Archive for the ‘Thanks’ Category

Where did November go!?!

Posted: December 5, 2011 in Thanks

Thanksgiving by George Winston…

I’ve met Angela a couple of times and even though we don’t exactly know each other, I consider her a friend.  I read her blog often.  She matters.  Watch and enjoy as she sums up a lot of my thoughts about life as of late, because you matter to me.

I have been contemplating my personal learning network (PLN) as of late, and I have shared my off and on dealings with such tools as Facebook, Twitter, and the like.  As an educator, a PLN is vital in gaining new ideas, sharing, seeking support, and maintaining all sorts of human relationships that get one through the days, weeks, and years.  I have never been a good giver over my digital PLN, but living as a taker has helped me to survive.

Sometimes people come along and give you a good shot in the arm when you least expect it, and two gentlemen did just that for me many months ago.  Dale and Jarred were two new teachers, just finishing up their programs of study at university.  Last year was their first year in the classroom, and now they march along in the second.  I had followed these teachers, and visited with them on rare occasion, but I lost them for a bit (my fault).  I backed away from my digital PLN to gain some perspective, that I never quite found, and added them back today.  Hopefully they will take me back.

Chances are good they didn’t know I was gone, and that would be my fault for being a taker.  That’s okay.  I need to take from them, I need their enthusiasm, I need to hear of their struggles and triumphs, and I need to be ready to offer encouragement when I think they need it.  That encouragement makes me a giver.  Support is one of the great benefits of a PLN.  It comes from strangers, those you least expect, but they become familiar:  they become family through one’s PLN.

We come to the end of a calendar year.  This is a time of reflection for many, and a time to set new goals.  I’ve been thinking about goals, been taking stock of the past, and wondering how to navigate the future.  I have been looking for perspective.  I was referring to my PLN via my RSS feeder to find some wisdom, and Dale provided just the perspective I needed in the following video (Dale and Jarred:  Thanks for finding me many months ago even though you didn’t realize I needed to be found!):

You can follow Dale and Jarred on Twitter:  @DaleHolt and @JarredRowe and learn from them at “Not Your Average Teacherhttp://notyouraverageteacher.com/

They truly are not average, they are great!!!

My high school typing teacher recently passed away.  Miss Parsons taught me to type way back during the 1982-83 school year.  I’m still typing thanks to her!  Some things we learn become so entrenched, so natural, so valuable, that we forget the person or persons that deserve all the thanks.  Miss Parsons deserves all the thanks for much of my success in life due to a simple skill that she patiently taught to countless students over the years.  I can honestly say I think of her often as I put together reports, presentations, type blog posts and the like.  She made it all possible, and many others benefit from what she taught me.  I will be forever grateful.  Thank you Miss Parsons.  Until we meet again.

I am an instructional technology professional, a teacher, and this is my first day back on the job since I broke my arm 40 days ago.  I am so thankful for my kind colleagues that have welcomed me back but also pulled for me over the past few weeks.  I am glad to be back, and I’m excited to be preparing for the return of teachers and students in the coming days.  I am thankful that despite my current limitations I am able to be a part of the greatest work:  teaching and learning.  I am tired at the end of this day, but I have missed this kind of tired that comes from being a part of education and the future.  It is a good tired, and I hope you are all “good tired.”

Update on my arm…

Posted: July 11, 2009 in Thanks

My surgeries have been very successful, and I am on the road to recovery.  I have a lot of physical therapy ahead of me, but I am so thankful for all your prayers and good wishes that have strengthened me during this time.  I look forward to two handed typing in the coming weeks.  Bless you all!

My arm…

Posted: July 6, 2009 in Thanks

I had a terrible accident biking and severely broke my right arm.  Right now my focus is to do all I can to save the arm.  I am so thankful to family and friends who are making my load light.  I love you all.

2 Year Blog Anniversary!

Posted: February 8, 2009 in blog, blogging, Blogs, Thanks

2nd-anniversaryIt slipped by without much fanfare, but my H I T blog has been on the web for over two years now.  It is 390 posts strong, or weak ;-), and serves as a great resource for me.  I want to thank Jeff VanDrimmelen at Edutechie.com for being the first to contact me when I first started, to offer advice, and to be the first to comment at my blog.  This has been a mostly personal experience, but there seem to be a few that have found tid bits along the way that have been useful.  As with anything in life, this blog gets attention in between busy days spent raising my family, working with wonderful teachers, students, and staff, church, boy scouts, and the occasional leisure time.  Thanks to all that wander this way, and special thanks for your comments.  Peace be unto you all!!!

asus_eee_pc_904November 2008 has been a busy time for me, and my sparse blog entries show it!  I have been involved in rolling out a systematic approach for building level technology plans, organizing a continuing education day district workshop conference, training, working with various HAL students at the middle and elementary levels, assisting teachers in embedding technology in their classrooms, and performing all the odds and ends that come with my job (meetings too!!!).

Of course my family keeps me busy too with 5 children ranging in ages from 5-16.  There always seems to be some activity, event, concert, game, and place to go and be with Hannah, Charlie, Ronan, Nicholas, and Heather.  My church duties along with a new boy scouting assignment have needed constant attention too; so, I seem to generally stay out of trouble!  😉

I purchased an Asus Eee PC with my birthday money, and I am enjoying this new piece of technology.  It is the 904 model with the 6 cell battery and 160 GB hard drive.  We have been trying various brands and models of netbooks out in our tech department, and I personally like the Asus brand overall.  It is a nice unit!

I am now on Thanksgiving break and it is good to be spending some time with my family.  I am very thankful for the blessings I have in my life (especially for my dear wife Dianna), and I hope that all is well in your parts of the world.  Thank you for visiting my part of the web from time to time, and I hope that you all have time to enjoy the company of family and friends this holiday season.  Peace!

A good friend and colleague, Larry LaShell, shared the following video with me today:

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I needed this today. Thanks Larry, you made a difference by passing this on!

Anniversary Last week was the one year anniversary of this fledgling blog that has become a wonderful personal resource and has seemed to help a few people along the way. It seems that life has been so very busy as of late that it is difficult to keep up with posting interesting tidbits, but I keep plugging away and manage to get things that are of at least value to me published here at H I T. I am very appreciative of my encouraging and faithful readers who share more with me than I can ever imagine sharing with them. My RSS reader is full of great content every day and with this busy life I find myself unable to keep up with that either! It is time to simplify a bit, reorganize, and focus. Thanks again to all who come this way from time to time, and may peace be unto you all forever.

I am remiss to post this a day late, but nonetheless I humbly and thankfully share the words of a great man:

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Thanks to all who have supported this blog and especially to those who helped me get started (It is hard to believe it will soon be a year since H I T began!). I look forward to a renewed body of work and a continued sharing of bits and pieces that I find interesting, innovative, and helpful. Peace to you all!!!