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Maker Camp: Free Virtual Summer Camp for Teens

As a Dad, I’m always looking for new ways to engage my kids in play and making cool stuff.   I wanted to share an online event provided by Make magazine that starts today. (2pm EST)    This online event or online conference will serve teens, young students and makers.   From reviewing their online

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7 Reasons Why The Makers Movement Is Revolutionary

7 Reasons Why The Makers Movement Is Revolutionary Chris Anderson has been watching trends in innovation for years while working with “The Economist” and serving as editor for “Wired” magazine.   In his new book “Makers: The New Industrial Revolution”,  he claims that we have experienced three industrial revolutions.   The first involved physical manufacturing.   Through the

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#HackForChange : Inspiring Students To Thrive By Positive Social Connections

I hope your Monday is going well.  I’m pretty excited to share my experience in HackForChange this weekend.   It was a great weekend of coding to address civic challenges. What’s the problem? http://hackforchange.org/challenge/help-students-thrive-education-challenge 3 Strategies to Break the Cycle of Poverty for Students and Families Inspirations… http://www.inventtolearn.com/ http://theleanstartup.com/ http://100startup.com/ What did we build? You

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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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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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Learn to Build Your Own Conversational Bot using ChatScript

Science fiction (i.e. Star Trek and Star Wars) paint a vision of the future where people can simply use conversational language to interact with their robots and computers.   In the future, conversation will become a first class user interface like the keyboard, the mouse, and touch screens.    Bruce Wilcox has made a powerful contribution to

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Can ChatBots Increase Student Engagement And Learning? [Case Study]

 Our ability to speak and have conversations to pass on knowledge is one of our most cherished human qualities.   As a young father, I have enjoyed seeing my little ones learn new words and learn how to communicate their needs.  Learning language is one of our first big lessons of life. For me, it has

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12 Steps To 3D Print Your Minecraft Creations

Chris Anderson, author of the book “Makers”, argues that the world becomes a more interesting place when the world of bits can be converted to the world of atoms.     With the rise of “3D printers,” teachers, students, hackers, and makers can design 3d models and “print” them.   The act of “printing” a “3d” model converts

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How might we improve the way citizens and governments interact?

If you read the news paper, it’s impossible to avoid headlines related to big issues facing our culture.   How do we value people and human life?  How do we address poverty?  How do we improve our education system to foster a culture of great teachers?   For our exceptional teachers, how do we celebrate those teachers

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