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December 7, 2015

Why Do We Remember?

Today is December 7th, “Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.” On this day, people will gather in small groups to remember the events that occurred seventy-four years ago.

December 3, 2015

The New Age of Information

“If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.” - Peter F. Drucker

November 24, 2015


The new, revised, simplified and updated Artifacts Teach 2.0 is set to launch shortly. What should you expect? What is different? What’s in it for you? Here’s a preview:

November 20, 2015

Tools For Your Classroom

Artifacts are tools. Any person using a tool determines when, where, and how it will be used.

November 17, 2015

The Artifacts Academy: A 21st Century Methodology for 21st Century Classrooms

The new Artifacts Academy presents a methodology that meets the challenges of the 21st century classroom. We live in a new time. It is the Age of Innovation and Information.

November 13, 2015


The Artifacts Academy is a methods class in the use of artifacts in classrooms from the early years (K-3) through grades 9 - 12.

November 10, 2015

New Artifacts Teach 2.0 Coming This November!

Artifacts Teach 2.0 is much simpler to use. Two clicks of your mouse takes you from "login" to "lesson." A newly created ARTIFACTS ACADEMY, a methods class in using and applying artifacts, is a part of Artifacts Teach 2.0.

March 4, 2014

Leveling the Playing Field

Normally, I avoid sports references. They tend to be hackneyed, oversimplified and male-oriented. “Leveling the playing field,” however, seems to me to capture a sense of balance and fairness for everyone. Objects level the playing field that exists in the classroom.


  • “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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