Archive for the 'My Projects' Category

Chicago Ideas Week - Indoor Recess

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Yesterday, as part of Chicago Ideas Week, I went to the Chicago office of IDEO to work on an exciting brief: “How can we design for indoor recess? Chicago Public schools don’t have a lot of space for indoor recess and it could be used more efficiently. Students don’t have a lot of time so activities and space needs to be directed and accessible for group break-outs.” We went through the entire design process in 10 hours, using Mitchell Elementary School as a prototype, and came up with some great solutions for fun and safe indoor recess.

FLW stencil in the WC

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Pretty much done (aside from some paint goofs) stenciling Frank Lloyd Wright’s Dana House Butterfly pattern in the bathroom.

Panda Rates It!

Saturday, April 9th, 2011


Check it out! The creators of MercuryApp have made Panda Rates It, a site that gives businesses feedback on their site or services by incorporating the pandometer I drew! You can see an example of how it works here.

All in the Game Plan

Friday, October 1st, 2010


There’s a nice article this month by Jack Kenny in TES about the games course. It’s getting me all excited about the directions we are going to take it this year. We’re hoping to branch out to new subject areas and refine the way we teach in our online courses, getting more students more interested in and prepared for STEM careers!

*i*Collaboratory Symposium 2009

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Tomorrow is the 12th Annual Collaboratory Symposium, featuring the iCollaboratory. The Symposium will be May 7, 2009, from 8:30-noon with breakfast starting at 8:00 a.m., at Northwestern University’s Hardin Hall, Crown Center. Continental Breakfast is included. This Symposium will feature the iCollaboratory.

Area Map for the Symposium.

For more information, please please contact

I will be speaking briefly about integrating Moodle with Google Apps for the iCollaboratory.

iVOTE! on iTunes U!

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

In case you haven’t heard, Northwestern recently joined Duke, MIT, Cambridge, Stanford and Yale as a provider of free intellectual video content on iTunes U. Aside from just academic material, iTunes U also disseminates News@Northwestern. Last week, they released a story on iVOTE! ‘08, featuring the students of Lincoln Middle School and … me!

It’s a Gas at BETT!

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

It's a Gas

Remember It’s a Gas? Part of a commision for the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx, It’s a Gas explores the cause and funniness of farting. I illustrated and animated it back in May of 2002. Anyhow, my friend Colin Maxwell is featuring it at BETT as part of a presentation on Flash and Education in the Adobe booth. If you’re there, check it out! Colin is a very entertaining presenter.

Get Your Read On!

Monday, January 5th, 2009

I am starting a Google Sites project for the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award on the iCollaboratory.

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

My dearest family and friends,

It has come to my attention that though I was very concerned with the details of making your Christmas cards this year, I should have focused on the details of how exactly to mail them safely. Please know that although the paper, buttons, beads and felt did not arrive in one piece, my wishes for a happy and peaceful holiday season and gratefulness for the love and friendship you share with me remain very much intact.

In any event, this is what your card was supposed to look like.

Have a very happy (and warm) holiday!



P.S. For those who had most of the pieces arrive in the mail, I will gladly repair your cards!

iVOTE! Election Results

Thursday, November 13th, 2008


The results are in, and iVOTE! ‘08 proved to be a winner! Over 1,500 students voted in early and regular elections. But what I am most excited about its how well they did in defending their reasons why they voted the way they did. They thoughtfully considered the issues that were important to them and delivered great reasons as to why others should select their candidate.