BIG FUN Education is a project-based nonprofit.
READING WITHOUT BORDERS is our latest project. We are recruiting volunteers to read with K-12 students for 20 mintues a week in a Google Hangout On Air. You can volunteer without leaving your desk! Each reading session produces a YouTube that students can show their parents and teachers can review. We are encouraging reading across the curriculum with adults who are passionate about topics such as Economics, Art, Science, Engineering, Health, Technology, and Mathematics.
BIG FUN Education created a motivational learning community for Connecticut called BIG SKILLS, that was used by 70,000 students in grades 3-8 and reliably raised scores on the CT Mastery Tests.
A project called MACBETH GOES SOCIAL recently united 250 students in 6 countries, via Google Plus, in a social learning project centered around a digital radio play adaptation of Macbeth created by BIG FUN Education. This work resulted in over 40 YouTubes that we gathered in a playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfDezy4NAbiZC_ZHe_7-PkewVAm6nJchS
We are hoping to create 12 digital radio plays that make classic plays and poems suggested by the Common Core State Standards into rich experiences for K-12.
The first digital radio we created was an adaptation of a Spanish classic play called LIFE IS A DREAM. NBC did a newstory about our work in New Britain, CT, in a bilingual Title I school: http://goo.gl/49cJK
Hangout Theater is a project that allows us to show students how we make our digital radio plays. We cast our plays on Google Plus and then do a recording in a Hangout On Air with a live audience. Later, we edit the video into a MAKING OF and the soundtrack is used in our BIG Plays product line.
Two digital radio plays are currently being produced for K-3. One is called WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND? and stars Ann Nyberg from WTNH as Newsy Suzy and Brad Drazen from CNBC as DanDan the Weatherman. The other play has a British cast that includes Tom Barker who was in Doctor Who and The Calendar Grils. It is being recorded in Hangout Theater later this year and is called THE OWL, THE PUSSYCAT, and THE POETIC DETECTIVES.