Category Archives: TechnoNerd

Connections

There’s a part of me that is always reaching out to make connections with people.  I come up with a scheme, either money making or just for fun, and I immediately imagine my family, my friends, and now my old 6th grade teacher in that spot.

Just to give you two examples.

The first involves my brothers and the idea of starting an educational technology business.  I’m a former teacher turned ed consultant.  My older brother is an accountant for a local Credit Union.  And, my little brother is an artist turned computer programmer.  So naturally, my ed tech firm would be the perfect business to pull us all in.  Mike does the books, I develop the programs we need and work with schools.  Thomas makes the programs.  Its perfect, don’t ya see.

The second has to do with a recent lunch I had with my former 6th grade teacher and mentor, Mr. Powers.  As we are telling each other the stories of when we both dropped out of college, me in the 90s and him . . . before that, I imagine this blog that we could write that is similar to the Julie/Julia Movie.  We would each tell the story of how we went from college dropouts to teachers.  It would end with us telling the story of our first years as teachers.

There’s something about being the middle child that wants everyone to play with you.

PhotoMath. Scary Brilliant!!

I love this app.  I am a teacher, not a math teacher I grant you, but a teacher none the less, and I love this app.  It challenges what we think the purpose of math education is, where technology fits in that education, and how we should teach math.

PhotoMath from MicroBLINK on Vimeo.

There have always been ways for students to cheat.  There will always be ways for them to cheat.  This can be the latest, but it can also be a tool to help those who are afraid to ask for help.  Or for those who just want to figure it out on their own.  It can be a tool for parents to help their kids.  It can be a lot of things, but first, it will scare most traditional math teachers.

Like Wikipedia scares some English teachers.

The Google

I’m sitting and watching TV.  I see something I am curious about.  I want to look it up.  Should I?  Another great post from 22 Words.

A Bit On Google

I use Google Everything.  I have an Android phone.  I have Gmail.  I use Google Drive to store all my documents.  I browse using Google.  I can’t remember the last day in which Google and I didn’t communicate in some way.

Just a little something about Google.