Finland, one of the leading educational hotspots in the world, is embarking on one of the most radical overhauls in modern education. By 2020, the country plans to phase out teaching individual subjects such as maths, chemistry and physics, and...
After decades of being ignored and slowly sliding into disrepair, Wynwood as neighbourhood Miami was fast becoming a forgotten part of the city itself. But thankfully, urban visionary Tony Goldman partnered with Jeffrey Deitch (director of MoCa Los Angeles) on a mission to change and transform Wynwood from a dour community, to one covered in vibrant and inspiring art.
Abandonded parking lots, derelict street corners & rundown factories were handed over to the likes of some of the most innovative street artists in recent times - Futura, Shepard Fairey, OS Gemeos, Kenny Scharf, to work their magic. Funded and supported by local art grants and sponsors, their street art and murals now cover countless buildings and areas with Wynwood injecting a much-needed burst of life into what was a silent and forlorn part of Miami. In doing so they’ve created an area where art is accessible and open for everyone to enjoy and appreciate – as it should be...
Sampson goes ‘hog wild’ over its new pig art - (Editor’s note: Watch for pictures of each of the Hog Wild pigs and information about the artists and sponsors in later editions of The Sampson Independent.)
The time for swine has arrived and it’s...
Grace W. Ho's insight:
Local artists and businesses partner with United Way to increase awareness. As contributing artist and artistic consultant, I learned that my community is filled with caring and creative people.
OEDb has just launched a massive Free Online Open Courses Directory organizing nearly 10,000 free courses in the liberal arts and sciences. The courses are available in a variety of formats including full courses, video lectures, audio lectures, text articles, and mixed media.
"I put together a Google Doc form and asked educators to contribute their ideas. Over 80 suggestions were submitted, but I've distilled them down to the 20 terrific tools listed below. I didn't have room in this blog post to include all of the wonderful recommendations, so be sure to download the complete 10-page freebie from my TeachersPayTeachers store. You'll find links to each of these tech tools in that document."
Sampson Arts Council Juried Art Show delights attendees - Currently showing at the Victor R. Small House is a variety of artwork done in various media all part of the Sampson Arts Council’s 4th Annual Juried Art Show.
Grace W. Ho's insight:
Sampson Arts Council is home to local artists and welcomes artists from many other NC areas. Its annual Juried Art Show highlights talents and is well attended by art enthusiasts of all ages. It's a great community source for art education. www.sampsonarts.net
OMuRAA identifies online visual resources -- including collections databases, digital image libraries, archived websites of special exhibitions, online presentations of focused collections, and websites for teaching with and about art -- and...
Recently a lot of articles and workshops have come to us about the digital divide and that it still exists. It is a relief that people are coming back to the realization that we have an uneven learning landscape. Here is a whole article. The following is an excerpt. This is a lot of information, but it is very important to understand the challenges in education.
“For children in the U.S., their homes, their communities, and their schools both represent and perpetuate inequity. In fact, the inequity of childhood is increasing, not shrinking.”
At the Broadband Summit hosted by the FCC and NTIA, I heard stories of people who are new to technology and how difficult it is for some populations to embrace technology. Many people are still waiting to embrace the mouse. Of course now we can leapfrog to a tablet. But understanding is the key to embracing technology in meaningful ways. Outstanding were the NTIA projects that support the uses of technology in community ways.
Sadly, many communities are still not well-connected.
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