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Summer Reading

After suffering through the semester from, well you know (see my last post here), I have not been inclined to do much reading or thinking about teaching. That said, I have read some interesting books during my summer break and I’d like to share them with you. When I get snippets of free time like

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OpenBarter: Case Study in Civic Web App Design (Part 1)

Published on June 14, 2014 by in Uncategorized

  On May 31 – June 1, 2014, Middle Georgia citizens participated in the National Day of Civic Hacking(NDoCH), a fun weekend of community service using design, programming and technology.  In this national event, citizens across the nation explored challenges, created prototypes, and shared their solutions with their peers. I had the opportunity to work

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Survival Mode

Hey there. Remember me? I’m that crazy biology professor that used to blog on this site. I just survived the semester from H-E-double hockey sticks. Survived is a good word for it. I can’t say that I was the most inspired educator this Spring. Creativity and ingenuity kindof went out the classroom window. Instead, I

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Macon National Day of Civic Hacking: Community Service Through Technology #MacHack

Published on June 2, 2014 by in Uncategorized

On May 31 – June 1, 2014, Middle Georgia citizens participated in the National Day of Civic Hacking(NDoCH), a fun weekend of community service using design, programming and technology.  In this national event, citizens across the nation explored challenges, created prototypes, and shared their solutions with their peers. Special Thanks to our supporters and sponsors:

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Join the Middle Georgia Makers Community

Published on May 28, 2014 by in Uncategorized

Middle Georgia Makers Community Our Vision To build a collaborative community of artisans, entrepreneurs and technology professionals known for grassroots innovation, creativity, leadership and our passion to serve. We foster a diversified and thriving Middle Georgia economy through mentorship of entrepreneurs, hands-on learning programs, and providing creative spaces/tools to convert ideas into marketable products and services.

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Why Community Building is Powerful

Published on May 24, 2014 by in Uncategorized

As human beings, we have fundamental need for connection to each other.   All thriving organizations that I have cared about seemed to have a strong sense of community.    Great communities are life giving, authentic, and naturally generate an impact.   You can try to lead by fear, intimation, or force people to follow you because of your ‘title.’   I’m starting to

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Beautiful Art and Projects at #MakerFaire 2014

Published on May 19, 2014 by in Uncategorized

  It’s inspiring to see the innovation, creativity, projects, and art from #MakerFaire 2014. Enjoy these small clips from this awesome #maker event. Check out the #makerfaire on Twitter! What’s your favorite project from #MakerFaire 2014? Posts From InspiredToEducate.NET 10+ Lessons To Help You Grow Your Skills as a Developer from Mercer GDG 17 Fun

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Visionary Kickstarter Projects to Inspire Future Makers

Pi-Bot: The Next Great Tool for Learning Arduino Robotics! : The Pi-Bot is a uniquely designed (and affordable!) complete robot kit for anyone interested in building and programming robots!   Please consider supporting this team of college students supporting STEM education through their robotics innovation.  It looks really cool. AgIC Print – Printing circuit boards with home

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“STEAM: Creating A Maker Mindset” by @vvrotny and @speterson224

As parents and teachers, we encourage our kids to become well rounded people who love learning.   In our world of cell phones, ipads, and computers, it’s easy for kids to become passive consumers of media and technology.   We, however, want are kids to be active, curious, and creative.   Since I’m a musician

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Easy Recipes for Building Android Apps using MIT App Inventor

To help make Android App building more accessible to EVERYONE, researchers at MIT have released a wonderful tool to empower makers and students to quickly build apps using a puzzle metaphor of programming.  Everyone can play with puzzles.   Right!?   MIT App Inventor, originally developed by Google, enables beginners to create applications in hours.

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