State-of-the-art, Teacher-designed Fourth Grade iPad Integration

I continue to be impressed and amazed by the strong work and careful thought being revealed in the 1:1 iPad pilot program currently in progress in two of ASL’s fourth grade classrooms.  The teachers are maintaining and publishing an active blog about their work and progress, and I recommend a visit:

Great work!

Middle School Students and Maya Animation

I will admit that I’m impressed by the creativity and design shown by my daughter who learned the basics of Maya animation software this semester in her 8th Grade design elective.  Here’s one of her images:


She has a blog about her work, and short animation, at

Cycling in the winter

I’ve been enjoying the Strava cycling and running app and website on my iPhone 5. I’ve been using it to record all of my cycling for the past couple of months.  I even picked up a Polar heartrate device that talks to the iPhone via the new, low power Bluetooth protocol, so the Strava app can record speed, distance, heartrate, elevation gain, gps, etc., and compare my stats to several thousand others online.

Through Strava, I learned about the Rapha Festive 500, a world-wide challenge to cyclists to ride 500 km between Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.  That’s about 50 miles a day for seven days in a row, in the middle of winter, so it is a bit of a challenge.  Also, all miles had to be recorded and “proved” by the Strava system.

So, I signed up and my son joined in about half of the rides over the last week for his own “Festive 250” accomplishment. To ride 500 km in London in December means rain, cold and some night riding, all of which went fine.  We finished both of our challenges yesterday and we posted a photo gallery of the ride.

Here’s a sample image:

It felt great to get in so many miles (330) in the last week of the year.  Doug and I are planning two to three weeks of cycle touring in France this summer.

HS Tech Integration Specialist Position Opening

The American School in London has an opening for a one-year High School Technology Integration Specialist for the 2013-14 school year.  If you are interested, or know of someone who is, please refer them to the link below:
If you have ever been interested in working overseas or spending a year in London, this could be a great opportunity. This position will work with our HS Technology Coordinator and the first year of a 1:1 Bring-your-own-Macbook program, as well as with our MS and LS technology coordinators.

First Lego League Competition

I had a great time being a Project Judge at the First Lego League competition on Saturday at ASL.  The video below is from the Livestream– please note that it is six and half hours long and there are some signal loss areas, so I recommend using the playback slider to go back and forth to find parts of interest.

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