Hadn't seen this before but lots of good information for those educational institutions pondering Chromebooks and accessories... CDW Chromebook Solutions Guide.
Fun read... A look into the deep, dark, strangely complicated world of Simpsons mathematics. via Homer's Last Theorem - Boing Boing.
Excited to see Blair getting recognition for his initiative to get our flight simulator program going (not to mention all the other things he does for Hammond from our athletic program to hammondschool.tv to keeping me full of ideas for ways for us to be innovative): Through the generosity of Columbia native Austin Meyer, Hammond is … Continue reading Taking Flight
Using our @makerbot Replicator 5th Generation to study design process involved with making movable parts in a single print here at Hammond...
Have our 3D Printer, drone, and a class set of Sphero's in my office @hammondschool. Fun afternoon of applied learning with our 5th graders! Location:Hammond School, Columbia, United States
Last night, my six year old daughter started playing Minecraft on my Windows desktop. She was clumsy with the keyboard / mouse combination that a desktop Minecraft experience requires. Telling her that "W" moves your character forward, and "S" backwards while you use your mouse to pan and active click (oh, and spacebar to hop) … Continue reading What is Creativity Without a Keyboard (or Why I Want My Kids to Play Minecraft)?
To me, the crux of the issue of using devices in a classroom comes down to the culture of a specific classroom... is there a teacher at the front of the room sharing information and knowledge with an audience of students, or is there a collaborative environment (or something of a hybrid)? This is written … Continue reading Screens in the Classroom
We religion majors don't do so bad, either... Defying all conventional wisdom and their parents’ warnings, most English majors also secure jobs, and not just at Starbucks. Last week, at the gathering of the Associated Departments of English, it was reported that English majors had 2 percent lower unemployment than the national rate, with an … Continue reading Importance of Crisis for Humanities
Dear Mary Hudson and Laura Cooper, You'll inevitably ask "what should I be when I grow up?" when you're in high school if not before. You might not say it out loud to me, but you'll whisper it to yourself. I already see it in both of your eyes when I tell you about my … Continue reading “What Should I Be When I Grow Up?”
Greenville's doing just fine. I'm more concerned about the brain/talent drain in the Pee Dee of SC due to lack of state support for economic development and infrastructure: http://m.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/01/smaller-town-startups-stopping-the-brain-drain-in-south-carolina/283338/
Let's make sure our citizens are literate first and capable of doing basic math before we try to sell the next "American Dream" as being a app maker to our kids. I love coding. I loved when my students were interested in coding as a middle school teacher. However, I made it clear to them … Continue reading Not Every American Needs to Learn How to Code
Whatever you're doing right now, stop it. And go look (watch) this amazing production: Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt. Code is on GitHub.
I'd argue the same is true for ministers and most any level of professional job given our current economic mega-recession and the tendency of those inside the core to overstay their welcome... The academic job market is structured in many respects like a drug gang, with an expanding mass of outsiders and a shrinking core … Continue reading The Ministry and Drug Gang Economics
Make sure to check out the cheat sheet at the bottom. Math is pretty awesome when you use it... Many contestants fail to win anything on The Price is Right, of course. But as I watched the venerable game show that morning, it quickly became clear to me that most contestants haven't thought through the … Continue reading How to Win on Price is Right Using Math
Science Magazine has posted the 12 finalist videos from its annual Dance Your PhD contest. The contest asks scientists from around the world to send in videos of themselves interpreting their research in dance form. As usual, this year's finalists have gone all out with some wacky, fun, and just plain bizarre videos. You can … Continue reading Why isn’t Thomas Whitley in this competition?
I just re-checked the Apple site because I'm utterly confused as to why the L.A. school district would be buying $770 iPads when the $499 models are perfectly fine for school use (helped with a few deployments myself over the past few years). I'm guessing they went with the 64 GB wifi models ($699 retail) … Continue reading L.A.’s iPad Conundrum
As a fan of economic theory (by no means an expert), I've always tried to rationalize the chasm that exists between private school and public school teacher pay. Having been both a private school and public school teacher, I've had to rationalize this on a whole different level. Though there are lots of generalities in … Continue reading Differences in Private and Public School Teacher Pay
erm… no: Why Great Teachers Are Fleeing the Profession - Speakeasy - WSJ: "Teaching is essentially a part time job. They ‘work’ an average of 6 months out of the year. That number is further reduced in the northern climes by snow days (about 10 a year) which are NEVER made up. They have long … Continue reading Another Reason I’m Not a Teacher Anymore
No doubt... Dear Class of ’13: You’ve been scammed - Brett Arends's ROI - MarketWatch: "Move over, Illuminati. Stand down, Wall Street. Area 51? Pah. It’s nothing. The biggest conspiracy of all? The College-Industrial Complex."
Half a penny of every federal dollar goes to NASA... NASA 2014 Budget: More for Asteroids, Less for Planets and Education - BadAstronomy: Continuing the bad news, education takes a big hit, going from $137 million to $94 million, a 33 percent cut. Shame on us.