So here we are! 2016 is past – with all of its ups and downs. From El Chapo getting arrested to a new president that will undoubtedly shake up politics as usual. From a 1.5 billion dollar Powerball to the deaths of many many media figures, police officers, and civilians alike. We saw the effects […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Our students have the opportunity to change the world, and there are many many ways they’ll be able to do that. From building skyscrapers to figuring out our pollution problems. From curing cancer to developing the next social media platform. We don’t even know what jobs will be available for our students when they graduate. […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
As you run through this finish line of a workweek we call Friday – out of breath and tired because of the hard work and impact you have made – here is a little perspective that may be worth investigating. While I don’t read every article from Brain Pickings, this one is a great summary […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Yesterday was Sunday… and I heard some very inspirational words yesterday that I’d like to share and believe are applicable to our work. The context: new pastor being installed at Kearney eFree. His mentor, Tom Shirk of Calvary Bible Church, was giving him advice on how to lead the church. (Listen…) [Note: These are my notes […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
As ESU 10 and consortium schools embark on a new endeavor of working with the new English Language Arts standards, I thought it would be interesting to see what they would look like from a different perspective. What are the most frequently used words or phrases in this new draft document? Let’s see! From […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
You have a passion for education. You have a passion for using technology in your classroom or district. To be more effective and efficient with the students you serve. To grow and use the skills, knowledge, and understanding you have to give students the best opportunities possible. You are the ed tech leaders not only in your classroom […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I love productivity apps and software to help me get things done. Whether that be at home or at the office, I’ll try just about any new utility that claims to help one be more productive. But I have never found one with as much flexibility and that works like this. Welcome to my second […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
This story is a story I recently wrote for the Kearney Area Animal Assisted Programs. Daisy has (or rather Dad has…) taken this year off from volunteering but hopes to be back doing pet therapy work after other obligations are finished. I wanted to share it with you… It starts with the morning bath. “Daisy, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
“Is he really reading these slides to me?” “What did he just say?” “Why am I here again?” “How much longer can I sit through this presentation?” If you’ve sat through enough presentations, I am sure these are questions you have asked yourself. Numbed by the endless • bullet • points and lulled by the […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
I recently overheard a teacher, Jeff Paige, telling another colleague about his trip to ISTE this summer. He was describing all the wonderful opportunities he encountered and learned about in San Antonio and one statement popped out at me that inspired me to write about this topic. As he was pointing to the jack […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
There are classroom tools and there are productivity tools. Some may overlap but this list is mostly for general teacher productivity. Google Apps for Education – GAFE (The swiss army knife of tools) Drive/Docs Gmail Calendar Contacts Plus/Hangouts Picasa YouTube Chrome Browser Evernote (Take and organize your notes) Skitch (Annotate your notes) Penultimate (For those who still like to write […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
You have all seen, if not used, a Swiss Army knife. The tool of tools. If you are going to carry one tool, this is it. Useful at home, at the office, or out on the trail. So many creative ways to use this ingenious, original multi-tool. That’s what Google Apps for Education is for […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
How important is autonomy in the workplace? According to Daniel Pink in his new book “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us”, it is very important. There are four parts of autonomy that “managers” need to address: Task: What we work on. Time: When we work on it. Technique: How we work on it. […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I have written many chapters in my book of life. Today starts a new one! With the start of my 4th decade, there is much that has been accomplished and much left to do. I look forward to making an impact alongside the wonderful people I am blessed to have in my family and friends […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
The Nebraska Education Technology Association is all about connections. What does that mean to you as a Teacher? Technology Coordinator? Superintendent? Principal? Librarian? It means we have incredible ways to connect ourselves to other professionals and we have unprecedented ways to connect our students to the world. Connections have always been a big part of […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I love to learn! I have more “hobbies” and new things I get involved with that I can’t seem to keep up with them all. I enjoy working around the house doing DIY projects. I enjoy finding new books for our pet therapy reading program. I love taking photos and being behind a camera. I […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Last year we celebrated 25 years of NETA! It was fun listening to the past presidents and folks who have been a part of the organization since the beginning. I am amazed at all the different technologies that we have worked with during the last 25 years. Bob share a few of these before the […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
For some reason I woke up this morning with a new outlook. A new energy. A renewed passion and focus to keep all aspects of my life well maintained. As I was getting ready and thinking about things, I grabbed my multi-tool and thought to myself: you can really tell a lot about a person […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I have always loved what Dan Buettner has had to say ever since the opportunity I had to see him speak at NETA in 2006. At the time, I wasn’t sure how his message fit of longevity and healthy lifestyles fit into a conversation of education and technology… until I realized: it’s really all about living […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Inspiration from Kelly Croy, Chalk Artist Make your day great by: Surrounding yourself with positive people. Smiling. Having an attitude of gratitude. Looking for and expecting the best in others. Just looking in the newspaper if you think YOU have it bad. Not just having a great day, but MAKING it a great day. Planing […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
President Obama was fortunate enough to spend a few minutes with Steve Jobs in October of 2010. In that meeting, Jobs shared his opinions about the current US education system. As written by Walter Isaacson in his biography, Steve Jobs: Jobs also attacked America’s education system, saying that it was hopelessly antiquated and crippled by […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
In a fun series of article I ran across on “The Art of Manliness”, I found some very good advice. The article, The Four Archetypes of the Mature Masculine: The King, describes the great attributes of being a king. Near the end, a list of how to bless the lives of others seems quite helpful: Create […]Continue Reading... 3 Comments.
