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"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." - Arthur C. Clarke

Friday, December 19, 2008

What/Who else will computers replace?

From The Pioneer Press

"After 127 years of shouts, gestures and full-throated capitalism, the trading floor at the Minneapolis Grain Exchange permanently falls silent at 1:15 p.m. today. The exchange is shifting the last of its grain trading to computers, which means the raucous grain pit in downtown Minneapolis soon will be only a memory."

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Happy Holidays

Happy holidays and if you get an itch to read... well, you know... check out my blog. I've added a lot to the department resources links on the right.

It'll keep you busy!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Technology helped us find our lost cat!

Want a crazy story with a tech twist? Read on...

Somebody was at a party on Halloween in our neighborhood
(when our cat disappeared) and went around to a few parties only to discover a cat in their car when they returned home to St. Paul (9 miles away) and so they kept the cat a week or so and put up signs in St. Paul, eventually leaving her outside an animal shelter.

Someone saw my wife's ad on
Craigslist which stated that we had lost a cat on Halloween and called to say he had seen signs up in St. Paul for a cat that had been found on Halloween. He gave my wife the number of the guy who had found the cat and he gave her the name of the animal shelter where he had left her and she went on their website and lo and behold there was a picture of our dear Lottie starring back at us. We will pick her up tonight. Happy ending. And my wife = very happy! Technology can be your friend!

Monday, December 8, 2008

At a conference, oh my!

Yes I try to keep up with the latest, best, most wonderful in technology integration so I am at the TIES conference today and tomorrow with "Fearless Leader" Merry soaking it up. So far thinkquest.org rocks as does ning.com so check them out. I will add to this blog post as I learn more...

Watched a presentation on Second Life virtual world simulations and its academic applications. Not an application I am that familiar with but I see it's potential so I will investigate further.

Day Two. Data Data Data, snore... More when I see something interesting...

OK, this is way cool. Instant polling from computer OR cellphone and it's free: http://www.polleverywhere.com/

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Teachers keeping up with technology: I feel your pain...

I came across an interesting article talking about all the technologies constantly bombarding teachers and the difficulty of keeping up with it all. I feel your pain and want to help so hit me up with questions if you have them. I'm here for you...

To read article CLICK HERE

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Greg Bestland skypes the Ukraine during Grandparents Day

Hats off to Greg Bestland and the connection we made with the Ukraine live and "en direct" during Grandparents Day!