Saturday, September 25, 2010

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Miss Belfour would have been proud - and Shocked!

I wrote about Miss Belfour before. She was my high school English teacher when I was a senior. She tried, unsuccessfully at the time, to get me to appreciate Robert Frost's, "The Road Not Taken." As I said in that previous post, I think the reason I didn't 'get it' then was because I hadn't yet had any roads not taken at that point in my life. I've certainly had many since.

When I met the woman who would become my wife, we would take a lot of hikes in state parks and various other places. Once, when we came to a Y in the path, I stopped her and recited that poem to her. (I had long before memorized it, as I mentioned in that other post.) As a result of that, that poem became her favorite, as well.

Today, while visiting Middlebury, VT, we took a drive to see Robert Frost's summer cabin where he had spent the summers and falls for 24 years, from 1939 to 1963. It's a tiny log cabin, with a very small porch and a short stone wall running along one side. We looked around, and then before we left we sat on the stone wall and I again recited that poem. I even recorded it on my iphone so she could have it for.. later.

It was, indeed, a special moment, and one that would have shocked the heck out of Miss Belfour, had she witnessed it. But, I'm sure it would have also made her very proud. At least, I hope so. I thought of her as we walked to the car afterward.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

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  • This will be looked at in hindsight as a HUGE step in making the Internet available to more people in the US, I believe.

    tags: wifi

    • The souped-up system could result in wireless internet connections coming to rural areas, fewer "dead zones" in Wi-Fi networks and the ability to transfer large files easily between machines and computers in hospitals, the FCC says.

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

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  • "GenYES is an innovative program that creates 21st century leaders and learners. GenYES students help teachers use technology in classrooms, supporting effective technology integration school-wide. Fourteen years of research proves GenYES empowers students and changes the way teachers integrate technology in their lessons. Learn about GenYES ››"

    tags: edtech

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Saturday, September 04, 2010

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Wednesday, September 01, 2010

New Personnel Should NEVER Be An Excuse

When a new building principal or tech director enters a district, it should NEVER, EVER, be acceptable to allow that person to move the district backwards. And, in my opinion, allowing that person to shut down access to YouTube (for faculty) or to Google Docs, or Glogster or Voicethread, etc IS a step backwards. That's a hill I'd fight for. We can NEVER allow our schools to move backwards.