Posts By Tom McLaughlin

About Tom McLaughlin

I have been a high school teacher of mathematics for the past 17 years. I have taught every subject and every level in math and computer science that my district offers. I am a Nationally Board Certified teacher. I have a masters degree in Educational Technology. I still feel I have a lot to learn. The Discovery Education community is always teaching me something new and challenging me to grow as a educator. I am a life long learner and encourage my students to be as well.

  1. DEN Techformation: Teaching with Technology Thoughts

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    I began my teaching career in 1995. Over the past 18 years, I have integrated information technology into my instructional process and curriculum development. I have accomplished this by looking for technology that improved student learning and made me a more effective teacher. My guiding question when evaluating technology has been “What technology will help […]

  2. DEN Techformation – What does a software company look like?

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    Yesterday I had the wonderful opportunity to visit AWeber.  They are going to take part in our Hour of Code events next week.  They have helped us organize several technology companies to come to our school district.  These companies will demonstrate what they do and the paths that lead to employment in a technology company.  One of the goals […]

  3. DEN Techformation – Through the Looking Glass

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    In 2008 “Randy” Pausch died.  You may have heard of the last lecture series, Pausch delivered his “Last Lecture”, titled ‘Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams’, at Carnegie Mellon on September 18, 2007. This lecture was modeled after an ongoing series of lectures where top academics are asked to think deeply about what matters to them, and then […]

  4. Journey To Online Teaching – A possible answer to Why School?

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    This week in my online courses we have been discussing delivery and assessment of content and how that is different in the online environment.  In my last JOT post we discussed the modes of learning online and how that affects engagement.  Engagement is an education code word for student motivation.  How do you motivate students in […]

  5. DEN – Techformation Piazza

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    Piazza is a free online Course Communication system.  It  is an online platform that facilitates interaction among students and instructors in an efficient and intuitive manor.  It was started as a way to help students who were stuck on homework problems get unstuck with the help of their classmates, TAs and professors. The list of what you can […]

  6. Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics (PCTM) Annual Conference

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    Next week is the Annual Conference for the PCTM.  I plan to be there on Thursday November 7th.  This is a great chance to see what is going on in the area of Mathematics.  The program includes keynote address from Dr. Johnna Bolyard, West Virginia University and Dr. Fran Arbaugh, Penn State University.  Dr. Bolyard will […]

  7. Journey To Online Teaching -Online Teaching – Blog Series

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    Last week I wrote a post Online Teaching Strategies Suggestion? After more consideration I have decided this would make a good blog series “Journey To Online Teaching” (JOT).  I plan to write about my journey to becoming an online teacher in the fall of 2014.   I have started my journey by taking the first of two […]

  8. DEN Techformation – Pixlr

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    The ability to edit photos has become an indispensable tool in an educators box.  I am a math teacher and in order to create assessments, worksheets, study guides, lesson presentations…etc. I need to be able to edit pictures, create drawings, and combine elements of them both into one element on a page.  Until the last few […]

  9. DEN Techformation – Leveraging A MOOC

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    What is a MOOC? (see video below) It is a Massive Open Online Course.  Most times it is completely free.  Carnegie Mellon offers “No instructors, no credits, no charge.” Forty public universities will offer free online courses with full credit starting spring 2013.   Why would a school do that well in an effort to entice potential students […]