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More Movember Tips Spread the word! I am wrapping up my last week as a Mo Bro. Come evening of November 30th, the razor comes out and all facial hair is back to normal. As I round out my last week, I would like to share the sentiments of the Mo Bro community in looking […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Here is 3 days of growth – It’s a slow go on this face! I’m a Mo Bro – Come check it out….Continue Reading... No Comments.
Movember Tip #1 Get an annual check up and know your family history! From Movember.com: Find a doctor and make an appointment for a health check up. Getting annual physicals significantly increases your chances for early detection of illness and disease. Also, knowing your family history can help you reduce your risk developing many […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
It’s Movember! For thirty days, I will be a walking billboard to help change the face of men’s health. As such, I will be growing facial hair on my upper lip to raise awareness for prostate cancer and other male related cancer and health initiatives. It’s a small act to support a great cause. I […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I have thought about this for a long time. There are some simple truths that hold true no matter what political agendas we hear, what commercials we see or how much time we have. Achieve Financial Health – Don’t spend more than you make. Achieve Physical Health – Take responsibility for what you put in your mouth and […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Okay – Not overly exciting but here is a list of software I use on a regular basis that I don’t believe I could live without. Dropbox Evernote Photoshop Elements Skype/IM/iChat OS X Mail/Gmail iCal/Google Calendar Firefox, Safari, Chrome (Diigo Extension on all) iTunes Text Wrangler Acrobat Pro Dreamweaver Animation-ish Cyberduck iLife iWork Google Earth […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Baby Care Drive Join the Community Care Case Manager Group on: October 8th, 10 am – 5 pmat theKearney Area Children’s Museum Free Admission for every item donated on Oct. 8th! If you know of a family in need of baby toiletries,(Baby Shampoo, Baby Lotion, Baby Detergent, Etc.) Please refer them to:The Salvation Army […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Steve Jobs has left an indelible mark on me. His legacy for me is in his unrelenting eye for design and simplicity – aesthetic, functional and otherwise. Mr. Jobs, “Here’s to the crazy ones…” Sincerely,JasonContinue Reading... 2 Comments.
From the History Channel at history.com: Aug 5, 1858:First transatlantic telegraph cable completed After several unsuccessful attempts, the first telegraph line across the Atlantic Ocean is completed, a feat accomplished largely through the efforts of American merchant Cyrus West Field. Click for the whole article. Ponder this for a minute. We now have wired (and […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
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I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the 2011 US West Coast Moodle Moot in Rohnert Park, California this past week. What an incredible conference! Being my first Moot, I was extremely impressed with not only the technical sessions but how everything tied back to the learning process. It really was about learning, not technology. […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Vision, Belief, Desire, Courage, Perseverance, Execution & Passion It is not enough to be the best when you have the ability to be GREAT!Continue Reading... No Comments.
