The more I blog, the more I realize how important it is to reflect at three levels: how we got here, what we are doing, and where we want to go. Today I want to share with you my unique story on why I became a teacher.
When I was 10 years old, I started taking taekwondo classes at ATA Martial Arts in Amherst, NH. I joined because my brother was training and other sports never clicked with me. I am grateful every day that my parents signed me up. Over my adolescent years, I gained confidence and public speaking skills. By the time I was 13, I had earned my black belt and began helping my instructors in classes.
The ATA Leadership program helped me find my voice and my love of teaching and has been an instrumental part of my life since. By the time I was in high school, I was an instructor, running classes, communicating with parents and learning the importance of always improving yourself if you are going to help others improve themselves. My instructors were some of my first non-fami…
If you are an active Twitter educator, you have probably seen something about FlipGrid or #FlipGridFever over the last few months. I saw the hype start to grow over the summer, but did not know what it was about. I tried it. I loved it. I caught FlipGrid Fever! I have now integrated this diverse tool into my classes and have worked to become a Level 1 and 2 FlipGrid Certified Educator.
What is it?
FlipGrid describes itself as a "social learning" platform. It is a sharing platform for short videos, feedback, and reactions. Users can respond to each other's videos with emojis and comments. It is multi-platform, meaning it will work on just about any device your students might have. They can upload videos of themselves speaking, short movies they have created using iMovie, or screencasts of themselves explaining a topic.
Why the hype?
FlipGrid is different than other tools available right now. Students and teachers alike are able to share ideas through video. Video recording …
Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to reverse a 2015 ruling on Net Neutrality. As a US citizen, I am disappointed. As a member of the computer science community, I am frustrated. As an educator, I cannot stay quiet.
What is Net Neutrality?
Net Neutrality was a ruling by the FCC in 2015 that helped keep the internet open for all users. They did this by requiring internet service providers (ISPs) to treat all internet traffic equally. This meant that they could not charge you differently based on how you used the internet and that they could not throttle your bandwidth based on what you were accessing online. This provided equal access to the internet as was intended by co-creator of the internet, Vint Cerf. What happened in 2015?
In 2015, during the Obama administration, the FCC ruled to keep the internet open for everyone. The decision was made by the 5 person FCC panel. As internet usage has increased, so has our need for ISPs to provide us with reliable inter…