Day 148: From the Nothing Springs Dubai

"20 years ago, there was nothing here." Saaid, our Uber driver told me. "Like, which buildings, do you mean?" I asked looking out over the vast expanse of development and construction projects. "All of them." The rampant rise of turning a desert into a booming world economy that is hosting the World Expo next year…

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Day 115: Sand boarding the Sahara

There's just something about the desert. Deserts are one of the most unforgiving and inhospitable landscapes on our mother earth. Not only can the heat peak over the 50 degree mark, erosion and weathering gives them an ephemerality that few environs have. Yet, walking around the sand, you start to notice things. Little scratches from…

Day 50: Sampling Intercourse in Vienna

"Are you ready for intercourse?" The waitress asked me. "Beg your pardon?" I kindly asked back. "Intercourse. Is your family ready for intercourse?" "I'm sorry, we didn't think this restaurant was that kind of place." I said while protectively eyeing my wife and daughter and shooting glimpses towards the bushes to see if I was…

Designing Curriculum for a Global Education

Working on curriculum can feel like a slog for many teachers. Teaching is a hard profession. With only so many hours in the school year (and even day) to create and mark assessments, meet with colleagues and prepare for lessons, (let alone teach them) it's easy to neglect updating curriculum maps to ensure the viability…

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…

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,…