Saturday, December 30, 2017

Coffee and Culture- Black Mirror


For the New Year, I have decided to write a post from time to time on issues that have to do with Arts, Culture, Education, and/ or Technology.  For now, I'm going to call it "Coffee and Culture".  My goal is to highlight these issues with brief reviews for some food 4 thought discussion.

With that said, here is my first installment.

If you are a Netflix Subscriber and you are looking for some really thought provoking viewing, I would highly recommend watching the Series "Black Mirror"  *Now let me warn you right now*.  This is not for children and it often explores, as its title suggests, the dark side of technology and the dark side of humanity.  Season 1, Episode 1, is probably the most difficult to take on, so you may want to skip that episode at first.  (It might help to digest that one later).  The series is really a darker-up to-date version of The Twilight Zone, so you can watch the episodes in whatever order you would like.

So how does this relate to education or technology?   What Black Mirror successfully does is take a technology and extend it's dynamic to an often extreme length to highlight human frailties such as the corruption of power, self esteem and status, as well as, the potential for using code for devious means.  

By examining the extremes, we can perhaps make sense of the day to day technology uses and abuses to make a society built on wisdom and kindness rather than weakness and corruption. 

Anyway, if you want some more info or would like to join in on a conversation about Black Mirror, check out the links below.  Or if you're more daring, respond in a post below.

Black Mirror on Twitter
Black Mirror Facebook
Reddit Threads
IMBD Black Mirror
Black Mirror Trailer on Youtube (Not recommended for Children)

Themes that are addressed that have education threads:  Virtual Worlds, Artificial Intelligence, Technology and Status.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

The #CWAG Year in Review 2017

I had an amazing year of interviews and learning.   I have linked my videos to the amazing people I have had the pleasure of talking with this year.

January: 
February
  • Fanny PasseportI came across Fanny's work when I stumbled across her website that had the ISTE Standards for Students explained within a Thinglink.  She has a kind hearted manner about her but is fearless in her #edtech adventures!  Video Only  
March:
  • Rachelle Dene Poth:  Had a chance to meet Spanish/ STEAM Teacher, etc. Rachelle at ISTE 17 and she is just as inspiring in person as in this interview.  Tons of great ideas!  Video Only
April
  • Katie GarnerAuthor and Educator, Katie, has a lot of great ideas for getting students reading!  Not limited to #Edtech, Katie shared a lot of great ideas.  Video Only
May:
  • Jen Giffen:  Digital Literacy Resource Teacher with the York Region District School Board, Jen has amazing ideas and is Energy Plus!  Find her work HEREVideo Only 
June: 
  • Liz Hardy:  Liz is an online learning expert and has some amazing insights into education and learning in general.  She wanted to do a text based interview only which was quite lively and fascinating.  Check out her work:  HERE
July:
  • Vicki Morgado:  16 Year Elementary Educator from Canada, Vicki is amazingly fluent in #Edtech.  She has great ideas for becoming a Tech Savvy Teacher!  Video Only
August:
September:
October:
November:
  • The NYSCATE Sessions:  November is really a month devoted to our ISTE Affiliate.  NYSCATE.  This conference is a fantastic place to connect, learn, and share.  I had a chance to chat with some great educators.   
December:  
  • Mike Drezek-  Technology Integrator at Lake Shore Central Schools.  A Must Follow on Twitter!  Video Only

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Mike Drezek



Had a great #Edtech Chat with Technology Integrator Extraordinaire, Mike Drezek.  I have gotten  to know Mike over the years in his role as Technology Integrator for Lake Shore Central Schools.  He is undaunted in his quest to push the boundaries of edtech.  Mike has helped his district and teachers integrate tech tools ranging from virtual environments to multimedia tools.  He is always willing to help and share, which makes him an indispensable part of the my Professional Learning Network.  He was recently honored with NYSCATE's Lee Bryant Outstanding Teacher Award.  

Bio:  
Michael is a Technology Integrator for Lake Shore Central School District. He is entering his 4th year in this role and 14th year teaching. Michael serves on the District Technology Committee and Western New York Technology Integrators’ Forum Advisory Panel. He is a Google Certified Educator Level 1 and 2, Microsoft Innovative Educator and Trainer, 2016 Apple Teacher with Swift Playgrounds Designation. He is an educator ambassador for Seesaw, CoSpaces, Buncee, Flipgrid and CueThink. Michael is passionate about using technology to accelerate learning, amplify student voice and empower both teachers and students.

