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Learners Are People, Not Isolated Test-Taking Brains: Why MOOCs Both Work and Fail

Susan D. Blum | Posted 05.16.2013 | College
Susan D. Blum

MOOCs are good at certain things and terrible at others, and we need to understand the difference if we wish to educate human beings, not just workers with credentials.

Bite Your Tongue at Theater for the New City

Lauren Cahn | Posted 05.13.2013 | New York
Lauren Cahn

What if one day, for no explicable reason, every single one of these people - people like you and me and everyone we know - suddenly broke that long-standing contract we've made with society to keep our thoughts to ourselves?

The Best Toys for Children in Primary Grades

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 05.13.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

Children enrolled in the primary grades are actively involved in friendships, interested in learning, happily engaged in outdoor play, rapidly gaining skills, and expanding a wide variety of interests.

Chicago Play Features Real Stories Of Youth Violence

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.11.2013 | Chicago
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Photo Credit: Steppenwolf Theater (Left to right: Pastor Brooks (Mark Smith) comforts a grieving mother (Celeste Williams) and her son (Charles Gardn...

PHOTOS: 'Play' Around The World

Global Yodel | Posted 05.11.2013 | Travel
Global Yodel

We asked people from around the world to show us what their community defines as "play." No athletes allowed.

There Are Thousands of Lives In One Single Life

Nancy Farese | Posted 05.08.2013 | Good News
Nancy Farese

Every culture plays, and understands play as a tool for healthy social and emotional development, for relaxation, learning and peace. Play is a way of trying out certain behaviors both physical and emotional, and of building strong and cohesive community values.

Dr. Toy Talks About the Right Toys for Toddlers

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 04.24.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

Toddlers actively explore their world and want to touch, smell and taste everything. Watch carefully and "child proof" your home and the child's plays...

Food Play And Brain Development

Bill & Claire Wurtzel | Posted 04.21.2013 | Parents
Bill & Claire Wurtzel

Play is essential in the development of children's brains. It helps promote cognitive, social, emotional and physical growth. Imaginative food play is fun and teaches children about good nutrition, but it is much more.

Five Athletes Who Performed on Broadway

Danny Groner | Posted 04.05.2013 | Sports
Danny Groner

On Broadway, much like in the big game, you only get one shot at the glory. Here's a look at five athletes who have gone for it on The Great White Way and lived to tell the tale.

Jay Mewes Reveals Details on Jay and Silent Bob Animated Movie (VIDEO)

Shira Lazar | Posted 03.26.2013 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

In Noobz, Mewes plays the manager of a video game store who's training for a potentially life-changing Gears of War tournament with his fellow gamers.

Not by Bread Alone: Play Dough Craftsmanship

Danny Groner | Posted 03.25.2013 | New York
Danny Groner

Not by Bread Alone calls on its 11 deaf and blind actors to demonstrate what they can do in the kitchen, where they bake loaves of bread, on an open stage full of imagination and ambition, and beyond.

Dr. Toy on Toys as Tools for Learning

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 03.05.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

We should be concerned about the demise of recess, the extent of serious health issues of young children and the failure of schools to produce well-balanced children who are able to read, write, compute, communicate and also play and interact successfully.

Children Need Recess -- and Schools Need Help

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 03.04.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Lots of times, when I ask my patients what they think is the best part of school, they say, "recess." They may be on to something.

The 4 Words Parents Should Remember This Year

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 03.02.2013 | Parents
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

When we were children, the biggest gift our parents could give us was their attention. Nowadays, with everyone on their phone/iPod/iPad, there is less of an opportunity for kids to interact with us. In 2013, we can resolve to spend more time with our kids and we can even initiate it!

Rx for Adult Play Year Round

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 02.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Stevanne Auerbach

Whatever you select to play with, make it a great opportunity to learn something new, be more creative, and take ample time to relax, and experience more joyful play times.

Princess Butterfly Sparkle Pants: What Toys Are Telling You About the Girl on Your Holiday List

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 02.13.2013 | Parents
Sheila Moeschen

Maybe the LEGO princess is also a firefighter who plays in a rock band when she's not putting out fires and sailing around on her pirate ship.

The Importance of Play

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 02.06.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

While a good play environment and the right types of toys are important, the participatory role of parents is crucial.

A Gift That Lasts a Lifetime

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 01.30.2013 | Impact
Stevanne Auerbach

You can join a special holiday gift giving campaign (in cooperation with Save the Children) and purchase a One World Futbol.

Dr. Toy's Rx for Playful Spontaneity

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 01.28.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

Having fun as a parent does not have to cost you anything. You don't need anything but your creative imagination.

Dr. Toy Muses on Toys and Play

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 01.19.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

"Open-ended" toys and activities like blocks, puppets, dolls and art supplies stimulate creativity, a sense of humor, a sense of discovery, wonder, reasoning, social development and much more.

Getting to the Core: 4 Myths About Strengthening Your Abs

Stacy Barrows | Posted 01.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Stacy Barrows

Activating our core muscles has been a mantra by many professionals helping their clients in seeking better overall strength, protecting from back pain and improving performance. But what I learned early in my PT practice is that our brains do not know muscles, only movement.

Dr. Toy's Tips on Toys for Holiday Joy

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 01.16.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

Sometimes it seems that books have lost their appeal to children (and to adults), but this may be simply competition between traditional forms of learning and new electronics that appear compelling.

In the Wake of Hurricane Sandy, Kids Need to Play

Darell Hammond | Posted 01.14.2013 | Impact
Darell Hammond

After Hurricane Sandy, all people want is for things to return to "normal." Adults who remain displaced from their homes no doubt crave the comfort of their own beds, a running refrigerator and a hot shower. But for kids, "normal" might be as simple as a chance to play.

Couples That Play Together, Stay Together

Sadie Dingfelder | Posted 01.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Sadie Dingfelder

In his book Play, psychiatrist Stewart Brown says that play is key to keeping relationships from hardening into drudgery. But once you're coupled up and having regular discussions about who did the dishes last, play may not come as easily.

Dr. Toy's Tips on Toys and Play

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 01.07.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

Regardless of circumstances, children often need comfort and reassurance. Play can provide them with both and more.