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 →
Developing and expressing gratitude is a wonderful way to keep your bucket full. Gratitude begins when we become aware of everything that makes us happy and create space for empathy. Whatever makes us happy fills our buckets. Happiness will fill your bucket, even more, when you realize it, think about it, and express gratitude for… Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
We’ve often heard the term do no harm used when we think about doctors, medicine, or bioethics. Do no harm focuses on non-maleficence, or not hurting or harming someone through neglect. Do no harm, as a maxim could be restated as “given an existing problem, it may be better not to do something, or even… Continue reading →
I begin this post by indicating that I am a cisgender, white male. Because of my privilege, I feel the need to not talk about these topics as it is for others to do. As a white male, I have no business discussing these topics. As I was conducting some research, I was inspired by… Continue reading →
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 recently moved to our new home, and as a result we have a lot of new projects to complete. The home has a detached garage with a finished spare room on the second floor. I’ll turn that spare room into my office and a room for friends and family to stay over. Apparently, I… Continue reading →
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 →
Last week I was interviewed for an upcoming piece of research focused on what is hot and not in literacy, education, and research. The question around bilingual, or multilingual learners was asked and I indicated the need for much more research in this area. This is predominantly due to the fact that there is a… Continue reading →
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 →
Part of my job involves regularly giving a talk on a specific topic. This may be at a conference, a local workshop, or in class. These talks are often limited to the participants in attendance. I spend a lot of time building the presentation. Why should my ideas be limited to the people that decide… Continue reading →
We recently moved to a new home and as a result, we went through the regular process of minimizing our stuff. One of the key areas that has been dominating my thinking is the tools, systems, and devices that we use in and out of our home. Home Automation is automating the control of your… Continue reading →
I’m in the middle of the Student Privacy Train-the-Trainer Program for K12 from the Future of Privacy Forum. I applied for this program as I wanted to develop the knowledge and skills needed to be a student privacy expert while connecting with a peer network and student privacy experts from across the country. The coursework… Continue reading →
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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As I have been reviewing the digital spaces and places where I exist, I realized that things were getting a bit messy. I share 3 to 6 links out on social media everyday. I blog on my main website, and share a weekly newsletter. The newsletter began as a synthesis of the top links I… Continue reading →
Technology is a major part of my professional and personal life. I have a variety of screens, services, tools, apps, and networks that impact my daily work. I also believe in being as organized and productive as possible, especially when it comes to my digital texts, tools, and practices. Over the past year, I’ve continued… Continue reading →
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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I write quite a bit. As I write this post, I have about 500 posts on this blog. I’m closing in on over 300 weekly posts in my newsletter. You can check out my vitae to see what I’ve written in more traditional spaces. Lord knows how much I’ve written on social networks, Slack channels,… Continue reading →
The Internet has become largely unintelligible for regular users of the space. The challenge is that it is impossible to connect, communicate, and collaborate with others without digital texts and tools. As we engage online, we leave bits of our personal data strewn across the Internet without a full understanding of what, why, and how… Continue reading →