Here is a list of the iPad Apps I use regularly. Starred are my favorites. Built-in: Safari* iBooks* Camera Mail* Calendar* Videos Apple Paid: iMovie* Garageband* Pages* Keynote* Free: Kindle* Safari To Go Pandora* Calculator Pro Adobe Ideas PS Express Chess.com Dropbox Evernote* Diigo Free News Apps: NPR ABC News CBSNews TWC MAX+ CNN Paid: Nightstand […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I used to revel in April Fool’s day jokes. I played pranks on everyone and each year the pranks would get better and better. At least I thought so – I would laugh and laugh and laugh. My last big prank happened many years ago when I worked at UNK. We had a tight group […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I have lived in Kearney for 20 years now and am still amazed at the crane migration. (More on the Rowe Sanctuary website.) We are lucky enough to be able to enjoy them every morning and evening. Here is a view from our kitchen window.Continue Reading... No Comments.
What’s the most expensive thing you have ever broken? This Plinky Prompt spurred a story that I thought you would enjoy. So what IS the most expensive thing I have ever broken? Being a boy and growing up with LOTS of energy, I broke a LOT of things! Some on purpose, some not. Was it […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I was compelled to write tonight in reflection of our sermons this morning. It started with our children’s sermon. What a great way to engage and get the adults thinking about the Gospel and the Gospel Sermon. As Colvin was up front with the other children, I was amazed at how clear the pastor’s […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
Inspire creativity. Open possibilities. Expand opportunities of expression. iLife is that special suite of software applications that lets you express yourself differently. It¹s the software suite that lets you build what¹s in your mind. It let¹s you do amazing projects with music, video, images and more. Spanning the multiple intelligences, you will find something that […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Steve Jobs hosted a press conference yesterday for a few new Apple announcements. What were the announcements and what do they mean for education? iLife 11 was up first with a demo of iPhoto, iMovie and Garageband. iWeb and iDVD are still a part of the suite but not demoed. I am little surprised iDVD […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
I recently posted a list of Top Tech Tools for Teachers that I believe are useful for all teachers. In going through this list and receiving feedback from others, it is clear that it can be overwhelming, especially for busy teachers just starting in the Education Technology arena. So my goal in this post is to […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
In working with Tech Integration Specialists today were talking about how powerful self-discovery is in getting teachers to work with new technologies. I have worked through this process with several schools using the Learning Cycle (borrowed from the Microsoft Building 21st Century Schools curriculum) and have successfully introduced many new projects and technologies to educators throughout the state. The process […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
This is a list I compiled for my wife and her new job as a learning coach. I also ran across this “Web 2.0 Resources for Teachers” that is quite useful. Web Presence: Blog, Google Site, Ning, Wiki Blogs: Google Blogspot, WordPress, Edublogs Productivity: GMail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, iGoogle Social Bookmarks: Diigo, Delicious Social Books: Google Books, GoodReads, LibraryThing Social Networking: Facebook, Twitter, Ning, Webkins Collaboration: Google Docs, Wiki File Storage/Backup: Google Docs, Dropbox Chat: Skype, Google Talk Media […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
Help support cancer patients in the Kearney area by purchasing a “Kearney Tackles Cancer” t-shirt. KearneyNow.comContinue Reading... No Comments.
Have you ever felt, well, overwhelmed when taking on a new challenge? My degree program requires taking 9 hours on American history and culture. On top of the hours, there is community service/volunteer hours one has to take part in. That part of the requirement is not the challenge as I routinely volunteer for several causes at a time. The challenge came in […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Here is the end of my 365 days in pictures. I thought this picture was a fitting end to this project – although not an end totally. My intention was to use mobile technology to keep the 365 days in pictures alive and well. And for the most part, I did that, using my Blackberry […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
August is too early for fire – but it is pretty!Continue Reading... No Comments.
Don’t know how much more we can pack in!Continue Reading... No Comments.
Waiting for the birds to come for a drink…Continue Reading... No Comments.
Just making sure no ships hit our house!Continue Reading... No Comments.
That’s gonna leave a mark!Continue Reading... No Comments.
And what do you think might be in there??Continue Reading... No Comments.
Congrats to Dr. Bell and Rebecca!Continue Reading... No Comments.
Letting the carnies scare the begeezers out of us!Continue Reading... No Comments.
To be successful today and into the future we all KNOW everyone needs 21st century skills. But why? What concrete examples lead me to believe “my” job needs global awareness? Financial literacy? Why do I need communication and collaboration skills as a janitor? What is the purpose of learning creativity and innovation skills when all […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Emerging from the concrete jungle…Continue Reading... No Comments.
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It used to be so simple… I don’t see any passwords to access this mailbox!Continue Reading... No Comments.