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Reasons To play here on the Educational CyberPlayGround, Inc. ®

ONE

We believe in the importance of play, creativity, and helping everyone get the most out of their life.

We believe that the arts must be in all K12 schools as not just part of the curriculum but the major interdisciplinary focus.

TWO

We use an interdisciplinary view to explain that there are lots of ways to enjoy the journey - not just one way to get there.

We believe in challenging the status quo. We believe in thinking differently. We believe in protecting citizens from bad information, disinformation, and propaganda.

We believe people deserve a fair world, a fair wage, public schools and access to exceptional vocational training, or an affordable college education with federal loans that won't burden us forever.

THREE

We are the culture keepers of K12 online history and the best research available, presented in historical context.

We offer Slow clicks not Fast clicks - we are all about finding the most creative and smartest people who can make it easier for everyone to understand the big picture.

What is the Educational CyberPlayGround?

Special Libraries Associations Review Says:
http://www.sla.org/chapter/cphl/sitesense/cyplay.htm

"The CyberPlayGround is a wide open world of information and ideas for adults and children."

Pros
Playful collection of serious resources on learning, information and the Internet.

Cons
You get interested in something, time flies by and forget to do the stuff you need to do.

Philly Connection
Provided by Philadelphia resident Karen Ellis.

What you can learn
Upon completion of this course, you'll think for yourself.

REMEMBER:
The playground approach to learning: it's what you bump into that counts!

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF PLAY

Having fun builds bigger, better brains says Briant Furlow. Kids and adults need the playground just as much as a classroom.

Norman Cousins and a mess of research says humor is good for your health. Why? A good question. Try this answer: it's affiliative -- anything affiliative is health-giving. Or so says the tons of research done by folks in the psychoneuroimmunology area, and I believe them.

Learning takes place when you need to know something, so goofing off around the playground will lead you to what you need to know, when you need to know it. Believe it or not that is all that matters.

Play Around! Yup that's what we said, by playing around here, on your own time, at your leisure, you can train yourself. Did that sink in? Your own curiosity will bring you to it. You can train yourself - you'll figure out how to do everything.

Laughter is universal. It crosses age, culture and gender and has always been considered good for us. But there is new evidence that laughter is much more than this. It leads to the playfulness of childhood and begins our interaction with the world around us. We need laughter play joy in our lives because those are those types of creatures that we are. We have powerful systems that allow us to live in the world in a certain way and if we build social structures where these are not permitted and encouraged, we won't feel well.

LEARN HOW TO LEARN

 

 

What's on the PlayGround for Adults?

EVERYTHING! that a normal human needs to know. It starts from the basic stuff all the way up to what any brainiac would want to find.

RELAX AND LEARN

 

 

No worries, you're at the right place.

Nobody knows all this stuff, relax, you're not supposed to. All that counts is being motivated.

Playing around is the key to learning.

Every grownup needs to start somewhere, everyone was a beginner at some point. So relax, you can start here, we take baby steps.

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Karen Ellis
your Web Mistress


IN 2003 they said only about 1/6th of the world – a mere 600,000,000+ people – connected to the Internet.

NOW YOU are in the majority of people on earth, you are not alone.

NOW more people are on the net in China than in the United States!

Don't know how to surf?

Want to learn right now?

 

We take baby steps and really start at the very very beginning. Click this Tutorial Which Is For A Real Beginner.

"BEGINNERS TUTORIAL"
Click & Scroll to Rock & Roll around the net
GET STARTED with BABY STEPS.
Beginners Tutorial


The Top 50
Out of a
Bazillion Reasons
to play here

 

 

  • Totally Confused? Find Guidance or an Opinion
    Solutions & Help can come from thousands of miles away - join a mailing list or find out how they work.
  • Or just ask one of the Ring Leaders on the Playground they are happy to help you.
  • What is a Ring Leader? - well . . . I thought you'd never ask.
  • A World Wide Network of Educators and regular folks whose philosophy of netizenship is to HELP! Just like the good old days before there was a World Wide Web.
  • You will find friends here and will know them by their *ideas*.
  • All grade levels and disciplines and backgrounds can interact together.
  • There are a vast amount of opportunities available for networking.
  • Gives you and your students a chance to reach out across the oceans and connect up in meaningful ways to an incredible mix of cultures from all over the world.
  • You can participate and get your information out there to others.
  • Whenever a need arises for information there is always somebody available or a list you can go to. It is wonderful having such help at your fingertips.
  • Camaraderie and Support for your ideas. Someone usually responds to your comments.
  • Broad Base for discussion of relevant issues.
  • Teaching is Universal - our trials and triumphs are experienced in very similar ways.
  • Professional growth - you are exposed to many new ideas presented by people who have had similar experiences.
  • Extend knowledge of use of technology - others share URL's and their homepages with examples of children's use of technology.
  • Online Curriculum Projects - You and your class are given an opportunity to join others in national and international projects. You can also begin a project of your own that others will join and list it here or find other places to go.
  • Breaking Down Boundaries - You will learn from others around the world without knowing the color of their skin, their national origin or external beauty.
  • You can look forward to retaining old bonds while making new ones.
  • Teachers should obtain everything they can get their hands on. These groups help in this effort.
  • You'll always have someone to talk to about a school problem.
  • If you want, you can delete them when they want to talk about THEIR problems!
  • Need to find out what kind of technology stuff is out there? Go to The Education Vendor Directory
  • Do you need to find out Who Sells exactly what you need?

REASONS FOR
Teachers, Administrators, School Board Members, and PTA to play here

 

"Ditto" -- See All The Above :-) there is no difference.

Start with a Tutorial for Beginners - Basics to Brilliance
- No kidding this will help you start from knowing nothing to being totally with it. It's painless, private, nobody has to know how you got this smart!

Bottom Line: It's personal. If you want to know something, you'll learn it - nothing can stop you! That's called motivation and it works every time.

For the most part all the administrators don't have to take any classes in technology as part of their graduate degree programs, because most states do not mandate it.

Read "A bit of guidance for those of us who are called upon to help someone use a computer".

Statistics on Professional Development.
In the 1998 figures for the item "the integration of educational technology in the grade or subject you teach" 62% of full-time teachers get less than 8 hours of training in this area. It is no wonder that in a follow-up survey on how teachers rate the value of professional development only 21% felt the training benefited them "a lot." Add in the lack of access to modern multimedia and Internet technology in the typical classroom and it's apparent that teachers don't have the tools to teach creatively and also don't receive enough training to effectively use technology.

ABOUT EARTH BOUND REAL URBAN PLAYGROUNDS

"We live in a world of problems which can no longer be solved by the level of thinking that created them." ~ Einstein

  1. "Not everything that counts can be counted; and not everything that can be counted counts."
  2. "It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education."
  3. "Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
  4. "The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands as the cradle of true art and true science."
  5. "Any fool can know. The point is to understand."
  6. " I have no special gift. I am only passionately curious."
  7. " Knowledge is limited. Imagination is more important than knowledge. I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination encircles the world."
"To Do Is To Be" -- Socrates
"To Be Is To Do" -- Plato
"Do Be Do Be Do" -- Sinatra
"Ya Ba Da Ba Do" -- Flintstone

"I am somehow less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein's brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops."
-- Stephen Jay Gould
1942 - 5/20/02

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"A copious flood of data creates an illusion of omniscience, and that illusion can make you stupid." - Jaron Lanier

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