Showing posts from March, 2020

Putting Your Affairs In Order

When your family faces a threat like COVID-19, you realize you had better revisit that old maxim of "Put your affairs in order." I was having this conversation with work colleagues late last week when things were starting to get worse. The fancy graphs don't show the horrible reality that the data points are made up of people who will live their last days, alone and in a hospital (or at home trying to stay physically distant from others).

As I shared with my colleagues, it's important to put your affairs in order. It's even MORE important if you have dependents, older family members. The worst time to prepare for disaster is when the disaster is right ahead, but you have to try.

Here's a general list that I follow and advise others to consider. What would you add? What's missing?

Financial Affairs 1) These 4 things need to be done with a lawyer ($500 approx):

  a) Get a living will (designating an executor),
  b) Directive to Physician, and
  c) Do Not Re…

Need Hotspots for Students?

This just came to my attention:

Hotspot Donations and $10/Month Wireless for Educators - With nationwide school closures due to COVID-19, nonprofits Mobile Beacon and Digital Wish have a major hotspot donation program available that can significantly increase remote connectivity for students and teachers. Visit and get up to 11 donated hotspots per school. Discounted $10/month unlimited 4G LTE internet service is provided so that teachers and students can connect and learn from anywhere in the Mobile Beacon coverage area. With a lending pool of hotspots, students-in-need can access the internet to embark on a distance learning journey during isolation.

Each hotspot has unlimited, high-speed 4G LTE mobile broadband service, and can connect up to 10 people on the internet on only one plan.

This donation program is open to all public, private, and non-profit K-12 schools and universities. For higher-need schools that exceed the cap of 11 hotspots per school, behind the s…

Discovery Learning: A Journey of Discovery (Updated)

"Discovery-based learning doesn't work!," shouted the middle-aged, high school mathematics teacher. Looking back at my twenty-eight year old self, I was brimming with the edtech know-how and expertise. Working with a lab full of educators, I was quite sure he was wrong. I'd facilitated plenty of "discovery-based" workshops where we celebrated what adults knew, created opportunities for them to learn more, and then share that.

Updated (2 mins after publishing this): I added links to Jerome Bruner's definition of discovery learning and an image that prompted the "It's not obvious" section below.
But he didn't care. In the end, I had to invite him to leave my workshop. For over 22 years, I believed he was wrong. Sure, he could have handled it better. Instead of being an angry middle-aged guy (I know the feeling since I occasionally am one), whose cheese had just been moved, he could have approached the workshop differently. But then, I rea…