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Start of a New Era?

November 19, 2012 by


When scrolling over the online New York Times Technology section, the first article that lit up my computer screen was an article about all of these new tablets that has been introduced into the competitive market. It’s the holiday season; therefore many people are trying to decide which tablets they’d like to purchase for gifts. […]

Clicking Our Time Away

November 5, 2012 by


Every night after I get home from practice, I start on my homework. Click. I check my email and respond to whatever I need to take care of. “Oh, I haven’t checked Facebook in a few hours”… Click. Scroll (and much more scrolling). “Hey look my friend changed their cover photo. I guess that means […]

Balancing the Onslaught of Technology with Productivity

October 15, 2012 by


Personally, I’ve been in a bit of a slump. Everything outside seems gloomy since the rain came, and everything inside seems to have some correlation to work. The only problem is that there appears to be a constant stream of work to do that so overwhelming that I just want to procrastinate all of it. […]

The Fight Against Procrastination

October 10, 2012 by


Procrastination is an epidemic blazing its way across not only the youth of America, but every person in the world. Procrastination as defined by Merriam-Webster’s dictionary is to put off intentionally and habitually. I’ve got to admit that I have been guilty of procrastination in the past, and I’m sure I’ll do it again in […]

Global Connections Through Blogging

October 10, 2012 by


Talking to people from all over the world may seem like an odd concept when we live and surround our days with humans right in front of us. Why would we want to go out of our way to talk to people far away? However, talking to people who weren’t brought up in a similar […]

Two Steps Towards a Killer Presentation

October 4, 2012 by


There are a million different ways to present a project, or research that one has done, but what is the most effective way to do so? Short and sweet: to keep the viewers engaged and interested. If there is only one thing that I get out of Mike’s Age of Exploration class, is how to […]

Retracing Our Steps in the Evolution of Technology

October 1, 2012 by


As one of the first assignments in Age of Exploration, we were asked to read an excerpt about the style of teaching and learning that we follow in the class, called “Partnering”. It is a unique style of teaching based around the students answering their own questions.  The foundation and core of this teaching style […]

Technology, Friend or Foe?

May 7, 2012 by


One question that has really been brought into the light lately is just how powerful is the internet. A play on weather or not we are masters or slaves to technology; which is a legitimate question considering I cant do simple math equations without reverting to my calculator or spending hours playing video games while […]

Revolutionaries of Today: Students

April 24, 2012 by


Little would most people guess that the American Revolution is still taking place today, and that at the forefront of the change is, among other places, our history classroom. That’s right, I think that, thanks to our teacher Mike and the many others like him, kids and educators everywhere are starting a new kind of […]

2011 in review

January 3, 2012 by


The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Keep in mind that we only began the blog in late October, so these stats are for about 3 months of blogging. Not bad! Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,200 […]

An Exploration of Presentations

December 9, 2011 by


For my most recent project in Age of Exploration, I studied and read extracts from the Malleus Malificarum, a treatise written by Catholic Inquisitor Heinrich Kramer.  Written in 1486, the Malleus’ purpose was to detail methods for the prosecution and eventual execution of witches, and to discredit all those who denied the reality of witchcraft.  […]

Utilizing Technology

December 8, 2011 by


When I walked into the first Age of Ex class, I was a bit unsure as to what the class would entail. Within the first few weeks, it became obvious that the class would involve utilizing technology in many of the projects. At first, I was a bit skeptical about the idea of using technology […]

A New View on Technology

November 15, 2011 by


Since last year I have been set on taking the course of Age of Exploration because of its allure of independence, and self-guided projects. Now, approaching three months into the school year, this class has proven to be not only the engaging, and intellectually expanding experience I hoped it would be, but an opportunity to […]

Time is in Our Hands

November 11, 2011 by


Our project on the Reformation in the 16th century is a three-and-a-half week research session to delve into a one-paged primary source from the time period. Sounds easy enough to be completed in such a long period of time. But with the due date just around the corner, the class has gone into chaos, trying […]

Technology’s Role In Learning

November 3, 2011 by


When I decided to take Age of Exploration this year, I was not quite sure what I was getting into. I knew it was a project based class, yet I was not sure how I would go about doing my work if there was not an assignment due daily. In two months I have learned […]

History + Technology = Better Learning

October 24, 2011 by


When first signing up for classes last spring, I was mainly interested in Age of Exploration because of its reputation as a fun, project based class. Two months into the school year, I can say that this class has certainly lived up to, and exceeded its reputation. However, in addition to being fun and project based, there was another […]