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 […]

Sound for the Eyes

July 15, 2014

I read an article recently on the need for an “Instagram of Sound” – the idea being that I can record a short audio clip and then immediately share it to a network. After searching and searching, I couldn’t find the one I read, but there’s a good article on Motherboard which makes the case. […]

It’s a Twitter Robot!

July 10, 2014

Update 8/20/2014 8:30 AM: I have deactivated the script for this Twitter bot. It was fun, and the process is below if you want to read more. But, the Twitter feed is now inactive. I’ve been fascinated by the proliferation of non-spammy Twitter bots in the last year. Chatbots have been around for a long […]