Thursday, March 26, 2015

Resources from #MACUL15

This past week was the annual MACUL Conference at Cobo Hall in Detroit, MI. We were extremely honored to be asked MACUL Executive Director Mark Smith and MACUL Board President Tammy Maginity to be featured speakers as well as give the closing keynote. Being Michigan Educators, MACUL is very special to Brad and I. MACUL is also the first place we ever shared the tools we were using in our classrooms! Find the resources from our sessions below.
#2GuysShow LIVE from MACUL
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Two Guys Sessions at 2015 MACUL Conference

Bring A New Dimension To Learning With Augmented Reality

Transform learning and teaching using Augmented Reality in the classroom. This session will focus on the latest in Augmented Reality and how to implement this technology into the classroom to engage students and transform learning. See incredible demos and the latest in augmented reality apps. Find out what everyone is talking about!

Inspire Innovation By Fostering Collaboration and Creativity

True innovation happens when collaboration and creativity are given the opportunity to run wild! Finding many different solutions to the same problem creates outside the box thinking. Using technology with this approach, breeds innovation and collaboration. During this session we will tackle an abundance of web tools and applications to get students working to reach new heights. Come explore how to use technology as a tool to inspire student INNOVATION, COLLABORATION, and CREATIVITY!
Structure Sensor

Closing Keynote: 
Culture, Innovation, and Learning: A 21st Century Paradigm Shift

See how Social Media and 21st Century technology impact learning, culture and relationships in the educational landscape.

Videos included in Closing Keynote Presentation

Closing Keynote Introduction

Medieval Helpdesk

Social Media Video 2013 by Erik Qualman

The Reader

21st Century Education

The One Book (End of Keynote)

We would like to thank everyone who attended our sessions at MACUL! We hope you left inspired and will find the tools we shared useful to impact the students you work with! If you are interested in having Brad or I work with your students, staff, district, or conference, please contact us at or You can also find us on Twitter @TechMinock and @techbradwaid

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Does Homework Help or Hinder a Students Love of Learning?

I have read a lot of articles, blog posts, and tweets recently regarding a VERY sensitive subject: Homework. This debate has really heated up lately when a New York school stopped giving homework, and told kids to play. 

Many questions are often asked when debating this subject:
Is homework beneficial to our kids? 
Is homework only about the content? 
Does it take away from important family time? 
Do parents want homework for their children?
What amount is the right amount? 
Is it meaningful?
Does it positively impact learning? 

I whole heartedly believe fostering a love for learning in kids is a educator's most important role! So my question is: 
Does homework foster a student's love for learning or hinder it? 

I strongly believe time homework not only hinders a students love of learning but also takes away from important time with family. I would compare most homework to those meetings that should have been an email. Most homework assignments should be done in class.
Image from Dr. Justin Tarte
Quality time with family is already limited for so many families, and that time should not be taken up doing homework. I strongly support P.S. 116's decision to eliminate homework. It seems like society expects kids to grow up quicker and earlier than ever before. I think we should allow kids play, explore, participate in after school activities, and enjoy family without the worry of homework. 

Here are just a few resources to form your opinion:
Should Homework be Mandatory? Here is one classes thoughts #comments4kids (Orginally shared on Twitter by William Chamberlian

Several great posts by my friend Pernille Ripp. In my opinion, Pernille is one of the best writers in education.

"School stops giving homework, tells kids to play, adults FREAK out" by Emma Lord

"Homework around the world: how much is too much?" by Olivia Goldhill

"Homework is making our kids miserable: Why the classroom staple is a complete waste of time" by Jordan Rosenfeld

"How Necessary is Homework? Join the Conversation"

What is your thought on homework? Please share your viewpoint in the comments below! 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

My 2015 Apple Distinguished Educator Application Reflection

Over the course of the last month, I have worked to complete my Class of 2015 Apple Distinguished Educator Application. Getting my application selected and having the opportunity to join the Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) Program has always been toward the very top of my professional goals. It was be a honor to collaborate with some of the greatest innovators, and thought leaders in education. 

Have you ever wanted something so bad, that you actually made it harder than it needed to be? You try so hard, that you fail to meet your potential? That is how much of this process was for me. I am rarely one to overthink things. I trust my gut and go. Once I did that, I was able to create content to my self expectations. Hopefully at the end of the process, I will be able to join the Class of 2015 Apple Distinguished Educators! Good luck to all the amazing educators who submitted ADE applications.  
My ADE Application Video. 
This video was created using iMovie, Keynote, and GarageBand.

2015 Apple Distinguished Educator Application Video from Drew Minock on Vimeo.

My 1st iBook created with iBooks Author. 
Scan the cover below using the DAQRI app to see 4D experience! 

 Learn about how to Transform Learning with Augmented Reality by enrolling in my iTunesU Course! 

Design Tools to Spark Creativity iTunesU Course.