Game Theory and Computational Thinking

September 11, 2014

Game Theory Games and learning go hand in hand. Children learn social interaction, communication, and even motor skills through playing. Remember, Piaget and early learning theorists broke learning down into formal and informal actions. Play is very much in the informal category, with school in the formal setting. Lately, the gamification movement has pushed to […]

My Better Third Is One

This time last year, I was writing about increasing my household population by 50%. In the blink of an eye, a year has already gone by, and we went from an empty crib to a girl sitting in her own lawn chair. I know it’s a cliché, but I feel like I blinked. Excuse me […]

Veja Du

September 5, 2014

Trying to represent a familiar object in abstract ways is harder than you’d think. The goal of this particular assignment was to take three photos of an everyday “thing” and see if someone could figure out what it is. Rather than just posting a gallery, I wanted to have some more fun. As you scroll […]

There Are 10 Kinds of People in This World

September 3, 2014

Those who can read binary and those who can’t. Te first activity we ran through for my Computational Thinking course was learning how to translate simple text into binary. Working at a software company, I feel like I’ve got a good handle on bits and bytes, pixels and codecs. I know that binary is the […]

Computational Thinking

August 29, 2014

I’m a scientist. I think in terms of what I can see and manipulate. Part of my training included a large amount of time making changes in systems, observing results, and making new changes in order to answer a question. It was systematic, measured, and thorough. Naturally, that tendency bleeds over into my relationships, parenting, […]

Why You Shouldn’t Care When Schools Throw iPads Away

August 12, 2014

In case you missed it, there were two big stories in the past two weeks about schools selling or destroying their student devices. The Atlantic posted “Why Some Schools Are Selling Their iPads” and took a deep-dive into which device is the “best for interactive learning.” Additionally, Hoboken, NJ, made headlines when they publicly claimed […]

You’ve Got the Wrong Idea

August 4, 2014

Do a quick Google search for “disrupt education.” It seems 2013 in particular was a boom for companies looking to disrupt the current education system: MOOCs, apps, product launches, startups…pick your poison. Disrupting the education space is the wrong way to influence change. Disrupting has longevity issues. To be noticed in the startup realm, you […]