education

My Very First TEDx Talk: It’s MY Education!

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It’s MY Education!

Timmy SullivanOn March 23, 2015, Burlington High School was the site of the first ever TEDxYouth@BHS TEDx conference. An event co-created by Nikhil Thakkar and Jenn Scheffer, the TEDxYouth@BHS conference brought students, educators, and professional speakers from across the country to present their ideas worth spreading.

In my talk, “It’s MY Education,” I discuss the need for public education reform, the changing role of today’s educator, and the benefits of creating personalized learning experiences for students. Sharing my passion for languages, culture, and communication, advocate for integrating technology across the curriculum to expand the walls of the classroom and to further personalize the learning experience.

My talk can be found in the YouTube embed below, as well as the manuscript, just below the video. Feedback, as always, is welcome!

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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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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 »

A Tour of Burlington and 1:1

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On November 20th, Burlington High School hosted 75 educators from New England in a tour of our 1:1 technology program. I was an ambassador for the school, the students, and for the ways in which we have innovated at Burlington High. For years we have been an Apple Distinguished high school, and I am proud to have demonstrated why that is.  Read the rest of this entry »

face time with FaceTime: Apps for Collaboration

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combinedAs students continue to grow and expand their learning horizons, education becomes exciting. There is genuine victory in conquering a challenge, mastering a language, or understanding a concept. But above the enriching feeling of learning is teaching. Students have discovered the pleasure in sharing knowledge to help a friend comprehend a subject. Peer tutoring is an effective method that proves valuable for both who partake in it. Both the student teacher and the student receive higher academic achievement, improved personal and social development, leadership and task management skills, and motivation to excel in a field.

Being in a 1:1 community makes peer collaboration increasingly effective, ultimately enriching students. Read the rest of this entry »

Swiftly Learning Apple’s New Language

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cropped-apple_swift_logo.pngAs a part of my school’s student-led genius bar, Help Desk, I am allowed to allot part of my class time to my Individual Learning Endeavor (ILE). I chose to allot my time to learning Apple’s new coding language Swift. In addition to this, I will begin navigating the iOS and OS X software building tool, Xcode. Swift is a user-friendly coding language that combines Objective-C and Cocoa with new expressive syntax. Read the rest of this entry »