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Mental Health and Depression

Mental Health Month raises awareness of trauma and the impact it can have on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of children, families, and communities. Mental Health Month was established in 1949 to increase awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness in Americans’ lives, and to celebrate recovery from mental illness. Mental health… Continue reading

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Risky Business

As the coronavirus disrupts and displaces most aspects of our lives, most of the professions that support systems in society, especially ones that support our youth, have been strained. As the pandemic rages around the globe, it is impossible to ignore the value that public schools provide and the services provided for society. Hit most… Continue reading

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Shine

This year was tough. This year was also a power year. I celebrated my birthday yesterday with the family. I took some time to reflect on the year that has passed and be thankful. One year ago I was just beginning to come out of some serious setbacks in my professional career. I was humbled,… Continue reading

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Computational Thinking for the Educator & Researcher

This week I presented a session at the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Conference (TLTCon) 2021. TLTCon is a free, fully online conference designed to bring together expertise from educational institutions across the region, spotlight teaching excellence, and provide a space for idea sharing and networking.   My session was titled Computational Thinking in the Disciplines:… Continue reading

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We Shape Our Tools and Then Our Tools Shape Us

Behaviorist learning theory, a philosophy that maintains that a well-rounded understanding of the relationship between stimulus and response can promote desired behaviors within an individual has long been regarded as inconsequential to educators attempting to adapt to the needs of a 21st-century learner. Instead, behaviorism has been replaced by perspectives that promote constructivism, innovation, and… Continue reading

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Healthy Avatars and Sick People

Our world has been radically transformed by digital technology – smartphones, tablets, and web-enabled devices have transformed our daily lives and the way we communicate. Medicine is an information-rich enterprise. A greater and more seamless flow of information within a digital healthcare infrastructure, created by electronic health records (EHRs), encompasses and leverages digital progress and… Continue reading

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The “How” of Teaching Will Forever Change…We Now Need to Change the “Why”

As more and more adults are vaccinated against COVID-19, it appears life will slowly get back to normal. Many K-12 schools have moved to a modified face-to-face or hybrid schedule with some students remaining solely online. Higher education is a mix of the same as some students, faculty, and staff are choosing, or being required… Continue reading

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Breaking Down the Misinformation & Disinformation Ecosystem

I’ve written quite a bit about misinformation and disinformation in online, social spaces. Misinformation is “false information that is spread, regardless of whether there is intent to mislead. Misinformation is often considered to be unintentional sharing. When people spread misinformation, they often believe the information they are sharing. Disinformation is “deliberately misleading or biased information;… Continue reading

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