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10 Games To Foster Innovation on Your Team

I believe that projects should be fun.   When projects are fun, people share their best and most innovative ideas.   I am very thankful that my team leader introduced me to the book Gamestorming, a playbook for innovators, rule-breakers and changemakers.     As an agile coach for a software development team, it’s important for

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Reflecting On Sandy Hook

As a teacher and a parent of a pre-kindergarden student, the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary on Friday breaks my heart. I can’t keep myself from clicking on tribute pages on CNN.com and looking at those sweet innocent faces and reading the stories of the heroic teachers. Collectively, our country is asking a lot of

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Why Use Virtual Worlds To Teach?

Photo from http://www.flickr.com/photos/educationau/4291125291/sizes/m/in/photostream/   As I have been doing personal research on educational technology around chatbots, I became intrigued in how teachers use virtual worlds as a teaching tool.   This line of questioning led me to the following blog article from Vicki Davis and her students: Web 3D: Students using OpenSim Reflect on the Pressing Issues that

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5 Reasons Why We Should Value Teaching Music

We love the Christmas season since we’re a musical family. My wife and I help lead a small music ministry in our church. I enjoy playing violin, piano, guitar and leading young musicians. I love to make music with my wife who has a wonderful taste in music, has a great ear for balance and

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Why I still use textbooks

The last time I wrote a post I talked about why textbooks may become obsolete (see post here). Today I’d like to tell you why I still rely heavily upon them today. I teach two broad introductory courses, one is a general biology course for non-science majors and the other is a microbiology course for

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Undergraduate students and technology(infographic)

Popular blog posts: Reduce your stress level with keeping a plan of awesome 5 reasons to love Khan academy for computer science How do I level up as a Dad? How to reduce stress by keeping work organized using EverNote 5 ways to get more results in your teaching environment. Why is perspective critical to

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Teaching like a game designer

All teachers and leaders seek new ways to engage their students and followers.   Games have a profound potential as teaching tools.   I wanted to share some of the key questions that have helped me in my quest to become a game designer.   (I still have much to learn)  The questions serve as a checklist

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Behind the scenes with NASA: Conversations with Sally Ride, Mars rover drivers, and more…

As a kid, I loved the nights that my Dad would pull out our old school slide projector.  (very old school)  As a family, we would watch these NASA astronomy shows.  These simple slide shows would always blow my mind.   The universe is just BIG.  VERY BIG!  These childhood activities combined with unhealthy doses

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