Presenting at the First National Digital Citizenship Summit

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Digital Citizenship SummitDigital Citizenship Best Practices for College and Career Ready Students:

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 »


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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Superheroes at Burlington Public Schools

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batman-312342_640Batman has always been my favorite superhero for the sheer fact that he does not have super powers. He taught everyone that you do not need to fly in from another planet or be bitten by a spider to help people. He taught us that anyone can make a difference as long as we work hard to solve the problem. Similarly, The Hour of Code has provided this message to children, teenagers, and adults throughout the world.  Read the rest of this entry »

What Help Desk Does for Me

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Growing up, I would always find myself eager to talk with strangers. This, naturally, was a bit of a worry to my parents. But why is it so bad to talk to community members in a local coffee shop? Or converse with like-minded individuals online? What was the harm in sitting next to someone new in the library and striking up a conversation? Obviously talking to complete strangers may pose a threat, but I found my experiences genuinely enriching. Read the rest of this entry »

My First Program!

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Screen Shot 2014-12-05 at 5.12.03 PMEarlier this week, I built my first iOS program using Apple’s new programming language, Swift. I have been studying Swift for a few weeks and decided it was time to navigate Xcode, the iOS software building tool. I chose to start off with a basic application, and one that usually marks the beginning stages of a programmer’s journey: “Hello World!”. Read the rest of this entry »

About My ILE

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cropped-google-books.jpg“Its not a group of people sitting around mandating where we need to be in this space. It’s really about people thinking, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if…'”

~Shannon Deegan,

Director of People Organizations at Google Read the rest of this entry »