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

≡ Category: Computer Science, K-12, Online Courses |Leave a Comment

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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Hear All of C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia Novels as Free Audio Books

≡ Category: Audio Books, Books, K-12, Literature, Religion |2 Comments

I have not seen the second two of a promised seven films based on the novels in C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia series.

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Mr. Rogers Goes to Congress and Saves PBS: Heartwarming Video from 1969

≡ Category: Education, History, K-12, Politics, Television |4 Comments

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What kind of delusional self-aggrandizer, called to testify before a United States Senate Subcommittee, uses it as an opportunity to quote the lyrics of a song he’s written… in their entirety!?
Sounds like the work of a certain rapper/prospective political candidate or perhaps some daffy buffoon as brought to life by Ben Stiller or

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James Baldwin’s One & Only, Delightfully-Illustrated Children’s Book, Little Man Little Man: A Story of Childhood (1976)

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As a writer, a thinker, and a human being, James Baldwin knew few boundaries. The black, gay, expatriate author of such still-read books as Go Tell it on the Mountain and The Fire Next Time set an example for all who have since sought to break free of the strictures imposed upon them by their society, their history, or even their craft.

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Mick Jagger Acts in The Nightingale, a Televised Play from 1983

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Pity the man who has everything. Satisfaction is but fleeting.
One wonders if rock god Mick Jagger might know a thing or two about the condition. He doesn’t seem to know all that much about acting, as evidenced by his turn in The Nightingale episode of Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre series.
No matter.

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An Animated Introduction to Virginia Woolf

≡ Category: Animation, Education, K-12, Literature |3 Comments

It’s a pity writer Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) drowned herself before the advent of the Internet.
Industrialization did not faze her.
It’s less clear how the great observer of “the Modern Age” would’ve responded to the proliferation of Mommy bloggers.

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Read by Sir John Gielgud: A Great Way to Celebrate the Novel’s 150th Anniversary

≡ Category: Audio Books, K-12, Literature, Poetry, Theatre |1 Comment

I never thought I could love an audio recording of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland (technically Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass) more than I love the unabridged version narrated by Christopher Plummer.

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