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On Classroom Attention and Smartphones

I read this really interesting conversation with Georgetown professor Jeanine Turner on how smartphones have fundamentally changed the dynamic of what students “being present” means, even when the phone is turned off. This section in particular gave me pause: I absolutely believe that every teacher, every presenter in a business situation, if you want people’s attention on you, you …

Celebrating Five Years at KQED!

I’m of course proud to celebrate my five year anniversary at KQED. It’s been a wonderful journey and I’ve learned and grown so much being here. But honestly I’m even more grateful to be among colleagues celebrating 10, 20, and even 30 years at KQED! A testament to how happy and proud folks are to contribute …

Embracing My Inner Uhura

I was watching the latest musical episode of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, in which one of the principal characters, Nyota Uhura, considers what her role is on the starship Enterprise. It’s a banger of a number and the actress Celia Rose Gooding kills it. It hit me right in the feels, not only because …

Rollerskating and Implementing a New Skill in the Classroom

So I’ve been thinking a lot about the ongoing challenge of translating our professional learning classes for teachers into actual changes in the classroom. Of course my thoughts go to … roller skating.  During the pandemic, tens of thousands of pairs of roller skates were purchased by people as a response to being cooped up …

Free Workshop for Teachers in Media Bias June 28

On June 28 I will be leading a free online workshop for teachers : “Help Students Unpack Media Bias and More.” From TikTok videos and “authentic” social media influencers to advertisements and docudramas, teaching students how to critically read media is more important than ever. In this workshop, learn how media messages are put together …

Listen to your Audience

So I’m staffing one of the entry points for KQED Fest today, handing out programs and greeting people. It’s about 11:15am. A beat-up white truck pulls up and an older gentleman in overalls waves me over. He has a sour look on his face. “Good morning, how can I help you?” I ask, in my …