One Day Pre-trip

One Day Pre-trip

Well, there’s one more day before I head to Haiti and of course, it will be raining because of the tropical storm! Hopefully that doesn’t mess up the schedule.

I think I have everything packed. Luckily, I get to take three carry on bags and the checked bag can weigh up to 70 lbs. Now I can actually take more food! We get one meal at dinner and the rest are on us! Luckily I like rice and tortillas, granola bars, beef jerky, and even vienna sausages. (Yes, I do. I used to gross out my older sister when I ate them!) The checked bag has a variety of “stuff”. Flip flops, a few spirals, coloring books, crayons, nail polish, hot wheels, and some things I don’t remember. I’m carrying my stuff in the camping back pack!

Tomorrow I will be checking the list again and weighing the suitcase again, just to be safe! I’ll have to decide things like tennis shoes or no tennis shoes? Can you pack a razor in a carry on? Will the small jar of jelly survive the suitcase trip? Aaaaa, what if the suitcase gets lost!? That’s where I put my Oreos!

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Journaling Out Loud

Journaling Out Loud

Well, I’ve never really been one of those people that post when they go to the grocery store or the gym, but I’m going to try and keep up with what’s going on in my world here for a while for those interested in the productive part of it.

On the 17th through the 20th of June, I was in San Antonio at a conference. So I’ll be back two weeks on Thursday. Before I went to the conference I knew I was going to make a trip to Haiti in July. Wow, have so many things connected in so many strange ways since then!

First, while at the conference, I attended a demonstration of a 2D cutter. It’s one of those fluffy scrap booking things that can eat up all of your time. Now I’m not into scrap booking, but this was about using the 2D cutter in education. It is a great tool for making the 3D connection for students. (Spatial reasoning is an area that is typically low on testing scores.) So I thought “That will be perfect to take to Haiti and show the kids there and it will be fun.” It’s that teacher thing. You just can’t go somewhere that kids don’t have education opportunities without wanting to do something educational and fun!

So I started talking about the supplies and different ideas that were used for some of the other projects by my cohort members. 2D shapes made into houses, windmills, etc. They aren’t the easiest to find though! Luckily I figured out how to use the trace feature!

One thing has led to another. If you are unaware, Haiti has a sad educational situation. Even though there have been many positive efforts post quake, not all of them have been, lets say, effective. So my brain automatically goes from what can I do this one trip to what can I do on a larger scale? Shortly after that, I was emailing with my professor about options and grants and what can possibly benefit the orphanage I will be visiting in Haiti. She mentioned a laptop initiative. I sent an email and had a reply right back. I didn’t really understand the benefit of what I was told so that ended there. I accidentally sent a blank email to the address again the next day when I was forwarding information to my sister in law and the guy from Laptops.org called me to see what I needed. Adam Holt and I talked for about an hour about their organization and all of the questions I had as I try to find ways to help education in Haiti.

After some more emails, I set up a Basecamp.com site on a trial basis to allow us to all communicate about what would help for the orphanage I was going to and what would help on a larger scale with what they were already working on. You see, Kids Unleashed had just the month before started an initiative to get laptops to kids in Haiti. Amazing connection, huh?

So, here I am not even two weeks later with connections to some of the greatest collection of volunteers to make mountains move!

Of course, I haven’t even made my first trip to Haiti yet but I can see myself going again. To help get laptops and the “cloudless server” running. (Adam called it the cloud offline, I think.) I can see my dissertation evolving from something from this adventure. I had hoped that I could find a grant that could also be used to help others and this may end up being that situation.

I’ll let you know what happens!

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iTunes Match

iTunes Match

Well, I finally spent some time and cleaned up my files. I had more gigs than would fit on a Macbook Air, problem, since I just bought one! I’d been hearing about iTunes Match and I decided to give it a try. Then all of that music that my husband loaded me up with that I DON’T LIKE can go away but not be gone forever, for his sake. So here’s how it works for those of you who are interested. By the way, it costs $24.99 a year and does not do movies, just music.

Overview: The point of iTunes Match is to allow you to access all of your music (not just what you bought through iTunes) over Wifi from “the cloud”, (these will be the best quality file for each song based on what iTunes has available) have a complete backup of your music in case of a computer crash, and to save you hard drive space. You are allowed to access the music from up to 10 devices. (At least that’s what it said on the screen.)

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LearnDash Rescue Me!

LearnDash Rescue Me!

I’ve been trying out LearnDash as a replacement to some of the other LMS options and it is very promising! While I plan to use some lessons as paid versions, the app will also allow me to create free content to help with education for my classroom students and others that may need access to instructions or various lessons. All at a reasonable cost. I can’t wait to try out the latest version so maybe I can get this show started!

http://www.learndash.com/

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I lied…..

I lied…..

Remember when I said I was going to keep the same WordPress theme for a while? Define a while. I did keep the theme but the black background was driving me nuts so now I have navy. At least I think it is. Darn that red, green color blind gene!

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Excellent Tedx Talk!

Excellent Tedx Talk!

Excellent Tedx script at this site. No video yet.

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I Love Clouds!

I Love Clouds!

Clouds are encouraging. Sometimes they mean trouble but they eventually come back to the poofy, friendly look .

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Articulate Storyline – Best Read Ever!

Articulate Storyline – Best Read Ever!

Storyline may not have been out that long but it certainly is popular!

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