Talk This Weekend: “Kids, Learning, and the Maker Movement”

I'm presenting a talk today at Maker Faire Pittsburgh called "Kids, Learning, and the Maker Movement: Four Top Tips for Parents" at noon today and at 10:30 AM tomorrow in the Education Zone. If you're around, come see me! If you saw me speak today, welcome to my website! My slides will be available online … Continue reading Talk This Weekend: “Kids, Learning, and the Maker Movement”


Serious Play Conference at CMU

  This week, I'm attending the Serious Play Conference at Carnegie Mellon University. It's a gathering of nonprofit, academic, and corporate stakeholders all working hard to connect games with learning. My college Jen Stancil will be giving a talk today, and I'm looking forward to hearing from her and from others about how games can offer … Continue reading Serious Play Conference at CMU

This week’s adventure: NPEA Conference

This week, I'm joining my colleagues from Mission High School's Athletic Scholars Advancement Program (ASAP) at the National Partnership for Educational Access annual conference. The meeting is in Philadelphia (which is harder to get to from Pittsburgh than you'd expect; I have to fly to Dulles first?!), and I'll just be there for a couple of … Continue reading This week’s adventure: NPEA Conference

Event Debrief: Pittsburgh Learning Pathways Summit

Last Friday, I attended Remake Learning's Pittsburgh Learning Pathways Summit. You can learn more about the event here. Writ large, it was an opportunity for all kinds of educational partners--from schools, nonprofits, and industry--to come together and talk about how to better engineer and support the learning experiences of kids in Pittsburgh. There was a … Continue reading Event Debrief: Pittsburgh Learning Pathways Summit

Assistive Technology for Dyslexia

I attended a great webinar today sponsored by the amazing people at Learning Ally. Connecticut-based assistive technology consultant and trainer Jamie Martin was the presenter, and he did a terrific talk about different technology to support dyslexic students as they write. I loved one of the first things he mentioned: while these tools will be especially … Continue reading Assistive Technology for Dyslexia

Design Thinking Debrief: More Who, Less How

I had a fabulous time at the Ellis School's design thinking unconference over the weekend. As I said when I introduced myself there, I can't get enough of design thinking. I think I fell hardest in love with it last year, when I read a book called Creative Confidence by Tom and David Kelly, the … Continue reading Design Thinking Debrief: More Who, Less How

Weekend Adventure: Design Thinking UnConference at Ellis School

Tomorrow, I'm joining educators from around the region at an UnConference at The Ellis School here in Pittsburgh. UnConferences are terrific: they're gatherings without a pre-set agenda that allow attendees to share their interests and passions and then foster impromptu discussions and presentations. I'm a big fan of unconferences; I attended my first one last … Continue reading Weekend Adventure: Design Thinking UnConference at Ellis School

EdRev Workshops: Round Two

Here's the second round of workshops on offer this afternoon. It is almost impossible to choose among all these great speakers. Being social beyond texts, pictures, tweets, or posts! College for LD Students: Getting In and Staying In Executive Functioning: Practical Strategies for Parents & Teachers How to Implement an Executive Function Curriculum in the … Continue reading EdRev Workshops: Round Two

EdRev Workshops: Round One

Here are the session one workshops this afternoon here at EdRev. Needless to say, there's an embarrassment of riches represented here. An Overview of Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) – An Audiologist’s Perspective Executive Functioning: What it is and How to Support it Confidence Can Be Learned, Lowers Anxiety and Improves Focus: Tricks of the … Continue reading EdRev Workshops: Round One