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How Do We Create Character?
The team at Unity discusses character formation and objectives.
How Do We Define Genre and Audience?
The team at Unity look at the impact of genre and audience in storytelling decision making.
How Do We Use Digital Storytelling in the Classroom?
Unity provides offline and online tasks for digital storytelling to use in every classroom
The Role of the Producer
Aurore Dimompoulos gives an insiders view on all the different skills needed to be a Producer in the fast-paced environment of a major global technology company.
Ball Culture of New York City
Ball Culture can be traced as far back as the 1860s in New York City, where LGBTQ+ people began to create safe spaces where they could express and celebrate their identities freely.
Bluegrass Music
Kentucky’s Appalachian Mountains was the birthplace of Bluegrass Music and Bill Monroe who became the Godfather of the Bluegrass
Moved by Math | Math and Me
When we use art to weave math into stories, we make it fun and memorable. In this activity, you will use your imagination to create art that adds extra noses, eyes, and maybe even animal features to people. You will need: washable markers, crayons, paper, blunt tip scissors, and a glue stick.
Moved by Math | Follow My Code
Math and art are at the core of technology and digital communication. In this activity, you will create sculpted characters and draw visual codes that direct movements around a dance floor.
Writing Art-Inspired Stories | Make Stories Shine
Looking at illustrations before reading the words in picture books helps us see that there are many different ways of telling stories. In this activity, you will look at the pictures in a book, then retell the story as a puppet play.
Social and Emotional Learning | The Best of Me
When you draw upon your strengths, you see the many ways that your skills and personality shine. In this activity, you will create illustrations, that show how you interact with others.
The Golden Age of Sci-Fi Literature
Coinciding with the Machine Age, the Golden Age of Sci-Fi Literature saw American authors combine factual science with fantastical fiction to take readers into the farthest reaches of the imagination.
CREATE Relationships | Engaging Fully
In this video, students will rewrite and illustrate a classic story to make it more inclusive.
CREATE Relationships | Trust Each Other
In this video, students will create an illustration with a friend or classmate about an important topic, like Energy and the Environment, then trust each other to give and receive constructive feedback.
CREATE Relationships | Extend Expectations
In this video, students will create a personal plan mobile that represents the relationships, interests and paths they will take in the future.
What Makes Little Women a Classic?
When Little Women was first released in 1868, it sold 2,000 copies in just two days. A coming-of-age story that defied convention, it has gripped and inspired readers for generations.
This or That? Make Choices
Children often take classes offered through community organizations or clubs. Sometimes they must make a choice between two desirable options, such as music and dance. Those decisions are based on how they envision their strengths or their dreams for their future. In this video, children make choices for the classes they’ll take at the Kids’ Club. Based on which class they take, an artifact is created that they share with friends when they demonstrate what they learned. After that presentation, they have an epiphany that the music and dance classes are truly connected and their artifacts can be used to enrich each other’s classes too!
Storytellers Imagine The Future
Storytelling and artmaking are foundational skills for communicating ideas. In this video, the children imagine themselves as artists representing future settings and roles – dreaming of potential careers and their personal aspirations. Their art will visualize a future setting and a “grown-up” role. They realize that anyone who creates or responds to art is a storyteller. All it takes is imagination – a thinking skill that makes people future ready.
Pieces of the Puzzle
Puzzles are favorite playful experiences for children, but beyond the fun and sense of accomplishment, they help children understand relationships between part and whole, and use evidence/clues to predict a whole visual scene. The process of creating and sharing puzzles demonstrated in this video can be used to help learners focus on any topic, category, or interest area.
Freeze the Past, Present, And Future
In this video, children engage in story creation and visual storytelling through images, drama, and then freeze into tableaux, which are human statues. After they interpret and perform the other groups’ story, they will compare various teams’ interpretations to see if the performances were aligned with the artists’ intent. These experiences build children’s future ready skills of visual communication, dramatic self-expression, and team collaboration.
Find Your Superpowers
Superheroes help others. Every child has superpowers when they are kind and help one another. In this video the children explore their personal superpowers of kindness and caring that can be used every day to help themselves and others.
My Style And Your Style
Some children learn by moving, listening carefully, visually noticing details, using logic, and being aware of others. In this video, they articulate their strengths and notice those that they admire in others. They work in pairs to show ways they can work together by combining their individual styles.
Read Body Language
Learning how to read body language can help us to interact with the people around us. Let’s create body language brushstroke paintings and then bring them to life through tableau drama.
