Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Announcing Kaden Staker

Announcing the arrival of my grandson, Kaden ? Staker (middle name still to be determined). Born March 28, 2005 @ 9:03 pm. Kaden arrived at 7 lbs. 12 oz. and is 21 in. long. He has grandpa's nose (hopefully without the hayfever), and long fingers. He should be throwing curveballs by the end of summer.

Friday, March 18, 2005

Bit's 'n Pieces

Once again it seems as if time has passed me as if I were a tortoise in the freeway median. All things rushing by me in different directions and I feel like pulling my head back into my shell.

It sometimes amazes me at what a little help can do to invigorate teachers. Our curriculum technology team has spent a lot of time training teachers in a new online test prep that is available in Utah. It is called UTIPS. I have probably done 20 trainings on UTIPS so far and it is amazing to watch teachers attitudes perk up as they see what they can do and how easily they can do it. I had one group come in ready to burn the principal in effigy for making them come to another professional development. By the time they left they were ready to buy him dinner. If you have something that teachers really feel can help them, they are so grateful. But then, it seems we as educators get so little, that I guess it doesn't take much.

Okay, a little something Mac related for the weekend. If you use and love Garageband like I do then you probably are looking for more loops to use. Macjams is offering a free mini pack of some of their loops. You have to register at their site, but then you can download the pack. You can also create a song using the new loops and submit it to a contest they are holding. Prizes include an iPod Mini and USB Keyboards and what educator couldn't use those.

On another note, as I watch the the feedburner stats for the podcast it keeps going up. I appreciate those who are listening and recommending the cast to others. Thanks!

See You in a Few!

Thursday, March 10, 2005

TEM Podcast #6

The Educational Mac Podcast #6–March 9, 2005
Click here for .mp3 file

Show Notes for March 9, 2005

Henrico iBook Program–Here are links to several articles and opinion about the extension of the program.
Mac 360
Mac Daily News
The Mac Observer
Macsimum News–Macismum Newscast will have a report on Henrico on their Friday broadcast.

iPods Loaned from NY Library
Wired News

Macs in Jeopardy–Statements wanted

Gary Stager on iPods and Mac Mini's in Education

See You in a Few!


Tuesday, March 08, 2005

TEM Podcast #5 and Movin' on Up

Podcast #5 is finaly up, although almost 24 hours later than I had hoped. I did not do this just either. I have had too little sleep and too much cold the last day and a half. This episode contains the 2nd part of joint podcast between Kathy Webb and myself. Kathy was kind enough to invite me to co-present a session on podcasting at our state educational technology conference. Kathy's set up is amazing. What you will hear in this is a short series of conversations that attendees to the session came up with. They chose what to speak about and then bravely stepped to the microphone. Kathy cleaned this up with SoundSoap which I need to look at a bit closer. Anyway, enjoy and I will be back with part 1 of this session on Wednesday along with some other items of interest.
On another note, the official site for The Educational Mac is up and running.I still have a few bugs to work out, especially with the rss feeds, but you can get the show directly from the site for now. I will get everything straightened out by Wednesday.
See You in a Few!

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

It doesn't matter where it went, it is gone!

Time sure flies when you aren't paying attention to it. No podcast tonight. Illness and lack of preparation have taken their toll. There will be a special podcast up by Monday though. I am helping a friend and colleague do a Podcast presentation at our state educational technology conference as I mentioned the other day. I don't know what we will come up with, but I will have it up by Monday. See You in a Few! Kelly