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reth1nk: Emergency Calls

My little one was learning about emergency services at school and she came home so excited to tell me about 9-1-1 and the knowledge she now possessed to be of service should the need arise.
 I began talking to her about the process she was taught for calling 9-1-1 and realized that it hadn't diverted much from when I was taught 30 years ago.
 I remember the stickers I brought home from school that my mother graciously allowed me to label our phone with so that I could identify the numbers I would need to press on the corded phone in our living room.
 As I pondered this, I knew that we no longer have a corded phone in the home, much less the rotary phone we kept around as a novelty for her, but I began to wonder if even I knew how to dial emergency services from my smart phone while it was locked.
This article from iPhoneLife was a great refresher for me and a conversation started between us. I showed her that there is a step she has to do first on my phone to get to the screen sh…

reth1nk: Presentations Part 1

"The future isn't just a place you'll go. It's a place you will invent." Nancy Duarte
 When I started working in educational technology, the use of presentation and display technologies was well established. The stigma of bullet point overload was well known, yet still standard practice. Slide decks that portrayed verbatim the lectures that the presenter gave...
 I started watching TED talks and being amazed at the combination of storytelling and information dissemination. There was a whole new style of presentation gaining popularity. I began attempting to find the bridge between keynote speeches like those of the Jobs, Regie Fil-Aimé, or Al Gore and the way in which presentations are used in the classroom.
 There was a definite gap. There are teachers that I've met that are entirely dynamic and engaging with a whiteboard or a flip chart and a marker, but completely lose their spark when told to use more technology in their craft.
 The argument I have for u…

Next Gen Classroom or Classroom Materials

This is a repost of a post i wrote in 2011. I've been giving a lot of thought to it as the debate of AR and VR come to the forefront again as the big new things that are twenty years in the making. 

Two years ago, I built a home made Interactive Whiteboard in my living room using the projector that i used as a tv, a $35 Wii-mote (the controller for the Nintendo Wii Game console), and open source software built by Johnny Lee who came up with the concept. You can see his TED talk on where he's gone with the technology using inexpensive goods he's found at Radio-Shack and his open source software here. You can view my video here. I feel that I should get some credit just due to the sheer size of what used to be my TV screen, and i apologize for the crappy music. I figured it was better than hearing me mumbling to myself at trying to figure out what to display to get the concept across. I used this to show the potential of interactivity to teachers and pricipals and that there…

Product Love | @Noisli

Noisli isn't new. I haven't seen it receive a ton of love and press. I honestly didn't think much about the new features when i first heard about them, but let me tell you... since really beginning to put them into practice, i have seen an increase in my work flow and productivity. I was listening to an author on Tim Ferriss' podcast discuss methods of writing. There were essentially two that he pointed out: some one who meticulously knows what they are trying to achieve and perfects it every time and word smiths it to death before they can leave it be and someone who brain dumps and writes to get the concept on the page and then steps away knowing that it is out of their head and written down and they can clean it up later. I wish i were the former, but i think that is just my self consciousness and criticism allowing me to give reason for not outputting. Accusing my work and therefore myself of having not achieved the quality we demand of it and thus thinking it …