WGBH Spins a ‘Design Squad’ Remix

WGBH Spins a ‘Design Squad’ Remix

An interview with Melissa Carlson of the WGBH Education Foundation about the latest addition to the ‘Design Squad’ website. Read More

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New Apps for New Mathematicians

New Apps for New Mathematicians

An unusual set of apps just started rolling out at iTunes. At first blush, Gracie and Friends may look like many other math apps for little guys. But a look under the hood reveals a unique and multi-year endeavor to create a breakthrough in evidence-based, educationally rich digital games for preschoolers. I asked my colleague Christine Zanchi to walk me behind the scenes. Read More

Tinybop and a New Kind of App

Tinybop and a New Kind of App

“Inspired by children’s books, toys, and stop-motion films, we design digital toys that dive into the strange wonders of our everyday world,” according to Tinybop, maker of a stylish line of apps including a #1 App Store hit with their Toca Boca-style The Human Body and their new one, Plants. Read More

A High Steaks Game

A High Steaks Game

Suspended over a suburban landscape, dogs leap, hurdle, glide and tumble through a floating landscape of meat products. In other words, this is a typical day in the life of Martha Speaks, the PBS KIDS web site of the TV series of the book series. This latest game, produced by my friend and colleague Laura Nooney,… Read More

Truth, Justice & Stuff Like That

Truth, Justice & Stuff Like That

While everyone is enjoying superhero origin stories this year with X-Men, Spider-Man and Gotham, I thought I would (self-)indulge with my own trip down memory lane. Harking back to 2002, I and a handful of chums (Gentry, Kevin and Rick) formed the FFFBI, the Fin, Fur and Feather Bureau of Investigation: a motley crew of animal agents led by Agents Elbow and Wrist guided kids on adventures to foreign lands and some closer to home in valiant attempts to thwart (there was a lot of thwarting) the strangely charismatic Skip Intro and his Cyber-Toothed Tigers, not to mention C.R.U.S.T. and the Sandwich Faced Daddy’s Boys. Read More