Everyday Unsung Heroes
Our communities are full of unsung heroes who work hard to keep things running smoothly. Let’s create a Gratitude Collage to learn about and celebrate their contributions.
What Makes The Wonderful Wizard of Oz a Classic?
Published at the dawn of the 20th Century, L Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was far from a traditional children's story. A feminist fairytale with a radical message, it struck a chord with readers across the United States.
What Makes The Jungle Book a Classic?
The stories in Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book are set deep in the Indian jungle, in a dangerous world without parents - and with few rules. First published as a collection in 1894, the book's themes of belonging and identity are still relevant today.
Anna May Wong: The First Chinese-American Hollywood Star
Anna May Wong, Hollywood’s first Chinese-American leading lady, broke through racial barriers to change the face of cinema forever.
Dorothy Bolden: Unionizing Domestic Workers
Civil rights activist Dorothy Bolden made it her mission to empower America’s working class. Her activism empowered domestic workers across the nation – and created noticeable change in the workplace for thousands of Black women.
Same Plan, Different Results
A recipe or set of directions is a plan that someone follows to create something. Recipes are excellent for practicing reading and writing skills, following directions, and noticing patterns, sequences, and results that come from imaginative variations! This video shows how differences can occur, and why they might happen.
What is Ideation?
The team at Unity discuss how they formate their ideas and put them into action.
The Role of the Technical Accounts Manager
Ciaron O'Connor talks about what it's it like being a Technical Accounts Manager in the fast-paced environment at a major Global tech company. He gives detailed information on the non-traditional path he made into the role and talks about what his job entails on a day-to-day basis
The Role of the Technical Evangelist
A Technical Evangelist is constantly learning and presenting information passionately to a large room of people a, whilst constantly learning. Somewhat of a globetrotter, Liz Mecuri highlights the fact that most business travel is not glamourous at all!
The Birth of Photojournalism
At the height of the American Civil War, New York photographer Mathew Brady pioneered the art of Photojournalism - and brought the harsh realities of war home for the very first time.
Protest Music of the Vietnam War
In protest against the Vietnam War - one of the most divisive conflicts in US history - American musicians wrote and performed hundreds of songs calling for peace and criticising the US government’s handling of the war.
Musical Theatre: From Athens to Broadway
Musical Theater originated in Ancient Greece, but in the late 19th century the artform took America by storm.
Moved by Math | Math Path
Art helps us to understand math ideas as we observe, talk about and sketch what we see. In this activity, you will sketch outdoors and use multiplication to turn your draft drawings into art filled with patterns.
Writing Art-Inspired Stories | Meet Me
Portraits can be realistic or fantastical. But they all reveal something about the person. In this activity, you will learn how to read portraits, then create self portraits and personal stories.
Writing Art-Inspired Stories | Write an Adventure
Our imaginations can take us anywhere. To a quiet setting or a busy city filled with sights and sounds. In this activity, you will create a travel journal from a personal perspective, or by pretending to be an imaginary character.
Writing Art-Inspired Stories | Hand Drawn Selfies
Self-portraits are images that look outward and inward. In this activity, everyone will create a hand drawn selfie to explore self identity and experiment with what represents the person that others see
STEAM for 21st Century Learners | Dream Car
From self-driving cars to amphibian roadsters, vehicles are always changing to meet human needs. In this activity, you will use the IDEA design thinking steps to create innovative new vehicles.
STEAM for 21st Century Learners | Steps to Success
Developing 21st century learning skills helps young people prepare for the careers of tomorrow. This activity involves imagining and sketching work in the future and making personal connections to careers in science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Together, discuss what future workplaces and jobs might look like and how skills and interests could lead to steam careers.
STEAM for 21st Century Learners | In My World Game
Skills and mindsets that students can cultivate today, like curiosity, imagination, open-mindedness, persistence and growth mindset, prepare them for STEAM careers. Work together to design a game that explores many paths to STEAM careers.
Writing Art-Inspired Stories | Story Surprises
Stories spark listeners' curiosity, and help us to understand the difference between fiction and non-fiction. In this activity, you will Use your creative ideas to illustrate familiar stories, then adjust those stories by drawing different characters, settings, or plot actions to show how a story can be changed.
Writing Art-Inspired Stories | Do You See What I Hear
Understanding stories involves listening and visualizing. In this activity, you will create illustrations based on a story you have heard or read.
