Sunday, December 21, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
So, when you are faced with thought processes that don't line up with your own...do you move on or do you move forward and work around "those"? Lately, I feel like moving ... and I have in a forward direction (imho) but some are not moving with me..
I enjoy sharing my learning processes and engaging in forward thinking conversations..I just need more face to face people that can do this.
Which is why I lean on my PLN daily for inspiration, perspiration and challenging me to keep movin!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Now that I know I'm going to have the pleasure of doing a Google 3 hour precon at FETC, working along side Dean Shareski...it is on to learning more about his work. I have heard of him many times, always in a good way and I respect him and his work ethic. (Seems he does alot for one educator!)
Now, I'm on the hunt to learn more about him and his work so I can grow and of course be further motivated in my educational technology endeavors. I can't think of anything more worthwhile than to learn from others..and I try to use THAT philosophy every day!
We've already started getting acquainted through Twitter...a great way to collaborate!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
So far, I've been lucky, no one has stolen my identity. I've heard horror stories and they are still continuing for some of my friends. Lately, on twitter,( this is not documented yet), but a friend of mine at work asked me if I had jumped on this site and yes, gave my twitter name and password.
I KNOW better, but since it was suggested by a trusted friend, I trusted the site.. whoops, my first mistake.
I changed my password after this conversation and now I'm throwing this out to cyberspace..we should have more conversations about changing your passwords...we should each set time up during the year to actually do this task instead of waiting for an incident to happen. So I propose we change passwords quarterly...everyone should take time out of their busy lives to change their passwords...before their luck runs out....
Monday, November 10, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
It only took me 30 minutes to vote (rumor has it some Missourians took over 5 hours!!) and as I jumped from channel to channel, it was on the DAILY SHOW with Jon Stewart that I found out the man I voted for had won. At first, I thought he was joking, but my laptop was zoned in to CNN and yep, it truly was HISTORY...
For the first time, in a long time, I'm excited about the next 4-8 years. Yes, it's not going to all be flowers and fun, but I'm thinking we can find our way out of the toilet....
75 more days before there are NO MORE BUSHES in DC!!!!
Monday, November 3, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I am very grateful for this wonderful network of innovative, POSITIVE MINDED, intelligent individuals!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
This isn't a google map, but its a map to how I learn... Colorful, check, messy, check, evolving, check...I just hope I'm able to continue on my learning path for a long time ...
Funny thing, I'm spending Monday helping participants to learn about Google Earth, and I'm going to do some higher level thinking myself with all of these wonderful speakers and presenters!
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I have three other friends, Google Certified St. Louis Teachers to play with now...
Bill, Stephanie and Josh..yep, we're presenting at the METC together...PLNs...ironic, eh?
Yeah, NONE of us can wipe the smiles off our faces cause we played in the Chicago GOOGLE OFFICES allllll day!
Monday, September 22, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I'm working on a class and I'm attempting to make this awesome glogster piece (professor will either love it or hate it!) and TWICE, I'm 3 seconds from hitting the publish key and ZAP! POOF! Gone, history page laughs at me and I'm gonna try O N E more time and then seek another idea out...
Glogster? You can embed, video, mp3, links, jpgs...I'm in love with it, unless it refuses my affection (again!) on the third try!
Sunday, August 31, 2008
I spend so much time looking forward, I rarely get a chance to reflect on the past. I'm working on my personal electronic portfolio and its been pleasurable to review the master's classes I've taken and review all that I've learned and thus grown...can't wait for 256 more days to pass...I'll be in Columbia MO with bells on...
Sure I have the countdown gadget movin and groovin!!
Monday, August 25, 2008
We are aware of our dog's poop habits and carry the obligatory newspaper plastic bag to pick up the evidence...and I usually carry it...so when a huge springer spaniel decided to attempt to meet our little Bo..I shouted at him and hit him in the face with Bo's poop bag~~thus, (sing along!) I was KUNG POO FIGHTIN...that dog was fast as lightenin....
Monday, August 18, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
How often do you get to jam with your boss and the new superintendent? Yeah, we had a BBQ to welcome the new "Sheriff" and what better way to warm up the crowd than to play a couple of his favorites...wow...this guy can PLAY!!!!
btw, did you know the fiddle is Missouri's instrument? Yeah, I didn't know it either until today!
Monday, July 7, 2008
Ok, everyone knows I adore Google Earth for MANY reasons (see googleearthgoods.pbwiki.com)...but, have you checked out Google Maps lately? WHOA!! Cool things are happening, and then you can embed it inside Google Earth...How awesome is that?
This picture reminds me ...I wish I had more memory...
