Lucey, Vice Dean of Educ [...]

LaunchUR: Real Challenges for Youth

LaunchUR: Real Challenges for Youth
Launching our next generation of risk-takers, inventors, innovators, entrepreneurs, and community leaders! Worth checking this out. LaunchUR offers innovative curriculum to involve students in “micro-internships” and lab experiences involving real challenges in the community.  More teachers and schools should include this kind of [...]

SketchNotes: The Graphic Recorder

SketchNotes: The Graphic Recorder
Doug Neill has a great website and blog about using sketching as a form of notetaking. In his words, he says, “I’m passionate about ideas. I love coming across new ones, dissecting old ones, and combining a number of them together to see what happens. I also like to share with others those ideas that, in my eyes, can help to bring [...]

The College Conspiracy Full Documenta...

The College Conspiracy Full Documentary
The College Conspiracy Full Documentary – College Conspiracy is the most comprehensive documentary ever produced about higher education in the U.S. The film exposes the facts and truth about America’s college education system. ‘College Conspiracy’ was produced over a six-month period by NIA’s team of expert Aust [...]

BOOK: Private Enterprise and Public E...

BOOK: Private Enterprise and Public Education
New Book: Private Enterprise and Public Education Frederick M. Hess, Michael B. Horn | Teachers College Press The growth of for-profit providers in the K–16 education sector has generated more than its fair share of controversy. From the emergence of charter schools to postsecondary options such as the University of Phoenix, for-profit provi [...]

Prototyping: Learning to Think with Y...

Prototyping: Learning to Think with Your Hands
  Despite the rise of digital tools and rapid prototyping, it has never been more important for designers to make things with their hands. Comfort with three dimensions as a sketch and development tool enhances a designer’s sensitivity to form tremendously, and helps them understand how products are made in the real world. If you [...]


Enstitute, a national non-profit, is reinventing apprenticeships for 21st century careers. Working to address both the growing cost of higher education as well as the current youth unemployment crisis, Enstitute provides students with one to two year paid, full-time, apprenticeships at high growth startups, small businesses, and corporations [...]

Lynda Barry’s Syllabus

Lynda Barry’s Syllabus Such a creative syllabus and how fun to read. More images on the actual website.