Messing Around on Laptop-Google+ and Looking at Old Pictures

It’s a damp and cold Friday night. My hubby is reading and listening to music in the living room, and I’m in my office, a tiny room which once was bedroom to my two sons, now grown and out on their own. I don’t know how they managed in such a small room, but they got along, thankfully.

Anyway, I was poking around on Google+ and spent quite a bit of time following links. I watched a TED talk from the inventor of the Bigshot camera – a kit that enables kids of all ages to put together a 3 megapixel camera that has a flash and takes regular, panoramic, and 3D photos.Bigshot Kit It is reasonably priced and can engender all kinds of learning and creativity. https://plus.google.com/u/0/

I was also enchanted by a Google+ post showing a 12 year old and his prosthetic hand created on a 3-D printer. This was a very exciting video. I had visited my old middle school on Wednesday of this week and spent a few minutes chatting with Mr. K. Berean, our technology teacher. He showed me the 3-D printer that he managed to get for his lab. The printer was busy creating a personalized trophy for one of his robotics club winners.photo He also showed me a project that students in his elective had done on the topic of a prosthetic hand and the improvements they suggested for it. Needless to say, that made me even more excited when I discovered the video. I immediately shared the link with him and hope he shares it with the students.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGSo_I86_lQ

I also voted for Paul Bogush’s class who are finalists in a contest to win a classroom lab of Acer laptops: http://www.myrecordjournal.com/wallingford/wallingfordnews/4119598-129/wallingfords-moran-middle-school-in-top-10-of-national-technology.html

Make sure to go to the link and vote for Moran. All you need to do is submit a valid email address for your vote to be counted.

http://professional.us.acer.com/edu/campaign/Classroom_Makeover_2013/index.htm

So, finally, after wandering around in cyberspace, I decided to explore some files on my own laptop, and I came across this picture I took a few years ago at my mother-in-law’s house in Camden, Maine. She and her sister adopted two kitties, Zach and Pasha, from the local shelter, and they were her heart’s desire. She passed a couple of years ago, but her sister still has the cats for company. Anyway, as you can see, my mother-in-law had purchased a ceramic kitty and had it securely roped to the stand so it wouldn’t get knocked down by the living kitties. I caught this picture of Zach sitting in almost exactly the identical pose to the ceramic kitty. Really, the only difference is that the ceramic kitty has no tail and is wearing a bow. The flash reflected in Zach’s eyes, but I thought it appropriate to leave it and not edit it out. I hope you enjoy looking at the picture.

I's amazing - as if Zach said, "Hmmm, I can sit like that!"

I’s amazing – as if Zach said, “Hmmm, I can sit like that!”

 

If You Don’t Use It, You Lose It – Almost!

Well, this will be short.  Oops! It wasn’t.😦   I should know better.🙂

I have been on my laptop since around 11:00 this morning. I logged into my Google Plus in order to participate in a Google Hangout with Wes Fryer and Oklahoma STEM teachers who will discuss lessons they have been doing in their classrooms recently. One of the issues was how to do good, hands-on projects, with a lack of supplies. It was an interesting session with some good descriptions of lessons that got the kids excited and engaged. Here is the link to the new site Wes set up specifically to highlight STEM.

wes fryer stem seeds hangout 1
http://stemseeds.org/2014/03/first-stem-seeds-show-monday-march-3-2014/

Anyway, after participating in the hangout, I went off onto other tangents. At one point I was checking my settings in Twitter and realized that the website listed for me was my old Posterous website which I had exported to WordPress some time ago. I had written down the information with my new title, etc., on a scrap of paper – instead of my notebook – and I couldn’t find it anywhere. I finally had to scroll back through my tweets to find reference to my site, and thankfully, I got back to it and remembered how to log in. Needless to say, I have transcribed the info to my notebook and will soon put it in my Evernote app. I am relieved and hope to post more regularly from now on. Of course, I said that last October, and now it is March of 2014.  I shall try!

More later – on various aspects of my interests now that I am “retired.” Of course, instructional technology is still my passion. That is why I am attempting to keep up with my PLN, so I won’t “lose it.” (or at least, not all of it)

Happy Halloween! Farewell to Connected Educator’s Month

It is hard to believe it is October 31, 2013.

