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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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Ohboyohboyohboy, #ISTE2016

I’m incredibly appreciative of the support I receive from my administration when it comes to professional development. I’ve been fortunate enough to attend the last four ISTE conferences (San Diego, San Antonio, Atlanta, and Philadelphia) and I’m super excited for this year’s event in Denver! There are so many amazing presentations, poster…

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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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The Continuing Evolution of Our Labrary Makerspace

The role and influence of our Labrary Makerspace continues to grow and evolve with each passing year. Three years ago, when we first opened up a small makerspace in the Upper School library, it was simply a room with some cool equipment. The plan was to have it open for students…

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Thad Starner, Lizzie, and the Beginnings of Wearable Technology

On my way home from Massachusetts yesterday, I listened to an episode of NPR’s Invisibilia called Our Computers, Ourselves, which dealt with the evolving relationship between humans and computers. The whole episode is well worth a listen, but I was particularly intrigued by the story of Thad Starner, who, as…

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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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