Watch this message about the new "Aliens" .
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January 3, 2010 · 1 Comment
View the latest from One Laptop Per Child - It's flat, and easy to haul around, takes photos, shows video and lets you type up what you learned today with your laptop! Move over Apple and iPhone.
November 30, 2009 · 2 Comments
Watch how Steve Jobs crafts a great presentation:
November 26, 2009 · No Comments
Google has big plans and wants to help us move all our "stuff" to the web.
Read the blog post for more background.
November 24, 2009 · No Comments
Teaching young children how to use a digital camera is a favorite tech-task of mine. I use shoes as the subject of their first photo attempts because; they are seated, they are stable and their shoes are pretty interesting. I've added the request that they get creative with their shots, and second graders often come up with interesting solutions. It gets the training job done and makes a fun way to identify the other end of their bodies.
November 15, 2009 · No Comments
Below is a calendar I created using Google Calender. I copied the embed code and made it a little smaller to fit into this post. It shows the dates for Staff Development I'm offering in Bedford. I changed the width to 400 and the height to 300 in the code that I pasted on the HTML tab. I'm going to also put it into a text widget in my sidebar. I think it is a little squished in the sidebar, but you can click on an date and read the event in a pop up window.
October 31, 2009 · No Comments
An image saves you thousands of words.
So use them for efficiency and clarity.
How would you describe the Grand Canyon at sunset?
October 25, 2009 · No Comments
It is possible to add a group of images to your blog. If you open a Picasa account on Google, create a new Album then upload some images to it, you'll then be able to embed the image Album into a post.
These are some old images I saved to Picasa from our Cattail Corner Blog:
I also added a Text (html) widget in my sidebar and can add the images there, too.
October 19, 2009 · 1 Comment
I'm supposed to be adding the voice part to the new directions for our blogging class, but I'm not. I just finished looking over the new crop of blogs that are sprouting from Davis teachers taking my online Blog class. They are wonderful. They mostly serve as newsletters for parents to read, but they are becoming little gems. So what does this have to do with the title? ... well, there's a story from my past that I love. It's from the part of my life that is BK, Before Kids, when we spent a couple of weeks on Squam Lake in a big old Camp-House with lots of friends. One of them was Joe Bag-O-Donuts, a cousin of my best friend Tricia. One night, while counting stars on the dock, we all asked him about the name he called himself. Well, he said, I decided I wanted to pick a name that really suited me and Joe Bag-O-Donuts seemed like it. And it really was him. He was fun to be around, never nasty, an all-round kind of treat. I spent a long time thinking what my name would be, and finally it just came to me, and has stayed in my head for many years now. (my oldest son turned 25 last summer). Yup, when I get frustrated, stressed, and overwhelmed, I talk to Shirley Slowly and she helps me out.
October 18, 2009 · No Comments
At the high school, I've just started Dan and MaryLou's classes off on a new project, actually a re-make of an old project in a new online finish. The class has just finished reading, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and now the students will choose a criticism style from a list of about six and apply this style "lens" on the novel. They will share their findings in an online tutorial they will craft using Voicethread. To complete the project they will also post their resource list and a sample Lesson Plan to a web page. Trying to keep all the information in one place, and linkable to all the teachers' web sites, I created the project information on a Google Doc. We printed this out and used it as a project description and help sheet for the kids, too. Nothing to loose, nothing to access on a school server..... it's all out there. I like it. Eventually Bedford will host Google Apps on our own server, but for this project we will probably use Weebly for the web page.