Author Archives: Kristin Fontichiaro

Mapping the Opioid Crisis

First things first. You may have heard of the opioid crisis, but what is an opioid? I was surprised that when I went looking for a list of which prescription drugs are classed as opioids, it was somewhat tricky to … Continue reading

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How Silicon Valley Influences Public School Curriculum

Natasha Singer writes today in the New York Times about the impact Silicon Valley is having in and on public education. This is part of an ongoing series that I’ve been waiting for some time for someone outside of the … Continue reading

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What does the TechShop corporate strategy shift indicate?

Make has republished the letter TechShop CEO Dan Woods to his membership in which he announces a change in focus from standalone membership-driven makerspaces to a licensed model inside existing institutions like schools: Today TechShop is making a fundamental change in … Continue reading

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Our data literacy project featured in School Library Journal!

Thank you to Carli Spina and School Library Journal for featuring the work of our project alongside that of Eleanor Tutt and her team at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Catherine d’Ignazio and Samantha Viotty of Emerson College’s Engagement Lab. From Spina’s … Continue reading

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Library 2.017 Presentation: Four Out of Five Dentists Say Coca-Cola Cures Cancer!: Data Literacy Strategies to Help Patrons Identify Fake – or Just Bad – Information

Hello! Thanks to Steve Hargadon for encouraging me to participate in today’s Library 2.017 conference on digital literacy and fake news with a short presentation on data literacy strategies. My slide deck is here, and you can view the archived … Continue reading

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Registration open for 4T Data Literacy conference July 20-21!

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End-of-year maker reflections

I’m noodling these days on the theme of program evaluation — those times when we step aside and take stock of what we’ve done, what we’re planning to do, where we’re succeeding, and where we’re failing. It’s also a time … Continue reading

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Video: For those of you overwhelmed by artisanal messages, part II

I really do love handmade, handcrafted work, but this came up related to our maker class a few weeks ago, and I like this, too. The Maker from Patrick Kehoe on Vimeo.

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Video: For those of you who are overloaded by artisanal messages

I love all things handcrafted, but I still giggled when I saw this: The Timmy Brothers – Water Makers from Paul Riccio on Vimeo.

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Inspiration: On Making in the UK

From the Guardian’s Creative Professionals Network comes “Creating is not just a ‘nice’ activity; it transforms, connects and empowers” by Paula Briggs, a lovely discussion of what she sees when working with children vai the AccessArt program there. I particularly like her focus that … Continue reading

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