Presenting at the First National Digital Citizenship Summit

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An Inside Look at the Digital Citizenship Summit

Having just arrived home from presenting at the nation’s first Digital Citizenship Summit, I am eager to share the highlights of today’s event. Unfortunately, I arrived a few hours late to the summit, as I was taking SAT Subject tests this morning. I did, therefore, miss the opening ceremonies and keynote. No amount of standardized testing, however, could keep me from representing student voice at the conference! Though I arrived late, I was still fortunate enough to meet several ed-tech superstars, as well as watch the amazing Sarah Thomas entertain us with her drone. Read the rest of this entry »

OS X El Capitan: What’s New in Mac’s Latest Update

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OS X El Capitan

OS X El Capitan

New features, refined performance, more power.

Yesterday, September 30, 2015, Apple released the much awaited update to its previous Mac operating system, OS X Yosemite. Appropriately named after one of the most famous rock formations in Yosemite National Park, El Capitan brings popular new iOS updates into the hands of Mac users. As El Capitan is only a refinement of Yosemite, not much has changed aesthetically. Users can, however, enjoy a newly introduced San Francisco font. Additionally, the infamous “Color Wheel of Death” or “Beachball” has been updated to a smoother version of its old self; perhaps in an effort to soothe users experiencing slow performance.

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Let’s talk about DigCit

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Last Friday, I was privileged enough to pilot season 3 of the BHS Help Desk’s Google Hangout news network, Help Desk Live. Joining me in the conversation were two of the nation’s pioneers and leading figures in digital citizenship, Dr. Marialice Curran and Dr. Mike Ribble. Both Marialice, co-founder of the nation’s first Digital Citizenship Summit, and Mike, published author of Raising a Digital Child and Digital Citizenship in Schools, were eager to talk about the upcoming “DigCit” Summit, as well as discuss how to get students, teachers, and parents involved in the process of digital branding. I want to extend a thank you to both Marialice and Mike for agreeing to our interview, as well as for their contribution to students’ success. The interview is embedded below:

 

 

Interested in learning more about digital citizenship? How about attending the conference on October 3rd? Maybe you want to participate in the conversation by using #digcit on Twitter. Better yet, facilitate the discussion with your students and see what digital citizenship means to them.

Hello iOS 9

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Whenever a new iOS update rolls around, especially a major one such as iOS 9, 1:1 districts get very excited. With a plethora of students, educators, and Apple users posting about the academic benefits of the new update, I decided to take a more personal approach as to how iOS 9 will influence my day-to-day.

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Two Weeks Without Tech | Dos Semanas Sin Tecnología

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Photographed by Mira Mehdi Photography

Boarding a plane, leaving the country, and living with another family might seem like an overwhelming experience for some. I couldn’t grab my passport fast enough. Between February 6th and February 19th, I was staying abroad with 23 of my fellow classmates in Collado-Villalba, Spain.

 

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The Basics and The Banners

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imagesAs previously discussed, my second semester ILE is to begin learning HTML and CSS while working closely with a team of students to construct a Burlington High Maker Studio. I am proud to announce I have developed my game-plan and initiated the beginning stages of this semesters ILE. Read the rest of this entry »

Semester 1 Reflection

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As the first semester is wrapping up, I am eager to embrace and explore new challenges, adventures, and passions in the second half of my academic year. My semester one Individual Learning Endeavor (ILE) was to begin learning Swift programming language. While this endeavor was not completely unsuccessful, there are a few key points of failure I would like to reflect on.

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