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Plug for the NGO Right to Play

I tweeted about this short film yesterday, but I really feel like this is worth giving some space on the blog for.

The value of play is important for teaching life skills like conflict resolution and collaboration, health lessons, healing from trauma, building community and just overall survival as a child and human being, the work this organization does seems simple but is hugely important.

This short video highlights some of the incredible impact that play can have on a child, or group of children.

You can also visit the organization’s website at Right to Play.

Play matters!


behavior · community · creativity · happiness · play

7 playful acts of kindness | KaBOOM!

The nice thing about this is you can do this ANY week!

Give a high five--or five!

Are you getting ready for National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day? What about No Socks Day? There are all sorts of random holidays, but this week we celebrate a different kind of random—Random Acts of Kindness Week. Here at KaBOOM!, we know all about t

he joys of spontaneous play. Whether you want to call them playful acts of kindness or random acts of play, here are seven ways to make friends and strangers smile, this week and beyond:

Monday: Give a high fiveor five!

It’s impossible not to feel energized after a high five. Use this
week as an excuse to give out as many high fives as possible, to
strangers and friends alike.

Tuesday: Draw a hopscotch board on the sidewalk.

Turn someone’s routine walk into a hop, skip, and a jump by
sketching out a hopscotch board with sidewalk chalk. For extra fun,
target a business district to inject some play into the daily grind.

read on at 7 playful acts of kindness | KaBOOM!.

community · education · learning · technology · youtube

Khan Academy – library of free educational videos

Khan Academy
Image by AJC1 via Flickr

Your feel-good story of the day, and one example of how the Internet is being used to democratize learning and teaching for anyone with a Internet-enabled device.

The Khan Academy is…. a non-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere.

All of the site’s resources are available to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. The Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.

Despite being the work of one man, Salman Khan, this 2100+ video library is the most-used educational video resource as measured by YouTube video views per day and unique users. What started out as Sal making a few algebra videos for his cousins has grown to over 2,100 videos and 100 self-paced exercises and assessments covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history.

more via About | Khan Academy. I have no problems with the library being Math-focused right now; I think Math and Science can be one of the hardest subjects to teach, while simultaneously being one of the hardest things to teach yourself.

Salman Khan recently gave a TED talk, and was joined on stage by Bill Gates. You can hear his reasoning behind the Academy here: