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Every Student Has a Story

Published on October 23, 2013 by in Uncategorized

  All sorts of people walk into my classroom. One of the benefits of teaching is that you get to meet individuals that you might not otherwise encounter. This brings a richness to my own life for which I am incredibly grateful. Each person carries with them their own life experiences and their own burdens.

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Join us at the Atlanta Mini Maker Faire

As part of the Makers movement, a Maker Faire is a community gathering that celebrates creative expression in digital fabrication, arts, fine crafts, robotics, programming, and engineering.  Across the nation, these events are inspiring kids and adults to be creative, curious and take on the spirit of an inventor. Frequent readers of our blog will

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Inspiring Students To Learn Through Making. Here’s How.

Check out http://www.inventtolearn.com   In the STEAM movement, we seek to engage students in a love of learning about science, technology, art, and math.  In previous posts, we have discussed the risks to our local and national development if we continue to graduate students who don’t value science, math, engineering, and being creative.   How do we

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Failure is an Option

I honestly want to be the best teacher that I can be. It truly pains me when students fail or withdraw from my courses. This week two students dropped one of my courses, and there are others that haven’t showed up for several classes in a row. When this happens, I think it is important

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Why hate science?

Published on August 26, 2013 by in Uncategorized

Over the weekend I went to a potluck supper with several other families. One of the other moms there was talking to me about maybe helping her with some of her homeschool science curriculum. Of course I got really excited. I love sharing my passion for science with others. I started envisioning all sorts of

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Simple Minecraft Programming Using ScriptCraftJS

As a fan of Minecraft, I have enjoyed seeing it used for fun and playful learning.  In this post, I would like to introduce a technology for programming Minecraft and making small games.   ScriptCraft by Walter Higgins enables you to automate various tasks in Minecraft using the popular computer programming language JavaScript.   In contrast to

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New Beginnings- Tips for the new school year

Published on August 19, 2013 by in Uncategorized

I love the beginning of the school year. I always get excited when I walk into a store at the end of the summer and the smell of new school supplies fills the air. I have to be restrained when the clearance sales start to hit Target. I am known to buy new notebooks just

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7 Lessons From Starting a Professional Book Club

  When I graduated from college and started work as a professional software developer, I still thirsted to grow my mind in knowledge of my faith.   University of South Florida (USF) had a pretty cool campus ministry culture.    So, I kept going back to my old weekly bible study on campus.   The leaders of the

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Using candy to teach DNA structure

Published on July 29, 2013 by in Uncategorized

The introductory biology course that I teach focuses on cellular biology. I start with an overview of the basic types of biological molecules (carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids) and the different structures found inside of cells. I then spend several weeks covering energy acquisition (photosynthesis through glycolysis and respiration). A significant portion of the

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Programming Simple Animations Using HTML, Canvas, and JavaScript

Published on July 24, 2013 by in Uncategorized

A number of people in our community have started asking the “how do I get started as a games programmer?”  I believe we live in an exciting time to learn the craft of computer programming.   All the tools you need to start a simple game, exist in your web browser today. In this post, I

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