Archive for November, 2007

ESU16 Meeting!!!

Posted: November 28, 2007 in Learning Communities

I had a wonderful time at the ESU16 meeting!!!  In Nebraska we have educational service units that provide various resources to schools and districts within their geographic area, and all of the units share resources along the way.  This was my first time meeting with these great people, and I appreciated all the new friends I met today.  I look forward to continued networking and meeting again in the future.

Early Childhood Resources PBWiki Page

Early Childhood Resources Wikispaces Page

Today is a continuing education day in our district and several offerings are on tap for staff to partake of (Several offerings are associated with Atomic Learning tutorials!):

Blogging (WordPress)

Web 2.0 (Vicki Davis)

Quia (Another Tutorial Resource:  Hot Potatoes)

Microsoft Office Word 2007

SMART Boards & CPS Clickers

Early Childhood & Technology Integration

The Dip is a glorious thing!  For those that aren’t familiar read this great little book.  Now, concerning the upside of the dip…  Once you have persevered, taken stock of your resources, gained strength in numbers, and anything else that helps for the climb on the other side of the dip, you will notice an interesting chain of events or reactions that begin to take place.  The load is a little lighter, the goal or goals more focused, things are bettered organized, and the steps are careful and more sure.  It feels good, really good.

My New iPod Touch

Posted: November 16, 2007 in iPod
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Wednesday was my birthday and I received a 16GB iPod Touch! I am typing this post with it. What an amazing device!

I still exist…

Posted: November 14, 2007 in Educational Leadership

I am alive and well, but haven’t had the time to post lately. There is a lot to be accomplished right now and it is a monumental task, but it is all good. I talked about “The Dip” a few weeks ago, and that all holds true, but I continue to lean and grow. Peace!

Video blocked!?!  Try this link!!!

NPHS Mixed Choir “Amazing Grace” (10/16/2007)

Great Platte River Road Archway Slideshow (11/2/2007)

Making Corn Husk Dolls 4th Grade Field Trip (11/2/2007)

Native American Pictographs Podcast (11/2/2007)

Native American Sign Language and Pictographs (View at TeacherTube)

cornucopia I have been involved in a “cornucopia” of events, tasks, meetings, trainings, and decisions over the past few days. Monday consisted of virtual mentor training with administrators in the district and CPS clicker system training for staff at one of our middle schools. I have been piecing together technology “equipment” orders in between solving multimedia issues, and we trained for deploying parent portal access to our web-based student management system to be done next week during the middle and elementary schools’ parent teacher conferences. I visited a second grade classroom and observed a lesson that was facilitated with clickers. I “fixed” a SMART Board today, and had many wonderful, thoughtful, and vital discussions about the future of education and technology’s role in the process. There are so many things that happen during each week and it is exciting to be a part of it all. Tomorrow I have the pleasure of travelling with two fourth grade classes on a field trip as their podcaster. I plan to use Gcast, iTalk devices with iPods, and of course we will piece together video clips for a future final product. Maybe a “cornucopia” isn’t the proper term to use for all of this, but hey, ’tis the season, and I am thankful for all of these opportunities. Peace!