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Tech Guy. Dad. Educator. I write about the intersection of technology, education, and life. http://PikeMallTech.com
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There’s a scene in X-Men: Days of Future Past that has always stuck with me. In a desperate attempt to save all mutant life, Wolverine travels back in time to change history. …


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I read Ev William’s brief thoughts on the question of simple or easy. In short, Ev states that we often decide to do things that are simple rather than things that are easy.

I contend that we do this in the education world, when dealing with technology. …


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Chop wood, carry water.

Of all the things that this new journey in life has given me, the most important is explained in that simple Zen proverb.

Chop wood, carry water.

Yes, I have more energy. Yes, I can go up a flight of steps and not feel a raging…


When we make decisions about the technology we use in our classrooms we very often ask the wrong questions

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What people think of as the moment of discovery is really the discovery of the question. — Jonas Salk

When we make decisions about the technology we use in our classrooms we very often ask the wrong questions.

We think about how we can use the latest, greatest, coolest tools…


designing for the digital age
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I’ve long been a fan of Hyperdocs; a lesson-building format that focused on providing students with the resources they need to work at their own pace throughout a lesson or unit.

Hyperdocs also gives teachers the chance to provide supports for students in a lesson exactly when they need it…


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Education technology is a field for those who consider themselves patient optimists.

Justin Reich

I’m willing to bet that you have a favorite recipe, specifically, a favorite dessert. And any time you get to have it, you’re excited.

So excited that you can’t wait until you get to put every…


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13 years ago, on an overcast Saturday morning in central Kentucky, my wife and I said our “I dos” in front of a small group of family and friends. …


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The Internet is like alcohol in some sense. It accentuates what you would do anyway. If you want to be a loner, you can be more alone. If you want to connect, it makes it easier to connect.

Esther Dyson

There’s an idea from Austin Kleon about books that suck…


In the fall of 2014, I entered the classroom as a student teacher, ready to complete my final semester before becoming an actual teacher.

To say that I was nervous would be the understatement of the century. How was this going to go? How would I do? …


I’ve watched this video of 1,000 musicians performing “Learn to Fly” countless times. I’ve even used it to open presentations and professional learning sessions to convey the power of being connected to a group.

While that video is almost six years old, the lessons are still relevant to our…

Mike Paul

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