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Websites Protest SOPA & PIPA

You may find your online activities interrupted tomorrow (January 18) by a protest against the proposed SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act) bills. The list of participating websites is growing quickly. Their protests range from banners expressing their protest to actually shutting down for the day. Some of the more […] [Read More]
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Tech Gifts: Tablet Edition

Something interesting happened at work recently; people began asking each other’s opinions about which tablet to get for the holidays. This is obviously a hot topic, you might be wondering about selecting the ideal tablet. Let me begin by saying that I own an iPad, but I do not believe that there is a one-size-fits-all […] [Read More]

It’s Parent Teacher Conference Season

As someone who has been the student, the parent and the teacher, I can say that there are few times of the school year more angst-ridden than Parent Teacher Conference season. It’s funny, isn’t it? We are all on the same page; we all want our students to do well, to perform to their best […] [Read More]

YouTube Space Lab: Kid-Designed Experiments on the ISS

What would you find 250 miles from your home town? From Connecticut, that would include everything from Washington, DC to Rochester, NY to Portland, ME. Within that circle you would find many of the country’s leading scientific companies and universities all conducting important work. If you now include 250 miles UP, we would find YouTube […] [Read More]

Getting a Handle on Facebook Settings for You and Your Kids: Part 2

What comes to your mind when you think about the term ‘status symbol’? Sports cars? A great house? Fabulous shoes? For many of our kids, the number of names in their Facebook friends list fits the bill. “You only have 100 friends? I have 200.” As adults we have an easier time recognizing that our […] [Read More]

Getting a Handle on Facebook Settings for You and Your Kids: Part 1

If recent stories about Facebook’s new features have you questioning your own account settings or if you are concerned about the safety of your kids on Facebook, pull up a chair and let’s walk through some steps you can take to reclaim your privacy. Keep in mind that Facebook’s own Terms of Service restrict accounts […] [Read More]

NASA: Alive & Well in the Classroom

To paraphrase our own Mark Twain, the reports of NASA’s demise are greatly exaggerated. While it is true that the curtain has come down on the shuttle program, NASA has many more planned missions and they want to involve our students. The GRAIL (Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory) Mission launched on September 10 carrying ‘twin […] [Read More]