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Herding Robots – the life and times of a...

Herding Cats This academic year I have been a coach for a First Tech Challenge (FTC) Team; as the father of a high school student, I stepped in to fill a void – and to spend time with my son I am one of two coaches – Jan is another parent (and...

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Let Paperslide Into Your Class

Isn’t it great when you walk away from a keynote with something you can actually use immediately? This is what happened when I saw Lodge McCammon give the closing keynote at IntegratED IPDX 2017 in February. He introduced us to...

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Breaking Into Breakout EDU

What exactly is this Breakout EDU thing I keep hearing about? You may have heard about escape rooms, where you pay someone to lock you and your friends in a room and you must collaborate to solve puzzles within the time limit in order to escape...

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Blending Together – Creating and...

Today I asked my students who their favorite musicians are. It was a natural extension of a conversation we were having that sprang from the curriculum and I was genuinely curious. I am an Old, and I don’t know what The Kids are into...

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Get in the Game(ification) With Five Games

This year at the CUE 2017 National Conference there were a lot of sessions on the topic of gamification, a strategy for increasing student engagement by applying game design principles to a classroom setting. After my presentation, several...

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Your Internet History is Now For Sale

Most of us are acutely aware of the fact that everything you do on the Internet can be monitored and tracked by your Internet Service Provider (ISP). Every site you visit, how long you spend on the site, what you click on, etc., can be logged...

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A Look Back- CUE 2017 National Conference...

Looking back on CUE 2017, I am struck by the number of small moments in a venue so large it requires maps and guides. With nearing 8000 attendees, how could I possibly compose a reflection post that accurately describes CUE?   For those readers...

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#CUE17- The Game

For the past few years, I’ve had the pleasure and honor of working on CUE conferences, mostly from afar at my homebase outside of Chicago, Illinois. My role has been to monitor social media, contribute to virtual conversations, and share ideas...

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Finding My Way In Palm Springs

The CUE 2017 National Conference is right around the corner, so I’m here to tell you what you’ll find around the corners at the conference.* I suggest adding this link to your Use At National list of helpful websites. Behind those...

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Divergent Thinking in the Creative Classroom

If you want to increase divergent thinking in your classroom, make some art! Okay, so as a visual arts teacher, I know you’ll think I’m a little biased here, but let me try to convince you. Just to make sure we’re on the same page, let’s define...