Showing posts from October, 2014

TwirtyDays Week 2

As I shared in my "TwirtyDays" post, I have been working through 30-days of Twitter learning. Here is a quick review of where I was, what I achieved the first week and this week's accomplishments. Prior to TwirtyDays 1st Week 2nd Week I have gained 23 new followers and went from a week of six views to 158 to 664! It helped the week above that I was a presenter with SimpleK12 and they tag their Tweets with the presenters (and these often are retweeted by others). However, I know that being more active on my end and using the tips/tricks has also contributed. I could stop there with my sharing and feel content. However, the icing on the cake this week was this: A reply from Caines Arcade! This was the young man and the arcade that I spoke about in this post . This, to me, shows the power of Twitter!  I can't wait to share this response with my makers! 

My Maker Move

I really like the maker movement. I love the idea of building and creating....that real hands on learning and problem solving. However, with limited resources I have been left only drooling over the 3D printers, Little Bits, etc. Even to just have motors, wires, etc. costs money. Enter the cardboard challenge. SOLD! Free, fun, and make it. I aimed this first attempt at the 5th and 6th grade classes and began with showing a video. It showed a kiddo about their age that created an arcade out of boxes. It was fun watching their faces as they saw what this kid did with just cardboard boxes. After the video, I ask them if they could create something with cardboard. The one had to "function". Let the creative juices flow! Ideas and plans began to form. Teams were formed as well. I stayed as out of this as I could...just gently guiding when needed.  The most I spoke up was during their paper drawing/planning. I ask questions. What will it measure? Hmmm...maybe your


For my last tech class I had Kevin Case as a special speaker. Mr. Case is the Superintendent of Inman Schools and a Twitter in Education guru. I've had him come the last few years and each time I walk away excited in my own use of Twitter. I hope the glazed eyes of my students do not represent the impact :) just the late time of the day for class. This session, Mr. Case shared some about his new ebook that will be coming out soon. Excited to be a part of the trial of his book, I signed on! His book TwirtyDays is a 30 day guide for using Twitter. So far I have completed the first week of challenges. I've added more connections and added some followers! In fact here is a look at a report from this week on Twitter:    Compare that to the previous week: Quite a difference! Ah, the power of purposeful tweets and hashtags. Week one has pushed me to be more active and try new things when tweeting. This is the official last assignment for the week...weekend warrior. The idea is to twe

Home Sweet Home

We moved this summer to our very own home! It is a great place and here are just a few reasons... This is one of my favorite views. I love the tall ceilings, the wood burning stove, and open feeling. Not so much all the dog toys :) Our front room which leads to our bedroom or up to the loft area. Again the dog is responsible for the rag on the floor. Two of the best features of the bathroom: jetted tub and this shower renovation. As you can see the tub area is still in reno mode. We have matching tile for our next reno project to put around the tub. Nothing to blame on the dog here...but he sure does get riled up with the hair dryer! This was the first reno project due to a leaking shower. FIL just put the finishing touch on this today, with the matching shower head and knob!! Love!! Yes, it is home sweet home! Renovations and all!! It is nice to make it ours! And the icing on the cake for the girls....they could finally get a dog. Don't let him fool you by this photo...he isn'