I’ll admit, I had no idea what a grip was. Lucky for me, this video was made in 1995 and it kinda sorta explains what that job entails. My favorite part is not the useful content that I might use with my students, but rather the Klingon wearing a colorful shirt. Source: Watch This 1995 Film That Shows That A Grip Does – DIY Photography

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”

Both accounts were reportedly suspended for copyright violations stemming from their use of GIFs of NFL game. Source: Twitter reportedly suspends Deadspin and SB Nation accounts over NFL GIFs Long story short, copyright is serious business. I’ve no love for the NFL for many reasons that I won’t rehash in this post, but it looks like they’re claiming that footage from their broadcasts turned into GIF form for twitter doesn’t equate to “fair use,” even if done by a news outlet, and there’s a good…Continue Reading “Twitter reportedly suspends Deadspin and SB Nation accounts over NFL GIFs”

Hold onto your seats: there may soon be game-changing breakthroughs in image sensors that could take low-light photography to whole new levels. Source: CMOS Inventor Working on Gigapixel Sensor That Can Detect Single Photons This sounds really cool for a lot of reasons, but remember that the sensor might as well be out of a budget smart phone if you can’t hold it steady or focus on your subject. What are the chances that the first person to use the new sensor has their thumb…Continue Reading “CMOS Inventor Working on Gigapixel Sensor That Can Detect Single Photons”

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” http://t.co/CETKBsEUwx Must read from @garystager #edchat #edreform #cpchat #satchat pic.twitter.com/9JgYNt9QP7 — 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.

Show Notes:

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

Show Notes:

  • 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 Wired.com 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