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Hour of Code Kickoff Party VSTE15

The VSTE 2015 Hour of Code Kickoff Party was incredible with an energetic and engaged crowd committed to introducing coding to students. Educators across Virginia are using Hour of Code as an opportunity… Continue reading

10 Steps to Hack the SAT

I received a call a few days ago. A high school aged relative needed math help. Specifically, they needed help with the math SAT. To be very specific, they needed help prepping for the… Continue reading

How Glowforge Transforms into a Billion Dollar Company

There is less than 24 hours to pre-order a Glowforge 3D laser printer at the 50% discount price. Total pre-orders are over $20 million as last minute buyers decide to pull the trigger. With the clock ticking,… Continue reading

Marketing to Makers: Glowforge and Epilog

Two booth giveaways highlight radically different approaches to reaching #makerfaire audience @glowforge @EpilogLaser pic.twitter.com/gxhMe8mtmK — Design Make Teach (@DesignMakeTeach) September 28, 2015 I recently sent out a Tweet showing two items from my Maker Faire NY… Continue reading

Fab Lab Loudoun Pitch

I’ve been interested in the Fab Lab concept since hearing Neil Gershenfeld talk at the 2005 NSBA convention. I’ve pitched the idea to several administrators in my district over the past 2 or… Continue reading

Explore Rising Sea Level with Tinkercad & 3D Printing

Quick idea for exploring rising sea level and the impact on coastal communities using Tinkercad and 3D Printing. -Use the Terrain2STL website to download an STL file of a coastal city. http://jthatch.com/terrain2stl/ -Repair the… Continue reading

My MakerEd PD Plan

Today was my first day back to school. I’m a Technology Resource Teacher (TRTs) in a large school district in Northern Virginia. TRTs play an essential role in the professional development to facilitate… Continue reading

Brainstorm: One to the World Project Idea

Sitting in a PD session with some of the greatest colleagues ever. We are woking on translating traditional projects to One to the World. Original Project: 4th graders worked on a project to support… Continue reading

What does MakerEd have to do with Headlight Restoration?

I took my car to be inspected today and it was rejected because the headlights were cloudy and the wipers were torn. The estimate for a headlight restoration, a headlight adjustment and new… Continue reading

Digital Citizenship: 3DPrintingIndustry.com

Dear 3DPrintingIndustry.com, On July 8th, 2015 you appropriated a photo from my website, DesignMakeTeach.com, for use in an article on your blog. http://3dprintingindustry.com/2015/07/08/chaos-3d-why-second-movers-are-winning-the-chaotic-desktop-3d-printer-wars/ I learned of this through a ping back notice from my WordPress… Continue reading

Brainstorm: SXSWedu 2016 Proposal

Let’s start out by saying, I don’t really know why I would go to the SXSWedu education conference. http://sxswedu.com/about It is far away, I’d have to pay out of pocket, and I’m probably… Continue reading

Brainstorm: Figment DC 2015 Proposal

Saw a tweet today from a local makerspace linking to Figment DC, a participatory and interactive art show. http://dc.figmentproject.org/ As a teacher advocating for maker education in schools, I often present at conferences, workshops and maker events. In my… Continue reading