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We don’t serve mashed potatoes at high noon, but freshly baked cookies, coffee, and tea aren’t too bad an alternative. They sweeten the taste for technology – on a day when we sift through piles of weekend e-mail, as we look hungrily to the week ahead. On the second Monday of each mo...
Your Mind Online:  How Is Your Use of Technology Affecting Your Life? shed many enlightening thoughts, observations, and experiences.  Summarized are the main themes that emerged in our inspiring Socratic conversation that openly and honestly probed the topic of technology and its influences on our daily lives. We are our own gate-keepers now - critical thinking and smart/sensible uses of technology are highly relevant educational needs in today’s world. Being connected is now the default -- we have to...
I catch a glimpse from the corner of my dad’s office window high up in the glass skyscraper. Sitting cross-legged, dizzy looking down, I try to replicate the puzzling sculpture on paper with pencil. Is it a bird, dog, an aardvark, baboon head, or possible profile of a woman? I have not heard yet of Cubism and find the shape, despite the c...
[caption id="attachment_10601" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="View from the Boathouse at Valcour Conference Center"][/caption] I learn that the theme for SUNY LA 2011, Shared Borders: Collaborating for Success, is inspired partly by its physical locale.
Her favorite blue jeans sport a gaping hole across the right knee,  seam to seam. Hand-me-down from her brother and previously her neighbor, the Polos are faded comfortably to a soft speckled gray in some places, reminding us of tiny eggs in a bird’s nest. Together we ponder the first real bike ride, seeing her taut white knuckles on the handlebars, her back as...
Renowned education expert David L. Kirp speaks on Kids First: Five Big Ideas for Transforming Children's L...
The train deposits us in the middle of the track – no station stop, rails glisten in the mid-morning sun of early October. We alight, gingerly stepping through the long ladder of metal, breathing in the coolness of soil, happy to flee the city noise and soot. We trek to the rocks and begin our steep ascent… … the trees are marked sporadically, red paint crumbling across the old bark. The trail is none too clear, very overgrown, even bo...
I gaze high up at the brightly lit stage, feeling lost in the large musty space. Within an instant I recognize three familiar banana seats – one of them a girl’s– only it is crusted over with thick, bruised blue paint, not light sparkling yellow as before. My brothers’ bikes are quickly wheeled in by police officers, right beside mine; they are...