Can You Pass This Test Originally Given to 8th Graders Living in Kentucky in 1912?

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Can you spell “conceive”?
Of course you can! All it takes is a device with a built-in spelling app, an innovation of which no eighth grader in the far western reaches of bluegrass area Kentucky could have conceived back in 1912.

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The Very First Coloring Book, The Little Folks’ Painting Book (Circa 1879)

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Funny how not that long ago coloring books were considered the exclusive domain of children. How times have changed. If you are the sort of adult who unwinds with a big box of Crayolas and pages of mandalas or outlines of Ryan Gosling, you owe a debt of gratitude to the McLoughlin Brothers and illustrator Kate Greenaway.

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Take a Free Online Course on Making Comic Books, Compliments of the California College of the Arts

≡ Category: Art, Comics/Cartoons, K-12, Literature, MOOCs |3 Comments

Gather round, children and listen to Grandma reminiscin’ ‘bout the days when studying comics meant changing out of your pajamas and showing up at the bursar’s office, check in hand.
Actually, Grandma’s full of it.

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The Original Stuffed Animals That Inspired Winnie the Pooh

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In 1921, Christopher Robin Milne received a stuffed bear for his first birthday. But it wasn’t any old stuffed bear. Bought at Harrods in London, this bear (named “Winnie” after a black bear that resided at the London Zoo) would inspire his father, A.A.

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Kraftwerk’s “The Robots” Performed by German First Graders in Adorable Cardboard Robot Outfits

≡ Category: K-12, Music |2 Comments

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“Teach your children well” sang Crosby, Stills and Nash once upon a long ago, and that adage could be paraphrased as “make sure your students don’t grow up learning substandard pop songs. Give them a real education.

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Hear Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol Read by His Great-Granddaughter in His Preferred Style

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In English-speaking countries where Christmas is celebrated, A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens’ secular Victorian tale of a Grinch restored to holiday cheer, usually plays some part.

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Lynda Barry’s Illustrated Syllabus & Homework Assignments from Her New UW-Madison Course, “Making Comics”

≡ Category: Art, Comics/Cartoons, Education, K-12, Online Courses |4 Comments

Cartoonist turned educator Lynda Barry is again permitting the world at large to freely audit one of her fascinating University of Wisconsin-Madison classes via her Tumblr. (To get to the start of the class, click here and then scroll down the page until you reach the syllabus, then start working your way backwards.

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Learn to Code with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Minecraft

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Code.org, a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science, has created a fun way for students to learn the basics of coding.

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100 Novels All Kids Should Read Before Leaving High School

≡ Category: Books, Education, K-12, Literature |4 Comments

Last year, a Slate essay called “Against YA” by Ruth Graham irked thousands of readers who took offense at her argument that although grown-ups “brandish their copies of teen novels with pride…. [a]dults should feel embarrassed about reading literature written for children.

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Gravity Visualized by High School Teacher in an Amazingly Elegant & Simple Way

≡ Category: K-12, Physics |4 Comments

Just a few miles down the highway from Open Culture’s gleaming headquarters you will find Los Gatos High School, where Dan Burns, an AP Physics Teacher, has figured out a simple but clever way to visualize gravity, as it was explained by Einstein’s 1915 General Theory of Relativity.

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