Category Archives: Thoughts

  • EdTECH in 2017

    Posted on February 28, 2017 by Jason in ESU 10, Interests, Thoughts.

    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 […]

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  • Kids Should Code!

    Posted on June 27, 2016 by Jason in ESU 10, Interests, Thoughts.

    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. […]

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  • 9 Learnings by Maria Popova

    Posted on October 23, 2015 by Jason in Thoughts.

    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 […]

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  • Today is Monday!

    Posted on October 19, 2015 by Jason in Faith, Thoughts.

    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 […]

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  • Evernote: My Second Brain

    Posted on February 6, 2014 by Jason in Interests, NETA, Presentations, Thoughts.

      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 […]

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  • 4 Simple Rules for an Effective Presentation

    Posted on November 13, 2013 by Jason in Thoughts.

      “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 […]

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  • Workplace Autonomy

    Posted on February 6, 2013 by Jason in Thoughts.

    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. […]

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  • My Multi-Tool

    Posted on July 5, 2012 by Jason in Thoughts.

    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 […]

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  • Steve Jobs: On Education

    Posted on January 19, 2012 by Jason in ESU 10, Thoughts.

    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 […]

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  • No!

    Posted on August 4, 2011 by Jason in ESU 10, Thoughts.

    Posted in a school… Thoughts?

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  • Thank you…

    Posted on May 30, 2011 by Jason in Thoughts.
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  • Backfire

    Posted on April 1, 2011 by Jason in Thoughts.

    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 […]

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  • Expensive!

    Posted on February 20, 2011 by Jason in Family, Thoughts.

    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 […]

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  • Apples? Lemons? Christians?

    Posted on December 5, 2010 by Jason in Thoughts.

      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 […]

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  • My Top Five and Why: Tech Tools for Teachers

    Posted on September 20, 2010 by Jason in ESU 10, Thoughts.

    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 […]

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  • Too Much?

    Posted on September 7, 2010 by Jason in EDU, Thoughts.

    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 […]

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  • Why?

    Posted on July 29, 2010 by Jason in ESU 10, Thoughts.

    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 […]

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  • Christmas Wishlist

    Posted on July 23, 2010 by Jason in Thoughts.

    My Christmas wish list starts with…

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  • Are You Crazy?

    Posted on July 9, 2010 by Jason in Interests, Thoughts.

    “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? ~jme

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  • First In, Last Out

    Posted on June 23, 2010 by Jason in Thoughts.

    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 […]

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  • Series: Technology to Support Multiple Intelligences

    Posted on December 2, 2009 by Jason in EDU, ESU 10, Presentations, Thoughts.

    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) • […]

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  • Conference

    Posted on October 23, 2009 by Jason in EDU, Thoughts.

    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, […]

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  • Moments in Time

    Posted on September 11, 2009 by Jason in Thoughts.

    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 […]

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