9/11: Art From Ashes
September 11, 2001 is a day etched into the memories of millions. Art around the world is being used to explore and understand.
CREATE Relationships | Accept and Learn From Mistakes
In this video, students will interview an elder, then create an illustrated postcard that shows what they learned about mistakes helping people to grow.
STEAM | What's Missing?
Outdoor explorations often have unexpected experiences and problems that need to be figured out. In this video, children take a hike, are surprised by a rainstorm, and use inquiry to discover how STEAM explorers solve problems.
STEAM | Imitate Nature's Solutions
Nature solves problems in surprising and inventive ways. In this activity, children will create a biomimicry card game and think about the ways in which nature can be imitated to solve real-world problems.
STEAM | STEAM Teams Wear Many Hats
Collaboration helps us see problems from new perspectives. In this activity, children will learn about the Boston Molasses Flood and ask STEAM questions to solve the mystery.
STEAM | Finding Fascinating Problems
Our brains like questions, movement, and visual exercises. In this activity, students will research and illustrate how the brain works when actively engaged in finding and solving fascinating problems.
STEAM | Teams Pitch Solutions
Children form STEAM teams that work on fascinating real-world problems, design solutions, and then pitch their ideas to others. They build skills in articulating points of view, embracing others’ ideas, and finding new ways to collaborate.
Create to Learn Live Action | Let's Be Creative
Art is a great way to share your thoughts and feelings with others – but how does someone be creative? By following four steps: create, present, respond, and connect!
My Beautiful Brain
The concept of the brain taking in information and making decisions seems abstract for young children. Helping them realize what it is like to have limited sensory input makes them aware of the brain’s role in connecting what we see, touch, and hear with our understanding of self and others. In this video, the children create sensory muting equipment. They then experience and compare beautiful sounds, tactile objects, and images with and without muting their senses.
Why Characters Act That Way
A key element of stories is how characters change from beginning to middle to end. In this video, children learn about how and why characters change by creating a 3-part story. They then dramatize the story using simple puppets made of three basic shapes and primary colors. These characters change the way they look and act, as a result of encountering one another. Join them to see what happens as they change and grow.
The Way We See Things
Any event or circumstance can be experienced from more than one point of view. Children explore a storm (snow or rain) from indoors and outdoors to realize that what we see, hear, feel, and remember changes the way we see experiences.
The Arts Communicate
In every community, individuals and families pass down their cultural heritage through fables and folktales, the stories that are timeless. In this video, children discover that the arts provide every culture ways to creatively communicate universal values and their community’s specific traditions.
Listen To All Sides
In this video, the children analyze a dispute to identify the problem, listen to all sides, develop a solution, and then develop a broader set of “rules” based on listening to all sides. They demonstrate how to collaboratively create a Rules Poster that they vote on and illustrate.
Go For Gold
This child-led video focuses on Results Leadership and demonstrates how young children can manage a process for building self-awareness and self-agency to set and accomplish goals. This example focuses on children setting swimming goals and measuring their progress, but as they realize, the ideas here pertain to every aspect of life and learning.
Four Ways to be a Leader
Leadership Mindsets lead people to deeper self and social awareness and responsible decision-making. Leaders who focus on people, culture, results and innovative thought inspire positive change and work effectively with others. This video shows how children can focus on four ways they can be leaders and graphically document their leadership strengths with art.
Speak up For Adaptations
In this video, children use their people leadership skills to realize playground needs of those with a range of abilities. They plan adaptation for a city park to include the needs of all and present their plan to City Council decision makers. What adaptations can you imagine that would increase inclusion at a community park?
What Makes Silas Marner a Classic?
First published in 1860, but set decades earlier, George Eliot's Silas Marner took its first readers back to a pre-industrial world. A story that celebrates human connection, it explores how caring for a child changes one man's life forever.
What Makes Moby Dick a Classic?
First published in 1851, Herman Melville's Moby Dick sold just a few thousand copies in its author's lifetime. A thrilling novel about man's obsessive quest to conquer nature, its environmental themes still resonate today.
What Makes A Doll's House a Classic?
Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House is a feminist drama that challenged social convention - and scandalised 19th century audiences. First performed in Denmark in 1879, its subversive themes still resonate today.
The Pedagogical Use of Stories in Education
How we combine storytelling in education with digital technologies to supercharge learning.
What is Project Management?
The team at Unity discusses the way they breakdown Project Management
What is Unity?
