Daytime for week of 1/9:
Willow Grove Exchange – Day 3, Tuesday 12-1
Cherokee Carpenter Gallery – Day 5, Thursday 10-11
Let me start this week’s blog post by saying that I’ve always considered myself to be somewhat cool (stressing the “somewhat”). Â I have often envisioned myself as a younger version (although the younger part doesn’t hold true any longer) of this. Â Seriously, who’s cooler than Fonzi?
Recently my vision of myself has slowly changed, perhaps it’s the aging process, or maybe I was just never that cool. Â Whatever the case may be, I’ll use the phrase of a close friend of mine “it is what it is.” Â At any rate, these thoughts came about this weekend as I found myself “Tweeting” obsessivily, making sure I “Checked in via foursquare” to every new location I entered because I could not let Tom, Pete, or Frank Aloise have a higher “Foursquare ranking” than me, and most frequently thinking about what I was going to use as a topic for my upcoming Daytime post. Â All of this of course, in between re-runs of the “Big Bang Theory,” Flyers hockey (welcome Scott Stein & Saburah Posner to #flyersnation), playoff football, and my Â three year old nephew Gavin calling me a “Dork” all day at my nephew Tommy’s birthday party. Â How the times have changed!
My intro was a long-winded way to say that much of my weekend was spent considering various ways to get more user interaction involved in my Daytime blog. Â Therefore, before I begin adding resources and continue with my comedy schtick, I want to know what it is that you want more information on. Â What is it that gives you the highest level of frustration that I can possibly help with? Â Unfortunately, my services are limited to subjects related to technology, education, sports, cinema, and leisure. Â So if your spouse is giving you a hard time at home, or your car engine is making a rattling sound…I’m not your guy! Â A few of the topics that I was thinking about over the weekend were design thinking, project-based learning, 1:1 teaching/learning, game design, iOS, and of course the four majors – hockey, football, baseball, and to a lesser extent, basketball. Â Although I’m not an expert in any of the aforementioned topics, I may know a thing or two and would be happy to learn more about all of them with you. Â PLEASE FEEL FREE TO COMMENT BELOW in the comment section below the blog or even shoot me an email to discuss virtually or face to face.
Below is a video as well as a link to an article I came across via Google Reader during my weekend of fun, related to design thinking:Â 4 Things The Classroom Can Learn From The Design Studio
Although the title says it all, I’ll add a few thoughts. Â A large portion of my work this year has focused on 1:1 teaching & learning, coinciding with this work has been my struggle with current classroom architecture. Â Considering SCH’s upcoming master plan, how great would it be to see a few design studios as a part of this scheme? Â Better yet, how cool would it be if every new classroom had a design studio element to it? Â The creativity & collaboration that I was lucky to be a part of at last year’sÂ Nueva Design InstituteÂ was amazing. Â I had the opportunity to be involved in a learning process that completely made me re-think about how we teach our students, and the best part about it all was how involved the group was, including several students. Â In the video below, co-author of A New Culture of Learning suggests that schools can learn a lot from what takes place in design studios, and I couldn’t agree more!
CloudOnÂ – While I’m currently hoping for a few pieces to fall into place so we as a school won’t have to worry about storing word docs in the cloud I have found an app that can be useful by allowing users to connect their Dropbox account to this new cloud based version of MS Word. Â I recommend using Google Docs but certainly understand that this is not always an option. Â If that’s the case and you’re tied to Word, check out the free app in theÂ iTunes storeÂ CloudOn.
Word HippoÂ – A comprehensive dictionary/thesaurus/translation web app that is intuitive yet robust enough to be used by students of all ages and teachers. Â I actually used it in the previous sentence 🙂
As always, feel free to comment or contact me directly to discuss any of the topics of this weeks post, or to just shoot the breeze!