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October 18, 2009

People Who Have Helped Guide Me on my Tech Journey

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I have not been using web 2.0 tools very long–3 or 4 years maybe. I have grown comfortable with the idea that learning takes place face to face, locally, and online with people half a world away. Lately, I find myself surprised when I come across people who are just beginning their journey. By no means am I knowledgeable in such things, just willing to try them out if they lead to good teaching and learning. I follow several people on Twitter who are much more advanced than I. One is Miguel Guhlin. He shares, tweets, blogs, presents at conferences and is an encouragement to me because he shares his tech journey with all of us. When he finds something of use, sooner or later we get to benefit. Check out his blogs, search for him on Twitter. You will learn a lot.
For the next few weeks, I’m going to try to recommend various people who have helped guide me in my technology journey (whether they know it or not). Here is the link to the wiki he manages:

August 2, 2009

Renting textbooks vs buying textbooks

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I just saved $213.00 this afternoon, (no, not on my insurance). It was time to order textbooks, and every time I do I cringe because I know that in one semester a $150 book will be worth $15 at the bookstore when I try to resell it. So I checked out, which is a textbook rental site. Of the 5 books I ordered, 4 of them were significantly less expensive to rent. I checked with and compared the purchase price of used books. Saved mucho dinero. There was one book that was less expensive at Amazon, so I purchased that one with them. I’ll have to check out how much time it takes to get my books, I’ll let you know. The standard shipping rate was the same, however, chegg charged tax whereas Amazon didn’t.  This is not really a technology post, but I thought is showed how there are now more options available to the online consumer.

May 5, 2009

Found a Wonderful Drawing site!

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It is called Imagination Cubed. (

Uses: interactive site that can be shared with others. Instructionally, students could work on math problems together, science problems together, or just draw together.


March 5, 2009

Recorded Books K-12

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There is a lovely site called Recorded Books K-12 that has some great clips to use as book talks. This is wonderful for teachers or librarians wanting to get students interested in books. Great fun. There are also Categories including free audio and lesson plans, webcasts and podcasts–even a link to Facebook.

February 24, 2009

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Racing at the speed of snails

January 31, 2009

Inspiration at the darndest times…

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Ok, so we were driving down the highway about 2:30 in the afternoon on a wonderful, cool, blue Saturday. My husband and I were conversing about…bills, the economy, plans for the future, you know, keeping it light.

And then BOOM it hits me–what if I try to use a voki with a voicethread? Can it be done? Can the same sound recording that I use for the one voki be used for the voice thread??

I can’t wait to get home and try this? This could mean that students record their voice on say, how to work math problem, they create a voki. So the user plays the voki for directions, then tries to work the problem on voicethread. Or student #1 demonstrated through voice thread as the sound plays.

Perhaps we could introduce each chapter with a voki/voice thread demonstration? Where’s my laptop?

January 20, 2009

Challenges to be New and Fresh

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There is one consistent fact of education: the students are going to be there, and they need to be educated. Now today was a good day. I seemed to have all the answers. Last Thursday, I had very few answers–even to the most elementary of questions. Here is a great quote that sums it all up: (It is from Darren Draper on Friday, June 15, 2007).
  • No matter how good it went today, the kids will always be back tomorrow.
  • No matter how bad it went today, the kids will always be back tomorrow.

I’m so glad it doesn’t depend on me. On days like last Thursday, I found some very wise teacher friends and soaked in some of their wisdom. I didn’t whine or complain about how I felt so unprepared, but sat back in a meeting and listened to what they had to say. There were lesson plan ideas full of preparation. There were mountains of patience to be seen. I felt much better knowing that maybe I could “grow up” to be like them some day. 

January 11, 2009

Getting Ready

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It’s time to get started on creating my Voki presentation for TCEA. I’m looking forward to it because I want to make it applicable to teachers who have 100 students. Some questions that come to mind are:

  1. It’s fun, we get that, but how can users/students benefit?
  2. You can give a student a cool tool, but how do you make them want to use it for learning?
  3. Will voki work on several different platforms?

More to come later.

December 15, 2008

Art with Spreadsheets?

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I love this little ditty.

Basically, the participants are coloring in the cells to create thier image. Each participant has a color and, I imagine, a plan in mind. Add music and speed up the images and voila! Art with spreadsheets!

December 5, 2008

Change is coming…but what kind of change?

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