I travelled all over the world in 2013, but the best place I went was the hospital

2013 was pretty much the best year of my life yet, both personally and professionally. Check out all of the places I got to go:

I started off the year going to San Francisco! I love this city.


While there, I visited Alcatraz.


I was in town for the amazing Intersection Event. I visited Intel, Google, and Apple HQs while I was there.




I went for the 5th year in a row to EduCon. I took a bunch of people on a tour of the great city of Philadelphia. We went to Ben Franklin’s Privy! These are the kinds of things you only get on my tour of Philly, people!


For February vacation this year, I got a really sweet Groupon, so my wife and I flew out to Dublin for five days. It was pretty great.

Four Courts at Sunset

I once again was fortunate to co-organize Edcamp Boston, and this year I brought some of my totally amazing 5th graders with me. They blew people away.


I made the annual pilgrimage to Fenway Park.


For the first time ever, I attended and presented at ISTE. There were a lot of people, but only one Moby.


I spent some time on Cape Cod. My favorite town on Massachusetts’s muscular arm is Provincetown.


My wife and I saved up our pennies so that we could go to Europe! First we went to Barcelona, which is now one of my favorite places in the world. This is a city I could live in.


Then we took the train/rollercoaster over the Pyrenees to Paris.


The we flew to Rome. Which is mind-blowing.


While there, of course, we had to go to the Vatican.


Back in the states, I drove out to Williamstown, MA to present at the Massachusetts Teachers Association Summer Conference. This is one of my favorite conferences of the year. It’s way more relaxed than most other events.


Beth and I took my brother and his girlfriend (now fiancee! Yes!) to the Big E. We saw tiny pigs racing. They were adorable.


I went to a town hall meeting in Medford where I got to meet Dennis Van Roekel, President of the National Educators Assocation. Here I am telling him that Interactive Whiteboards are a giant waste of money.


I flew on down to Washington, DC, to accept a Bammy Award with these well-dressed members of the Edcamp Foundation.


And I closed out the crazy conference year by presenting at the American Association of School Librarians National Conference with my favorite Librarian about our awesome Library & Technology Program.


But the best place that I went this year was the hospital, so my wife and I could welcome these two amazing human beings to the world.


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DoInk Green Screen App is going to blow your mind #ipaded

UPDATE: AVAILABLE NOW FOR $2.99! Green Screen by Do Ink for iPad on the App Store on iTunes.

I’ve been very pleased to have the chance to beta test the upcoming DoInk Green Screen app for the iPad.

It’s in a word, phenomenal.

It’s the best of what makes technology so delightful. It just works, and produces great results with very little effort. I think people are going to love it to pieces.

I might do more of a full-scale run-through/preview when the app gets released in the app store (sometime in the next week or two, Apple willing).

As a preview of coming attractions, though, here’s the test video I made last week:

Process: Shot video of myself in the green screen app, layered on top of a video drawing I made in Explain Everything, layered on top of a picture I took in San Francisco in January.

It’s going to be $2.99, and totally worth it. It fills a major piece of missing video capabilities for iPads.


Updated disclosure 11/9/2013: DoInk today provided me with a small iTunes Gift Card as thanks for beta testing the app.