education

Hour of Code Wants YOU!
02 December 2014

by tmartin on January 15, 2015

First published in the Cape Cod Times, 02 December 2014 The hour of code is coming … and it wants you! That’s right, you. I mean the you who never gave technology a second thought. You, who say you’re too old to learn. You, who grew up with computers but never looked inside. You, whose […]

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IT SEEMED A BIT LIKE AN APRIL FOOLS joke two years ago — but on April 4 2012 Google wasn’t kidding. It really planned a wearable interface with the world. (http://www.capeeyes.com/2012/04/googleglass/) Back in that time of ancient history, the original the concept video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9c6W4CCU9M4_ ) quickly spawned multiple spoofs, but laugh as we might the […]

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WAS CHANNEL ONE THE TOE IN THE WATER? The step down the slippery slope? The camel’s nose under the tent? Twenty-odd years ago, in the late 80s and early 90s, Whittle Communications created a product called Channel One. Channel One brought big televisions, VCRs, and other cutting edge goodies to schools. Then, as now, schools […]

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THE LEADERBOARD LIGHTS UP! It’s 12 for Ionic, 5 for Doric, and 1 each for Corinthian and Rams Horn. And the answer is … Ionic! As the correct response flashes on the smartboard, cheers arise from Miss Cattabriga‘s seventh grade classroom at Barnstable Intermediate School in Hyannis, MA. Fingers fly across iPads and the next […]

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SELFIE! SAY IT THREE TIMES FAST now: selfie, selfie, selfie. Kinda’ makes you giggle, doesn’t it? Maybe that’s why the general media went over the top reporting Oxford Dictionaries’ announcement this week that this cute ‘lil term took Word of the Year honors. Heck, it gave everyone a great chance to say selfie selfie selfie […]

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AMERICANS, IN GENERAL, DON’T LIKE MATH. And they haven’t for … well … an awful long time. Some people think this puts the US at risk. If we, as a country, don’t start shoveling science and math into our students, pretty soon the center of the business universe may lie – cue ominous music! – […]

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MAYBE IT WAS A MAGIC CATSUP BOTTLE? Or maybe I just had time to kill at Eastham’s Fairway Restaurant before that tasty order of potato pancakes and scrambled eggs arrived. Either way, the black and white pattern on the back of the bottle drew me in. As frequent readers know, I do enjoy a good […]

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To School, Virtually
Sept 30, 2012

by tmartin on September 30, 2012

SO, I’VE SPENT SEPTEMBER transitioning to high school. It was hard!  But for some reason the actual incoming freshman student zoomed through the month unfazed and seemingly untouched by it all. Maybe it’s only hard on us Moms. Over the summer, we started the high school experience in a whole new way: virtually. As in, literally […]

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Through the Looking Glass
July 05 2012

by tmartin on July 4, 2012

THE NAUSET REGIONAL High School graduation ceremony in Eastham appeared to be pretty much the same traditional event it has been for years, reported multiple astute observers, until suddenly the diploma granting process stopped in mid-stride. A senior arose from his seat. There was a pause and then, with one mouse click, a digital bridge […]

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Learn anything, anywhere, anytime
September 26, 2011

by tmartin on September 26, 2011

I NEVER GAVE MUCH THOUGHT TO GEORGIA State University before. But now, well, a bit of glow comes from the name because I’ve been listening to a series of brief musical lessons on the history of jazz. Hmm, I guess I better connect a few dots here. It starts with iTunes U. In 2007, Apple […]

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