Makerspaces Are On My Mind

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Fresh from a great experience at the Atlanta Maker Faire a few weekends ago and a recent meeting with a few representatives from my small town’s government and public library, I’m feeling very optimistic about the opportunities the Maker Movement is generating for Atlanta-area kids. It seems that a critical mass is being reached in Atlanta with a number of new makerspaces popping up in the last few years… one very new one just a ten minute drive from my home (but in another suburb/town surrounding Atlanta). This idea of people coming together to share tools and knowledge, demonstrate techniques and skills, and create an environment that welcomes others to join the fun… that’s a place I want to be. Continue reading

Big Hero 6 Challenge Asks Kids What Big Problem They Want to Solve

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In anticipation of the release of Big Hero 6, Disney has teamed with partners XPRIZE, LittleBits, FIRST LEGO League, and the USPTO to create a contest for kids. Continue reading

Be a Presentation Expert With MacSparky’s Newest Field Guide

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I’m a big fan of the MacSparky.com website and its Mac Power Users podcast. David Sparks has been one of my go-to experts for years on a variety of topics — email, workplace efficiency, and my favorite… going paperless. He and Katie Floyd put on my favorite podcast (up to 208 episodes and counting!) and I can honestly say I never finish a podcast without learning a new skill, trick, tip, or piece of software that will make either my personal or work life better. (And more often than not, both.) Continue reading

Stack Overflow: ABCs and 123s

A Is For Awesome

Today I’ve got a few books about ABCs and 123s. Now, my two older daughters are past the stage where they need alphabet books, but some books are just fun enough that you want to keep them around. Plus, my one-year-old needs to start working on reading soon, right? Continue reading