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Presentation: “The Future of Sports is Esports”

At the #WEMTA18 Conference at the Kalahari Resort & Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells, WI, I gave a presentation titled “The Future of Sports is Esports.” I decided to record the presentation at the last minute. The slide deck I…
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My Letter to the Editor of The Journal Times (Racine)

An example of a "fake news" ad published in The Journal Times

On October 25, 2017, the Journal Times Editorial Board stated the following: “Facebook needs to give a full accounting of that meddling and it needs to develop tools . . . to make Facebook and other social media more transparent…
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Homemade Dark Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Perfect Bars (Aldi Ingredients)

I love dark chocolate, and I love peanut butter. And if you have not tried the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Perfect Bars, you will be pleasantly surprised at how good they are. They are high in protein and other good…
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A Story of My Grandfather

A photo of my grandfather Martin O'Hagan, my grandfather, in is World War 2 US Navy uniform, and also my Grandfather.

The recent events in Charlottesville have once again raised the specter of the racial and philosophical divide in our country. Sparked by the planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, the protests by white supremacists and…
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The Creative Communicator and Esports

The image is titled “Communication” by Juan Manuel Rogado. It relates to the creative communicator.

The Creative Communicator standard is vital in esports. This sixth standard of the 2016 ISTE Standards for Students is one of the top standards in esports. The Creative Communicator standard states: Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a…
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Protein Pancakes Made with Aldi Brand Ingredients

I bought a box of protein pancake mix and immediately realized I could do them better (and cheaper). Best of all, I balanced the macros almost perfect for me (40/30/30 – 39% carbs, 31% fat, 29% protein to be exact) and…
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Review: How to create higher performing, happier classrooms in 7 moves

Recently, I had the pleasure of reading the paper from the Christensen Institute titled “How to create higher performing, happier classrooms in 7 moves.” The seven moves require no technology. They require no new curriculum. They do not need blended…
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The Computational Thinker and eSports

This image shows a student expressing the look of a computational thinker.

The Computational Thinker standard contains future-ready skills necessary for our students to engage in a connected world. This fifth standard of the 2016 ISTE Standards for Students requires foundational technology skills expressed through participation in eSports. Previously, I have written about…
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The Innovative Designer and eSports

This image of a sketch represents the innovative designer.

The Innovative Designer standard is one of the more difficult of the ISTE 2016 Standards for Students to connect to eSports. It is intimidating because many do not know or understand what “a design process” means. In previous posts, eSports and…
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The Knowledge Constructor and eSports

In this photo a knowledge constructor is building with Jenga blocks

The Knowledge Constructor is one of the ISTE 2016 Standards for Students that tickles constructionist roots. In previous posts, eSports and the first two ISTE standards were explored. This post focuses on students gathering information and resources, synthesizing them together, and…
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