design

Updating Textbooks with Augmented Reality

NOTE: This post is an expansion on an iBook I published a while back. I’ve used the AR app Aurasma to build and access the augmented reality layers in the Labrary for the last few years. To learn more about how to use Aurasma, check out their overview tutorial.  The…

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ISTE 2016: Don’t Stop Believing!

I vividly remember my very first ISTE conference back in 2012. The San Diego Convention Center seemed enormous, and there was a veritable sea of people swarming in and out of sessions as far as the eye could see! More than that, however, there was a palpable electricity in the air…

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littleBits: Meet the Inventor

I’ve been so fortunate to work with the amazing people at littleBits as a Global Chapter Leader for the past year or so. They are doing some really incredible stuff around STEAM education, and they’re having lots of fun in the process (just check out this video:))! I was therefore…

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Updated Retro Gaming Console with Raspberry Pi

In a recent post, I described how I built a retro video game console using Raspberry Pi, Emulation Station, RetroPie, some components from Adafruit, and a 3D printer. When all was said and done, I realized that my 3D printed box was not tall enough to accommodate the underside of…

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There’s No “I” in Labrary!

We built the Labrary to be a community space for students and faculty to pursue interests, explore ideas, and experiment with new tools and materials. Every day, the Labrary is filled with the frenetic (some would say chaotic!) energy of self-directed learning and discovery as students throw themselves feet-first into…

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#NerdyCast Conversation with @TheNerdyTeacher

I had the opportunity this evening to chat with Nicholas Provenzano (@thenerdyteacher) on his podcast NerdyCast. Over the course of an hour, we discuss comics, graphic novels, reading, and makerspaces in schools. True to form, Nick brings his passion, insight, and humor to the conversation while also managing to drop some…

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Don’t Miss This Week’s NerdyCast Show!

Tomorrow evening I’ll be chatting with my #GTAMTV colleague and friend, Nicholas Provenzano, AKA @thenerdyteacher, on NerdyCast, an incredible podcast he’s been running for the past few years. The archive of past shows is well worth checking out! We’ll be talking about makerspaces in education, education technology news, comic books, Star…

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#CTedu Twitter Chat Recap: Makerspaces in Education

  Tonight I had the opportunity to facilitate the Connecticut Educator Twitter Chat (#CTedu) with special guests Nicholas Provenzano (aka @thenerdyteacher) and Andrew Watt (aka @andrewbwatt). The topic was makerspaces in school communities: What are they? How and why should they be used? What resources are available for me to…

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Design Challenge: #BitOlympics

For the past three weeks, the littleBits team has been busy running a global design challenge called the BitOlympics. Participants all over the world were asked to consider how they might remix an Olympic sport and then build a project that showcases their design. Five sports were chosen by a International…

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