Aurore from Unity introduces the power of the Unity editor platform and resources for students and teachers
The Role of the Associate Producer
Kat Woolley talks about how she became an Associate Producer for a major global tech firm and what her role involves. Coming from a background of interactive media, she highlights how being able to multi-task is a must!
War of the Worlds: The Hoax of a Century
The infamous 'War of the Worlds' radio broadcast was a 'fake' news report of a devastating alien invasion advancing on New York City - that changed broadcasting forever.
Chicano Art Movement
The Chicano Art Movement was an explosion of Mexican-American culture that established a unique artistic identity in the United States - and raised up a new political voice.
Graffiti: Street Art or Vandalism?
Do you see Graffiti or Street Art? Explore the "pioneering era" of graffiti that took place during the years 1969 through 1974, as well as its enduring appeal today.
Moved by Math | Prices and Percentages
Combining art and math can help you understand prices and making good choices. In this activity, you will create a collage of images that will help you understand the difference between what you want and what you need. You will need: markers, scissors, a glue stick, paper pad, picture frame, optional recycled newspaper for store flyers.
Moved by Math | Draw a Code
Ancient people drew symbols on cave walls to tell stories. Today, visual communication is everywhere. In this activity, you will create unique stories made with pictures, your own visual code.
Moved by Math | Visual Symbols
Visual symbols are everywhere, helping us find what we need, identify locations and communicate with others without using words. In this activity, you will learn about the power of simple images by using shapes and lines to design original symbols that others can count on.
Writing Art-Inspired Stories | Colorful Ways and Colorful Days
Looking at illustrations before reading the words in picture books helps us see that there are many different ways of telling stories. In this activity, you will look at the pictures in a book, then retell the story as a puppet play.
Writing Art-Inspired Stories | Colourful World of Animals
Nature and art can inspire us to tell amazing stories. In this activity, you will create an imaginary animal and build a story around it.
Writing Art-Inspired Stories | Change Poems
Poetry helps us explore our inner selves and see the self we show others. In this activity, you will write poems that describe who you are and how people change.
Writing Art-Inspired Stories | Celebrate and Honor
Art and writing offer us opportunities to celebrate traditions and honor those who have made a difference. In this activity, everyone will create a sculpture and write an accompanying tribute plaque to celebrate someone in their family or community.
STEAM for 21st Century Learners | Weather or Not Game
We all need to be ready for whatever weather is coming. What can you do to prepare for unexpected weather? In this activity, you will design and play a game that helps you explore different types of weather and make decisions when you face unexpected situations.
STEAM for 21st Century Learners | Design Innovations
Designers and engineers create new products by identifying unmet needs. Then defining, exploring, and assessing solutions. This activity uses the IDEA Design Thinking Process to re-imagine and improve items used every day at home, school or in your community.
Social and Emotional Learning | Everyone Has Feelings
You build social and emotional skills by thinking about what other people feel and recognizing feelings in yourself. In this activity, you will create a book that illustrates a variety of feelings.
Social and Emotional Learning | Buddies Keep Me Company
Traveling in pairs can be double the fun, in this activity you will create and trade buddies to learn how to see situations from others' points of view.
Social and Emotional Learning | Gifts of Kindness
You learn about responsibility and kindness by focusing on what you can do to help others.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC, is rightly recognised as one of the most touching and solemn war memorials in the world. But when plans for the memorial were first unveiled, many Vietnam veterans and US political leaders were outraged.
Yellowstone: The First National Park
The first dedicated National Park anywhere in the world, Yellowstone attracts 318 million visitors every year. It was saved for posterity by the work of two pioneering artists.
Writing Art-Inspired Stories | What if Objects Told Stories?
In this video, students will explore an old object, then sculpt their own and develop a story based on fact and fiction.
Writing Art-Inspired Stories | How Can Details Energize Stories?
When you look and listen carefully, details inform what you see and hear. In this activity, you will write a story using adjectives and adverbs, then create an illustration that shows what happened next.
Writing Art-Inspired Stories | Cause and Effect
Looking closely at art helps us imagine a story and predict how it could change. In this activity, you will use a piece of art as a story starter – then predict what could happen next.
CREATE Relationships | Celebrate Strengths
In this video, students will create a hand-drawn selfie, using words and symbols that celebrate their personal strengths.
How Words Make People Feel
In this video, students will create a mask that reveals how other people’s comments make them feel.
Kindness and Belonging
In this video, students will plan an adventure with friends, assume leadership roles based on their strengths, and think about how they would welcome a new team member.
