An Old Artist in a New Way: Van Gogh on the iPad

In the future, maybe all learning will look like this.With the announcement that my children's school district is transitioning to online textbooks, I've wondered what the brave new frontier of learning may look like.If it looks anything like two fantastic iPad apps I've seen about the art of Vincent Van Gogh, the future is an exciting place.Flowers for Van Gogh, free from the app store until March 30, 2013, includes reproductions of Van Gogh's most famous flower paintings arranged … [Read more...]

Team Bella or Team Katniss? It’s Not Even Close

The Hunger Games series -- about a girl taken from home to participate in annual games which will result in almost certain death -- have been called the “new Twilight.” Both of these movie franchises come from best selling books aimed at teenagers, both have female lead characters, both have love triangles, and both have parents wrangling with suitability for their kids.However, I said no to Twilight and yes to Hunger Games for my kids, and here’s why.First, our culture needs more Katni … [Read more...]