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Bill's Memorial Blog

January 19, 2016

Learning and Artifacts Part III: "Spaced Retrieval"

Artifacts provide engaging platforms with which to practice and apply information or skills that we have just learned. Artifacts naturally provide opportunities to review and apply new material or new skills in engaging and interesting ways.

January 15, 2016

Learning and Artifacts: Part II - "How We learn"

Learning is at once both very simple and highly complex. Initial learning consists of converting sensory perceptions – images, sounds, words, smells, textures, etc., - into meaningful representations in the brain.

January 8, 2016

Learning and Artifacts: Part 1

We have simplified access to on-line artifacts and increased the scope and tripled the number of objects available for classroom use.

January 4, 2016

Starting Anew

We have changed Artifacts Teach. We have improved it in several ways.

December 22, 2015

A Special Holiday Present From Artifacts Teach, To You!

Artifacts Teach 2.0 is now up and running! Over 130 artifacts with context support. Check it out today!

December 18, 2015

Artifacts and High-Yield Educational Practices II: Comparison and Contrast

“A good teacher isn't someone who gives the answers out to their kids but is understanding of needs and challenges and gives tools to help other people succeed.” - Justin Trudeau

December 16, 2015

Artifacts Teach and High-Yield Educational Practices I: Comparison and Contrast

“In Florence, classical buildings sit against medieval buildings. It's that contrast we like.” - Richard Rogers

December 11, 2015


“The ancient world's greatest puzzle was there, a knot that couldn't be untied. Alexander cut it in two with his sword. Lateral thinking, you see.” - Alan Moore, Graphic Novelist


  • “Every object has a story to tell if you know how to read it.”
    – Henry Ford
  • “Dealing with objects is a great way to teach the different steps involved in analyzing different kinds of materials. With just a little background, you can get students to engage with entirely new materials in extremely fruitful ways.”
    – Anita Nikkanen
    Harvard University
  • “Using objects helps students develop important intellectual skills.”
    – John Hennigar Shuh
    Curator, Nova Scotia Museum
  • "Whenever I used objects in my EFL classroom, I was surprised by how many questions I would get. I was especially excited when students who usually sat quietly were tempted to ask a question based on my object.”
    – Jenny Wei
    Specialist, National Museum of American History
  • When we examine the parts, we get a new perspective on the whole. There is nothing like holding a dinosaur bone, or the smell of cedar baskets…”
    – Burke Museum
    University of Washington, Seattle WA
  • “Every object has a story, right? Actually that’s a bit limiting. Every object has multiple stories.”
    – Rob Walker
    designer of Significant Objects and How They Got That Way

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