Create to Learn Live Action | Let's Build Stories
Whether we start with a personal experience or by looking at art, when we ask questions, we build stories. Your imagination helps bring the characters, setting and plot to life.
Create to Learn Live Action | Let's Read Art
Using SEEK questions helps us to discover and learn about the world – and see art in new ways!
Team Doodle
In this video, the children identify some objects or experiences as they might evolve in the future. They doodle the outlines of their ideas based on observation, exploration, and imagination. They contribute individually to a collaborative art presentation, where they invite the audience to join the doodle experience. Through this experience they gain skill in using the arts elements of line, shape, color, and pattern to demonstrate a forward-thinking growth mindset, express their curiosity, and develop collaboration skills.
A Mistake Is A Gift
When a mistake is made, it is a moment of decision: toss away what was started or find a creative way to revise what was being created. Children in this video use their handwriting mistakes as opportunities to design something different and create interesting illustrations and playful flaps/windows that get woven into and around the words they write. An "oops" provides the gift of taking a new path and using creative thinking, a skill that prepares children for the future.
Architects of The Future
Architects must think flexibly about the changing needs of school structures and students. In this video the focus will be on designing accessible, inclusive space that fosters future ready skills and behaviors: observation, collaboration, and reflection. Join a group of kids on their creative characters where they plan and then build a 3D model of a future-ready school.
Fabric of the Future
An invention is the creation of something new, usually to solve a problem or improve circumstances. In this video, characters will explore how fabrics were used by ancient peoples for clothing, warmth, shelter, and protection. Then they’ll see how innovators have modified fabrics to make them better and imagine new sustainable fabrics for the future. Finally, they design and present clothing designs for the future using these innovative fabrics.
Forecasting the Future
The children in this video are challenged to forecast the future needs of their community to recommend features that will expand the reach and effectiveness of their current library into a futuristic Media Center. They demonstrate ways to conduct research, connect with community members and anticipate future needs. The children lead an exciting process for forecasting the future and designing a community learning hub.
Improv Art
In this video, children work in pairs to improvise spoken and sketched dialogue, using visual and verbal prompts to build the capacity they need to react quickly to situations, prepare for unexpected events and build future-ready skills.
Communicate Through Gesture
Common gestures and formal sign language can be used to communicate kindness and support. In this activity, children draw some American Sign Language and common gestures that make people feel welcome. Their art reminds them and others of the ways gestures help people communicate.
Welcome Everyone
Harvest is usually a time of bounty, and often people give thanks and share. There are celebrations and festivals. In this video, children explore some consistent patterns and special unique features as they study various harvest celebrations, then use elements to create patterned welcoming decorations.
We All Contribute
In this video, the children each contribute something to collectively drawn images. Moving around to a different drawing station to respond to each prompt, they learn to build upon others’ ideas and work together to make their art come alive.
Visuals Show Results
Leadership Mindsets lead people to deeper self and social awareness and responsible decision-making. Leaders who focus on people, culture, results and innovative thought inspire positive change and work effectively with others. This video shows how children can focus on four ways they can be leaders and graphically document their leadership strengths with art.
The Harlem Cultural Festival: Soul Time
The 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, also known as Black Woodstock, was a watershed moment for Black culture in America - that history almost forgot.
What Makes Dracula a Classic?
First published in 1897, Bram Stoker's Dracula is the chilling tale of a bloodthirsty narcissist. Drawing on European folktales and gory accounts of a 15th century ruler, the novel reimagined the age-old vampire myth for a new generation.
What Makes The War of the Worlds a Classic?
In H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds, a brutal alien army descends on Earth, intent on colonising the planet for its own ends. First published as a novel in 1898, the story tapped into fears that advances in technology would herald a new age of warfare.
What Makes The Scarlet Letter a Classic?
First published in 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter is a moving novel that explores judgement, shame and redemption in 17th century Massachusetts.
Why Tell Digital Stories?
The significance of storytelling and how technology changes the way we tell stories in the digital age.
The Digital Storytelling Process
The team at Unity introduces the digital storytelling workflow process.
How Do We Create a Narrative?
The team at Unity introduces their take on Narrative
The White House
The White House is perhaps the most iconic work of architecture in America - learn how it's design and style represents power, democracy and liberty.
Moved by Math | More or Less
When you draw pictures, your art shows what you think and feel. In this activity, you will create drawings of what you see outside your window. And, with some help form number sentences that use addition and subtraction.
