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No Coins Needed: Retro Arcade Game Project Update

April28

A few weeks ago I shared the scoop about a few of my high school independent study Tech Club students—also known as the SWAT Team (Students Working to Advance Technology)—who are working on one totally awesome DIY project: Building and programming a tabletop retro arcade game—completely from scratch! For the first two weeks of this […]

Reinventing Education with Makerspaces

April26

Last summer my good friend, colleague and our elementary principal, Dr. Terri Harpster, and I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Pittsburgh FabLab hosted by Dr. Todd Keruskin and the Elizabeth Forward School District. This four day event exposed us to the super popular maker movement sweeping our country and more importantly, inspired us to […]

No Coins Needed: Students Designing Retro Arcade Game for Media Center

April6

Here’s one for the Throwback Thursday fans… Who’s up for a game of Ms. Pacman? How ’bout Donkey Kong or Frogger? Well, it won’t be long until middle and high school students in our media center will have the chance to take a trip back to 80’s to experience some of the coolest video games […]

Diigo Weekly Bookmarks

February12

What’s new this week in my Diigo bookmarks? Check out the links shown below for some of the latest and greatest web tools and resources that can be utilized to engage students in your classroom! » Grammar Bytes! An interactive web site that offers “grammar instruction with attitude.” Covering terms and usage through exercises, handouts, presentations […]

A Veterans Day Video Tribute: BASD Honors All Who Have Served

November9

In the words of Elmer Davis, “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” These words could not be more true—which is why my Tech Club/SWAT Team students and I decided to produce a video that honors the Americans who serve(d) in our […]

The Imagination Zone: Building a Generation of Makers

November7

By definition, a makerspace provides hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they engage in science, technology, engineering, art, math (STEAM) and some good ol’ fashioned tinkering. Even though these kinds of areas, also known as Hackerspaces and FabLabs, have been part of the MakerEd movement that has swept […]

Tech It Up Tuesday: Selecting an App without Losing Your Mind

November1

It’s Tuesday again and time for me to unleash another tech-isode in my “Tech It Up Tuesday” series in which I share an edtech tool, app, site or other resource that can be utilized in the educational setting. This week’s geeky goodness is about to get started right here, right now with some info regarding the […]

Teaching the Presidential Election: A Collection of Classroom Resources

October24

As the candidates crisscross the country in a quest for votes that will determine who will become the 45th President of the United States, educators also have an awesome opportunity: To teach students about the American political process as well as the roles and responsibilities of U.S. citizens. For many reasons, this election has been unlike any […]

Diigo Weekly Bookmarks

October23

What’s new this week in my Diigo bookmarks? Check out the links shown below for some of the latest and greatest tech tools that can be utilized to incorporate technology into your classroom! » Toontastic An iOS app that allows users to create an animated cartoon in which their characters speak. Finished products can be exported […]

Get Animated with GifBoom

May12

In honor of Throwback Thursday, I thought I’d dial up a post that was written a few years ago by some of my Tech Club students. It goes something like this… Videos are cool, but how about using pictures and eye-catching effects to make them? Here’s a fun app called GifBoom that turns your ordinary […]

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