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John Spencer
Attended Arizona State University - Bachelor's Degree
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Here's my latest post. It's a reflection after doing a project with my son.
My son decided he wanted to make something similar to an erector set. We basically put together PVC pipe, bricks, and anything else we could find to get a metal ball to make it into a bucket. On the surface level this looks easy. However, if the pipes wiggle the wrong way, it totally fails.
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Here's my latest post. It's about technology, humanity and . . . selfies. 
I posted this picture the other night. It actually led to some great conversation about selfies, humanity and technology. One of my favorite comments came from Jeremy Macdonald who pointed out that while we might not consider a selfie to be artistic, people often do multiple takes and spend time ...
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A blog post I wrote after doing a quick video reflection
After spending an afternoon painting a picture of R2D2, my daughter declared that she would spend the rest of her life as an artist. A few days ago, when she was building a contraption, she said that she wanted to be an engineer when she grows up. Add that to the list of future professions: fire ...
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It was so cool to be a part of something like Camp Plug and Play. Here are my reflections. 
Sometimes I here people say things like, "I don't learn from sit and get professional development" or "I don't see the point in being at a keynote and just watching someone talk." Often this turns into a discussion of what professional development "should" be with bold statements about what ...
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Here's my latest post. It's a response to a +George Couros post.
It's not an accident that great songs are often sketched out on a napkin or that great products often begin with a series of sketches on a whiteboard. An author will have a story concept and suddenly it's scribbled out in random phrases in a list or as a sprawling web with lines bouncing back ...
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Here's a short video I made about learning, bacon and authenticity. 
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With the start of the school year, I figured I would post this. 
To Whom It May Concern: So I don't really know you yet but let me just say ahead of time that I'm terrified. It was the same way with my older two kids. I'm worried about whether my daughter will make friends and whether or not she will feel like she belongs. She can shy.
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That was nice, John.  You managed to spark my inner ninja.  :)
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Here's my latest post.
I love the concept of Minecraft. I love the idea of a game built around world-building -- where the game is less about programmed levels and more about a open, flexible design that allows the participants to actually create. My son, like millions of other kids his age, loves Minecraft.
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Here's a lesson from my daughter about what we mean when we say, "When I grow up." 
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Sometimes you write a post for an audience. Other times, you write a post knowing it will only resonate with a few geeky people. This was one of those posts. 
A few years back, when I was training for a marathon, I would secretly cringe when someone said, "I saw you going out for a jog." Even when I was slower and still at a jogging pace, the term "jog" seemed to trivialize the intensity of a workout. Although it sounds picky, the verbiage mattered to ...
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The original meaning of the Greek word λόγος, logos "speech," was to pick out and separate. The act of distinguishing one thing from another forms the very essence of assigning names to things.

What I like about your article is that it points out how words can be wielded to divide us from one another, keep us apart, isolate us and keep each one of us in a desperately anxious state of wanting what we don't have. Likewise words may be crafted so as to bind us together, establish a commons, and empower us to celebrate the fullness of life.

Thank you for inviting wayward "geeks" like me into your classroom, +John Spencer.
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My latest post is a video reflection. 
Personal branding has become popular in the last decade. I've heard more and more how students should learn to brand themselves. I disagree. I'd rather focus on identity than image because ultimately you are a person and not a product. Older Post Home. JOHN SPENCER ...
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I teach, I write, I live. I want to do all three authentically.
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I teach. I write. I live.  I want to do all three authentically. 

Nothing beats smashing oranges in the backyard with my sons, a relaxing conversation with my wife, a venti coffee with a good friend, a long run that seems to end nowhere, alone with my mind.
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  • Arizona State University - Bachelor's Degree
  • Northern Arizona University - Master's Degree
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