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The Tempered Radical

Bill Ferriter

August 6, 2016

"There Will Always be an Overhead."

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Marcy Hannula -- a fantastic teacher and friend who has challenged my practice for the better part of a decade -- was cleaning out her professional library the other day when she stumbled across a chapter in a book on computers in the classroom.

The graphic below caught her eye because she knew it would rile me up.  See if you can figure out why it drives me completely crazy:

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Bill Ferriter

August 3, 2016

I'm Planning a Pokemon Go Rally for My Middle Schoolers

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I have a confession to make:  I spent the first two weeks of July rolling my eyes as I read article after article in my social stream about the "transformational power of Pokemon Go."  I had the app on my phone, I'd caught more than a few Pidgeys, and hit up more than a few Poke stops -- but to me, there was nothing truly transformational about it.  In fact, I was pretty sure that I'd delete the app before school even started.

But then I showed it to my seven year old daughter, and she was hooked!

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Bill Ferriter

July 13, 2016

Goodbye Zaption. Hello Edpuzzle.

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One of the most important lessons for teachers living in a digital world to learn is how to be digitally resilient -- or persistent in the face of the kinds of glitches and hiccups that happen when you are working with old technology, unreliable infrastructure, or free tools.  If you can't persist despite challenges, you may as well stop using technology in the classroom because those challenges are inevitable.

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Bill Ferriter

June 18, 2016

Five Lessons I Learned from My Dad.

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Father's Day Weekend is always a mixed bag of emotions for me.  

Given that I am the proud father of a six year old girl who loves her Dad times ten, I will spend most of my weekend smiling.  There's just something beautiful about the effort that six year olds put into showing you that they care.  Whether she makes me a hand-drawn card, whips up a special father's day breakfast of cookies and Capri Suns, or just wants to cuddle on the couch for a while, I will feel the joy that comes along with being the Dad of a daughter!

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