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Art for the Sky

Daniel Dancer creates "living" paintings using math, people, and nature.

 

 

 


Questions No One Knows the Answers To Questions No One Knows the Answers To
TED Curator Chris Anderson shares his boyhood obsession with quirky questions that seem to have no answers.
Curriculum & Resources: Jazz in America Curriculum & Resources: Jazz in America
In order to provide an ongoing education about jazz for our nation's students, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz has developed Jazz in America, an Internet-based jazz curriculum for social studies, American history, and music classes in the United States.
Curriculum & Resources: How I Write Curriculum & Resources: How I Write
Interviews with authors, on The Daily Beast, about their daily writing routines.
Visual Learning: Message in a Bottle Visual Learning: Message in a Bottle
With this YES! lesson plan, try to truly understand an image, its message, and why it's interesting (or not). In this case, it's all about organizing to support a peaceful protest.
Visual Learning: Out of Character Visual Learning: Out of Character
This Visual Learning activity will get your students thinking about the intersection of handwriting and digital typeface and the fate of cursive writing around the world.
YES! Recommends: Biomimicry 3.8 Institute
The Biomimicry 3.8 Institute promotes biomimicry as a sustainability design tool. It shares an abundance of resources, seminars, and trainings with scientists, engineers, architects, business-people, and teachers who desire to use nature's models as inspiration for creating man-made products and sustainable technologies.
Curriculum & Resources: The Debate on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
What are genetically modified organisms (GMOs)? Why do we need them? Do your students think they're good or bad? Study these three infographics to get three different points of view on GMOs, and to boost your students' critical thinking.
Animal Odd Couples Animal Odd Couples
Are animals capable of feeling emotions? PBS Nature shares evidence that humans are not the only ones on the planet who cares, loves, and empathizes. Meet five animal odd couples.
Curriculum & Resources: TED-Ed Curriculum & Resources: TED-Ed
TED-Ed matches talented teachers and amazing animators to produce an impressive film library and platform for turning any video into a customized lesson.
Visual Learning: Lost Your Marbles? Visual Learning: Lost Your Marbles?
This Visual Learning lesson plan will get your students thinking about community, public art, and why they can or can't buy spray paint.
Curriculum & Resources: Independent Television Service (ITVS) Lesson Plans Curriculum & Resources: Independent Television Service (ITVS) Lesson Plans
ITVS's Community Classroom engages teachers and students through film. Their collections of lesson plans and documentaries will launch students into a deeper level of understanding about a range of global issues, particularly involving social justice.
Go Local! Learning In and Outside the Classroom Go Local! Learning In and Outside the Classroom
by Sarah Anderson
Sarah Anderson writes of her unexpected journey of becoming a teacher and how place-based education has helped her empower her students and strengthen democracy in her community.
Smart Like You Smart Like You
Comedian Dhaya Lakshminarayanan learns the value of a good education, the importance of Seinfeld, and most of all, how to be a good teacher.
Words That Inspire: 3/4-Baked Words That Inspire: 3/4-Baked
Jason McLennan suggests that we stop "chasing perfection."
Curriculum & Resources: Maps That Stretch the Mind Curriculum & Resources: Maps That Stretch the Mind
Like history, maps tell a story from the writer or creator's perspective. ODT Maps believes that there are many ways to see the world—including upside down. Explore the organization's many maps (with thoughtful explanations), videos, free downloads, quizzes, and more.
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