Friday, January 19, 2007

The Maiden Voyage

This afternoon, a 2nd grader and I created a podcast in our computer lab. He talks about and reads The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I also have this young man in Extended Care, where he insisted on hearing himself online. When his dad heard him too, one of those priceless moments took place. Listen to our first attempt at
http://bca.podomatic.com/enclosure/2007-01-19T10_42_41-08_00.mp3

Monday, January 15, 2007

Webcast Academy class of 2.1

I have joined the Webcast Academy's Webcasting class of 2.1 despite the many mechanical, both hardware and software, issues that I face. Every time I boot the computer, I must play with the sound and each time it wants to set it a different way until it works. I have successfully completed assignment #1 and were I grading it, I would give me a "D+". It's that bad! It was recording an introduction and posting it on the website. Saving was my main issue. I finally braved Audacity, found and fixed the echo problem and recorded. But in order to save as an mp3, I had to save it as an mp2. For this I needed a LAME file and Winzip, both of which I had to find on the web and download. Then I finally could upload, and I think I even did that wrong. But Lee tells me it is ok. I hope she's right.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Training Tuesday

This Tuesday I will have the first Training Tuesday in our computer lab. I saw this idea elsewhere in the edublogosphere and thought wow what a great idea! Since Tuesday is the only day I could do it, I am now putting together a Powerpoint for participants to view on the computer in front of them at their leisure, or to view later. We desperately need this at our school. I hope to show whomever about email, logging out versus locking (which I still do even though I know better), blogs, wikis, integration.....

Sunday, January 7, 2007

There is no such thing as a free lunch. (?)

Old ideas die hard...I try to convince people that there is free software on the Internet....and yet.....I wind up telling them again and again and again......
YES! There is such a thing as Open Source. YES! There is such a thing as free. YES! A Mac and a PC can use most of the same programs. Yes, yes, yes.
It takes all of us a long time to let go of what we have been taught. Change is scary. Tradition is safe.

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Quality Leadership

Is it true that the main function of any leader is to inspire others to go in new directions which might otherwise be avoided? How am I inspired by you to do 5 impossible things before breakfast everyday? These ideas are espoused in a book by Phillip C. Schlechty. And my father always told me to do 5 impossible things before breakfast. I am inspired by leaders I observe in my life, and those leaders are so humble that I doubt they know who they are. They would inspire me less if they were egotistic enough to consider themselves.

I been tagged

And by someone I don't even know! Oh, well...
5 Things You Don't Know About Me....

  1. I went to a private, residential boarding high school near Philly.
  2. I have family in Germany.
  3. I have a sponsor child in Brazil
  4. I enjoyed weekly quartet music in my home as a child.
  5. I am a vegetarian, eating mostly vegan.

I hereby tag Danielle Dabrowski, Brandt Schneider, Bill Kerr, Jen Wagner, & Peter Zucconi. Let's see how well they play. (If you were already tagged, sorry. Is there a cumulative list somewhere?)

Monday, January 1, 2007

Am I indispensable?

Dr. Victor Edmonds at Berkeley raised an interesting question in education recently in his presentation in Hawaii. He said students are making a wise economic choice if they can skip my class, sleep in, and get the same information online later. Am I meeting this challenge? He is of course referring to college students, but this concept applies in K-12.
Why, indeed? Will Future Schools be all virtual? How close are we to that concept? Maybe we will morph into virtual facilitators instead of classroom teachers. Sounds like fun, let's go!