#DadLife: I wonder…

I love a good rhetorical question (“Why can’t every day be my birthday?” or “Is there no one who can save us from Super Villain X’s evil machinations?”). The whole point of a rhetorical question however is that the question is either unanswerable or the answer is self-evident (“Uh, it’s just not physically possible to have… Continue reading #DadLife: I wonder…

“8 Big Ideas” from Gary Stager

As I write my new course for next school year (“MakeIT: A workshop for young makers”) I am looking for excellent resources to guide my own thoughts about student creativity and learning. Gary Stager, who was a keynote speaker at the school’s laptop conference, continues to provide me with highly nutritious food-for-thought. This list of ideas (written… Continue reading “8 Big Ideas” from Gary Stager

MAKE | Access Android Sensors from a Scratch Program

Now this is doubly exciting: an Android app that uses your phone’s sensors to send input to Scratch. Two of my favorite things (Scratch and Android) coming together. I have already watch the video clip (see above) and downloaded the app itself onto my Nexus One. Tomorrow I will try it out at school with… Continue reading MAKE | Access Android Sensors from a Scratch Program

29 WAYS TO STAY CREATIVE on Vimeo

29 WAYS TO STAY CREATIVE from TO-FU on Vimeo.

"Seriously, FirstClass?" (A short tragicomedy)

FirstClass: Did you mean “bog?” Me: Seriously? “Blog” is a word that was coined in 1997 to describe a web-log, a sort of online journal. This site is a blog, for example. FirstClass: Hmm…FirstClass was created in the early 1990s. Maybe I am too old to know this word. Me: But surely your built-in dictionary… Continue reading "Seriously, FirstClass?" (A short tragicomedy)

The 2011 K-12 Horizon Report: Too optimistic? | Dangerously Irrelevant | Big Think

Ouch! Scott McLeod pulls no punches in this response to the 2011 K-12 Horizon Report. He echoes Gary Stager’s assertion that most technology growth is replicative in nature: SmartBoards replicating chalkboards, clickers/responders replicating multiple-choice quizzes, teacher-selected YouTube clips replicating filmstrips and VHS tapes. Even Moodle takes a hit as he claims that it is simply another… Continue reading The 2011 K-12 Horizon Report: Too optimistic? | Dangerously Irrelevant | Big Think

25 Cents For My Thoughts: An online reading incentive program

This URL was forwarded to us all recently by a fellow teacher with the enigmatic comment “Food for thought…”  My first thought was that this might be a snarky parody of Alfie Kohn by someone having a laugh. To find out more I visited the website and it appears to be legit. (There is no… Continue reading 25 Cents For My Thoughts: An online reading incentive program

Adjusting the Prescription | The University of Virginia Magazine

One of the great things about our job is that we are often consulted about new and interesting ideas from The Great Beyond. This week the three of us were sent a link to an article in the online University of Virginia Magazine and asked to share our responses. While it would be tempting at… Continue reading Adjusting the Prescription | The University of Virginia Magazine

FirstClass Migration Plan – Shay_Smith

I had the very interesting opportunity to respond to the hypothetical question “How hard would it be to move from FirstClass to [a hosted Google mail solution]?” The answer was a simple “much easier that you think” and a simple search through the myriad of Google help pages revealed this meta-page by Shay_Smith that details… Continue reading FirstClass Migration Plan – Shay_Smith