Computational Thinking

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,Read More

Why You Shouldn’t Care When Schools Throw iPads Away

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 claimedRead More

You’ve Got the Wrong Idea

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, youRead More

Improving Questions, Part 2

Before starting this post, please go back and look at Part 1 to get the research justification for the outline below. In an effort to make research more accessible and visible in the implementation of new ideas, here is a practical, "how-to" explanation of ways to get students to ask better questions. While all ofRead More