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Teach42 Live: Chock Full of Alternative Facts

Today was just a good ol' rant.   I'm a little stressed out about the state of civil discourse in this country... well, perhaps world.   In particular, this post from Brian Troyan and this one from Ben Rimes got some thoughts bouncing around the ol' noggin that had to get out.   Busy finishing getting [...]

By | January 23rd, 2017|Podcasting, Teach42 Podcasts|Comments Off on Teach42 Live: Chock Full of Alternative Facts

Hands on coding with CodeWise

Today I took a look at the CodeWise card game from Prowise, a deck of cards that can be used to teach early elementary students the basics of coding.   I was introduced to it by Pauline Maas, the author of the game as well as several books on coding and programming. CodeWise is basically a [...]

By | January 18th, 2017|Video Reviews|Comments Off on Hands on coding with CodeWise

Social media an issue for athletes, coaches – Washington Times

It started as a joke. Years ago, Anthony Morgan used a Twitter name that he knew would make his friends laugh. And that's how it stayed. Source: Social media an issue for athletes, coaches - Washington Times Kids make mistakes.   That's totally normal.  The problem is that now kids make mistakes that are public and [...]

By | January 18th, 2017|Musings|Comments Off on Social media an issue for athletes, coaches – Washington Times

Three sides to every coin

As an employee of Discovery Education, and a fairly public one at that, I tried very hard to stay politically neutral.   Regardless of whether I put a "opinions are solely my own" flag on my Twitter page, the reality is that we do represent the people we work for, like it or not.   [...]

By | January 17th, 2017|Musings|9 Comments

Teach42 Live: Breaking Out the Nerdy Chat

Teach42 Live is going to occurring in two flavors: 1) The mini tech reviews I've been doing throughout the week and 2) Weekly panel discussions and interviews.  While all of them will be broadcast live and available to watch as a video archive, the weekly panels and interviews will also be pushed [...]

By | January 13th, 2017|Teach42 Podcasts|Comments Off on Teach42 Live: Breaking Out the Nerdy Chat

Micro Review of Micro:bit

Today I hosted a small review of the Micro:bit, a small programmable device that the BBC has committed to providing to every 11 and 12 year old in the UK.   The basic model costs only $10 and considering what you can do with it, it's a real bargain. The board itself has two buttons, [...]

By | January 11th, 2017|Video Reviews|Comments Off on Micro Review of Micro:bit

Taking SolveMe Mobiles for a Spin

  Today I put together a brief demo of SolveMe Mobiles, a math app that teaches kids the basics of balancing formulae through what appears to be a mobile (not the cell phone kind, the type that twirls above a crib).   You know I'm always a big fan of sites that are so simple [...]

By | January 9th, 2017|Video Reviews|2 Comments

Video Review: Sutori

Today I hosted the first of what will be an ongoing series of video reviews of web apps that I'm checking out.   Instead of just writing them up, I'll be doing a live video review of them and broadcasting them out simultaneously on Facebook, YouTube, Periscope and uStream (and maybe a few others!).   [...]

By | January 6th, 2017|Web 2.0|Comments Off on Video Review: Sutori

The Joys of Dash Button Hacking

Other posts in this series (will be hyperlinked as written) Materials and Dash Button setup Setting up the Raspberry Pi Zero Triggering actions with the buttons A few weeks ago, I posted a picture up on Facebook of a few Dash Buttons that I was activating.  I had a lot of questions about what the heck I [...]

By | October 7th, 2016|Musings|Comments Off on The Joys of Dash Button Hacking

Six Ways to Spark Creativity

While at EdCampIllinois on Saturday, I attended a session discussing the influence of Seymour Papert on education.   During the conversation, Mitch Resnick was mentioned a few times, and his learning spiral was shared with the group.   While I've been a huge fan of Mitch and his work, I'd never seen that particular image before. [...]

By | September 19th, 2016|Musings|Comments Off on Six Ways to Spark Creativity