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 | January 11th, 2018|Internet Safety, Musings|1 Comment

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

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

A Teen’s Right to Privacy

While the photos are normal, the girl told her parents that she was uncomfortable with their friends being able to easily access them. Source: Teen sues parents for mortifying Facebook pictures | Fusion This seems to be less about a teen suing their parents, and more about the parents respecting their child's right to draw their own [...]

By | September 17th, 2016|Musings|Comments Off on A Teen’s Right to Privacy

STEMChat with Texas Instruments (and me) TONIGHT!

It has been quite a while since I've participated as myself in a Twitter chat.   For the last few years, I've been behind the scenes working the DiscoveryEd ones.   So I was really excited when Kim Moldofsky (the Maker Mom) and Texas Instruments asked me to participate in one tonight.   We're going to [...]

By | September 15th, 2016|Musings|Comments Off on STEMChat with Texas Instruments (and me) TONIGHT!

How about we just agree to disagree?

Both mainstream and social media have been obsessed with the Colin Kaepernick story this past week.   At first, it was dominated by surprise and disgust that he sat during the national anthem.   The last few days have seen a major swing, as more people are coming out with statements supporting his right to [...]

By | August 30th, 2016|Musings|2 Comments

Who even reads blogs anymore?

Embed from Getty Images Alec Couros recently lamented the loss of the social web, pointing to the loss of Google Reader as the day things started to slide downhill.  It prompted an interesting discussion, well worth a read.   But it also brought back to the forefront this question of whether blogs are even relevant anymore. [...]

By | August 26th, 2016|Musings|5 Comments

Just put one foot in front of another…

Today, I spent my morning at the opening inservice for Skokie/Morton Grove District 69.   I've been to a few inservices over the last few years, but this is the first one that I've attended without working in...  well, it has probably been about ten years!   It was a distinct pleasure getting to start [...]

By | August 23rd, 2016|Musings|10 Comments