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.


The Original Stuffed Animals That Inspired Winnie the Pooh

≡ Category: K-12, Literature |9 Comments

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.


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

≡ Category: K-12, Music |3 Comments


“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.


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

≡ Category: Books, K-12, Literature, Radio |1 Comment


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.


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

≡ Category: Art, Comics/Cartoons, Education, K-12, Online Courses |5 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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


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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