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Technology. What an awesome, life-changing thing when we use it as a tool.

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Yesterday I witnessed the most incredible Makers Spaces, formerly known as “computer labs” in the King Philip Regional School District. It’s not because they were the fanciest, but they were hands-down the most creative spaces I’ve ever seen. Filled with manipulative and books, not just computers and tablets. I see so many schools that measure their tech success by how many tablets they can afford, but this was nothing like that. It was filled with dollar store styrofoam balls and toothpicks, KEVA Planks (GENIUS HOLIDAY PRESENT ALERT) kids excitedly use to hike structures that they can code their BlueBots to knock down. One of their mottos is “No Tech – No Problem!” A true integration of technology. As schools across the country struggle to find a healthy balance of technology, THIS is how it’s done. Norfolk, Massachusetts, you are such a bright light and leader and I’m so grateful I got to witness this greatness.
Here’s a little peek into one of the Makers Spaces at the PreK-2 school. 💫

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School safety is an issue that travels well beyond campus

Tomorrow, I get to start my busy day off speaking with educators about how they play an important role in helping kids have a safe and healthy experience with technology – just one more thing on their very full plates. My dad was an educator, and we often talk about how much things have changed since his time in schools; technology has brought about some wonderful innovations and incredible challenges. I speak with teachers all the time about balance, responsibility and frustrations when it comes to technology and at the end of the day, it all comes down to a community approach. Goodness knows teachers have one of the most important jobs in the world, and their list of responsibilities continue to grow. As parents, it’s our job to work with our schools to try help our kids strike a healthy balance. What a great article in the Los Angeles Times about these issues. #parenting #education #teachers

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My point in sharing this post is to make your day, as it made mine. Never, ever give up.

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NBC Local Media Embedded Video Player

For the past 6 months, I’ve talked about #Fortnite almost every single day. I hear a collective groan from parents when I bring it up in presentations, and a burst of excitement when I discuss it with their kids. I’m thrilled to have had the opportunity to sit down and talk to NBC10 Boston’s Leslie Gaydos NBC10 Boston about all things (the good and the bad) Fortnite.

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