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I impressed them when I sat down and told them each of their names...(duh, their pics are on the wiki) Darren from Australia is very nice and he is picking my brain about staff dev. Brian, a local pointed us to two great dining places...dishdash was the name of the place...mediterrean and delicious..MaryFran --well you get the idea, EVERYONE shared "stuff" and it is the same everywhere...
Everyone feels like I do, how lucky we are, we really can't believe it...etc..
Saw the YAHOO building and a great street called INNOVATION...wouldn't you love to work on a street called INNOVATION??
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Dishdash was the perfect dining spot, thanks to a local GCT!!
Thanks to Hertz and GPS..I don't have a care in the world...about the highway anyway...
Now, I'm trying to make the butterflies fly in formation..
Monday, June 23, 2008
Tomorrow, TOMORROW is my flight to San Jose, I meet up with about 10 people I've been talking to virtually on our wiki for chat and chew for dinner tomorrow night and the fun continues on Wednesday at the Googleplex.
THE POWER OF A WIKI...There are 50 of us and 20 of us have been hanging out on a wiki with pics, our videos we submitted and I already "know" almost half the group..
HOW COOL IS THAT????
8:30 am to 7:30 pm is our training time...I know that we have some GCT retirees coming in to talk, Jerome Berg (google lit trips) then the people that are still speaking in whole sentences, we are all celebrating our new GCT status at a gathering at a local place to melt down...hope to get a voicethread made just to get some random thoughts from all of these fellow GCTs..
I have cleaned out all images from phone and camera...charged all my electronics...bought a new outfit. Hey, I am representing the fine state of Missouri...and I respect all that is Google..yep, I'm wearing a skirt...quit laughing...
more later...must TRY to sleep!
So, what's wrong with this picture? Read the shirt...So, what is wrong with this picture? N O T H I N G !! My son can deadlift a car, throw a cheerleader sky high (and catch her) tell you things about chemical reactions and nutritional information that will make your head spin.
Right brain and Left brain , FULLY engaged!
Oh, and did I mention his quick wit and big heart?
Sunday, June 22, 2008
The newspaper reminds me of my growing up years, we used to get TWO newspapers at my home when I was growing up! (maybe that is where I became an avid reader, ya think?) I love sitting down and going from stem to stern with the newspaper during the weekend...weekdays, I gobble up the sports section in the summer time BASEBALL!, and normally, all the front section and everyday with the funnies...some of them STILL make me laugh out loud!
So, my weekend begins and I'm reading the front section and lo and behold I read about a high school in Glouster, MA and this could be any high school really. There is a disturbing amount of pregnancies this year...hmmm, usually there is an average of 4 (which is four too many, duh!) but this year...17. Yes, that is a one and a seven.
Why? Ok, let's think about this one...weather bad? Everyone has to say indoors? Lack of sex education? Did the School Board vote down that subject again? Hormones in the water? Condoms gone bad?
Seems a group of girls decided to make a pact to "get pregnant and raise their kids together"...Where, oh where, is anyone that cares for these terribly misguided girls? Can we get these parents together and well, I'm just too sad to think about what I would like to do with these parents...Education begins at home and how about throwing in some unconditional love and support..and whoops...I'm off my soapbox..
Nothing "techy" today folks..this story grabbed my heart...by the way, the majority of them succeeded...sigh...
Whether you blog, podcast or use a wiki, its all about communicating! Recently two of my administrators expressed interest in starting to blog. (I was DELIGHTED!)
Of course, my choice of setting up an easy to use blog was right here, so you can now see my administrators @
sandsofsappington or signin2Sandfort
Well, I have several more administrators to encourage, but I think by looking at these as models, it will be even easier for them to jump into Web 2.0. I have gotten comments that blogging is easy, and I have to agree, it is very easy to keep a log of your thoughts, trials, tribulations. I have the best job in the world.
Speaking of best job in the world, I'm on my way to spend time at the Googleplex this week. I am already in awe, I can only imagine the collaboration and high level thinking that will be done during my time together with 49 other people from around the world....Thank you Cheryl for the great pic I "borrowed" from our GTA wiki...I look forward to meeting you f2f~soon!
Friday, June 20, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
On to learn about Flashmeeting...one of our cool high school teacher used it with a school on the east coast...so much to do, but with a smile on my face, except for the picture here!!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
I use this as a model today, to show how we are looking every which way with the 1:1 initiative being two weeks old! Yes, there are growing pains, but all in all -AMAZING results!
By the way, the great (and amazing) BFA student is my darlin daughter, Lauren!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Every day I wake up and jump out of bed ready to learn something new..TODAY..there is a ringtone that only youngins can hear...we proved it today in our office...my ears are officially old and my comrades aren't...try it yourself!