Archive for June, 2007

Inspiration Graphic organizers are powerful tools in any classroom. As a social studies teacher I incorporated organizers in many of my lessons. The following is a link to some useful graphic organizers. The program Inspiration is also a powerful piece of software that allows educators and students to create and organize information and much more!


I want to pass on what Jeff at shared from Read/Write Web: “Web 2.0 Backpack: Web Apps for Students.” There are a lot of excellent resources to be explored and used in this list! Karl Fisch also shares another version of his original Did You Know Shift Happens slideshow from the Fischbowl.

Grandma BlakeFor 90 plus years a wonderful woman graced our planet earth. She was my grandmother, and I had the pleasure of knowing her for my 41 short years. Today she passed away, and I am amazed at the changes she has seen, endured, and welcomed in her lifetime. As a British citizen she lived through two world wars in her own backyard. She lived in a time where horse drawn carriages were the norm, to seeing men set foot on the moon. She worked as an office secretary and saw the changes in technology that enabled her to be more productive. She used a computer a few times in her life too!

The greatest thing she did was to be my grandmother. Her love was unconditional, and I was always a star in her eyes. I felt like I was the greatest person to ever live when I was around her, but I knew she was better than me. 🙂 There are some people who are a part of your life that make all the difference in the world, and one of those people for me was my Grandma Blake. I will miss her more than anyone shall ever know. I carry a heavy heart today, but I also have great joy in knowing that I was lucky and blessed enough to have such a beautiful, wonderful, loving, kind, and generous woman such as Grandma Blake in my life. She will always be a great example to me as one who was willing to welcome change, showed bravery in times of crisis and adventure, and knew how to enjoy life and make others feel special.  I pray I can carry on some of her marvelous qualities and share them with those that I meet each day.  Phyllis Kinloch Reade Blake was one of the greatest women this world has ever known.  May she rest in peace until we meet again.

digital camera Josh Catone is a lead author at Read/WriteWeb and he offers up the following article titled “Video Editing 2.0: 8 Ways to Remix Online Videos.” Josh presents several “online video editing tools” that I believe have possibilities for the education community. Take a look, and let us know if you try or have tried any of them out!

The Internet Public Library The Internet Public Library is a varied store of information from around the web. It has a section titled “Teach with the IPL” with PowerPoint presentations and suggestions on how teachers and students can use this resource.

Spresent This looks interesting:

Spresent is free Web-based presentations application built with Flash. Create and edit high-quality Flash presentations online. You can send presentations via e-mail or publish on your web site or blog.”

If you’ve tried it let us know how it has worked for you.

Snow MoveThis is not a tech post, but I couldn’t resist sharing our great moving adventure!!! We set out on a beautiful June morning (see the snow picture) in Wyoming and drove for 300 miles in blizzard conditions. We made it 60 miles before we got our first flat tire on the auto transport in a town with no services, but luckily I stopped by an old college roommate’s parent’s home, and Bob got us lined up with the right person to get us on our way. We fought the weather until our tired souls decided to give up and hope for better weather the next day, and this proved to be the wise choice. We found ourselves under sunny skies as we rolled into Nebraska and eventually to our new home.

House NorthwestMy mother and father-in-law were here to greet and help us unload the truck and to start getting settled in. We have had wonderful neighbors stop by and new friends from our church to bring food and greet us and to invite us to activities scheduled this week. We are slowly getting things put in their new places, but we are home again. I tackled some yard work before the awesome thunderstorms and rain halted my progress. I have lived in western Kansas, central Colorado, eastern Wyoming, eastern South Dakota, and now western Nebraska. I am always in awe of the storms here in the Midwest. The power and beauty of a Midwestern sky is unmatched by any other place I have lived or visited.

House SouthwestWe couldn’t quite fit all of our belongings into the biggest moving truck we could find; so, it appears we will make another trip to get the rest in the next few weeks. Five children and two adults seem to acquire a lot of things over time, and believe me we tried to whittle things down before our great adventure began! It has been awhile since I could load and haul all of my earthly possessions in the back seat and trunk of a car!!! Those were the days, but it sure was a lonely trip! 😦 We will spend the next few days getting settled in some more. I don’t see myself posting a whole lot for now, but I thought I would check in for those that might be interested. Until later, peace!