Monday, April 6, 2009

Twitter shout out

Working with teachers the last Wednesday before the break, we went over any of their SMART software questions, then in the afternoon started to look at other Web 2.0 tools that they could use.

  • Global Collaborations - Looked at a few Ning groups and at CAPSpace which I've used to connect a few techers.

  • File storage - They were all over the place, so we talked about and our BOCES storage, then I just shared my delicious links.

  • iPod help with iTunes and also using their voicerecorder.

  • Jing Project to get screen captures- Which I love and used for the screen captures below, plus, a host of other ideas. and websites.

The most interesting part for me was when I mentioned to these teachers that I was using Twitter to answer most of their questions. Quite a few had heard of it, and I tried to explain it......tried being the key word!

Then, I asked my Twitter network to say hello (which I've seen many times, but rarely done). Below was the results and they were, thinking I was even geekier than before!

Thanks to everyone for helping show how I learn and the power of having a network.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Long stretch

Since I'm a 12 month employee, my family scheduled our vacation around my wife's school schedule. They get the two week break in April, so we scheduled our second vacation as a family of 4. This year to Florida! We have the tickets, are finalizing arrangements this weekend and fly out Tuesday!
We can't wait, to get to sunny Florida and stay at.......a retirement community! The Villages in Lady Lake, Florida. Mostly free room and board and some relaxation.
To get here, though, required a long winter stretch with no February break. In March, we actually had pretty decent weather.
Then, this morning.....SNOW on April 4th. Of course, I remember growing up, my father saying, "It ALWAYS snows in April", so I'm not too surprised. Oh yeah, snow again when we leave on Tuesday!
I will try to write another post about the busy week I had at work and some of the things I worked on with teachers.
The one reason I remembered to come back here was because of Rick Weinberg's Tech Tip this week about QR codes. He showed us how you can get a QR 2 Dimensional code for your webpage, text, phone number or SMS from Kaywa. Rick used Liz Kolb's blog post as reference to these codes. Then, after seeing a post on Twitter by Jo Fothergill (@dragonsinger57 from New Zealand) I went and grabbed one for this blog. You can see it underneath my Twitter feeds to the right.
Here is the link to the QR Code as well:

I hope everyone gets some time off to fully recharge for the final stretch of the school year, and hopefully, I'll find more time to blog about some of the great things are teachers are doing out here.