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Life is Beautiful

Published on May 29, 2013 by in Uncategorized

Now that it is summer time I have the opportunity to sit back and reflect on my courses and how I can make them better. I teach an introductory biology course for non-majors at a small state college (equivalent to a community college in other states). I will be teaching this course during a summer

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Sir Ken Robinson’s Top Three Focus Areas for Teaching

Published on May 22, 2013 by in Uncategorized

Like all parents, Sarah and I desire to have our little ones thrive.   We want them to learn how to make good decisions since all outcomes of life are the results of choices. We hope that our children learn to love their Catholic/Christian faith and become contributing citizens to their community.   Every parent has dreams

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Top 10 Google I/O 2013 Announcements Related To Teaching And Learning

This week , Google held their annual technology conference named I/O 2013 for Google professionals and developers.   You have to love all the great technology that Google gives to the community for free!  I wanted to share a great summary video by Marques Brownlee and highlight announcements that would impact educators and educational game developers. New Google+: Google

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How to Build Your Mobile App using HTML

Are you looking for an easy way to get started building mobile apps?   In this post, I would like to introduce you to a tool called JQuery Mobile that empowers you to craft mobile applications using HTML and a little bit of JavaScript.   This free tool builds upon the strengths of the jquery

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What Makes a Great Teacher? An Article for Educators

Published on May 11, 2013 by in Uncategorized

It’s my great pleasure to introduce you to our friend Elizabeth Rosenthal. Sarah and I became friends with Elizabeth through our college church at University of Central Florida.   As an experienced art teacher, Elizabeth has a great passion for helping elementary school students to be creative.   She would enjoy connecting with you at elizabeth.rosenthal@ocps.net .  By: Elizabeth Rosenthal As

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Learn to Build Your Own Mobile App using PhoneGap

When I talk to college or high school students about my job as a software developer, I often encounter the question “how do I get started creating apps?”  As a software guy, I want to encourage students to become makers.   I love the craft of making software and building apps.   Therefore, I wanted to share

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Change Your Life And Make A Difference – Know Your Strengths

In our work place, we have started a book club around Dave Ramsey’s book “EntreLeadership.”   A small tribe of my friends from work gather over lunch to learn Dave’s lessons on business and leadership.  One awesome recipe from this book shares how you build personal and organizational momentum. Have focus Have intensity Have persistence Ask

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Building Trust in the Classroom

Published on May 1, 2013 by in Uncategorized

Two things that I’ve come across this week have made me think about the issue of trust in the classroom. The first was Michael Hyatt’s podcast on building (or rebuilding) trust which can be found here. He breaks down the process of building trust into 4 basic components: Keep your word. Tell the truth. Be

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