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Matthew McGuire
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Excited for tonight's inaugural Boston EdTech Meetup! Only two spots left!  #BosEdTech http://www.meetup.com/Boston-EdTech-Meetup/events/119453172/
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Do you live in or around the Boston area? Are you looking to connect and learn from others interested in the intersection of education and technology? Whether you hail from K-12, higher ed, or corporate, are a practitioner, enterpreneur, developer or instructional designer, come join the Boston EdTech Meetup! Meetup ideas and location suggestions encouraged.
#educationtechnology   #boston   #edtech   #meetup  
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Thanks Bill Jerome and +Phil Hill ! Last week I posted a question to + asking folks who work at the intersection of learning and technology how they describe what they do. I've struggled with how to succinctly explain my job in ways that someone not connected to this field would understand. I've fallen back on edtech, or faculty technology consultant in the past, but they've always seemed hollow of meaning. Learning Engineer, however, is something that speaks to me and that I can use going forward!
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I had a similar reaction to this as I do with most of the Big Data articles I read nowadays. Cool, mind blowing, scary. So many conflicted thoughts! Anyone working at a company that are employing these tools/practices? What impacts have they had on your work environment?
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I was at the Barbershop today getting a haircut and was asked by the barber what I did for a living. I told her that I worked at a nearby college and that I worked in educational technology, partnering with teachers and students to create better learning experiences. I wasn't crazy about my answer, but find that it's often a challenge to succinctly describe what I do to those outside of EdTech. So I pose this question to you EdTech community, what is your byline, your elevator pitch, your 'trailer'? When you run into someone at a party, or at a soccer field, what description of your work resonated with those around you? 
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I generally simply say "I'm a techno-gadget guy that's helping get people teaching and learning using the cool toys" <smile>
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Have a recommendation for dad traveling with two teens/tweens to toronto next week? Already plan on seeing the jays red sox game. Cue Holiday Road.  #roadtrip2013    #toronto  
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+Catya Belfer , should be good on the car ride. It's our first time in Toronto, so I was looking for city recommendations. We'll be there for 36-48 hours.
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Loved this week's Snap Judgement podcast. I think it was a repeat, Teacher Teacher, stories about teachers that have changed lives. Be sure to check it out.

http://snapjudgment.org/Teacher-Teacher
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I'm with ya!  Loved that episode!
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We've got a date and location for the first Boston EdTech Meetup! June 17th at the Microsoft NERD center in Cambridge. Excited to meet and learn from fellow Boston area EdTech-ers! Special thanks to the encouragement and advice of +Donna Murdoch  and +Ned Batchelder 
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+Matthew McGuire you are doing such a great thing for your community - it's the best thing I've done here in forever I know you will be so happy.  Great location!!!!  Microsoft sponsorship - you hit the ball out of the park :)
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This is too cool! Thanks +Ian O'Byrne and +Peter Vogel 
 
Even more Google Docs goodness

Teacher colleagues: want to leave audio feedback on your student projects? Use Voice Comments. Quite amazing.

Docs Voice Comments
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Priceless!
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+Jeremiah Parry-Hill mentioned this article yesterday in a hangout and even though it was posted a while back I thought it was worthwhile posting again. Looking back at some of the shares from early March, some thought of this as an attack on Hackathons, I disagree. The title oversimplify's +Jake Porway  message: Hackathons have the potential to be great jumpstarts to finding creative solutions to problems, but if the problem isn't well defined, it ends up being a waste of everyone's time. This lesson isn't limited to data science. Education, software development, marketing, healthcare, the list is long. It doesn't matter how many programmers, UX Designers, etc. you throw at a problem, if you haven't spent time defining the problem.
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I was at the Barbershop today getting a haircut and was asked by the barber what I did for a living. I told her that I worked at a nearby college and that I worked in educational technology, partnering with teachers and students to create better learning experiences. I wasn't crazy about my answer, but find that it's often a challenge to succinctly describe what I do to those outside of EdTech. So I pose this question to you EdTech community, what is your byline, your elevator pitch, your 'trailer'? When you run into someone at a party, or at a soccer field, what description of your work resonated with those around you? #whatIdoforaliving  
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"You work at the school. So are you a teacher?"
More like a consultant or a coach for teachers. I help faculty understand how their design choices can affect the way students learn. I show them the map and tell them about the terrain.
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eLearning Innovation Architect
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  • Babson College
    Associate Director, Blended Learning, 2005 - present
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    Developer, 2002 - 2005
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    Lead Developer, 1999 - 2002
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    Multimedia Project Manager/Developer, 1994 - 1999
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Father, Partner, Music Geek, Technology addict.  Discovering ways to enhance and build teaching/learning experiences with technology.
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  • Clark University
    Music Theory, 1988 - 1992
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