Click through to see the whole Mashable article and several more Vine projects. Submissions included cardboard cacti, a wire desk tree, reshaped paper clips and more. Source: Recyclables become useable art in these six-second Vines This has me thinking about having students make short stop-motion animations that are “Vine-ready.” We could focus on recycling, as these do, or pick a different challenge for students to complete. Of course we’d have to make sure the music they’re using (if they use any) is legal for them…Continue Reading “Recyclables become useable art in these six-second Vines”

(Note: This is not about me leaving my current school. I love this place too much to leave.) When I first traded my paintbrushes for a computer lab 7 years ago, I was shown a written description (on paper, even!) of the Middle School course I would be teaching. The only content it covered involved Microsoft Office products. “Naturally,” the Principal said, “We would expect you to do more than this.” Naturally, I agreed. Since then, what I do in my school has only expanded….Continue Reading “Kissing the Office Goodbye”

Normally I have videos of me playing games OR audio recordings of me talking about education. This time I combined them to see how it would go. This is the result. Today’s topics: Next year’s supply list. Why Beats are a waste of money. Google Drive & Google Apps For Education (GAFE) Are awesome. Snakes. Student tech can be better than school tech. Requiring students to have their own tech runs into the “Digital Divide.” “Loaner” tech is needed in a BYOT (Bring Your Own Tech) environment….Continue Reading “Academic Aesthetic Brain Dump 1”

The inspiration for today’s braindump brought to you by the following tweet from the one and only Will Richardson: “Outside the Skinner Box” Must read from @garystager #edchat #edreform #cpchat #satchat — Will Richardson (@willrich45) December 19, 2014 Full disclosure, I have a Wordle project in my repertoire and I use it often. It is ideal for teaching students how to save documents, how to copy/paste, how to create screen captures, and how to crop images in GIMP. It is a one day…Continue Reading “Moving Target Technology”

Today’s episode was recorded on the drive home. No script, no notes in front of me (because “eyes-on-the-road,” obviously…), and plenty of engine noises from my own vehicle and those around me that Audacity’s “Noise Removal” filter couldn’t do enough to remove.

(If you’re new here, most of my podcasts are not recorded like this.  I’m just pressed for time this week, so I multi-tasked on the way home.)


  • Throw stuff at the wall, see what sticks.
    • My hashtag idea didn’t stick.
    • Learning by doing sticks.
    • Turning a school event into a media production project sticks.
    • The “Undo” command sticks, because it means things don’t have to stick. (Wait, what?)
    • A willingness to take bad photos allows a few good photos to stick.
    • Google Drive for student use? Sticks. It REALLY sticks.

In today’s episode, I have opening night jitters.

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Today’s episode is about social interactions, for good or for ill.

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  • EdBean Podcast
    • 3 teachers discussing a variety of teaching strategies.
    • Conversation is frequently NOT about the tech, but about best practices.
    • Most recent episode from last month. Assumption is the padcast is still active.
  • “Don’t feed the trolls,” but what if they feed themselves?
    • (NSFW due to language.)
    • Written by Kathy Sierra, reposted on with permission.
    • Some people (mostly women) reach a status of recognition amongst trolls where they have no recourse.
      • Abandon social media, trolls win.
      • Ignore them, their antics escalate until they cannot be ignored.
      • Fight back, they escalate. See above.
  • #MDEduTech chat sessions
    • Start 10/20/2014
    • Every Monday @ 7PM EST
    • Target audience is Maryland teachers with an interest in technology, but we won’t chase you away.
    • First topic will be Digital Citizenship

I’ve been thinking for a while about so-called “echo chambers.” We tend to gravitate towards people with similar tastes and ideas to our own.  This of course is only natural – if someone thinks the same way we think, we’re going to like them more. If we like them, why wouldn’t we want to hang out with them? The problem that stems from this is that when the only thoughts you hear mirror your own, you sometimes begin to think that those are what everyone…Continue Reading “Academic Aesthetic S2 Ep 10: Echo Chamber”

Light Painting SampleIn today’s episode I complain that the real world is boring.

Well, it is.

(If you listen closely you can also hear me scratch my cat’s head.)

[EDIT: Previous link was to an older episode. This has been fixed.]

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