Monthly Archives: September 2014

eSchool News article

I was interviewed a few weeks ago for the Curriculum section of this  week’s issue of eSchool news.   The article is by Laura Deveney and titled Project Based Learning Moves into Classrooms.   I first learned about Project Based Learning through a summer workshop with the New England Board of Higher Education PBL Program.  I […]

Problems with The Scientific Method and how I teach

As I prepare for parents night here at BUA, I often get questions about the pedagogy employed in my classroom.   I often turn parents to this article from Science Service, (who publish Science News) about the problems with the Scientific Method.  There are some nice quotes from Heidi Schweingruber,  director of the Board on Science […]

NI Elite Educators

This week in physics we have started playing around with programming LEGO Mindstorms robots using LabVIEW.  I received a note today about an announcement from National Instrument, the maker of LabVIEW, that I am on their list of Elite Educators. What kinds of things can you do with National Instruments toys?  Here is myRIO with […]

LEGO is #1

Today I gave my Webinar comparing VEXIQ to EV3.  You can catch it on the O’Reilly site. It should be archived soon. On the way into school, I heard that LEGO has now surpassed Mattel as the largest toy company in the world.  This is partly due to increase sales and mechandising due to the […]

1st day of classes and catch my robotics Webinar!

Today was the first day of classes.  In physics today we learned to use InterLACE with an activity called LEGO Serious Play. The students build something to represent themselves from LEGO and shared it with their peers. This year I am also teaching ASERP (or the Junior STEM Seminar) for the first time in over […]