The power of few concerned individuals

A couple of years ago we had a crazy idea. (The “we” is me along with fellow members of my church.) We began wondering if we were ready to take on an at-home mission. Well, I am so glad to announce www.friendsofchibok.org, a new site launching today to help tell their story and raise funds… Continue reading


Hands-on With Robots

We love our Dash, Dot, Ollie, and Sphero robots in TK. There are so many ways the students can use them from simply driving them around, to incorporating them into code lessons through Tynker and other kinds of imaginative STEM activities. Now, with 27 students in my classroom, I see the great need to have… Continue reading



Summertime and the living is made easier with these…

My newest TinkerSpace creation is a set of chairs. I’ve listed them on Etsy because I’m working out in the shop area to earn some summer money. Below is the text from the listing: These custom designed and crafted chairs would be a nice addition to your patio or outdoor area. They are made with… Continue reading


Let’s Go

This past Saturday I was a presenter at our district’s third annual LETS (Lynwood Educators Technology Summit) (#LUSDLETS). My session on Seesaw was well-attended and a good test for me in the new role as a Seesaw Ambassador. Highlights for me were to have my two boys with me as special assistants for my workshop.… Continue reading


Pallet Paradise

Here we go On the first day of summer, Jonathan and Connor and I went over to a local business where we picked up a van full of pallet wood. Our friend (Joe) there has set aside some special pieces of blue pine and we were able to get some pallets to get us started… Continue reading




Fun! Now we are funded.

Hello All. I just found out that my donors choose project was funded today. Three of our TK families, current and former, and an organization from New York were the donors. Just sharing the news: https://www.donorschoose.org/?utm_source=dc&utm_medium=directlink&utm_campaign=project&utm_term=teacher_1516410&rf=directlink-dc-2018-03-project-teacher_1516410&challengeid=246101 Best, Mark Schwanz