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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

Hello and Happy New Year! That may sound odd on January 27, 2018, but it’s been over a MONTH since I’ve posted to my blog in mid-December. There are a variety of reasons for this, but rest assured I’m not becoming a “blog fader.” 🙂  This may be the longest lapse in blog posts for me here in over a decade, however, so this at least deserves an acknowledgement if not a partial explanation. I need to publish a new…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

Today in Columbus, Ohio, I shared a breakout session at the Ohio Educational Technology Conference (OETC) titled, “Security, Privacy, and Digital Citizenship.” The description was: As video surveillance, social media sharing of personal information, identity theft and publicized hacks of businesses have become daily norms, how can we best protect ourselves, our families and our organizations? Why is privacy an important right we need to defend instead of give up? What roles should teachers play in educating students, parents, and…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

This podcast features three different recordings from the 2018 Ohio Educational Technology Conference, which was held in Columbus, Ohio, February 12-14, 2018. The first is an interview with high school students who have learned how to create interactive games using Scratch software. They also have created DIY game controllers using the MakeyMakey and supplies like tin foil, cardboard, alligator clips, play dough, and bananas. The second interview is with high school senior Arthur Bodenschatz, who is part of the broadcast…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

These are my notes from the breakout session “Digital Health and Wellness: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach” at the 2018 ATLIS Conference in Washington D.C. on April 16, 2018. Presenters were by Jenni Swanson Voorhees (@jsvoorhees), Richard Griffith (@doctorgriffith), and Angela Smith (@angelasmith21), from Sidwell Friends (@SidwellFriends). Presentation resources are available on the Google Doc linked on bit.ly/SFSDigLit. #ATLISac The room was packed to hear about our K-12 Digital Health & Wellness cirriculum @AngelaSmith21 @doctorgriffith pic.twitter.com/aeYIgfEmYO — Jenni S. Voorhees (@jsvoorhees) April 16, 2018 Session……

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

Here’s an important cautionary tale for anyone with a cell phone: Beware of phishing calls. Don’t share personal information with strangers over the phone, if you can’t verify their identity and authority with absolute certainty. Like many others, I’ve noticed a significant uptick in the past few months of spam phone calls to my cell phone. I’m not sure how folks are getting my cell phone number, but I suspect as cell phone numbers have become a de-facto identifier in…

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Why children must know what’s behind their screen – EDUWELLS – Education Article

This month, my life of social media, podcasts, school ‘dramas’, and professional development has coincidentally had a strong theme around online safety and the impact of social media and smartphones on all of us. It is so important to understand these issues as they have stealthily come to dominate every aspect of our lives from wellbeing, family life and school grades. I thought I would collate a collection of important podcasts, videos, websites and apps that will help everyone better…

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Chromebook and Home Computer Advice for Parents (Dec 2018) – Education Article

As a school director of technology as well as a known “tech geek” at other places we frequent like our church, I’m often asked for advice about purchasing computers for kids at holiday time. I’m also frequently asked about Internet filtering, Internet safety, and topics falling under the general topic of “digital citizenship.” (Last spring I shared a few presentations about these topics at both school and church.) Whether we’re talking about technology purchases, parenting, or just about anything else,…

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