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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

#LON17

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