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Taking a walk through the deep web

With Bitcoin's surge into the mainstream, many people keep asking what it can actually be used for.   While there are many legitimate uses for the cryptocurrency, it is notorious for being used to conduct anonymous illegal purchases on the deep web.   I was having a conversation with someone recently who was under the [...]

By | 2018-01-15T09:37:37+00:00 January 15th, 2018|Internet Safety, Teach42 Podcasts|Comments Off on Taking a walk through the deep web

Scammed.

I'd like to think that I do a pretty decent job of teaching my son about being safe on the internet.   We talk about scams, we talk about privacy, we talk about keeping information safe and about being skeptical of strangers.   I monitor his phone alongside of him, we look at his chats [...]

By | 2018-01-11T13:25:10+00:00 January 11th, 2018|Internet Safety, Musings|2 Comments

Adding a Pi Powered Cam to the 3D Printer

After getting frustrated at not knowing when prints were done (and getting tired of running up and down the stairs!) I decided to add a camera to the printer.   The obvious choice was to use another Raspberry Pi Zero W for it along with the camera kit.   NOTE, you do need a smaller [...]

By | 2017-05-19T10:04:41+00:00 May 19th, 2017|3D Printing, Podcasting, Video Reviews|Comments Off on Adding a Pi Powered Cam to the 3D Printer

Taking Flight with Kitables Mini Lego Drone

I've been fascinated with drones, but haven't quite found the excuse I need to drop $1k on a good one (if you have ideas, let me know). However, when I saw a mini Lego based drone up on Kickstarter, I figured I could roll the dice for $50! It's one of the projects available from [...]

By | 2017-05-19T09:37:51+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Video Reviews, YouTube|Comments Off on Taking Flight with Kitables Mini Lego Drone

Creating STEAM and Making Spaces with METC

How is it that we're already in the final countdown for the current school year??  Seems incredible, but as our eyes turn to summer time, there's a wealth of PD opportunities for educators.   One of the ones I'm looking forward to is the METC Summer Institute:  Creating STEAM and Making Spaces.   Official description [...]

By | 2017-05-04T09:35:15+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Conferences|Comments Off on Creating STEAM and Making Spaces with METC

Free webinar series for early elementary science instructors!

Sometimes the karma gods put you in the right place at the right time.   While at TCEA this year, I wound up a social event where Carl Hooker introduced me to some of his friends from Science 4 Us.   When I heard that they focused in on early elementary, I got pretty excited. [...]

By | 2017-04-22T08:26:37+00:00 April 22nd, 2017|Webinar|Comments Off on Free webinar series for early elementary science instructors!

Diving into 3D Printing

After thinking about it for years, I finally broke down and ordered myself a 3D printer.   The desire to have one was there for quite a while, but I didn't want to place the actual order until I knew what it was that I wanted to do with it.   Don't get me wrong, [...]

By | 2017-04-21T08:40:37+00:00 April 21st, 2017|Video Reviews|Comments Off on Diving into 3D Printing

The Tastiest Pi Yet: Raspberry Pi Zero W

I've been a big fan of the Raspberry Pi Zero since it came out.   What's not to like about a $5 computer?   And lest you think otherwise, it's a legit computer.   It can surf the internet, edit documents, and run all kinds of gadgety sorts of things in your household.   And [...]

By | 2017-03-08T08:25:47+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Video Reviews|Comments Off on The Tastiest Pi Yet: Raspberry Pi Zero W

Making Holograms with WeVideo

I believe it was Hall Davidson who first showed me how to create a hologram projector using a cell phone.   We did it at a DEN team retreat and the wow factory was incredible.   It really did seem like magic.   I recently revisited the project because I was talking about holograms at [...]

By | 2017-02-28T15:34:41+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Digital Storytelling, Video Reviews, Web 2.0|Comments Off on Making Holograms with WeVideo