I have been in the consuming mode instead of the creating and sharing mode for a long time. My last post, after I converted my blog from Posterous to Word Press, was in May. It was so exciting to have Susan Branch comment on that post. I have been following her blog as susanbranch.com since last October, and I am amazed at all she does. She is currently on tour cross country promoting her book, A Fine Romance, which outlines her and her husband’s trip to England in the late spring of 2012. I purchased the book from Amazon, and I must say, I am savoring every word, picture, and illustration. The story of how she and Joe met, connected, fell in love, and became soul mates is just so wonderful – and that story is told in just the first few pages of the book. I highly recommend that people read her book and her blog. I just previewed this post to see if the link was active, and it was. Guess what, she has a new post for October 31 with pics of Halloween at her home on Martha’s Vineyard. However, they are from another year, for they are now in California. I am so hooked on all things Susan Branch.

Anyway, getting back to the reason for this post. I just participated in a two-hour wrap-up party for Connected Educator’s Month. It was exhausting but fun, and I decided to follow through on my goal as a connected educator – to produce more content of my own, instead of simply consuming that created by others.

I worked on a post on 3D printing that had been germinating in my brain since summer when I saw a 3D MakerBot Replicator in action at the Microsoft Store at Danbury Fair Mall. I did a bit of research on 3D printing and what it means to K-12 education before I posted the blog to the Connecticut Leadership Council Blog site on DEN. Here is the link:
http://blog.discoveryeducation.com/blog/2013/10/31/3d-printing-my-first-exposure/

I also hope to blog about other things that interest me at this site.

I retired from teaching a little over a year ago. I have enjoyed having the time to travel, cook, read, watch Korean dramas on Hulu.com, sit in my backyard, go through all my stuff, throw some away, catch up on correspondence, sleep until 7:30 or 8:00 in the morning, have time with the hubby, make dinner for the kids when they visit, go off on adventures with girlfriends, swim at the gym, walk, and so much more. However, my passion always was and always will be – teaching. I am working on reinventing myself, and finding a way to continue teaching is one of my goals.

I am hoping, for myself, that I post to this blog on a much more regular basis.

And now, it’s almost November 1, 2013.  Rabbit! Rabbit!

I am so blessed – backyard pleasures

It is May 4, 2013. The mornings are still chill, but when the breeze is still, it’s quite pleasant to sit out in the backyard. It has been quite dry over the past week, and we really are going to need some rain soon, but having the sunny, spring weather has been a real gift. This year is the first year I’ve been able to enjoy the morning beauty of the pond resplendent with its border of violets. I miss teaching and the kinship with students and other teachers, but having time to putz around my kitchen and look out the window at this view helps me to cope.

 

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It worked! All of the posts from my Posterous Blog are now in this new WordPress blog.

I haven’t posted much of late, knowing that Posterous was going to shut down its blog space as of April 30. Maybe with this new Word Press vehicle, I’ll post more often. I am extremely thankful that I have been able to export my other posts to this new blog. Even if no one else reads it, a blog is a nice way to capture important moments. I especially like my post about making aebleskivers in the over 100 year old pan I inherited from my Nana who was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. I do hope that some of my posts will bring information and pleasure to others.

Does this suggest retirement?

It’s Sunday noontime, and I’m sitting for a spell before going in to fix lunch. What a gorgeous day after last night’s rain storm. We didn’t even get much thunder. How scary to think that only a hundred or fewer miles away in Brooklyn, NY, they had a tornado. It did quite a bit of damage, but I’m hopeful there were no serious injuries. It just is a reminder of how things can change in the flash of a second and how we have to enjoy the present – and not always thinking of the past or what is to come tomorrow. However, when you are a teacher, you have to concentrate on tomorrow – on a Sunday afternoon. Teaching takes such planning and dedication. I do miss it, but it’s still a novelty to me to be able to enjoy a Sunday afternoon without feeling guilty because I should be correcting papers or planning for the week to come. God Bless the teachers throughout the world who put such care into preparing activities for “their” kids to engage them in the love of learning. That’s what teaching (guiding) is all about today- guiding our students to value learning and how it can improve not only their lives but the lives of others!

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