X is the new O

Recently I came across two items from the New York City department of education in which a word is spelled such that the letter X stands in for another vowel.

Example 1:

“Celebrate Latinx Heritage: During Latinx Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) we celebrate the heritage, culture, and contributions of Latinx Americans to the United States.” Note that the DOE wrote Latinx instead of Latino or Latina.

Interestingly, consider the URL for the page — https://www.weteachnyc.org/resources/collection/national-hispanic-heritage-month/ .

I have heard some argue that “Latinx” is best, because it is gender-neutral (as opposed to “Latino” or “Latina).” But then, isn’t “Hispanic” also gender-neutral?


Example 2:

“Womxn’s Call to Action: Join us Saturday, March 14 for fun, NEW hands-on workshops and soul-sustaining talk for educators from Computer Science pioneers. Celebrate womxn in CS with our keynote speaker Dr. Ayanna HowardParticipants will get great resources for their school and hear from speakers focused on building  community, introducing “Modern Figures” in CS and increasing the representation of womxn in CS.” 

And once again, a mixed message: look at the banner at the top of the web page with English-standard spelling:

In both cases the DOE seems to be putting political correctness over spelling correctness.

Smart-Art Workshop was a Success

I presented a workshop entitled “Smart-Art,” which is about ways to use the Smart Board (or other interactive white board) for art instruction of special education students. I put special focus on teaching autistic students, as well as students that were confined to wheelchairs and/or couldn’t hold a pencil or brush.

View and download the Agenda.

Send me a comment if you want to view the Notebook files.

You can listen to my original Chrome MusicLab Song Maker experiment here or a pentatonic version here


One of the pleasant surprises at FETC 2020 was passing by a “STEM Theater” area of the convention floor and seeing a presentation on Telling Stories in Math (or something like that) about to begin. I sat down and listened to a fellow with a slight German accent describe how their are many stories that can be told to keep mathematics interesting. He had a slide deck to accompany the talk.

Little did I know that it was by the Philipp Legner, founder of Mathigon, one of my most favorite online math textbook/resource. And Mathigon is just a side project of his (he works at Google).

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Best buddies!


Sweet, What Ah Got?

souvenirs, writings and gifts?

stuff we all get?

FETC Conference, part 3

I attended multiple workshops presented by Eric Curts, who showed many ways to use Google Sheets. I realized that there is a generational gap between MS Excel users and Google Sheets users…in fact, any microsoft software and google software maybe.

Anyway, here are some snaps

FETC Conference, part 2

Last month I went to the Future of Education Technology Conference (or is it Florida Educational Technolgy Conference?) in Miami Beach.

The show floor had many vendors and organizations represented. And lunch.





February 2020