If you’re in the Southeast Texas area, you may have heard of a growing tech conference in the north Houston area called TCCA. Currently in its 7th year, I’ve attended since year 2, and presented since year 3. This conference holds a special place in my heart, because unlike other conferences, they somehow manage to
A peculiar thought struck me the other day. In my previous life, I worked at a press shop. My boss, a tiny whip of a woman named Cricket whose gravelly voice was perfected by years of chain smoking Marlboros, was quite imposing despite her small stature. I was new to the industry of printing, and
“Mom, we want to start a YouTube channel.” This is the statement my 12-year-old and her sister lay on me a few weeks ago. My first reaction is “NO WAY, YOU’RE TWELVE!” I like to refer to that as my “mom” reaction. But the tech teacher reaction is just the opposite: “That’s a GREAT idea!” Producing
I’m used to teaching at tech conferences. Teaching at a tech conference is like standing in front of a group of children holding a handful of candy; they are hanging on your every word, and they know that when you’re done talking, they’re going to have something SWEET to take home. They’re the best audiences; they’re
As the school year wraps up, I try to reflect on what worked and what didn’t. This year, I made a huge effort to grow outside of my comfort zone; I needed to network. But where do you start? The education scene is FULL of amazing people doing incredible things, but as a teacher, it’s
If you’re a teacher who has to teach Adobe products, it can be pretty overwhelming. There used to be a real lack of education-level resources; everything was targeted at the professional designer. But as the popularity of Photoshop has risen from a niche job to a necessary skill, so have the resources for the classroom.
I can’t imagine what it’s like to bring home a stack of essays to grade. I have great respect for English teachers. That’s why I was super excited when I tripped across this website, Quill. The concept is simple; teach kids to join simple sentences into complex ideas. But they didn’t stop there; they added
How to Build a Toaster From Scratch – TED Talk – One of my class favorites! I know that classroom time is a commodity, but I also believe that if you want to motivate your kids, you have to get them engaged. I’m lucky; I have computers in my class, so it’s fairly easy to