Introducing #imaginEDchat

Connecting Imaginative Educators Around The World I (@perfinker) recently teamed up with inspiring, imaginative educator Ms. Olwen Cowan. We created a Twitter-based imagination-focused Professional Learning Network (PLN) (@imaginEDnow). We invite you to get involved in our monthly #imaginEDchat and meet/learn from other educators around the world who are passionate about engagement, creativity and imagination in education. We hope […]

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The Power of Comics

By Tim Smyth Gillian asked me to blog on “the power of comics” – I love that she termed my passion in such a way – I could not agree more!  This is my mantra – just add in the power of social media and Twitter as well. I firmly believe in the power of comics, […]


Ironists Get More Laughs

By Dr. Kieran Egan If you spend a significant chunk of your early life being taught and largely failing to learn Latin you will, despite the learning failures, be unable to use “data” or “media” as singular nouns. Hearing “the data tells us . . .” will cause something in your mind to curl rapidly in […]

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NEW! Canada Foundation For Innovation Reports On Learning In Depth (LiD)

Engaging students’ imaginations & emotions to explore the world. (Source: Canada Foundation For Innovation) School can be boring, but it doesn’t have to be. Kieran Egan, founder of the Imaginative Education Research Group, talks with third grader Ashley Srdanovic about her portfolio on bees. He and his fellow researchers at Simon Fraser University are working on finding […]

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Three Toolkits To Help Maximize Student Engagement

By Gillian Judson – Feelings and imagination are rarely associated with curriculum discussions, but addressing emotion can help with student engagement. Source: Three Toolkits To Help Maximize Student Engagement


What is Gamification?

By Savas Savides (@SSavides) ‘OK, whoever finds the correct answer will get 5 points and a sticker. I’m writing the names of the students with the most points on the board. Let’s see who will be on the top!’ If you regularly set up in class mini competitions like that, you are already using gamification […]

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Tips For Imaginative Educators #15: Change The Context

“Variety’s the very spice of life That gives it all its flavour.”   (Source: The Task (1785), Book II, “The Timepiece” William Cowper 1731-1800) Most people like variety; it keeps life interesting. Unfortunately, few people associate typical schools or classrooms with variety.  Indeed, it is the routinization of patterns and behaviours that makes most classrooms run like well-oiled machines.  In […]


How LiD Connects To Curriculum Topics In Ms. Cowan’s Classroom

By: Olwen Cowan (LiD Teacher, MEd in IE) Meet the MAC Pack! I once heard a very wise man say, “Anything can be wonderful if you know enough about it.” That fellow was Dr. Kieran Egan as he was making the case for his Learning in Depth (LiD) program. I scribbled those words into my […]

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Where is the song in the heart of education?

By Kieran Egan Lesson objective: To show the emotional importance of the content. For six months during a previous century—hard now to remember which one but you’ll see from what follows it doesn’t really matter—I was a Franciscan novice, in a Friary on the edge of the Surrey Downs in England. Our weekday mornings involved […]


Study Imaginative Education: NEW On-Line Graduate Certificate Program

I am really excited to announce that Simon Fraser University now offers a fully online one-year graduate certificate program on the theory and practice of Imaginative Education.  I have been centrally involved in the creation of this program and I am very excited about it! Program Features The program launches in May 2017.  Applications are due by November, […]

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What can imaginED do for you?

We need info. Many educators in the Northern Hemisphere are winding down for summer holidays–and so are we! Before the holidays officially start we would like to know how we can best support your needs and interests in the future. As you may know, imaginED aims to enable imagination-focused teaching in all contexts, from formal to alternative learning contexts, and from primary […]

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Why Learning in Depth? (LiD)

(Are you a LiD teacher?  Do you want free support for your LiD work? Subscribe to imaginED and stay informed! Free. No cost.  No spam.  One weekly update email. Lots of LiD action coming in the Fall of 2016.) By Linda Holmes (MEd) Learning in Depth (LiD) is a unique program. It is only natural that educators have lots of […]

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Tips For Imaginative Educators #14: Illuminate Extremes & Limits

Books like the Guinness Book of World Records or Ripley’s Believe it or Not don’t stay on the shelf for long.  Young people are often fascinated (obsessed) with the limits of experience and the extremes of reality, and these books reveal all the record-breaking aspects of the world. I recall leafing through our own home copy at about age 9 or 10, just […]

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The Magic of LiD: Moving Learning Beyond Classroom Walls

By Kavita Hoonjan (M.Ed.) What LiD Looks Like  Imagine a classroom where each student is in the process of becoming an ‘expert’ in one particular topic. The students work once a week to research and explore their topics and to delve into the multimodal and multi-disciplinary nature of their topics. Students find facts, write poems, research the […]

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Was Literacy Just A Phase?

By Dr. Tim Waddington If the cultural phenomenon of blogging has taught us one thing, surely it is that the old divide between producers and consumers of knowledge-content is growing increasingly irrelevant. However, if the cultural phenomenon of blogging has taught us two things, the ability to generate pithy, unjustifiable bombast as clickbait for a […]