Our mission is to provide the best free resources to help teachers integrate online with in-person learning.
As the original developer of ToyTheater.com, Joel has been creating free, online educational resources for students and teachers for nearly two decades. Beginning as an artist, Joel entered the educational software field in the 1990s working on educational CD-Roms including the supplement to the TV show School House Rock
. Eventually wanting to explore his own ideas, he taught himself computer programming and began Toy Theater in 2001 with the game Feed Freddy
. With a lifetime love of learning and a natural gift for math and design, Toy Theater has gone on to become a highly respected site with over a million visitors each year. Class Playground developed out of his interest in helping people maximize the utility of the games and activities at Toy Theater. Both Toy Theater and Class Playground are more of a calling than just a job for Joel; he finds his life’s purpose in making a contribution to the early learning of children that is free and accessible to all.
Class Playground is a resource for teachers, future teachers, parents, or anyone else interested in exploring how to integrate educational technology with primary education. We offer an encyclopedia of the what and why of the tools and topics covered in the kindergarten through fourth grade classroom. Developed by the creators of ToyTheater.com, Class Playground provides a space for grown-ups to play around with new ideas to help improve student outcomes and make learning more fun!