I LOVE ROBOTICS!

If you asked me whether or not I thought we were going to be successful this year, I would have said yes. I have never changed that stance from day one when I became the Robotics coach back in August. Our competition on Saturday at the Philadelphia Regionals proved that. We went in with only four students out of a ten person team.

Our robot wasn’t driving due to the chronic software problems we were experiencing — Android Studio. Our team hung in there and persevered. We were helped by a father-and-son duo who was there just to help people. In no time our robot was up and running. We passed all three inspection stations (with a little turbulence) and competed with the best of them.

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Unfortunately our whole team wasn’t there to experience the magic of perseverance and dedication AND I plan to archive these experiences so that all will be able to benefit in some way. To the discouraged in any venue, DON’T GIVE UP!

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How Education Is Changing

What a great book I’m reading in my grad class (Researching and Evaluating Technologies). I feel an imperative to blog to document this experience because it is life-altering. From the very first chapter I have read stimulating things as follows:

  • “the best teachers are leaving high-poverty schools that need them most, because they can earn more money and respect in other districts or even in other occupations
  • many teachers see little value in spending their time helping students prepare for standardized tests that they do not think measure real learning
  • these stresses have pushed most schools to follow practices that reduce learning choices at the same time that technologies widen options” (

While this isn’t new news it sure is eye-opening because this book was published about 9 years ago and this country, and education overall, hasn’t changed much since then. Are we really that dense America?

I believe teachers and students are fed up with our system of education but what are WE going to do about it?

Often technology in education has a roadblock named access but that is outdated with the upward trend of smartphones everywhere. What would happen when everyone has that omnipotent access to learn whatever they want whenever they want?

Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and Schooling in America

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