Teaching and Learning

Let Them Speak

I attended a student panel on eSports. Six high schoolers had given up their time to come talk to educators about gaming and eSports leagues. Within five minutes, the questions had shifted away from students and were directed at the adults. Questions like: What about the violence? What about the hardware needs? What protocols need […]

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Teaching and Learning

Don’t Wait for the Postmortem to See if You’re Sick

“Educators have long complained that end-of-year, “summative” assessments are not useful because the results are not available until fall when their students have moved on to the next grade.” (Is this the end of end-of-year testing? Education Dive) Okay… I’m not a high stakes (I mean “end-of-year”) testing fan either, but … Summative assessments are […]

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Leadership

Boxes Aren’t For Thinking

How do you innovate from inside the box? “Think outside the box” is probably one of the most overused statements. No matter what the situation, or problem, inevitably someone will say, “We need to think outside the box.” The problem with thinking outside the box is that leadership often wants to create a box to […]

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Educational Technology | Teaching and Learning

How May I Be of Service

As some of you know, I took a career break this summer. My first break from working since I was 14 1/2 years old. It was both terrifying and exhilarating. One of the by-products of that break was being able to connect with people I previously felt too busy to connect with, and provide them […]

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Design Thinking | Personalization of Learning

Teens Doing Whatever It Takes to Draw Attention to Human Trafficking

Yesterday I watched as teens came together to use their design thinking and entrepreneurial skills to tackle the subject of human trafficking, which is prevalent in San Diego. They came up with innovative ideas to increase awareness and inspire action. The day kicked off with a motivational talk by WIT Founder, Sarah Hernholm. She stressed […]

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Personal

A Tribute to My Bestie

On July 31st, I lost my best friend. She died, unexpectedly, of a blood clot after battling breast cancer and undergoing reconstructive surgery. Christine’s been my best friend since I moved to San Diego in 2000. Before her, friendships for me were fleeting. They came, they went, and that was life. But Christine… she was […]

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