Moved by Math | Harvest Hunt
Drawing and sculpting helps us to understand math ideas. In this activity, you will learn about sorting and multiplying by creating an imaginary garden full of 3D fruits and vegetables, and use them to play math games
STEAM for 21st Century Learners | Look Around
Observing and describing what you see is important. In this activity, you will make in play a "what do I see?" game then create an opposites book.
STEAM for 21st Century Learners | Transportation Game
When we make the games we play, we connect ideas about people and places. In this activity, you will design a Transportation Game to learn how and why things move from place to place.
STEAM for 21st Century Learners | Parks and Playgrounds
Parks, and public spaces give everyone opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. In this activity, you will observe how people use public spaces and then design parks and playgrounds that are attractive, fun, and functional.
Writing Art-Inspired Stories | What Happened Next
Sequencing helps us understand the main idea of a story and how changing the order can change the meaning and outcome. In this activity, you will illustrate a sequence of events in a story and organize them in ways that follow and then change the plot.
Writing Art-Inspired Stories | If I Was There
Stories that are personally relevant help us to understand the difference between fact and fiction. In this activity, you will create figurines that represent you, and illustrate scenes from a story as you imagine, "What if I was there?"
Writing Art-Inspired Stories | Late Arrivals
When stories talk about the passing of time, it helps us to understand how things change. In this activity, you will create illustrations that will reflect the beginning, middle and end of a story.
STEAM for 21st Century Learners | All the Best Moves
We can use the five STEAM disciplines - science, technology, engineering, art, and math - to explore living and non-living things.
The Harlem Renaissance
The Harlem Renaissance was an explosion of African American culture and creativity that began in 1920s New York.
CREATE Relationships | Respect Diversity
In this video, students will view a piece of public art, then create a sculpture or mural that values diversity and celebrates the positive contributions people have made to our world.
STEAM | Let's Doodle Together
Visual thinking is an important way of communicating! In this activity, children will design imaginative STEAM solutions to solve real-world problems.
Create to Learn Live Action | Let's See Your Thinking
By inviting us to think in new ways, and see how different ideas are connected, idea webs help us build brain power!
Create to Learn Live Action | Let's Write With Intention
When authors and artists make art, they intentionally make decision – and the Intentional Writing Framework can help you create art too!
Ways I Make A Difference
There are many ways that children’s individual actions make a difference and can address big concerns. In this video, the children choose the issue of water conservation. They explore uses for water and identify where there is waste. They use their observation/investigation tool to look closely for signs of the impact water has on the environment. Then they present their observations and recommendations for conserving water and gather others’ ideas.
My Turn, Your Turn
Taking turns is part of childhood play. Being able to postpone immediate gratification and honor others’ desire to have a turn is essential to establishing social norms and being fair. This video introduces a concrete way for children to play with and learn from one another, practice taking turns, understand what self-regulation and group social regulation mean, as they participate in responsible decision making – all part of the CASEL framework.
Consider Ways to Solve it
Big problems have more than one potential solution. Considering many possible solutions is a future ready skill. In this video, children learn that bees are disappearing. They conduct research to learn more about the situation and sketch different solutions.
Flip Folk Tales
Folktales become springboards for exploring new and imagined adventures, as children explore the perspectives and assumptions from several characters’ point of view. In this video, viewers are encouraged to flip stories, by modifying them in ways that add humor or surprise, and help them consider alternative points of view.
Metaphors Say it Colorfully
Metaphoric thinking is personal and poetic. Metaphorical perspectives are important for writers as they explore ways to express themselves. In this video, children discover metaphors to describe their perceptions and feelings, in response to existing art, then they create an illustrated poem, based on their colorful metaphorical descriptions.
Change Creates New Possibilities
Change is an important part of life – it’s how we grow as people. Let’s create art that involves intentional and unintentional change and explore how it affects our plans.
Notice Change
Young children are experts at play. In this video, children begin their thought leadership challenge by identifying games and toys that children have played with for generations, and by noticing changes in the types of toys and materials they were made from.
Connect With Community Artists
Non-traditional artists enhance every community’s quality of life by meeting everyday needs while bringing rich cultural traditions to many art forms: bread-making, gardening, hairstyles, home décor, and head coverings, to name just a few. Let’s learn a little about how some of them make their art and how enjoying their artistry teaches us more about the cultural diversity and common needs in our community.
