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Screenagers – The After Show

Last night I had an opportunity to facilitate a reflection conversation with parents and teens after a showing of Screenagers. Hosted by Lantern Academy, the movie was shown at a local high school with a diverse, engaged, and eager audience. Attendance was fantastic and watching with this group of people made the movie come to … Continue reading Screenagers – The After Show

Growing an Apple Distinguished Educator

Leaving my kids is never easy. From September to June I look forward to and long for slow Summer mornings and warm Summer days. Having this time to reconnect with my kids and family after a busy school year is a magnificent gift. Taking time to play, laugh, think, explore, learn, and be together is…well… … Continue reading Growing an Apple Distinguished Educator


Langniappe, eudaimonia, and googliness. My whirlwind adventure to the Google for Education Innovators Academy in London can be summed up by these three words. Langniappe - a little something extra, a special gift or a bonus. Before leaving for London, the Google for Education team sent each of the 36 Innovators, from around the world, … Continue reading #LON17

Truth Depends on your .domain

It was mentioned in a podcast I recently listened to, and I had to try it for myself. Google maps aren't the same from domain to domain, and the "truth" of these borders depends on the country from which you're viewing.  Take a look below. What if we had students look at maps from different domains? … Continue reading Truth Depends on your .domain

Challenge: Squishy Circuits

Powered by a AA battery and using conductive dough and insulating dough, can you make an LED light light up? Can you make a motor move? Can you make a buzzer sound? Planning Guide: squishy-circuits Conductive Dough 1 cup water 1 cup flour 1/4 cup salt 3 tablespoons cream of tartar 1 tablespoon vegetable oil drops … Continue reading Challenge: Squishy Circuits