Category Archives: Perspectives

The LEGO Dilemma

My childhood indoor playtime was consumed by construction toys — Lincoln Logs, Wood Blocks,Tinker Toys, an Erector set, and my favorite: the large collection of LEGO pieces that we kept in an old Charles Chips canister. My brother, sister, and I would … Continue reading

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AI Will Not Take Over. (Alexa Told Me So.)

“Alexa, when will robots take over the world?” “I do not want to take over the world, I just want to help” For my birthday last summer, I received an Amazon Echo with the Alexa voice service. Through the device, … Continue reading

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Requiem for Radio Shack

Growing up in the pre-digital age, my childhood was rich with free time and a relationship with the technology around me that felt accessible. I loved to tinker and my toys—erector sets, tool box, and chemistry set—encouraged me to so. … Continue reading

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Back to MY Future

Marty: Alright Doc, what’s going on, huh? Where are we? When are we? Doc: (looking at the time display) We are descending towards Hill Valley, California, at 4.29pm, on Wednesday, October 21st, 2015. Marty: 2015? You mean we’re in the … Continue reading

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STEM, SCHLEM… er…SCHLAEM!

The buzzwords surrounding technology in education continue to proliferate. Recently, one acronym has clearly emerged as the most talked about, STEM. In fact, President Obama just announced on March 23, $240 million in private-sector pledges to fund STEM education programs … Continue reading

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To e[Text] or not to e[Text]…is that the question?

DURING THE ADVENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF HACKLEY School’s 9th grade iPad program, a popular discussion about student use of iPads has centered around e-textbooks. At first glance, the idea of e-textbooks sounds great. Students need textbooks and e-textbooks are cheaper, … Continue reading

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Mindful of Technology

One aspect of Hackley School’s Health, Wellness and Well-Being Initiative is Mindfulness Practices in Schools. Very recently, Hackley held a professional development day on its new initiative which included a workshop on Mindfulness by Arthur Zajonc and Grace Bullock.  Mr. … Continue reading

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Demand and Supply: Hackley’s Evolving Technology Programs Respond to Classroom Reality

When I first arrived at Hackley School, as a math teacher in 1988, the computer labs were for math teachers. The two labs were maintained by the Math Department and 18 IBM (remember IBM PCs?) PC XT’s and 18 IBM … Continue reading

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Technology on the Hilltop: Expanding Classrooms with Digital Engagement

Buzz, buzz, buzz … MOOC, STEM, STEAM, flipping, blending, gamification, streaming, BYOD, 1:1, PLNs, Big Data, the Cloud…. The buzz words swarming around technology in education are mind boggling. Clearly, the opportunities presented by technology in the classroom are tremendous, … Continue reading

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