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As more and more districts go for open source content, isn't it ironic that they are trying to teach children the critical thinking and creative skills they can then use to produce intellectual property of no value?

Isn't it ironic 
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My point is, intellectual property is being devalued because people are less and less willing to pay for content. This is ironic when schools are unwilling to pay for good, rigorous content, because what do schools teach? Intellectual skills, which go towards the development of intellectual property, BUT, other than patents, such property is being devalued by the schools themselves when they go to "open source textbooks" and the like. See what I mean??
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Halloween is over.
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Adorable! 
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New Animation to Make You Smile re: Common Core. What? CCSS, funny?
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Oh, have your sound on.
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Hey, folks - don't mean to beg, but if you COULD take just a moment to look at the Little Big Fund site, it would be GREAT: You vote for the nonprofit you'd like to see helped among three. Our month was short due to the July 4 holiday, so please help us out!
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Excellent, brief piece by NBC-Connecticut, covering the Digital Drama pilot project. Exceptionally perceptive education reporting!
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Our cast of Macbeth had a great time this weekend recording our adaptation of "The Scottish Play" for our Common Core Digital Drama Festival! Learn more at bigfuneducation.org/2013-14-festival/
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Check out this poll on +CircleCount and vote for:

Twitter-- Brief Encounter
Facebook -- I Know What You Did Last Summer
Google+ -- Close Encounters of the Third Kind

#circlecount  
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Check out the poll on CircleCount about: We are looking for a clever or better the best wordplay where you explain what Twitter is, what Facebook is and what Google+ is.
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my favorite part is the "legal disclaimer" at the end
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We're so grateful to Kevin Hogan of CBS News who contributed his voice-over talent to our Common Core PLAY adaptation of Macbeth, which is premiering next week along with two other plays.

You can hear (and see) a sneak preview - the background piece on Shakespeare and the play, by going to our site, clicking on "The Plays" tab, and choosing the logo for Macbeth. Kevin's narration is mesmerizing!

Definitely have your sound on.
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BigFunEducation.org is the URL.
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Everybody's talkin' 'bout education, but who's doin' somethin' about it? WE ARE, and YOU CAN! 
Parents, teachers: You'll see how cool this is in a minute. Help get the administrators who run the schools to break through the clutter and check this out! As Annabelle says, kids (and, increasingly, classroom teachers) get to control less and less of the curriculum, and yet if they saw this project 100% would want to do it! PLAY to Learn!
 
Playing It Forward
creating an audio recording of Hamlet tonight

As some of you know, my nonprofit +BigFunEducation, is producing a Digital Drama Festival for the K-12 crowd. It's an enormously . . . how shall I put this? . . . optimistic  and brave venture to create something from nothing that no one has actually asked for. Sometimes, I find I have struck the pose seen here below (Edwin Booth as Hamlet).

Tonight, we are welcoming a band of merry actors to do a recording of our adaptation of Hamlet and I am in a To-be mood! We'll also record some of the original speeches so that students can work towards grasping the stunning beauty of the original. So many professionals coming together to volunteer their time because they believe in playing it forward (yes, and paying it forward).

Theater and drama have been invited back to the center of American classrooms in K-12. The new Common Core State Standards reference "drama" over 70 times. Let's seize this opportunity. Will you join us?

If you know of a teacher in K-12 who might like to join this project by doing a Digital Drama Project, please share this post and encourage them. Kids have about 0% control over their curriculum. Almost 100% would like to do a play this year. We've created online projects that any English teacher will enjoy -- no drama training required. Kids everywhere will be grateful to you for supporting the spread of this To-be-or-not-to-be nonprofit initiative :D

#education   #artsed   #criticalthinking   #commoncore   #English   #collaboration   #payingitforward   
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A preview of the Common Core Digital Drama Festival: inner-city 3rd,4th, and 5th graders tackle Calderon de la Barca's 1635 masterpiece, Life Is A Dream.
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BRAVO! Outstanding, memorable work! Students initiated a huge variety of work connected to this classic Spanish play. Congratulations to the students, teachers, and parents who supported the Digital Drama Festival :)
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Does anybody know whether Chromebooks can run large programs? I use Articulate Storyline for app creation. Thanks!
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I don't think you can run VirtualBox in linux on CrBks
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writer, editor, educator
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My wife and I are education entrepreneurs in K-12, and she - Annabelle Howard - is very active here on Google+ ... I will try to get the hang of it!

I've worked at Weekly Reader, Scholastic, Sundance, and EducationWorld.com, and have consulted to Marvel Comics and the National Education Association. Big Fun Education is a nonprofit whose mission is to create and nurture education innovations that focus on student motivation, use new technologies, and achieve measurable results.

Fun-in-a-different-way activities include writing plays, mostly short satirical ones, and songs, mostly ones that hope to be funny, and shooting a few baskets every day the weather permits. Oh, and we really are crazy about our dogs. You may see pictures occasionally in the G+ community "Dog Park" of Panda and/or Baby Bear.
Bragging rights
Okay ... I have interviewed Bill Clinton, Stephen King, and Lindsay Lohan, filmed a bat cave in Tennessee, made a puberty education video for Kotex, and went skydiving (once!) ... Quote? What a long strange trip ...
Education
  • Yale School of Drama
    Playwright, 1982 - 1985
  • Keele University
    Victorian Literature, 1978 - 1982
  • Harvard College
    English, Creative Writing, 1973 - 1977
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Baron Fangorn
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Media, mostly educational in nature
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writing, editing, media creation, management, performance, coaching, teaching
Employment
  • Big Fun Productions
    Operations Manager, 2009 - present
  • Big Fun Education
    Vice President, 2011 - present
  • Education World
    Executive Editor in Chief, 2001 - 2008
  • Weekly Reader Corporation
    Editor in Chief, 1994 - 2000
  • Sundance Publishing
    Editor in Chief, 1991 - 1993
  • Scholastic Magazines
    Editor, 1989 - 1991
  • Yale University
    Summer Instructor, 1985 - 2010
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Fayetteville - Raeford - Cambridge - Somerville - Boston - Keele - London - New York - New Haven - Littleton - Shirley - Westford - Groton - Madison
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