Find Everyone's Strengths
Project-based learning requires teamwork. This collaboration requires planning. In this video, children create a tool to identify team members’ strengths, figure out what they want to learn from each other, and stretch themselves in new ways. The flexible tool they craft can work for any project. People leaders connect skills, interests, and assignments in ways that foster social and emotional learning.
The Power of Art to Persuade
In this video, children explore Artivism as the blend of art and activism. After researching examples of how images shifted public opinion, the children create posters, banners, and signs that make their personal passions public. They use visuals and crisp text to convey messages.
What Makes The Invisible Man a Classic?
First published as a novel in 1897, HG Wells' The Invisible Man is the story of a scientist corrupted by his own ambition. A gripping story of madness and immorality, its brutal conclusion still has the power to shock today.
What Makes Gulliver's Travels a Classic?
Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels is the story of one man's adventures in fantastical lands. First published in 1726, it's a book that asks a timeless question: can a perfect society ever be achieved?
What Makes The Importance of Being Earnest a Classic?
Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest was first performed in February 1895, just weeks before Wilde's career was destroyed by scandal. With themes of deception and double meaning, it lampoons Victorian ideas of class and morality.
Why Storytelling is so Powerful
How our emotional response to storytelling can inform animation and gaming.
Developing 21st Century Skills Through Storytelling
How storytelling builds on students existing technological skills to build the 21st century skills they need to thrive in future careers.
What is the Process of Production?
The team at Unity takes you through the stages of Production
The Role of the Art Director
Peet Lee, takes us through how he came to be an Art Director at Unity Technologies. He gives an insight into how the creative space is changing with the advent of more powerful software programs and artificial intelligence.
The Golden Age of Illustration
The Golden Age of Illustration flourished at the turn of the 20th Century, when artistic flair collided with new technology.
Moved by Math | Order it Again
Shapes, lines, sizes and patterns are all part of math - and art. In this activity, you will create characters with modeling clay, then put them in order in lots of different ways. First to last, shortest to tallest, biggest to smallest.
Writing Art-Inspired Stories | The Future I See
When we imagine the future, we visualize our hopes and dreams. In this activity, you will create magic mirrors and personal sculptures to explore the endless possibilities of the future.
STEAM for 21st Century Learners | Animals Big and Small
Observing what is the same or different is an important skill for 21st century learners. In this activity, you will design and play a hand-made card game to learn about animal families and build observation skills.
Moved by Math | Foot Traffic
People measure all types of things every day: distances walked, sizes of clothing or a room, quantities of food and time for cooking. In this activity, you will trace your feet and cut them out to use as non-standard measures, then create pictographs to represent the data you collect.
Abstract Expressionism
By showing people that art can be used to express what we feel, rather than what we see, Abstract Expressionism changed how we define what art is.
Indigenous North American Tattoos
To Indigenous Americans, tattoos aren’t just decorative, they’re also sacred, rich in artistry and meaning, and of huge social, cultural and religious significance.
Writing Art-Inspired Stories | Stories Need Personality, Place, and Plot
In this video, students learn how place and plot can shape a character’s personality.
STEAM | Why Move and Sketch?
Physical activity activates brains! In this video, children will learn about STEAM by engaging in creative movement and sketching experiences that show energy and how natural and manmade objects move.
STEAM | Flip and Sketch Ideas
STEAM Teams include scientists, tech experts, engineers, artists and mathematicians who solve real-world problems, knowing there is always more than one right answer. In this video, children modify everyday objects that could be used in new ways to solve real-life problems.
STEAM | Blend Ideas to Make Them Better
Scientists, tech experts, engineers, artists and mathematicians get excited when they think of good ideas and blend them with other ideas. In this activity, children will create a board game and work together to make it better.
STEAM | Ask Deeper Questions
Asking questions helps turn curiosity into inquiry! In this activity, children will learn more about different types/ levels of questions by creating an Inquiry Ladder and challenging themselves to think about bigger, essential questions.
Create to Learn Live Action | Let's Look and Sketch
Observing helps us connect what we see to what we know and want to know. In this activity, you’ll make sketches to learn about the patterns, shapes, colors and lines we see in nature.
Create to Learn Live Action | Let's CREATE Relationships
The ways we interact with and talk about others can CREATE positive productive relationships. Let’s learn about the CREATE Relationships tools!
Create to Learn Live Action | Let's Explore STEAM Teams
New inventions and improvements are almost always made by teams – innovation is a team sport! This video will explore how STEAM teams work collaboratively to solve problems.
