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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” ~Apple Think Different Campaign Think Different – Wikipedia Entry Can you change the world? ~jmeContinue Reading... No Comments.
Reading “First In, Last Out”, from John Salka. Something that stuck with me was this quote: “At the end of the day, you can only hold yourself responsible for the kind of [person] you become.” You have complete reign of yourself. The good, the bad and the ugly. There you have it. What kind of […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
This is a series of articles on how and which technologies you might use to support the eight individual intelligences as defined in Dr. Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Here is a sequential outline of the articles: • Introduction • Word Smart (linguistic intelligence) • Number Smart (logical-mathematical intelligence) • Picture Smart (spatial intelligence) • […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
I attended the NDE Adult Ed Conference in Kearney yesterday and enjoyed listening to Dr. Mosig from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Dr. Mosig spoke on the topic Stress Management. One of the handouts he gave us was this simple quote: If you were to fall to your death from a very great height, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Today is one of those days in history that really affected me. It’s one of those days I know exactly where I was and what I was doing when announced our nation was under attack. It was a Tuesday and we had a scheduled LAN Managers meeting at the ESU that day. As soon as […]Continue Reading... No Comments.