Connecting Your Classroom to the World

One of the things I'm looking forward to the most next year is the ability to collaborate globally. As a classroom teacher, I've been able to foster connections using tools like skype and hangouts with professionals such as authors and scientists in fields that my students are learning about and are innately curious. Tools like…

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Use ‘Google Fi’ for Worldwide Cell Coverage and Roaming

A friend of mine recently shared the power of 'Google Fi' and I just pulled the trigger. 'Fi' is Google's cellular data plan and has a few things that might make it my next provider for life. The key points about it are: It offers free talk and texts worldwide for $20 per month. 1…

Kids and Screen Time: How Much is ‘Too Much?’

One of the more paradoxical conundrums I read about on a daily basis is kids and screen time. Since the digital learning revolution has been fully embraced by schools that can afford it and skills weave themselves into lesson from teachers that can teach it, we have to ask ourselves "How much is too much?"…

Google Tour Creator: 5 Tips for a Successful Tour

The world of AR and VR is exploding in education, and everyday life. More and more, we're seeing VR and AR exhibitions in museum experiences, trade expos and even school field trips. I've done workshops on 'Google Expeditions' for general classroom teachers and interest is booming. Since expeditions are run on student's own mobile devices,…

Tips for Working with Drones on your Holiday

My after school 'Techsperts' club has been learning about drones. It's inescapable that we are in the early stages of living with drones in our everyday lives. From packages being delivered from Amazon, modern warfare, and recreational use, the public has adapted to that familiar 'bee-hive' like buzz at sporting events, beaches, and popular tourist…

Building a Better Connected World

Humans are social creatures. It's these social interactions that build our identify and sense of purpose. If we identify and spend time with good people, we'll tilt towards honorable behavior. Likewise, spending time in a toxic work environment will drag you down into the cess pool. As we celebrate the 30 year anniversary of the…

Part 3-The Travel Gear Diaries: Hardwear

I'll basically be carrying a portable movie studio in my carry on bag for our trip. We stocked up on a lot of this gear when we were home for Christmas. Some was a gift from ourselves to ourselves which is not really in the spirit of Christmas but we wanted to make sure that…