Education Through Entertainment

Mobile Ed Productions: Who We Are

Posted on Mon, Aug 23, 2021

Mobile Ed Productions, Inc. has been the leader in education-based entertainment since 1979. Passionate about education in young students, our team aims to make learning interactive and engaging for students of all ages covering a variety of subjects. 42 years later, we are now serving educators across the nation via in-person and virtual educational assemblies. 

Our Story

A school teacher and administrator in the Livonia Public Schools, Larry Thompson knew there was a need to make his school lessons more enjoyable for his students and saw a lack of assemblies available for schools. Thompson, as seen in this photo, was also a televised magician and sidekick to Bozo the Clown known as Mr. Whoodini. After airing the show each morning, he’d run over to his classroom to start teaching (sometimes still in his costume!). His students thought this was so cool! Larry Thompson founded Mobile Ed Productions, Inc. with his father-in-law, Norman Seay, in Redford, Michigan, back in 1979 to bring a little magic to his classroom.

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School Enrichment Programs- Many Ways to Support and Bolster Learning

Posted on Thu, Jun 30, 2011

School is out for the summer, and most of us are now thinking about vacations, gardening, honey-do lists, baseball games and cookouts. And that is all great!
But as we grow older we realize that summer flies by faster every year. Fall and the start of school will be here soon and savvy parents and teachers know they must use this time for planning.
How to bolster classroom learning and enrich the educational experience of students is a question with which many of us wrestle. Granted, there are many exciting teachers at work in our schools, but even with the best teachers, the grind of the everyday school week can becoming endlessly boring for kids. External stimulation is essential for keeping their minds actively engaged in learning.
Field trips are a great way to provide enrichment experiences for schools. Visiting museums or the zoo, or a trip to a local historical site or planetarium all provide opportunities to not only break the monotony of the school week but also to allow exciting teachable moments. But not all schools are close enough to interesting locations for this to be feasible. Moreover, transportation costs, permission slips and other logistical variables often rule out field trips altogether. A perfect substitute may be found in the introduction of similar experiences brought to the school by way of traveling performers. Instead of a field trip to a planetarium, have a portable planetarium visit your school. Instead of going to a local battlefield have a historical re-enactor visit your school as, say, Ben Franklin or Abraham Lincoln. Rather than a trip to a science museum set up instead a visit by a science assembly that brings in a show followed by hands on experiments and workshops. Many possibilities for school enrichment exist.
Understandably, many parents, looking for school enrichment,  are tempted to arrange a visit from an author of children’s literature. But visits from authors of books for children are often extremely expensive, and not all authors are commanding or interesting speakers. A good alternative  is to schedule a school assembly like Young Authors Day, where an exciting and funny  professional performer will  present performances of stories the children write themselves.
All in all, there are many ways to provide enrichment programs to schools that will bolster and gild the educational experience. But summer is the time to plan for these events, as the best enrichment programs, either for during the school day or for after school, will have their calendars filled quickly. Be smart and make your plans now. And then go and have that cookout or see that ball game. There is still a lot of summer left!

Geoff Beauchamp is the Regional Manager of Mobile Ed Productions where "Education Through Entertainment" has been the guiding principal since 1979. Mobile Ed Productions produces and markets quality educational school assembly programs in the fields of science, history, writing, astronomy, natural science, mathematics, character issues and a variety of other curriculum based areas. In addition, Mr. Beauchamp is a professional actor with 30 years of experience in film, television and on stage. He created and still performs occasionally in Mobile Ed's THE LIVING LINCOLN

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