“At this point, learning to code is simply about understanding how the world functions.”

Chris Bosh wrote a pretty nerdy piece this week for Wired (that is, after making an appearance on Code.org’s call-to-action video).  In the piece, he reflects on growing up in a household with “extremely geeky parents that were constantly testing gadgets and flashing mad AutoCAD skills”.  And I wonder where I got to where I Read More …

On social media: Bridges bring the heroes in while fences make more villains

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Gangs and Violence Awareness project

Social media has done me well as a professional. Social media, however, has now been conclusively tied to petty violence and gang activity in Chicago and other major cities across the United States. Does that mean, though, that what we thought of as a limitless bridge is now collapsing and giving way to fences? Read More …

Project Citizen: infographics as a 21st century skill for public policy

This week, we launched a modified, PBL version of Project Citizen, which aims to have “participants learn how to monitor and influence public policy. In the process, they develop support for democratic values and principles, tolerance, and feelings of political efficacy.”  In the past, this project has gone really well at my school.  Students use the Read More …

watching humble sophomores interview an acclaimed author/producer = my #eduwin

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Gangs and Violence Awareness project

Last week, I helped to facilitate (note: not “teach”) a great #eduwin that was celebrated more by my students than by me as an educator.  After now weeks of working on our gangs awareness / My Bloody Life project, arrangements were finalized to Skype with Alex Kotlowitz, producer of The Interrupters (which airs on PBS tomorrow/Tuesday night). Read More …

Ning in education: presenting as a first-generation digital native

Last week, I presented a session on Nings in education at the DeICE Engage mini conference.  I made the same presentation twice (check out the materials under the Extras menu above).  Fortunately (since it was my first time presenting at a professional development conference) I did not feel intimidated by the number of attendees.  (Maybe Read More …

Twitter: social media/marketing in overdrive

CDWG | Win a Wireless Lab – Rules. Discovery Learning has made for an interesting laptops for classroom promotion.  After you enter/register for the sweepstakes, you can “re-enter” every time your re-post to Twitter (see below).  The promotion via Twitter is no surprise.  In fact, during the course of the week, I overhead someone say Read More …