Connect with Mike at:
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/m_drez
Website: https://michaeldrezek.com/


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Kyle Kitchen



WHEN:  Dec. 7th
WHERE:  Youtube Live
TIME 4:-4:30pm Easter.  Or watch later

I really enjoyed my conversation with Canadian Technology Integrator, Kyle Kitchen.

Last Spring, I got to see Kyle's Keynote presentation at the Canada Connect Conference and was really impressed with his passion for getting students creating!

A little about Kyle in his own words:  "I am a teacher with the District School Board of Niagara and have been a tech integrator for the past 7 years. I am a Maker, coder, speaker, Google Educator  My main goal  is to always instill passion, creativity and curiosity into learning while creating."

How you can connect with Kyle:

Youtube spotlight: https://goo.gl/PV

This interview is going to follow the Wheel of Geekdome Format.  Not sure what that is?  Tune in and find out!  

Link:  HERE

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Moments from #NYSCATE17

Check out this magical moments from the NYSCATE 2017 Conference in Rochester NY

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Coffee EDU at #NYSCATE17

I will be hosting Coffee Edu Sessions on Monday and Tuesday Mornings at NYSCATE.

Stop down for some free coffee and good conversation and sharing.  Riverside Lounge

Resources from Day 1 Sharing
HERE

Resources from Day 2 Sharing
HERE

My #NYSCATE17 Presentations and Resources

Hi Everyone.  I will be 3 formal presentations and then 2 CoffeeEDU Sessions.  Hope you can join me.  Here are my resources and presentation links.

Session 1:  Sketchnoting/ Visual Notetaking


Presentation Slide:  HERE

Resource Page HERE

Session 2:  Fabulous 5 Presentations


Presentation Slides:  HERE

Session 3:  Google Educator Group Mashup



Resource:  Mashup





Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Monica Burns

GUEST:  Monica Burns
WHEN:  Tuesday, October 31st, 2017
TIME:  1:30-2:00pm
Platform:  Youtube Live!  Link HERE






Had a fantastic first interview on Halloween with Monica Burns.   A little bit about Monica:

Dr. Monica Burns is an EdTech and Curriculum consultant, author and former New York City public school teacher. She visits schools across the country to support PreK-20 teachers to make technology integration meaningful and sustainable. Monica’s website ClassTechTips.com helps educators place tasks before apps by promoting deeper learning with technology.  

How to connect with Monica.  


Twitter: @classtechtips


facebook.com/classtechtips

pinterest.com/classtechtips


I will be tapping into Monica's expertise as well as discussing her books!  Can't wait!!!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Jennifer Casa-Todd



WHAT:  Interview with Jennifer Casa-Todd
WHEN:  October 11th, 2017
TIME:  4:30pm-5PM
WHERE:  Youtube Live:  HERE

Last April I attended the Canada Connect Conference in Niagara Falls and watched a fabulous Keynote by Jennifer Casa-Todd.  Her presentation was very inspiring because it focused on the empowering uses of educational technology and social media for students.  I will be talking to Jennifer about her thoughts on Edtech as well as her new book, Social Leadia!

A little bit about Jennifer in her own words:  Jennifer Casa-Todd is wife, mom, and a Teacher-Librarian at Cardinal Carter CHS in Aurora, a former Literacy Consultant for the York Catholic District School Board,  and the author of the book, Social LEADia. She also is a grad student, and a food-loving, book-loving Ukulele player-want-to-be. She loves to hang out with her family--playing cards or hiking, and enjoys curling, golfing, reading, and writing. She is passionate about showing teachers and students how they can use technology and social media to make the world a better place. ​

Connect with Jennifer:
Twitter: @JCasaTodd
Facebook: www.facebook.com/socialLEADia/



Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Annie Holmquist


WHAT:  Coffee with a Geek Interview with Annie Holmquist
WHEN:  Wednesday, September 27th, 2017
TIME:  4-4:30pm

YouTube Live:  HERE


I have been a big fan of Intellectual Takeout, which offers readers thought provoking posts about culture, education, entertainment, and so much more.   Often they post out about education issues which always pique's my curiosity and interest.  Annie Holmquist is a leading contributor to the site and often posts on educational topics.  I'm really looking forward to hearing Annie's insights on education and writing for such a unique website.   Can't wait!

