Category: Learning

Being creative is like feeling . . . well, stupid

Being creative is like feeling . . . well, stupid

“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ~Albert Einstein I write science fiction. Time travel, to be specific. It’s about making stuff up for a world that doesn’t (yet) exist. In the case of … Continued

Enriching You: Experience the Future of Learning through MASTERY

Enriching You: Experience the Future of Learning through MASTERY

Time travel with us as we battle Pandemic, Protest and Politics to Craft a Transformation in Learning—via MASTERY! What happens when two local companies—one steeped in technology and engineering, and the other, in social marketing and science communications—meet over a shared passion for offering local teen interns real-world work experience? They come together to build … Continued

EOY Tweets EOY, Time Travel, Storytelling to Teen Readers

EOY Tweets EOY, Time Travel, Storytelling to Teen Readers

On a recent Thursday afternoon in February, I was invited to do a Twitter Takeover for Young Entertainment Magazine (@YoungEntMag), doing a #YAauthorTakeover. I was a little nervous in the lead-up, but the two hours flew by. I’ve used screen shots to capture here–because ye olde Storify is no longer an option (boo!). So the … Continued

Story-Based Learning Portal Edge of Yesterday Launches

Story-Based Learning Portal Edge of Yesterday Launches

Edge of Yesterday (www.edgeofyesterday.com), a time travel adventure created by writer and author Robin Stevens Payes, is a digital learning platform for young teens with the aims to inspire future scientists and artists, historians and investigators by learning through story. Edge of Yesterday, under parent organization EOY Media, was inspired when Payes was writing a … Continued

Stalking Leonardo in America

Stalking Leonardo in America

On the hunt for Leonardo da Vinci ever since starting on the novelization of my time travel novel, but it seems, instead, he’s been stalking me. The genius is very much alive. A few of the most notable Leo sightings, up-close-and-personal. The Da Vinci Machines exhibit, currently on display in Bradenton, Florida. Artisans from Florence, … Continued

Asian Gerbils Carry Black Plague to Europe

Asian Gerbils Carry Black Plague to Europe

Smoking gun: Asian gerbils, not European rats, caused the plague. No doubt if such news had appeared in the broadsheets of, say, 14th century Italy (and did the have anything even remotely resembling a newspaper for informing citizens in those largely illiterate days?), trade with Asia would have been banned, and the traders themselves shipped … Continued

Quiet…Teens Writing

Quiet…Teens Writing

Telling stories is timeless, though the ways we do it have changed. I imagine the original storytellers speaking to tribe, family, friends under a million stars twinkling in the night sky. These ancient stories were as evanescent as the flames of the fire that warmed the gathered listeners, except for the tradition of oral transmission: … Continued

What’s Worth More — the Story or the Merchandise?

What’s Worth More — the Story or the Merchandise?

As I toil away on the second draft of my novel, Out of Time, thinking of the time, care, creative energy and effort I have put forth on this epic adventure, beginning with the seed of a story in 1997 through the prodigious output resulting in today’s (2014) screenplay-novel-tweet storytelling, Web-based learning platform, I wonder … Continued

Out of Time to be showcased on TV talk show "Think About It"

Out of Time to be showcased on TV talk show "Think About It"

Had a blast doing a half-hour interview with Sylvia Henderson, host of “Talk About It’, a biweekly community affairs program on MMCTV, here in Montgomery County, Maryland. We talked about the STEM to STEAM to MASTERY link that is becoming fundamental to student learning in K-12 education. MASTERY, here, includes learning across multiple disciplines, but … Continued

Is Reading the Goal, or a Means to an End?

Is Reading the Goal, or a Means to an End?

As the creator of Out of Time, I work across media. My novel is in its second draft now, drawn from the original screenplay. I started tweeting the story–line-by-line as is the most conventional practice in #TwitterFiction–until our heroine, Charley, took over the narrative. Her solution to tweet storytelling was to ask questions of the … Continued