Blogs, Vlogs, Podcasts, OH MY!

I am not sure which is more fun: being able to share my opinions to this blog or coming up with the names for the posts!

This week was the fine tuning and publishing of my first ever podcast.  My favorite part so far was my 8 year old stating in wonder about the fact that I could do this.  That got me thinking about our world and again, how far technology has taken us.  We hear broadcasts and we think of the radio studios with all the mics, Continue reading


Screencapture Review

So, I have completed it.  My first screencapture review is complete and I am glad that I had some thoughts previous to actually doing it about these three tools (notes in previous blog), screenr, screencast-o-matic, and jing.  I opted for jing.  It required a download onto my computer, but I am enjoying the little sun in the corner of my computer. Maybe it’ll be like sunshine in our dark Pittsburgh winters. :o)  I also think for me, it is nice and easy to be able to just click on the sun and get started when ready to record.

Per my comments about the time allowed for  recording, Jing only allows for 5 minutes per recording.  I found that to be really restrictive.  This time limit would really need to be considered based on what you were trying to accomplish. If you just wanted to handle peer or student submissions one area at a time, it might work, but there also might be some back and forth and multiple copies. Continue reading

Creating sanity in insane schedules

Two things have been placed in my path this week and I can see both as a tool for adding sanity to a teacher’s life.  The first is a review of a new book, Off Balance, by Matthew Kelly.  While I haven’t yet read this book, it is one of the first I has seen where the author acknowledges that there is no way someone could actually create true “work-life balance.”

I was thinking of this book when I was responding to a post in New Lit class about the increased communications available today and how it impacts teacher/student/parent relationships and the time they expect to be able to reach eachother   I do not know that is it really possible to create or expect continued and permanent balance.  While few of us expect achieved balance to be permanent, I do not know that I myself will ever even achieve a moment of balance!  Instead I more or less feel I live in a world of the game Don’t Spill the Beans where beans keep getting added and removed to each side of my life, work and personal, and with any luck they will be added or removed slowly enough or with enough care that the whole darn thing doesn’t topple!

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