Back to Processing

It seems like many years ago that I completed my first Processing tutorial as part of Hour of Code. The quirky and fun video series featuring a very enthusiastic Daniel Shiffman is available via the Tutorials area of the Processing website, which links to a special subdomain: Having an IB artist in the house… Continue reading Back to Processing

#DutchKidLit – The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt

Originally posted on Global Literature in Libraries Initiative:
“De brief voor de Koning” image via Trouw Post by guest author Aaron Tyo-Dickerson from the International School of The Hague. Dutch author Tonke Dragt was born in 1930 in the city of Batavia in the Dutch East Indies (Jakarta, Indonesia today). Only a year younger than…

Get there with Google

The SAMR framework was proposed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura as a way to think about transforming teaching and learning with technology. Dr. Puentedura suggests that there are four areas or levels to consider: Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition. SAMR challenges educators to design meaningful and engaging learning experiences for students that include opportunities to leverage… Continue reading Get there with Google

Resnick’s Four Cs

This week I have been re-reading Mitchel Resnick’s “Lifelong Kindergarten” and thinking about the teacher’s role in the classroom or other kind of learning/collaborating space. In the “Peers” section of his book Resnick outlines four Cs that he envisions for classroom teachers and Computer Clubhouse mentors: Catalyst: By asking good questions the teacher can provide… Continue reading Resnick’s Four Cs

Scratch 3.0 is here…በአማርኛ!

On January 2nd Scratch 3.0 was released by MIT Media Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten Program. This newest version of Scratch comes with some amazing new features: an update to the user interface which includes a single, scrollable code menu, the addition of Google Translate and text to speech, and micro:bit support to the Extensions code. I… Continue reading Scratch 3.0 is here…በአማርኛ!

From CSM: Parents’ Ultimate Guide to Fortnite

Does your child or teen play Fortnite or have friends who do? Are you looking for information about the game itself, why kids and teens like it, and whether or not it might be a good choice for your own daughter or son? Always a great resource for parents, Common Sense Media (CSM) have created a guide… Continue reading From CSM: Parents’ Ultimate Guide to Fortnite

Outside the Skinner Box

The phrase “technology and education” usually means inventing new gadgets to teach the same old stuff in a thinly disguised version of the same old way. Moreover, if the gadgets are computers, the same old teaching becomes incredibly more expensive and biased towards its dumbest parts, namely the kind of rote learning in which measurable… Continue reading Outside the Skinner Box

Planning a Student-Led IT Helpdesk

Summer is here and I am working through some plans from Spring 2018 for Fall 2018. One of the ideas that I am most excited about is a student-led helpdesk in the IT Department to provide assistance and hopefully inspiration to our staff and students. My first stop along this path was a visit with… Continue reading Planning a Student-Led IT Helpdesk

What I learned from hosting Screenagers

A few months ago I was approached by a new parent at our school who wanted to know if our school community had seen and discussed the documentary Screenagers by Dr. Delaney Ruston. Although Kim and I had discussed this movie privately, I wasn’t sure our school and community had the interest or resources to… Continue reading What I learned from hosting Screenagers

New Google Certified Educators

Last evening six of my colleagues sat down with me in the MS HS Library to take the Level 1 exam for Google Certified Educators. Four of them are High School teachers (two English teachers, geography, mathematics) and two are from our Early Childhood program (Kindergarten and Grade 2), including one Apple Distinguished Educator. These… Continue reading New Google Certified Educators