The Clorox By Dr. Seuss with the Lorax in a mask amongst Truffula trees and tissues

The Clorox: A Tale to Encourage Educators in the Pandemic

I put this story together as part of the introduction to our first virtual NYC Microsoft Meetup of the year where we brought together educators from across the city (and country) to have fun, build connections, and share knowledge. I hoped to encourage the teachers, especially in my district, who I know had been struggling … Continue reading The Clorox: A Tale to Encourage Educators in the Pandemic

AR Learning Cubes

Many educators and general folks are excited about the horizons we are moving towards with the advances of augmented reality in our society. To be able to remain in our current reality and simply will and simply add or shift it in such a way that makes it easier, more fun, or more informative sounds … Continue reading AR Learning Cubes

Teachers’ Letter to America

I saw the online letter above as a personification of all the things that America asks of its educators in the midst of pandemic. Apart from America I’m not sure who to credit it to. It is clear though, apart from other things America needs are lessons on punctuation and grammar. Beyond that I thought … Continue reading Teachers’ Letter to America

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Masks, Marches, and Mass: Teaching the Truth About 1st Amendment Freedoms

A protester flies an American flag while walking through tear gas on July 21, 2020 in Portland, Ore. (Nathan Howard/Getty Images) First Amendment freedoms are so often spoken of in relation to our American ideals, especially right now. Throughout the pandemic people have been furious about events being cancelled, about not being allowed to go … Continue reading Masks, Marches, and Mass: Teaching the Truth About 1st Amendment Freedoms

A White Educator Discusses Racism…and How To Teach Students About It

Should I remain quiet and simply listen to those who could better teach about the lived experience of inequity in America? Yes, because now is a time to listen. Should I speak instead up and join my voice to the chorus of those shouting for change? Yes, because silence is being complicit. Won't speaking risk … Continue reading A White Educator Discusses Racism…and How To Teach Students About It

Summer Remote Education Conferences

Conferences can be an amazing place for educators to deeply question existing structures and biases, gather information, and make lasting social and professional connections. We are in a different environment now though in the midst of a global pandemic. In the past I've shared about the insights I've garnered from events like a local CS … Continue reading Summer Remote Education Conferences

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Web Meeting Throwdown: Zoom vs. Hangouts Meet vs. Teams vs. WebEx (and More)

You can view related posts on where there is Hope in This Health Crisis, using video conferencing in schools, a focus on Remote Learning in Special Education, and Broader Educational Resources for Use During Quarantine. https://twitter.com/MrsDi/status/1246223766906077187?s=20 Everyone's online right now and web meeting platforms are all the rage. It's how families are staying in touch, … Continue reading Web Meeting Throwdown: Zoom vs. Hangouts Meet vs. Teams vs. WebEx (and More)

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Remote Learning in Special Education

Equity Having met educators from around the world, I've found that creating equity of access has been one of the key issues facing both large and small school districts. I have spoken in the past of the particular challenges and efforts for creating equity in New York City, a city that was literally designed with … Continue reading Remote Learning in Special Education