About Me

I welcome you to my blog page. I work for Albert Lea Area Schools in Albert Lea, MN. I'm moving out of my role as a media specialist into a special assignment this year, but I'm keeping my blog as I work through the 23 Mobile Things MN. My new role may necessitate a different blog, but for now...it's my blog and I'm stickin' with it!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Thing 3: Utilities

StandUp App...I tried it for one day and am about to delete it. It didn't appear to start the "countdown" when I tapped on the minutes.  Then about 2 hours later, it went off.  Then when I left work and went home, it went off three times about every 2 hours.  I'm afraid this app is out of sync, or possibly I don't need to use it. 
But I did fine this link http://prezi.com/swceiv2g3bbt/60-educational-apps-in-60-minutes/ to 60 Educational Apps via a Prezi.  I'm enjoying going through this Prezi.  
I also have been using the Blogger App for the iPad and am liking this.  I can't do as much as I would on my desktop, but it's great for posting these Thing Reviews.  

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Thing 2: Mobile Device Tips

iOS 7 Tips

Best tip from the post on Mobile Device Tips was taking a look at the Advertising "Limit Ad Tracking" from the Privacy Settings.  I recently noticed this piece, but didn't take the time to read the "about Ad Tracking" section.  I previously hadn't even had a second thought about it, but after reading some more I'm turning Ad Tracking off. It indicates that I still will see ads, but what I liked is that those ads will be less relevant and/or random as it is not based on my interests, i.e., not based on tracking my searches.  I'm interested in giving this a try.

The other perk is under Control Center and turning off the Access Within Apps option. This feature allows me not to keep "accidentally" pulling up the control center when I'm swiping from the bottom. Love this option to be turned off in apps!

Other pieces of the web page for Mobile Device Tips that I liked is the option to look through the videos of devices I do not own. Its brings some nice insight to what is available on other devices that are similar and very different from my iOS device and my HTC phone.  But it does make me want to get another phone. Soon.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Back to the blog....

Thing 1

It's been a year since I've been on my blog writing about library media and technology ideas, thoughts and issues.  I've come back because of the next generation of 23 Things on a Stick has hit the streets, or the digital highway!  23 Things on a Stick was an eye-opening learning tool for me taking my tech skills to a new level.  I'm excited to try the new adventure that the MN Multitypes is rolling out entitled 23 Mobile Things MN @ http://23mobilethingsmn.org/

I'm heading over there to register and maybe will get some new things up and running on this blog again.  Excited to be back! #23mobilethings

Monday, December 10, 2012

TIES Conference 2012

Arrived a little late to the downtown Minneapolis venue, which with their 11+ inches of snow to dig out from under, that was okay. Got stuck on 2 ramps, but made it eventually. I caught the tail end of the Keynote by Simon Sinek and he was very good. I hope to watch his TED Talk to pick up some of his other thoughts on leadership.

Getting ready for first session on Engaging Students With iPad Projects. Hoping to pick up some more ideas for my students...will post more later. So far WiFi is not too bad, cross our fingers on that.

Friday, November 16, 2012

IPod Touch Training for K1

I had the privilege of spending another day with an Apple trainer today and all of our K1 teachers. We are beginning the use of iPod Touch devices with students using a cart model, with approx 8 iPods per classroom. The trainer showed us a lot of the idiosyncrasies of iOS 6 settings. In particular, the accessibility options he shared with us will allow some definite advantages for our students. The Speak Text option will bring some great audio options for our students.

Then Jim W. shared with us a set of apps for students to "create" and demonstrate their learning. Starting with Sock Puppets, Sonic Pics, Splice, and Photo Transfer will allow our students to work independently and collaborate with their classmates on some fun and engaging projects.

And QR codes will be coming to all of our schools. Excitement filled the air when teachers saw how easy they were to create and how they will enable students to access websites, words and wonderful information with the snap of the reader.

It was a great day indeed, and I can't wait to roll the carts into the buildings over the next two weeks.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Returning ...

It's been 16 months since I've blogged here.  I've been working on a number of new ventures and technology/media projects this past year.  We've been posting our projects and work on our alipads wiki space.  So not completely offline, just in another space.  I decided to come back because I like it here.  The other spaces will still be there as will I, but I like it here too.  I like working on the projects that got me here and am going to continue to pursue those and hopefully a few new ones.  And, I'm now at my 4th iteration of my job in 4 years.  Some say 'change is good,' I like to think that change is about growth, and growth is good!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

iPad 2

My daughter and I made the jaunt to the MOA the day after Easter and picked up an iPad 2. It was time. We are loving it. I'm watching it now as the radar of the thunderstorm/tornado watch is underway as I type this on my netbook. I've noted that I use the devices for similar things sometimes and very different things at others. Lots of typing to do, like blogging or writing letters of recommendation, definitely like the netbook. As a former typing (even on the manuals!) teacher, I do love my netbook. But for something a little more creative, I'm finding myself drawn to the iPad 2. Love the options in Pages for making the pics and images look so cool. I love using Dropbox to exchange docs between the two. (I even really liked DropDAV for a brief time!) I'm hoping to blog about the apps I like the most...well hoping to. Summer break is at hand, two weeks left with a great group of high school students. I have loved my year in the high school media center and have enjoyed the students immensely. Next year I will be traveling k-12 as a media/technology integrationist and I know that will be a wonderful experience as well. I am blessed with a wonderful job and wonderful family that supports my efforts!
The sun has come out...time to go pluck dandelions!