A “Break the Script” Mindset

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

  Chip Heath and Dan Heath in The Power of Moments define breaking the script as “defying people’s expectations of how an experience will unfold.”  Lately I’ve pondered the…

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Designing more than Games, Students Design Experiences

Monday, April 2, 2018
Photo: Student and teacher play testing a board game.

One of the newer course offerings at the high school is game design. For students with an interest in gaming, digital or analog, the course reverses the student’s…

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Stop Motion Animation

Monday, March 19, 2018

The animation spark really ignited with Elmwood School’s art teacher, Bonnie Gaus.  Diving into Stop Motion head first, Mrs. Gaus and I collaborated in order to bring this…

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Hyperdocs

Friday, February 23, 2018

You’ve been using Google Docs, slides, sites, maps for awhile? Perhaps you’ve tried flipping your class and looking for differentiation ideas. What’s next? How do you take it…

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Blinding Me with Science

Friday, February 9, 2018
Students presenting arctic plant prototype

Walk the halls of Hopkins School and you just might find yourself immersed in scientific discovery and engineering. From students actively engaged in designing water filters in the…

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Why Edcamp?

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

It was October when my colleague, Chris Basile, and I discussed the idea of bringing an edcamp experience to Elmwood School.  Although it would be mini, modified, and…

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Coding is the New Cool

Sunday, January 7, 2018

The month of December was packed with coding experiences and I feel incredibly fortunate in that I was immersed in many.  My intended goal in terms of exposure…

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Building Toward Greater Success in Robotics

Monday, December 18, 2017
Image: Jack Dionne solving a problem with the build.

Since joining the high school, Doug Scott has been rebuilding the robotics program with rising success. Currently, two courses are offered. For the students, robotics offers an alternative…

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Video Refreshes Elementary Art Classes

Friday, November 10, 2017
Photo: Gaus Working with Student

“Hello, Elmwood artists!” sings teacher Bonnie Gaus, greeting students in each of her new video demonstrations prepared for her second and third-grade art classes. This year Gaus has…

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Chromebook Clout @HopkinsSchool

Friday, November 3, 2017

With great power comes great responsibility. At Hopkins School, students and teachers are exploring their new technological superpowers while learning strategies to help them become outstanding digital citizens….

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