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Merlin John Online Post

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

You can see Adobe Generation (and me!) featured on this Merlin John Online post, as John talks about how totally awesome #AdobeGen is.

ICE 2011

Friday, February 25th, 2011


If you didn’t make it to ICE 2011 in St. Charles at Pheasant Run this week, then you probably missed our presentation on Increasing STEM Knowledge Using Real-World Practitioners in Blended Communities. You also missed Greg’s birthday. You can see the recording of it, here, though!


Friday, February 25th, 2011


My good friends, Corey and Sarah, are building a fantastic website called MercuryApp. It tracks your feelings over time to help you make decisions. While you’re using it, you can pick a selection of ratings, one of which are pandas that I have drawn.


And, because Corey and Sarah are so good, you’ll never see the 404 page, but if you ever did, you’d see my illustration here.

NCCEP/GEAR UP Capacity Building Workshop

Sunday, February 20th, 2011


I have just returned from the NCCEP/GEAR UP Capacity Building Workshop in sunny Orlando, Florida. I’ve returned with a horrible, horrible cold (happens every time I get on a plane, I swear). I’ve also returned wondering how I could get it to be more sunny in Chicago. Finally, I’ve returned with some interesting information on the GEAR UP RFP process and how things are changing at the federal level. I was super happy to see the emphasis being placed on STEM, and was thrilled to see congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) speak, as he played a huge role in making these opportunities available for our students. I plan on attending the NCCEP conference in San Francisco in July, and meeting more fellow GEAR UPers.

I’m an AEL again!

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011


Awesome! Adobe has just informed me that I have been selected to serve a new two-year term as an Adobe Education Leader (AEL)! That’s another 2 great years of excellent resources and an amazing network of people interested in advancing K12 education. Yay!

Google Apps for Education @ CTC

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010
For the past year, I’ve been working on implementing Google Apps for Education (GAFE) for the Chicago Teachers’ Center.  We’re now in the process of rolling out training for our employees, so that we can all share documents, calendars, websites, photos, videos and so much more!  This will make helping the students of Chicago so [...]


Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
So, in case I haven’t told you, or you haven’t noticed on Facebook or Twitter, I’m now a student.  Again.  I’m a doctoral student in Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Education.  I’m going part-time, while working full-time at the CTC.  If I finish, it would be in 7 years; [...]

Everyone’s Talking about ITP!

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
There was lots of buzz about ITP this weekend.

First, NPR’s On  the Media showed up at the Spring Show and had a great interview with  some students and Clay Shirky.  Then, the BBC put on their front page  a really nice slideshow of the Spring Show.

Both of these  stories make any [...]

Technology + Gross = Engaging

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010
Today, Noah Swinney Stein and I went to Curie Metro High School to show them what was possible with the digital visualizers (document cameras) that CTC loaned the school.  Noah brought a bunch of compost and I brought the camera, and together, we zoomed in on what looked like a pile of dirt and exposed [...]

Yeah! We did it!

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

I do.  I truly liver you all.  I liver you for helping Team Hagan surpass its goal of $5,000 (we collected $5,670!) for liver research and disease prevention.  You guys rock.

Way to go supporters, and way to go Team Hagan.