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March 27, 2014

TEDx says get ready… but keep your device off

I’m off to TEDxPhiladelphia tomorrow.  I am ready to be inspired by speakers with solutions to great challenges and innovative ideas.  I have attended and blogged about previous TEDxPhilly and TEDxPhiladelphiaEd events, and I always bring away great stories to share with students.  I have been receiving many emails leading up the event with suggestions that I dress casual, pack light, and then there’s this: Unplug » Sounds crazy to us, too …


March 26, 2014

2014 TLT Symposium at Penn State

Another year, another great Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium (known as the TLT Symposium) held at Penn State!  This is “the” event for faculty, graduate students, and instructional designers from across all campuses of the university to come together to share their best practices and innovative approaches to using technology in the classroom – whether that classroom be face-to-face, blended, or fully online. I blogged about the TLT Symposium …


March 20, 2014

From TED: 3 rules to spark learning

Ramsey Musallam’s TED talk is described as the following: “It took a life-threatening condition to jolt chemistry teacher Ramsey Musallam out of ten years of “pseudo-teaching” to understand the true role of the educator: to cultivate curiosity. In a fun and personal talk, Musallam gives 3 rules to spark imagination and learning, and get students excited about how the world works.” What the description does not share is that he …


March 16, 2014

Taking Google Earth beyond the “dirt”

In 2006, oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle had a conversation with the Google Earth and Maps director that set our Google views on an exciting path forward.  Dr. Earle stated (in her words from a blog post): “You should call Google Earth ‘Google Dirt’. What about the ¾ of the planet that is blue?”  Zip forward to February 2009, when Google launched Ocean in Google Earth which now allows us to …


March 15, 2014

Different tech tools used to find missing Malaysia Airlines jet

It is when events such as the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 remind us of large our planet is and the challenges of exploration – or in this case, pinpointing the location for rescue/recovery of this plane and the 239 people on board (as I write this post, the flight has been missing for eight days). There was one report that a crash site had been determined through …


February 18, 2014

My first run with Nearpod

Today was a really special (and exhausting!) day for me.  I spent the day in the classroom of a good friend and colleague, Theresa Lewis-King.  Theresa teaches at AMY Northwest, a middle school in Philadelphia.  Last fall, Theresa wrote a mini-grant and obtained three iPad minis for her classroom.  She knows I use technology with my students, and she was looking for ideas of how to use the iPads in …


February 2, 2014

GoldieBlox is back – thanks to online voting

Last year, I wrote a blog post about GoldieBlox and the use of a Beastie Boys song to promote their toys to help girls develop an early interest in engineering (see Is a parody copyright infringement or fair use?).  The chatter about GoldieBlox company diminished in the news – but then, it has come back in a big way – with its own Super Bowl commercial! Thanks to Intuit and …


January 30, 2014

Pick A Student

Picture this… you are sitting in class, taking notes while the professor is lecturing, and then, she pauses and turns to the class to ask a question.  She is waiting for an answer.  What do you do?  You avoid eye contact so that she doesn’t call on you.  You bury your head in your laptop, or you start texting on your cell phone… Sound familiar? So, how is the faculty …


January 22, 2014

2014 is NASA’s “The Year of Earth”

From the NASA Earth Right Now website: With the launch of five Earth-observing missions in 2014 — more Earth-focused launches in a single year in more than a decade — NASA will be able to deliver even more crucial data to scientists trying to understand our changing planet. Since the agency’s inception in 1958, NASA has established itself as a world leader in Earth science and climate studies. It is …


January 19, 2014

Hashtagr – aggregating hashtags over multiple platforms

As usual, this technology tidbit that came to me via Twitter caught my eye: This website allows you to monitor a hashtag over multiple platforms. Have a play! — Tweet your Science (@tweetyoursci) January 19, 2014 I certainly don’t use all of the available social media channels available, but I knew I wanted to explore this more.  Because I am not on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest, I’ve often wondered …