A little about Annie in her own words:  Annie is a senior writer with Intellectual Takeout. In her role, she assists with website content production and social media messaging.  

Annie received a B.A. in Biblical Studies from the University of Northwestern-St. Paul. She also brings 20+ years of experience as a music educator and a volunteer teacher – particularly with inner city children – to the table in her research and writing.
In her spare time Annie enjoys the outdoors, gardening, reading, and events with family and friends.

Where to find Annie Work:

Intellectual Takeout
Imaginative Conservative



Saturday, August 5, 2017

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Holly Clark and Tanya Avrith




WHEN:  Tuesday August 8th, 2017
TIME:  4-4:30PM Eastern Time
DirectLink

Want to win a Digital Copy of the Book?  Check out the Amazon Giveaway
HERE 
I'm really looking forward to talking to Holly and Tanya about their amazing new book The Google Infused Classroom.

Preview their  latest Book "The Google Infused Classroom":  http://a.co/7hSMObS

A little bit about Tanya and Holly:

Tanya Avrith M.A. EdTech is a passionate educator; from Montreal Canada, now living in South Florida. She is a Google Certified Innovator and Apple Distinguished Educator. With deep roots as a teacher and pedagogue, Tanya consults with schools to help plan and execute large scale deployments and professional development plans for digital citizenship, technology integration initiative and organizational development in schools. Tanya is currently the Director of Educational Technology at Grandview Preparatory School in Boca Raton, Florida.

Connect with her at:
Twitter:  @TanyaAvrith
tanyaavrith.com

Holly Clark is an award-winning educator and speaker based in San Diego. She is both a National Board Certified Teacher and Google Certified Innovator. A long time teacher and administrator, Holly consults globally with schools to help them successfully and purposefully innovate instruction through the use of learning theory, technology integration and design thinking strategies. Holly holds an MA in Education from Columbia University, New York.

Connect with her at:
Twitter:  @HollyClarkEdu
Hollyclark.org
Hollyclarkedu on instagram




Thursday, July 20, 2017

Google Tutorial- Creating a Personalized Feedback Sticker for your Students.


I have been working with a fantastic school that is in the process of integrating the GSuite (Formerly Google Apps for Ed).  I was showcasing Google Classroom and how teachers can create assignments using a Google Doc.  It occurred to me that it might be fun to create a personalized feedback method using the build in Google Drawings Tool that works within Google Docs.  Here is what I came up with!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Teacher- Vickie Morgado


Date:  July 6th, 2017
Time:  4-4:30pm Eastern

Please join me as I learn from amazing educator Vickie Morgado.  I was Vickie do a presentation at the Canada Connect Conference.  I was not only impressed with the content of her presentation which showcased using tech tools in her elementary classroom, but how seamless she incorporated technology, including linking up to her classroom via Skype.  

A little about Vickie
Vickie has been an elementary educator in Ontario, Canada for 16 years. She has taught multiple grades and worked as a technology coach. Vickie believes in empowering her students to take charge of their learning to create positive change in the world becoming agents of change. She holds a Masters of Education in Curriculum Studies from Brock University and has presented throughout southern Ontario at various conferences including BIT (Bring it Together), OAME and Connect as well as internationally at ISTE 2015. Vickie is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE), Skype Master Teacher, and PioNear. She uses technology in her classroom to connects her students with the world.

Ways to Connect
Twitter @vickiemorgado1 @MrsMorgado1



Friday, June 23, 2017

ISTE 2017 Coming Soon

Doing my best to keep up with all things ISTE17.  Beyond my twitter feed, I am trying to capture some higlhights, especially poster area student presentations.  Below is some quick interviews/ videos.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Interview with E-Learning Expert- Dr. Liz Hardy




Over the past few years my work has led me to explore the potential and pitfalls of Online Learning.  It is a very new and trending industry and examples of both good, bad, and ugly abound.  As a matter of fact, I found lots of the E-Learning/ Online Learning Courses that I came across that were very dry and dull.  In essence, lecture style teachers were simply bringing their lecture style into an online platform.   While some teachers are certainly brilliant orators, I found that this was limiting the power of e-learning technologies.

So in my research, I came across the work of Dr. Liz Hardy.  Liz's work has been laser focused on making Online Learning, engaging and powerful.  Liz is in New Zealand, so our time zones were difficult to schedule an interview, so she kindly answered my questions via Google Docs.  Here are her insights into the future and possibility of Online Learning and education.

