Author Archives: Abner Oakes

More tech, please!

Let me see if I can connect three separate little moments over the past week, related to tech and the organizational life of a middle schooler. I think, when they are pulled together, they give me something to say. First, … Continue reading

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Keeping my mouth shut

Yesterday, our son was reading a caption of a photograph of Sam Houston from his history textbook and exclaimed, “Texas was its own country?! And this guy Sam Houston was its president?!” I started to open my mouth, to talk … Continue reading

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Our son the maker

Our 7th grader was up early this morning, to finish studying for a Chinese language quiz this afternoon, and at one point, he dashed upstairs for what I thought was more blank flashcards but then came downstairs to ask, in … Continue reading

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The Graphic Novel: An Interview with Michael Chaney

I initially wrote the below for the newsletter that goes out every other month to my former college classmates, and one of them, Ann Jacobus, who writes for and teaches writing to children and young adults, said that others might … Continue reading

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Cybercivility: An Open Letter from MCPS Superintendent Joshua Starr

An important letter from Montgomery County (MD) Public Schools superintendent Josh Starr, that I thought I’d put up on the blog, since it’s not just an issue for MCPS parents but for all. You can also read it here. Dear … Continue reading

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Too fast with tech in the classroom?

I got this great email from a great friend, whose daughter is in 5th grade. Here goes: Her “school, and her 5th grade teacher in particular, are really big on ‘preparing kids for the new globally networked society’ – blah, … Continue reading

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