Weekly Inspiration - Jan 04, 2013

By Adam Skobodzinski

Here at littleBits, we’re proud to be used in hundreds of classrooms, after school programs, summer camps and workshops around the world. Behind every great learning experience is an educator that inspires and encourages their students to experiment without fear of failing.

In their honor, we present this Educational Weekly Inspiration Post.

1. Growing Hope

Stephen Ritz teaches in one of the poorest, toughest neighborhoods in New York City. But with a few seeds and a simple idea, he’s teaching his students that with desire and dedication a little bit of hope can grow into a reason to get up every morning.


2. With Their Own Two Hands

Project H

Emily Pilloton moved from San Francisco to teach an experimental design course at a rural high school in North Carolina. The majority of her students had never made a single thing with their own two hands – not a cake, a craft project or toy. But by the end of the school year, the class had designed and built a farmer’s market. Since then, Project H has evolved into a STEAM powered program that has enriched both the community and the lives of the students. Teaching youth to design and build their future with heart, hands, and hammers – that’s Project H.


3. The Power of Positive

“Minus 18 sucks all the life out of you, but plus two says I ain’t all bad.” In this inspiring edition of TED talks, Rita Pierson shows us how far a student can go when they have a champion in their corner.


4. Taking Our Cue From Tech


Tech companies are known for their creative workspaces. They’re generally wide open and colorful. They’re creative and fun and they include areas for both boisterous physical activities and thoughtful, alone time. Brilliant things come from these spaces, and yet most classrooms are rigid, static and plain. Isn’t it time for a change? Read “What Schools Can Learn From Google, IDEO, and Pixar” 


5. From Zero to 100,000

100Kin10 Video from 100Kin10 on Vimeo.

American students are lagging when it comes to science and math. In order to get them up to speed with other countries, we first have to recruit and train new teachers – 100,000 of them over the next ten years. How are we going to do that? 100Kin10 has a plan.


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