Bio:  Dr. Liz Hardy is the founder of SimpliTeach.com, which shows online teachers how to work smarter - not harder.

Where to find her work:
Website: https://www.simpliteach.com/

My Interview: 

  1. Liz, I have been drawn to your work because you are very focused on Online Learning.  Can you tell me your learning process with OL ?  


My learning process involved jumping in at the deep end of e-learning, and starting to swim right away! I was suddenly teaching several courses in topics new to me, and I got very focused, very quickly! I asked a lot of questions of my poor colleagues, and trusted my own ability to adapt to my new environment and find my way around.

Part of the problem when you’re just starting out is it’s so hard to know if you’re doing a good job or not - and so you work like a maniac to prove yourself. That’s only natural - but it’s not sustainable (and early on, your methods are not efficient).

That’s one of the reasons I created SimpliTeach, actually - to save other online teachers the pain of working 24/7 to achieve the same result they could in much less time if they used better techniques.

  1. What do you think the future of Online Learning looks like?


The movement into gamification and mobile learning are talked about a lot, as ways of meeting the ongoing challenge of engaging learners who are overcommitted and highly mobile.  

Technological developments are always interesting (and of course necessary), but I think it’s vitally important to focus on the human side of learning first and foremost. There really has to be some rapport and trust in a teaching/learning relationship to get the best results.

  1. What projects are you working on?


I’m really excited about some revolutionary online teacher training courses I’ve developed! They’re revolutionary because they’re highly relevant and actually produce results.
I think we’ve all wasted time on professional development activities that have taught us nothing.

In my experience, professional development courses often give you one of two extreme experiences:

  1. They’re dry and crushingly boring, or
  2. They’re pointless, and just plain annoying! I went on a course once that involved getting up every hour and walking around, flailing my arms to “shake up the energy in the room” before getting back to drawing on brown paper with crayons. Why, why why?

I want to offer online teachers the opposite of these kinds of experiences - targeted, online training that they’ll actually enjoy, and which gives them insider information they can apply right away.
That’s why I offer courses like:

“Hunting & Gathering 101: Survival Skills for New Online Teachers” - which shows new online teachers how to do a stunning job from day one of their first semester, and

“E-learning Stardom: Take Your Teaching Career to the Next Level” - which shows more experienced online teachers how to get the rewards they deserve for all their hard work!

  1. Tell me about Simpliteach?  What is its mission?


I founded SimpliTeach to show online teachers how to work smarter.

Over the last 10 years when teaching 5,000+ online students at all levels, I’ve noticed some recurring challenges, for both teachers and students. From talking to my network of online teachers and from doing a lot of reading, I saw that there was a need for some real-world solutions to these challenges.

So I draw on my own experiences, the experiences of my colleagues, and the wealth of published material out there to create simple, practical strategies for online teachers to do a fantastic job.

  1. Do you see Social Media and online learning coming together?  VR?


I’d say it’s inevitable - there are already lots of ways to use Facebook and Twitter as tools for both teachers and learners. But as I said above, I really believe you have to prioritise the human element and remember the technology is a tool.

Speed Geek Questions:  Spin the Wheel 3 Times and answer the questions.
ex. first computer? Favorite operating system?  Star wars or star trek?

Star Wars or Star Trek or Harry Potter


Star Trek, because they’re always up for an adventure - whether it involves climbing plastic rocks on an alien planet, outsmarting The Borg on cube-shaped ships, or dreaming up computer-generated fantasy worlds on the holodeck!

Although I do love the talking paintings in Harry Potter, and I have something of an owl obsession.

Favorite Social Network


Twitter - I’m amazed at how you CAN have meaningful conversations in 140 characters!

How do you Unplug From Technology


I like to go away for the weekend to one of the little country towns near me in New Zealand - drink in the 40,000 shades of green in the landscape, and keep a keen eye out for hobbits! I always bring a notebook with me (the paper type!) because I’m usually working on new ideas for SimpliTeach or my other websites...




Monday, May 15, 2017

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Jen Giffen




Watch the Interview Streamed Live  HERE

Recently I attended the Canada Connect Conference, in Niagara Falls Ontario.  It was a really engaging conference with lots of good sessions and fantastic presenters.  During the presentation I did with colleague, Melanie Kitchen, I had a great conversation with Jen Giffen.  Jen had a lot of great ideas of her own and I could tell we could have talked edtech for a lot longer.  So I asked her to come on the #CWAG Program and tell me more.  I will ask her about the conference and her thoughts on the state of Edtech in Canada and in the schools she works with.  Can't wait to chat.

