This last weekend I had the wonderful opportunity of attending Picademy in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Picademy is a two day professional development workshop that teaches teachers how to unlock the capabilities of the Raspberry Pi single board computer.

While I’ve been using the Raspberry Pi for quite a while now, I’ve never been able to make the leap to physical computing. I’ve always wanted to be able to make robots and play with sensors and other gadgets that I knew the Pi was capable of doing, but I never knew how. In the past I taught programming in a very dry way. I expect my teaching to be very different this year from previous years. Students will be more focused on what they can make with programming instead of doing assignments in programming.

I’m really looking forward to this year and seeing what my students will accomplish.

If you’re in the giving mood, please help make sure my students have the materials they need to succeed. Donations of any size will help my students, and right now any contribution you make will be doubled by Tom’s of Maine. https://www.donorschoose.org/project/stem-physical-computing-with-raspberry-p/2664110/

What is Standardization?

During my break I’ve been thinking about the nature of school. I’ve read a lot of articles and I see a lot of posts on social media about the nature of education. The basic gist is that everybody is unique, therefore standardization is bad. This is a bit of an oversimplification, but, generally speaking, I think it’s a true statement. Continue reading