Tuesday, May 31, 2011

NewTech Tuesday

Introducing the 1st iPad purchased in our district specifically for student use.

Please meet 007


Purchased by our gifted teacher, who just happened to have the exact amount of the cost of an iPad 2 left in her budget from this school year. Purchased with the intent to increase her already stonrg fleet of PC desktop and laptops. This iPad will be the first (that I know of) in our district that was purchased with the primary intent to be for student use.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Bringing life to my avatar

Sunday Funday, using the Morfo app, I brought life, a voice, and a healthy CG glow to my avatar

Friday, May 27, 2011

Summer 2.0

Summer has just begun, and fresh on my mind are tools that I want to delve deeper into and learn more about. I want to find out what they fully offer and see if there is potential to use them in the class room, or in the work that I do.

As far as I can tell Webdoc offers a media rich conversation stream that shares similar aspects of micro blogging tools as well as Edu.Glogster.

The potential to have a live streaming session or sessions which one can view on mobile devices is exciting, I am also hoping there is potential to record content and upload it. There are similarities to to YouTube, but the idea of being able to host live web content for free through UStream has great potential.

As a whole I am very interested to to push blogging to new limits. Primary goal: the creation of an Online "text" book.  When presented with the challenge of creating an online text book my mind immediately went to Wordpress, however, it's number one limitation was the inability to post video content for free. So what I needed was: a system that shares the most recent content on the front end, while also sustaining ease of access to regularly desired data/content. Multi Media fusion would be a must, as well as forwarding/pushing/feeding updates to students/teachers via conventional and student popular methods would also rank high on my list. So I hope to explore the depths and power behind Posterous, which offers many methods of "auto-posting" or sharing.

If you have used any of the above mentioned tools leave a comment, send me a tweet, or email me about them

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The day

It is the last day for teachers today, I am sure they are more than ready for it to be done and over with so they can begin their summer rituals.

Me on the other hand, I will begin my summer routine. I continue to go into the school every week day throughout the summer. My work and mind begins to change. At the for front: Website updates/development, testing new web tools, developing and creating online PD, planning and discussing PD plans for the following year, budgeting and planning for the next 5 years, and last, but certainly not least, is the fact that I will have to touch everyone of the 400 + student computers that we have to prepare them for the next school year.

It is an exhilarating feeling to begin summer both for those who leave the building, and those of us who stay.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


Today two iPads arrived for our assistant principals. I look forward to further development and use of these devices in their work, and I hope they enjoy and see benefits in the constant connection and communication that these devices offer to their work.

I am sure that @HixsonPrincipal, with these new devices, will enhance their daily routine and practices.20110503-102551.jpg