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YouTube Okay For Gov’t, But Not Kids

Posted by Paige on September 23, 2009 in Rants, Technology |

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I have to applaud the federal government being for being so with the times by starting their new site Apps.gov. However, am I the only one who sees the irony with the fact that YouTube is prominently posted under their Social Media Apps section, yet pretty much no school site in America can access YouTube? So YouTube is too evil for our schools, but not to evil for our… Continue reading

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Student Blogging

Posted by Paige on September 20, 2009 in Best Practices, Technology |

blogsAh, it’s been far too long since I’ve been able to sit down and devote my time to a really good post. Well, better late than never. 🙂

So what’s been keeping me so busy? I now have 145 student blogs up and running. Whew! I can tell you that many times over the past couple of weeks I kept asking myself if I was out of my mind! When I came up with the idea of setting my students up with blogs I figured I would start with two… Continue reading

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Ashamed To Be Called An American

Posted by Paige on September 7, 2009 in Rants |

I feel embarrassed and ashamed to be an American right now. You see I don’t pay too much attention to “normal” news and I just found out about the whole hoopla surrounding President Obama’s speech tomorrow. First I read the speech that was released today, then I went back looking for articles trying to figure out why so many people are up in arms.

Here’s what I found at The NY Times

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Summer Reflections and Conclusions

Posted by Paige on August 28, 2009 in Rants, Technology |

You know the saying from Of Mice & Men, “The best laid plans…”, well that’s sort of what my summer was like. I originally thought it would be my typical: lay by the pool, read a ton of books on my Kindle, watch the 200 TED’s that are sitting in my iTunes, and generally relax. Unfortunately not one of those things occurred, but what did occur was an amazing amount of learning. So when I received the principal’s welcome back letter today I realized it’s time for some reflection and… Continue reading

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OneNote Files

Posted by Paige on August 22, 2009 in Best Practices |

As my mind now turns toward the upcoming school year I am diligently working on transferring all my files into OneNote folders. (If you missed my post about OneNote, it’s worth a look.) So this is just a quick post to let you know the folders are being updated and you can access them here.

BTW, if you don’t have OneNote in your MS Office suite. You can download a trial copy. It’s good for 60 days, and if you find that you don’t want to purchase it… Continue reading

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