It’s Digital Learning Day!

Today is the annual Digital Learning Day, a day that celebrates and promotes digital learning around the globe and encourages teachers to try one new thing to enhance their practice. I'll be tweeting and retweeting throughout the day, so feel free to keep an eye on my twitter feed (I'm @PMKievlan) as the day goes … Continue reading It’s Digital Learning Day!


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

Upcoming Event: “What’s next after high school?”

This is a great upcoming event for students with dyslexia and their families, and it could be helpful for students with other learning differences as well. It's a great opportunity and i encourage you to attend! -- PMK What’s Next After High School? Preparation and Planning for High School Students with Dyslexia and their Families … Continue reading Upcoming Event: “What’s next after high school?”

Event Debrief: Open Forum for Pittsburgh Education Technology Last Monday, I attended the main education-related event of the week-long Thrival Festival. This edtech meetup was hosted at Thrill Mill, a startup incubator in the East Liberty neighborhood that served as one of the festival's main sponsors. The idea was to bring together educator types and technology types to foster a conversation about … Continue reading Event Debrief: Open Forum for Pittsburgh Education Technology

This Week: Thrival Innovation + Music Festival

This week, I'm hoping to attend a few events at Thrival, Pittsburgh's 'premier music, media, and mind mashup." This week-long festival ends with a giant concert next weekend (apparently right on my doorstep here in Bakery Square?! More on this later) and features a week of events on topics from music to education to technology.My first, … Continue reading This Week: Thrival Innovation + Music Festival

Film Screening: “Dyslecksia: The Movie”

Come check out this great event next Tuesday in Palo Alto! -- PMK   Dislecksia: The Movie Tuesday, January 21, 2014 Athena Academy, 525 San Antonio Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306 7:00pm (doors open at 6:45pm) Tickets $10.00 available online or in person at Athena Academy during school hours The filmmaker will moderate a community forum … Continue reading Film Screening: “Dyslecksia: The Movie”

Upcoming PEN Event: Executive Function

Here's the next PEN Speaker Series Event for parents. Check it out! -- PMKFriday, January 24, 2014, 9:00 – 11:00 amMaking Sense of Executive Function for Your ChildSurina Basho, Ph.DChildren diagnosed with executive function challenges can have difficulties in initiating tasks, organizing their mental processes and materials, remembering and retrieving information, shifting their mental processes and … Continue reading Upcoming PEN Event: Executive Function

PEN Event this week: College Student Panel

This is a great annual event by PEN--highly recommended!! -- PMK College Students with Learning and Attention Difficulties: A Panel DiscussionTWO LOCATIONS!In San Francisco: Tuesday January 7, 7-9 pmIn San Mateo: Thursday January 9, 7-9 pm Applying to college or choosing a college for the student with learning and attention difficulties is an important and sometimes difficult and confusing process.  Hear from the experts: college students with … Continue reading PEN Event this week: College Student Panel