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Creating Modern Storytellers – NJASL 2015

In November, I was honored to not only present on the topic of modern storytelling, but to also receive the Jean E. Harris Progressive Library Award.  It was so special to be recognized for the work done at the Clinton Elementary School Library.  One of the library world’s great champions, Dr. Joyce Valenza, featured my acceptance speech on her School Library Journal blog, NeverEnding Search.



Teaching Kids to Code Presentation at NJECC 2015

A bitter cold day in January led me to Montclair State University for the 29th annual New Jersey Educational Computing Cooperative Conference.  It was a valuable day of learning for me as I had the opportunity to learn and be inspired by some powerful voices.  Jonathan (JR) Rochelle from Google had a fantastic keynote presentation that focused on inspiring students.  I especially enjoyed the videos on Rubiks Cube Questioning and Moonshot Thinking.

In the afternoon, I led a hands-on workshop for teachers on how to teach kids to code.  My favorite takeaway was that we are teaching future leaders the logic of coding.  The various languages will follow. This becomes key when people question the validity of drop and drag block language over learning text based languages  such as html, javascript etc.


TeachMeetNJ 2014 Coding for Kids

On Monday, I had the opportunity to attend and present at TeachMeetNJ 2014 at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.  This edcamp or unconference was a great way to engage with over 500 educators from around New Jersey in a relaxed yet fast-paced day of learning.  From 20 apps in 20 minutes to creating Genius Time at school, it was exciting.

For my particular presentation, I used Haiku Deck for the first time.  Feedback was positive on the topic of coding and my sincere hope is to have more teachers incorporate computer science into their daily teaching.

Coding for Kids – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires