Well, it dawned on me today that we have video phones. I was skype-ing with my daughter who is at college and it made me smile to see her. We are so lucky to be so connected! We do talk a lot and text a lot but seeing her is just wonderful. It helps the empty nest not feel so empty.
I do think back to the “old” days when we hardly ever talked to people long distance and relied on weekly family visits. Even today, we have not replaced those weekly visits with family and friends but the video component is such a fantastic connection.
My CQs is an app I just found with AppsGoneFree. AppsGoneFree is a fabulous app I found and have recommended to students. There are all kinds of apps and just like the title…they are free. This is important to me as I barely had budget to cover an ipad and have none for apps. I have indulged my own personal funds for Angry Birds and that is $3 well spent! It helps keep me entertained and sane so I am not grouchy when I grade assignments. I am SURE students appreciate this attitude.
MyCQs was an app that had gone free that is for quizzing. I am going to try it and if it works ok, will recommend it to my students this term. Free is not always worth it but they need experience creating quizzes in a learning management setting and I want them to have other options than just moodle.
One of my resolutions is to blog more consistently so no time like the present! I have to admit I am completely amazed at how much easier I am managing my time with my ipad and iphone. I am really looking forward to this term where I can focus on integrating technology into the K-12 classroom and on Reading Endorsement courses at Prescott College.
Yes, all the technology in the world cannot ease the pain of my broken toe. I fell off one step!!! Just one step!! I am taking Arnica and Ledum and ibuprofen to cover all the bases.
You may ask, how does this broken toe relate to technology? Well, I posted about it on facebook and got all kinds of help from friends! So, I know it will heal with some time.
Well, after a whirlwind few weeks things seem to be settling a bit. I did just schedule my first appointment with a research student but at least they are starting early!
Found a few odd things with the learning management system upgrade but so far so good. I hope that one thing I fixed today does not break something else but I am working to communicate with faculty as much as possible.
Finally, the new academic year is up and running. Being on terms, the 10 week sprint to finals has started. I have responded to so many requests to log into our learning management system that is is funny. It proves many people do not read directions. That is ok with me as the ones who do read and figure it out for themselves are (thankfully) the majority.
I love the feeling of hope and optimism a new term brings. I am trying not to be so negative and embrace the possibilities.
LOVE cloudon for the ipad 3. I am able now to link documents from the ipad to my google docs and edit away. I just edited a spreadsheet and will check out a word document and powerpoint next. I am so excited to get this started before the students come back and be able to solve some of our questions/concerns this summer!
On a not so good note, I had to figure out how to turn off self authentication as I noticed some students had already gone to our moodle site and were able to create accounts! ARGH! I panicked more than necessary and figured it out quickly.
I am supposed to go to the Knox County Fair tonight….for those who know me…this will be a fascinating experience!