Here is a little bit more about Jen:

Jen Giffen currently works as a Digital Literacy Resource Teacher with the York Region District School Board, just north of Toronto, ON..

She earned her B.Ed (I/S English and Mathematics) at Queen's University and her M.Ed (Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning) at OISE at the University of Toronto.

She is a Sketchnoter, Google for Education Certified Trainer, and Apple Teacher. She has a keen interest in EdTech and is always looking for new tools to enhance the learning environment to engage students and increase critical thinking skills.

She spends her free time playing with her three little boys and coaching and participating in competitive cheerleading.

Connecting with Jen:
Twitter:  @virtualgiff  
Instagram: @virtualgiff  
Website: http://virtualgiff.com



Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Gaming and Gamification Part 3: Tangential Learning- The Trojan Horse Every Teacher/ Parent Needs to Know About

Many of us have learned about the story of the "Trojan Horse".  A good summary of the story can be found HERE (Shmoop)

This story came to mind when I heard about the concept of Tangential Learning.  Many educators I have talked to have not heard of this concept, and yet, I would argue EVERY educator and parent should know about it.  So in a nutshell, what exactly is it?  Well the classic definition is this:  Tangential learning is the process by which people educate themselves on a topic when it is presented in a context that they enjoy (source).  A really great video on the concept can be viewed below:  ****There is a 4 letter word in this video*** For Parents and Teachers its worth watching anyway.



I experienced tangential learning as a child watching the cartoons and movies.  How many of you remember Bugs Bunny Cartoons?  These cartoons featured Al Capone type Mobsters, Beethoven Musical Selections, and Napoleonic adversaries galore.  It wasn't until years later that I realized the cartoons contained snippets of classic music and art that I was able to remember for schoolwork and quizzes.  
Today's gaming climate offers an incredible amount of tangential learning possibilities.  From the classic WWII games like Medal of Honor to the most recent Assassin's Creed, history topics abound.


Monday, April 17, 2017

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Katie Garner


WHEN:  April 17th, 2017
TIME:  4:00pm Eastern

Katie Garner uses brain based research and practices to help children read.  Connecting with Katie can be done in a variety of ways but a good place to start is her website: https://www.katiegarner.com/

A little bit more about Katie:
Katie Garner, M.Ed. (author of the best selling book, SECRET STORIES®—Cracking the Reading Code with the Brain in Mind!) is an internationally known educational speaker, author and literacy consultant with twenty five years of combined classroom experience and a passion for infusing neuroscience into early literacy learning. Her "backdoor-to-the-brain" approach to phonics skill mastery via the affective “feeling” domain shifts the paradigms associated with early literacy skill instruction, gaining national recognition with the No Child Left Behind, Reading First, and RTI Initiatives. As a featured and keynote speaker at education, reading and early childhood conferences across the United States and abroad—including an ongoing keynote series at the Vulnerable Learners Summits with North American literacy leaders, Dr. Richard Allington ("What Really Matters for Struggling Readers") and Dr. Anne Cunningham (National Early Literacy Panel “NELP” Report)— Katie shares "brain-changing" strategies for boosting early reading instruction with the latest neural research showing how our brains learn best. Her practical and proven methods for bringing neuroscience into the forefront of literacy learning have been shared in both lecture and panel discussions at Harvard University and MIT as part of the Learning and the Brain Conference and Research Consortium and are the subject of an upcoming professional development book series.

Connect with Katie:  

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Coffee with a Geek Giveaway

The Coffee with a Geek series has always had a mission of bringing, "in the trenches" educators' thoughts and ideas to a wider audience.  I have been so grateful to know that educators' from all over the world have watched the videos.  I have been thinking that it would be nice to somehow show appreciation for my guests and viewers.  I was excited to learn about Amazon's new Giveaway option.  You can now create your own personalized giveaway through various criterion. 
So with Rachelle's interview I am giving this a try by offering 10 Kindle copies of the 
#EduMatch: Snapshot in Education (2016) book by Sarah Thomas, in which Rachelle writes a chapter.  .  Hope you like this idea.  Any feedback you would like to offer would be wonderful!

