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Scratch Engage Your Students
Ericbraun_linkedin_head_thumb_mini Posted by Eric Braun on March 30, 2013 2 comments
It all began when I heard Mitch Resnick speak at TEDxBeaconStreet last November. I had heard about Scratch before, but Mitch made with want to really try it out. With his infectious smile, he told about how his 83-year-old mother used Scratch to create a Birthday card for him thanking him for creating scratch (and for being her son).

After that, as things go, I kept running into people who have been using Scratch with their kids or their students. A few even admitted that they liked playing with it themselves... "My name is X and, yes, I am a Scratch addict." 
In January, I started teaching a course on Intro to Computers. I didn't want to teach it. It sounded boring. But the dean asked me to teach it, so I thought about it. It's a required course, because everyone needs to be digitally literate. That makes sense, but did I need to be the one to teach it? Then, it occurred to me that if I thought it was not the most interesting topic, the students definitely would not be interested... [Read more...]
7 Minutes of Cool @MassTLC: Connecting Techies of All Shapes and Sizes
Ericbraun_linkedin_head_thumb_mini Posted by Eric Braun on March 13, 2013 0 comments

Yesterday morning, I headed into Boston bright and early to congregate at the Renaissance Waterfront Hotel at the annal meeting of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC). With over 500 attendees, there was lots of opportunity to network. I thrive on networking at innovation-oriented events, because I find it helps me see things from different angles and be more creative. These events are different from the pure networking events where people are just looking to unwind or find a friend. The innovation community helps you think and create, which has been my mantra lately.

I decided to try out the 30hands Mobile app in a different way, more from a journalistic perspective. We call 30hands Mobile a "photo storytelling app", because it lets people organize photos and images into a storyline then record audio on top of the photos. If the storyline doesn't flow the right way, just drag and drop the thumbnail images around into the desired order. Recorded audio stays with...
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