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7th grade genius hour at Cascade Middle School

Dave Winters sent me a very nice message today thanking me for my TEDxDesMoines talk, Extracurricular Empowerment (Getting Beyond Fear). But what was even more fun was getting to see the compilation video of his students’ genius hour projects at Cascade Middle School. This is a touching, inspiring video and is a great idea for [...]

Help Me #ds106, You’re My Only Hope

This coming Tuesday, May 31st, I’ll be working with some English 11 students about turning written memoirs into digital stories. The teacher has given me carte blanche to introduce students to a wide range of media and forms for turning a written work into a 3-5 minute digital narrative. Needless to say, it will likely […]

Thinking About Digital Literacy

I was asked to speak at the VCU School of Education’s Teaching Literacy in a Digital World Conference this past Saturday. I’ve haven’t spent much time thinking about “digital literacy” in the past few years. It’s been somewhat mashed together with other terms that overlap like- digital fluency, computational thinking, etc. Show More Summary

Giant Twix – A Video Story Problem

After an almost two-year hiatus, I actually set aside some time to edit together a new video story problem. It’s not a particularly difficult video, nor is it highly polished…but it does involve candy, so that’s a plus, right? Truth be told, to create a video story problem properly (or at least the current way […]

Post Documents for Student Comments

Students writing short papers and posting them for comments from other students is a fairly common pattern among VCU faculty. It’s a nice entry point because it doesn’t require any radical rethinking but still starts to expand the audience...Show More Summary

3 minutes: Redesigning lessons with trudacot [VIDEO]

I’m finally posting the video from my Redesigning lessons with trudacot presentation at ISTE last year. 3 minutes. Happy viewing! Want to learn more about the trudacot discussion protocol?

Opening The Door to Possibility #stem

Today was my first day in my new position as Director of Professional Development at the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA). Key parts of my day were spent planning with Diana Benner and Peggy Reimers, as they prepare for the...Show More Summary

Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

Orthoprint, or How I Open-Sourced My Face | Amos Dudley tags: 3d printing teeth dentistry weekly Joe Freedman’s Amazing Cycloid Drawing Machine – YouTube tags: art engineering math make maker weekly An Infantryman Learns To Code — Inside DigitalOcean — Medium I wonder how often this opportunity is there but the person isn’t... Show More Summary

We’re Trying To Do “The Wrong Thing Right” in Schools

Whenever I think about the way most schools are structured today, I always come back to the same question: Do we do the things we do because they’re better for kids or because they are easier for us? For instance: separating kids by age in school. Show More Summary

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