Archive for the ‘Current Event’ Category

school_tech_toolsThe following is a list of sites that have been shared with me over the past several days.  Generally, you will see all kinds of findings in my Delicious links on the top right hand side of this blog.  Enjoy!

What to read?

Library Thing Suggest

What Should I Read Next?




That Quiz Math Test Activities (Science & Geography too!)

Social Studies/Current Events

Know Thy Congressman


National Geographic Little Kids


NSF Scrub Club


Digital Citizenship

Creative Thinking Home

World Languages

Foreign Internet Radio

Virtual Field Trips (All Subjects)



Hello Lincoln

Posted: February 5, 2008 in Current Event

The weather has allowed us the opportunity to spend the night in Lincoln, NE.  Hopes are that tomorrow will let us make our way home to North Platte.  Peace!

PBS Frontline special (Can be viewed online at the program web site):  “Growing Up Online.”

My sister-in-law lives in Minneapolis and my thoughts were with her yesterday as I heard the news of the bridge collapse. She is fine and was not near the scene, but my heart goes out to the many families and friends who have been touched by this event. The story will play out as to what things and events caused this to happen, and the events hit closer to home with the connected world we have today. As I follow the news, watch the Wikipedia page evolve, and view photos from the scene at Flickr I am there with these people in a way that stirs human emotions more than ever before. Bless those whose lives have been shaken by this tragedy, bless us all.

How we can help:
Twin Cities Red Cross
Salvation Army

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.

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!

I sit in a chair surrounded by boxes, and there is so much more to pack!!! We are in the thick of our move. What an exciting and exhausting time we are experiencing in our lives. I wish we had the technology to teleport everything in an instant (Star Trek where are you? “Beam me up!” 😉 In a few days we shall load our moving van and be on our way to new adventures. This may very well be my last post for awhile.

In the meantime, I am posting a highlight reel of the Bill Gates and Steve Jobs interview. I have only viewed parts of this and read a few bits and pieces from the D5 transcript, but it appears to be an entertaining and educational conversation.

Text and video coverage of the complete Steve Jobs and Bill Gates interview.

Remember Me

Posted: May 25, 2007 in Current Event

My friend Jeff at posted this video at his site, and I would like to share it here too.  Each and EVERY morning my 4 year old daughter asks in our family prayer, “Please bless the troops.”  We remember at this house.  Bless all those who have served, who have family members who have served or are serving, and peace unto those and their families who have made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom around the world.  Above all, bless those who conspire to harm one another that all our hearts will be softened and we may work toward and have peace.

For us in this part of the country it is the last day of school.  I attended the yearbook dance at my middle school to say goodbye to my students and to exchange signatures in our yearbooks.  This is always a bittersweet time and especially so this year.  My family and I are moving in the next couple of weeks, and every event my children take part in is really for the last time here where we have spent the past 10 years (I grew up here and spent most of my 41 years!).  My heart aches for my sons and daughters at this time, but I know that we have great opportunities and adventures ahead.  My posts here will be hit and miss the next 2 or 3 weeks as we pack up and make our transition.  My new responsibilities as an educational technology director will begin in July.  I hope to share the exciting new activities and successes that will become part of my life.  For now, we will laugh and cry as a family as we try and help each other move on.  Until later:  peace!

The One Laptop Per Child XO in use:

ESA Earth

The European Space Agency has issued its GlobCover website.  The ESA news release in part states:

“The most detailed portraits ever of the Earth’s land surface have been created with ESA’s Envisat environmental satellite. The portraits are the first products produced as part of the ESA-initiated GlobCover project and are available online.

Bimonthly global composites for May to June 2005 and March to April 2006 can be accessed through a newly developed map server tool on ESA’s GlobCover website. On 19 June, additional bimonthly global composites will be made available as well as the first part of a global land cover map over Eurasia.”

I took my four youngest children fishing today.  We watched a water snake catch a small bullhead minnow and begin the dinner process.  Enjoy the video:

PEW The PEW Internet & American Life Project released results on technology use. Part of their press release reads as follows:

“Fully 85% of American adults use the internet or cell phones – and most use both. Many also have broadband connections, digital cameras and video game systems. Yet the proportion of adults who exploit the connectivity, the capacity for self expression, and the interactivity of modern information technology is a modest 8%.

Fully half of adults have a more distant or non-existent relationship to modern information technology. Some of this diffidence is driven by people’s concerns about information overload; some is related to people’s sense that their gadgets have more capacity than users can master; some is connected to people’s sense that things like blogging and creating home-brew videos for YouTube is not for them; and some is rooted in people’s inability to afford or their unwillingness to buy the gear that would bring them into the digital age.

These findings come from the Pew Internet Project’s typology of information and communication technology (ICT) users. The typology categorizes Americans based on the amount of ICTs they possess, how they use them, and their attitudes about the role of ICTs are in their lives. Ten separate groups emerge in the typology.”

To me the interesting part of the study shows: “Some 49% of all Americans have relatively few technology assets.”

Click the following link to access the full report and questionnaire.

The Microsoft Center for Information Work presented the following desk at the Convergence 2007 (March) conference. This is an example of what we are preparing our students to use in the near future. How do we prepare students for innovations that are not yet developed or created!?! That is exactly what we as educators have to do in today’s world. A challenge indeed!

In an article from the North Platte Telegraph the following great news is shared:

“For the second year in a row, the fifth-graders from Eisenhower Elementary School were state champions and among the top 10 in the nation in the 2007 Spring News Bowl National Contest.”

Congratulations to these students and their teachers from the North Platte Public School District in Nebraska!!!