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Arts in Education Week: Celebrate Creativity in the Classroom!

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It’s rarely a tough sell to convince parents and teachers that our kids need more exposure to the arts, but the  past several years has seen these valuable programs all but disappear [...]

Celebrate Problem Solvers Everywhere!

As parents and teachers, we have endless opportunities to celebrate our kids’ achievements.  In school, bulletin boards become galleries to showcase budding artists and trophy cases boast athletic and academic victories.  As parents, we cheer our children on at spelling bees, science fairs, on the sidelines at soccer games, and in folding chairs at piano [...]

A Visit from Uganda!

In 2008, ThinkFun donated several sets of MathDice to the Arlington Academy of Hope (AAH), a US-supported primary school in poverty-stricken rural Eastern Uganda.

We received an update and photos last year from an American volunteer teacher, and this spring we were contacted by Elisa Joseph Anders, a local parent who produced From One Village, a [...]

It’s all fun and games… until someone learns something.

Last week I attended the Sandbox Summit, a conference that explores how technology affects the way kids play, learn, and connect.  Fittingly, the Summit was hosted at MIT University with the support of the school’s esteemed Media Lab and the Education Arcade.  An incredibly diverse group of individuals came together to share their expertise, [...]

Attack of the Robot(ic)s!

ThinkFun CEO Bill Ritchie and his video camera have returned from the FIRST Robotics Tournament!

The energy in this video is just incredible (check out the line dancing!), and it’s clear these young engineers are prepared not only to tackle the challenges of tomorrow, but also to inspire the next generation of problem solvers!   For [...]

Don't Show Me the Money?

A recent large-scale survey funded in part by the Gates Foundation and Scholastic Inc. suggests that teachers “value non-monetary rewards, such as time to collaborate with other teachers and a supportive school leadership, over higher salaries.”

Called “Primary Sources: America’s Teachers on America’s School,” the  purpose of the survey was to keep teachers’ voices in the [...]

Getting to the Heart of Problem Solving

The following is an article by ThinkFun CEO Bill Ritchie, recently published in ThinkFun’s bi-weekly Classroom Connection newsletter.  To receive these mailings, click here

This weekend I am off to volunteer as a judge at the FIRST Robotics New Jersey Regional Tournament, which I do every year. Founded by legendary engineer Dean Kamen, this is [...]

The Power of Praise...

According to a survey conducted by Columbia University, 85 percent of American parents think it’s important to tell their kids that they’re smart.  To a parent looking to help a child reach his/her potential and feel confident, this seems both [...]

We Hold These Truths...

Given the current state of education, it’s easy to understand the frustration teachers feel as they are stretched thin and given increasingly mixed messages.  Forced to “teach to the test” while still focusing on differentiating to meet the needs of individual learners. teachers today often find their jobs precariously tied to student test results and [...]