I’m posting about this a bit late, I’m afraid. I missed the boat on the Global Cardboard Challenge on October 6th. But, I still think it’s worth your while to view the video, which is a sequel to the Caine’s Arcade video. And, there is no saying that you can’t organize your own Cardboard Challenge in your classroom or school on whatever day you like. Imagination Foundation offers supporting materials, and even has some curriculum aligned with the original Caine’s Arcade video. The mission of the Imagination Foundation is to “find, foster, and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in kids.” It’s a relatively new site, but it looks like it has a lot of potential for engaging kids in re-connecting with good old-fashioned imaginative play. And, if you are interested in sponsoring your own “Day of Play” in your neck of the woods, you might want to take a look at Kelly Tenkely’s description of such a day recently held at her school, Anastasis Academy.
An Awesome Book was recently featured on the blog iLearn Technology, by Kelly Tenkely. This book, written by Dallas Clayton for his son, is about dreaming big and dreaming different. It is about being creative and not restricting yourself to society’s norms. Clayton originally self-published the book, unable to find anyone to take on the project. After making an impact around the world, he was finally contacted by a major publisher. The book is now available for purchase at major retailers. What is fabulous, though, is that Clayton and the publisher also agreed to make the book available for free online. You can go here to view the book and a short video of the author. Kelly Tenkely has a few recommendations for how this resource can be used in the classroom on her blog. This book will inspire you and your students!
“Draw a Stickman” has been one of the most popular posts on this blog. Now, there is an Episode 2! You can play it on the web, or you can play it on an iDevice (and get an alternative ending) for free. Although I found out about the new episode through e-mail, I thought that Kelly Tenkely’s summary of both of the Stickman episodes and the ways you can integrate them in your classroom was an excellent post. So, I will direct you to her for a wealth of ideas!