Federal Art Project
Thanks to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s ambitious New Deal plan, American artists were able to keep working during the Great Depression. The work they produced remains a key part of the American landscape.
Courageous Conversations
In this video, children use art as a way of learning how words and behaviors impact people. They create Courageous Conversation collages as springboards for dialogue that is important and difficult. Courageous conversations are the hard ones, the deep ones – the discussions about how we have been hurt by others’ words and actions.
Connect a Main Idea
In this video, children learn a writing technique for organizing their ideas into an overarching main idea, which becomes foundational for pulling an entire story together. Working collaboratively, they write and sketch their interests on individual cards that they decorate as train cars. Collectively the group of children discusses which ideas could be combined with others and connected to create a main idea for their writing.
Reflect on Today's Stories
In this video children create time capsules to store their original writing. The young authors will individually determine what genre they will use to write about an interesting or significant, timely event or experience. Then, in a future month or year, they will open the time capsules and reflect upon how their thoughts and feelings might have changed.
Advocacy Avatars
Every person is unique with special qualities and needs that are not identical to any other. This video provides children with an opportunity to articulate their needs and strengths, using a third-person voice, their avatar. As children inspect their inner selves and articulate their feelings, attitudes, and special features, they find innovative ways to advocate for themselves and appreciate the person who lives inside.
Start with a Breath
Deep, slow breathing can calm children down. This video helps children focus on their breath to relax, stay calm, and get ready for what’s coming next. As children become aware of their breath, they begin to learn self-regulation techniques. Making art that shows their full bodies helps to deepen self-awareness.
Not What It Seems
When we meet someone new, we form a first impression of them. But art can help us to explore what’s underneath to learn who a person really is.
Emotions Alive Game
When we create and play games together, we learn about new things and each other. Let’s create an Emotions Game to learn how to listen and solve problems.
Build Resilience
Everyone goes through difficult situations, but art can help you build the resilience you need to control your emotions and make smart decisions.
Convince Me
Convincing others includes starting by gathering information and then presenting what was discovered in compelling ways. This video focuses on using pictographs to present data that convinces decision makers to make a change.
Hear Many Points of View
Cultural leadership involves listening to many points of view and understanding the role that diverse backgrounds and cultural priorities have on people. In this video the children ask, “What does arts in education mean and why is it important?” They use an open mindset to hear about different preferences and see how cultural traditions help learners connect to ideas and each other.
Many Ways to Measure Success
How do you measure success? In this video, children explore Results Leadership by creating a pictorial rubric that enables self-reflections about their collaboration and contributions to a project. The concepts can be applied to any project and help children move up the learning ladder, from beginning novice to striving for mastery. Join them as they discover the power of self-assessment and visualization, finding important ways to communicate their success.
What Makes Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde a Classic?
First published in 1886, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr Jeykll and Mr Hyde struck fear into the heart of Victorian readers. A sinister story of a split personality, its psychological themes still resonate today.
Greenbrier Resort: The Secret Nuclear Bunker
The Greenbrier Bunker was constructed to protect Congress from nuclear annihilation. It’s one of America’s longest-kept secrets.
What Makes The Tempest a Classic?
Completed around 1611, The Tempest is thought to be the last play that William Shakespeare ever wrote. Set on an enchanted island, its themes of power and betrayal have captivated audiences for centuries.
What Makes The Odyssey a Classic?
Homer's The Odyssey is the ancient Greek tale of one man's epic journey home from war. Full of vengeful gods and deadly sea monsters, its influence can be seen in countless books, comics and movies today.
My Busy Pace And Quiet Place
A child’s self-awareness of what helps them relax and regroup can be increased when they plan a quiet space where they can observe, connect with their inner thoughts, and reinvigorate their energy. In this video, children create a visual model that juxtaposes their busy pace and quiet spaces, with attention to the sounds, looks, and feeling of quiet spaces.
Edith Maude Eaton: Fostering Cultural Understanding Through Writing
In a time when Chinese immigrants in America faced discrimination in all walks of life – simply because of their race – author Edith Maude Eaton channeled the power of the pen to help make positive change.
Picture Possibilities
As the population grows and land becomes increasingly valuable, for sale signs invite conversations about the possible uses of fields and farms. Decisions about land use impact communities for a long time, so visualizing the future is important. In this video, an orchard is for sale. The children consider possible future uses for this land, visualize three possibilities, and encourage viewers to come up with ideas of their own.
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