This is my first attempt at this so I hope I didn't make it too hard.  I will try again with my next interview and hope to make a different type of giveaway so stay tuned.


Good Luck and THANK YOU!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Interview with Rachelle Dene Poth





Video Link:  HERE

I'm really looking forward to chatting with Rachelle Dene Poth.  Here is Rachelle's Bio:

"I am a Spanish and STEAM: What’s nExT in Emerging Technology Teacher at Riverview Junior Senior High School in Oakmont, PA. I am also an attorney and have a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology. I have presented at conferences such as ISTE, FETC, PETE&C, PSMLA and additional local edtech and foreign language conferences. I am the Communications Chair for the ISTE Mobile Learning Network, a Member at Large for Games & Sims, the Innovations and Resources Co-Chair for the Teacher Education Network and the PAECT Historian.  I was recently selected as the 2017 Outstanding Teacher of the Year by PAECT (the Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications in Technology, the PA affiliate of ISTE).
I am an author, I wrote chapter 3 of the Edumatch book “Snapshot in Education 2016”, and my chapter on Blended Learning. I am a contributing author to the upcoming publication “Gamify Literacy” from ISTE. I also blog regularly, several publications I am happy to guest blog for.I continue to look for opportunities to highlight student work and student voice."

Want to connect or follow Rachelle?

Twitter @rdene915
LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachelledenepoth/


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Thoughts on VR and Education.

Over the past 10 years plus I have been very keenly following Virtual Environments, Gaming, and Education.   (My work in OpenSim can be found HERE)  One of the individuals that inspired me from the beginning of my education/gaming awakenings, was Philip Rosedale, the Founder of Second Life.  An early video of him explaining Second Life can be found below.  (Rosedale would leave his brain child Linden Labs aka Second Life a few years later)

Video from 2010- Philip Rosedale talks about Second Life

What spurred my curiosity the most was the possibility of letting students create within a virtual world simulation.  Letting them explore certainly can have huge learning potential, but to me, giving students creation tools within a virtual world is where the real rubber hits the road, educationally speaking.
So as an educator when I started seeing the VR technologies bubble to the surface of common use technologies, I was certainly excited and intrigued.  And when I got my first, second, and most recent look at Occulus Rift... I was blown away by the realism and immersion of this technology.  My breakdown of VR can be found HERE.  One of my concerns though was that VR wasn't allowing for creation.  It was going to be a visual experience as it was being rolled out in early stages.  A good example of this is Google Expeditions.  I am a big fan of Google Expeditions, but it doesn't allow for the end user to interact with the environment let alone create.  

However, I have recently discovered two VR platforms that are looking to jump into the immersion experience and allow for creation and collaborative creation. 

Which brings me back to Philip Rosedale.  The current CEO of Linden Labs-  Second Life Ebbe Altburg is about to release its next stage of Virtual Reality: Project Sansar.  What I like about this virtual reality project is the ability to create.  Check out their promotional video below.



Interestingly, one other competing programs is called High Fidelity.  Guess who the driving force behind this platform is?  Philip Rosedale.  Here is a peek of High Fidelity below.  


I'm really excited about the future of VR and especially the possibilities of creating.  Its a way off I think, but I am excited!   Thanks to Philip Rosedale, Ebbe Altberg, Snowcrash, and Ready Player One  for inspiration.








Monday, February 27, 2017

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Fanny Passeport



When:  Wednesday March 1st, 2017

Really had a fantastic chat with innovative educator Fanny Passeport.  Fanny has an interdisciplinary background (agriculture, ecology, ethnology, pedagogy and later technology).
She is currently the whole school EdTech Coach at Mercedes-Benz International School. (India)
Her favorite PLNs are: ISTE, the Google Trainer community and Common Sense Education.
I came across Fanny's really fantastic ISTE Standards for Students Thinglink and connected with her to talk about that and MORE!

To learn more and connect with Fanny:
Twitter @fanny_passeport
www.noborderslearning.com

Tools that Fanny recommends in the interview
Sketchnotes- Sylvia Duckworth
Thinglink



Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Matt Miller


Had a fantastic interview with Ditch That Textbook's Matt Miller.  In this interview I asked Matt about his background in education, his amazing website, his recent Ditch That Textbook Summit and more.  If you are not following Matt on Twitter or his website, what are you waiting for! 

He is totally inspiring!