Category Archives: Education

Academic Aesthetic S2 Ep 7

countbooks01.JPGIn today’s episode I do not cry.


Academic Aesthetic S2 Ep 6

2010-01-20 10.21.01Today’s episode includes the sound of me forgetting to mute my phone. Clearly I am a skilled professional.

Academic Aesthetic S2 Ep 5

2013-11-21 10.14.08Today’s episode includes bonus segments of my wife blowing her nose and our cat meowing.

Academic Aesthetic S2 Ep 4

HPIM2282It’s our one week anniversary!  … and you thought I forgot…

Academic Aesthetic S2 Ep 2

TIE_badge_180 - CopyLooks like this may be a 3x per week show.  We’ll see.

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I am definitely looking for feedback and/or submissions for the show.  You can leave them as comments here or post them to my Tumblr account (anonymous posts do not require an account).

Academic Aesthetic S2 Ep 1

Decided to get back to my roots and start podcasting again.  Hopefully I’ll be able to keep this up, as it certainly is fun to do.

Since it’s been so long, I decided to start back at Episode 1.  All the old stuff will remain on here as “Season 1.”  Long live Season 2!

Show Notes:

As this is my first episode in a very long time I am definitely looking for feedback and/or submissions for the show.  You can leave them as comments here or post them to my Tumblr account (anonymous posts do not require an account).

Reaching a High Score #LevelUpBC #edtech

This presentation has gone through several revisions since I first presented it over a year ago. Here’s the current version of it that was presented at this year’s MSET iConnect event on December 1st, 2012.  The event was managed by the incredibly talented Selena Ward.

Presentation’s Google Doc:

Reality is Broken:

Article on Lee Sheldon of Indiana University:,employers-look-to-gaming-to-motivate-staff.aspx

Warcraft in School:

Minecraft in School:

Level Up Book Club: &

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Academic Aesthetic #179: On 4th Grade and Conversations

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Good Idea, Bad Idea

This is my reaction to New York City imposes new social media rules for teachers.  Click to read the article, it’s worth it.

I agree a set of rules should be established.  Every day I see people of all ages posting things that they really shouldn’t.  That stuff doesn’t go away, particularly if it’s embarrassing.

As for the schools mentioned in the article who ban social networking outright?  I’m waiting for them to ban computers and start teaching how to bang rocks together.  When it comes to technology, you can’t TEACH it if you can’t USE it. 

Social networking is one of the things that permeates the internet right now.  If I had to ban all social networking tools from my classroom over half my curriculum (including Edmodo, which is a spectacular teaching tool) would be toast.  I’d be back to teaching just MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel for 180 school days.