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Creating Authentic Learning Environments using Project Based Learning and Scrum

As a leader for a software development team, I really enjoy seeing our team members teach each other.   Because I value education, I personally want to understand how various leadership practices foster learning.   On our team, we have decided to … Continue reading

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Women in Math and Science

There has  been a lot of chatter on the internet this week on successful women in the workplace (thank you Marissa Mayer and Sheryl Sandberg). Nature just dedicated an entire issue to women in science (see interesting article here). Seeing … Continue reading

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Am I a teacher?

“Do you consider yourself a teacher?” This question was posed to me by a colleague standing in the door of my office earlier this week. My first thought was, “Um. Yes, don’t you? That’s why we’re here isn’t it? To … Continue reading

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Massimo Banzi: How Arduino is open-sourcing imagination

Open source 3D Printer – Photo taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_source_hardware As makers, we have the opportunity to build upon the ideas and innovations of those who came before us.  The “open” movement challenges us to consider the opportunities for innovations when ideas … Continue reading

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Being a lifelong learner

As a teacher I am surrounded by learning, or at least I hope that I am. I spend my days trying to figure out ways to help my students learn and serving as an advocate for education. As I was … Continue reading

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Who are your heroes?

There are many different reasons that people go into teaching. I am still not sure how I got here, but I do know that I am supposed to be here. I can’t really explain it, but I feel at home … Continue reading

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Course Design: You might be doing it wrong

When I started teaching college classes last year I had very little preparation. I just kind of jumped, head first, into the deep end. I was handed a set of textbooks and a course description and sent on my way. … Continue reading

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Adjustments (Flipping Update #2)

So my microbiology had their first exam last Thursday. It wasn’t pretty. The class average was a 67. Ugh. There was one person who did awesome, and a few that did ok, but the majority of the class scored right … Continue reading

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Reflections on STEM education in US: Have we lost our focus as a nation?

“We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and … Continue reading

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Learning On The Go: Convert Your Favorite Blogs To Podcasts

As an audio learner, I enjoy technologies that help me to learn by listening.   My wife and I subscribe to Audible, enabling us to consume audio books despite our busy schedules as parents.    On Free Tech for Teachers, … Continue reading

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