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The Fun They Had…

I remember a story by Isaac Asimov  called “The Fun They Had“, about a future where education was the responsibility of computers in students’ homes. In his story, first published in 1951, Asimov described how a young lady, Margie Jones,

Posted in Community, Education, Social/Emotional Learning, Technology

The Uses of Inspiration

Sometimes you just want to hear some straight up excitement about the work you do every day. Jenny Megeira spoke to educators in Surrey Schools a few months back, and she more than delivered. She was extremely well spoken, creative

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Ron Smid and Analog Thought

My first draft of this post was on paper, written by hand.  I’m not an analog romantic – most of my world is digitally mediated, and I will normally do all of my drafting and rewriting on a computer.  But

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Make

In my last post I was looking at the Raspberry Pi with my kids, and their interest was high while we were looking at the physical make-up of the device, but it dropped when the problems started with the operating system.

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A Second Helping of Pi

This spring break I’ve been testing out some of the Maker materials advocated by Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager, and supplied by our district.  My kids, ages 8 and 10, are my co-experimenters, and we’re checking out some of the new learning oriented

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Try some Pi

Continuing from my post last week, in my reading of “Invent to Learn” by Martinez and Stager, I’m intrigued by the intellectual and philosophical framework of the Maker Movement.  As we continue to discover, there are rarely truly new ideas.

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Making

I’ve taken my time on engaging the Makerspace movement.  Not personally (I love making, repairing and tinkering with things), but as an educational leader.  We are bringing a lot of change to our schools, and I find myself asking, “Where

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Visual Thinking
“Baby you can drive my car...” -  but not this one, because it is parked in the lobby of the Royal BC Museum in Victoria! John Lennon’s original Rolls Royce, acquired in by the BC Museum in 1987, was on display when we went to visit last year. This Red Dragon, sculpted by designer Ping Tsing, climbs and twists, grasping its pearl.  In Victoria at Pandora and Government.

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