I have relocated.

26 Jul new_blog

I have relocated to Edublogs.

I do love wordpress, but Edublogs is more convenient.  Edublogs allows me to embed videos and I lovvve my vids.  If you are reading this post, thanks for stopping by and come check out my new Blog.  Same title, different spot.  Thanks for your support.

2010 in review

2 Jan

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

The Leaning Tower of Pisa has 296 steps to reach the top. This blog was viewed about 1,000 times in 2010. If those were steps, it would have climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa 3 times

In 2010, there were 51 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 72 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 11mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was July 1st with 31 views. The most popular post that day was Resources from CILC for videoconferencing.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were healthfitnesstherapy.com, blog.pbworks.com, dating-online2u.blogspot.com, the-best-twitter.com, and obama-scandal-exposed.co.cc.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for “technology in education” blog, errorsmiley.png, pbworks summer camp 2010, evernote art journal, and lessons using schlechty design.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Resources from CILC for videoconferencing June 2010


Try PBWorks Summer Camp for a great Professional Development experience June 2010


Tweets for 2 weeks June 2010


Blogs – 21 techie tchr topics May 2010


7c’s of Motivation May 2010

My 2010

8 Jul

10 Years From Now, What Do You Hope Your Life Will Be Like?

Fast forward to the future

In 10 years, I will still be an educator. Not a regular classroom teacher. I will still be teaching and molding young minds but from a different platform. I will also be …?..? consulting. I would like to spread my seeds of enthusiasm for the merging of technology and education to all that I can reach.

10 years from now, I feel that the merit and importance of technology immersion will no longer be debated. I feel that we will be rewriting the current books on technology in education and correcting misperceptions as we strive to come up with the new widely accepted Best Practices to be used in all classrooms, across all diciplines. Technology will be the driving tool that allows us to give our students the possibility and freedom to be a part of truly engaging, authentic learning opportunities.

1o years from now, my students will be taking Independent Study courses that require them to complete internships and projects for real world companies that have a real need for their work. Our students will be:

Using wikis, blogs, glogs, prezis, movies, digital stories, podcasts, vodcasts, online newsletters, etc. to promote…

  1. Museum interactive displays
  2. Store displays for book stores
  3. Public Service Announcements
  4. School Training
  5. Mentoring for younger students

10 years from now, I see myself fighting for these authentic learning opportunities by working with companies, officials, school personnel, students, parents and anyone else willing to work with me to make this happen.

How cool would it be if that became the new face of public education? How empowering would it be for our students to not only have 'a voice' but to have 'a voice' that is sought out and listened to regularly?

Thank you is the easiest way to show respect

8 Jul

Minding your p's and q's

I say 'thank you' often so that was an easy one.

I thanked the teacher at my daughter's camp when she gave me the sign in sheet and I thanked the Security Guard at the camp when she allowed me to leave the gate ahead of her.

I thanked the workers in the restaurant where I had my breakfast. I thanked the gentleman who gave me my menu, the young lady who gave me my menu, the young man who took my order, brought me my food and took my money when I paid.

Thank you is one of the easiest ways to show your respect for someone. I hope that we all do it often.

ISTE is over. Now I have homework

3 Jul

ISTE 2010 is over and I am overwhelmed with ideas and hopes and dreams and desires.  How do I get started?

I already had to rethink lesson planning because of national standards, now I have oodles and oodles of ideas to incorporate into my lessons.  Will I be able to utilize all that I have learned?  School starts in ??? 6 weeks? 5 weeks? 4 weeks?  IDK.  I do know that I have lots of work to do to prepare for the upcoming schoolyear and I would like to add on another 5 weeks to summer vacation.

Happy Social Media Day!!!

30 Jun

Wow, a day to celebrate being Social.

Today is the first-ever Social Media Day, an unofficial holiday created by Mashable to “celebrate the revolution of media becoming social.”

Click here to view a YouTube video of Pete Cashmore, Mashable‘s founder, explaining why we should pay homage to Social Media Day.

I am attending ISTE2010 sessions and posting tweets to Twitter and posting notes to Facebook.

What are you doing to celebrate?

Day 1 is over

28 Jun

The Conference Kick-off was great.  Mario Armstrong set the scene with visions of bringing new and wonderful activities and Web 2.0 tools into his class.  He described all of the problems that teachers face when trying something new and innovative: lack of administrative support, lack of money and fear of the unknown.  Mario in a dream state defeated all of his opponents and was granted the opportunity to travel to ISTE to learn about tools and techniques to engage his class.

He was joined on stage by Leslie S. Conery, PhD, Helen L. Padgett, President and others.  His skit was really cute and got the crowd energized.  Go Mario.

I saw so much and the Conference Workshops haven’t even started.  I received my registration packet and am ready to start the day.


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