Introductory Presentation CCA

To begin CCA, we were tasked with creating a presentation about ourselves. You can find mine here:

I originally wanted to do a video, but didn’t have the time or know-how on how to set that up. I think the prezi with the short video worked pretty well, myself!

I think this was a really neat way to introduce the class to each other, and showed off the creativity in the class with the varied types of presentations!



We made a playground using Google Sketch-Up during class! Here’s what my finished project looks like. Sketch-up has a steep learning curve, and I’d like to play around with it more!


Encouragement for Cubs Fans

For CCA, we did a lesson from Team Workin’ On It about the power of words and encouragement. We used Glogster to create a poster of encouragement. After the past few Cubs games, I decided fans of my favorite team could use a little encouragement!

Check out my poster! Go Cubs go!

A Week with an iPad


This past week, I got an iPad (Thanks again, Dad!). Not the fancy-screened “new” iPad, but a 2nd generation after the price drop.

Let me say, I am impressed. I purchased the iPad right before spring break, with the idea that I would have a free week to “play around” and figure out if this device will fit into my workflow. The answer is “Holy cow. This can do so much more than I ever thought a touchscreen device could!”. Over the course of the past week, I’ve used my laptop a total of 4 times (all in a way to stream my music/videos over home sharing. Awesome). The iPad will easily replace my laptop in the future, I am sure of it.
I’m so astounded by the battery life of this thing too. With my usual usage of playing a few games, watching a few shows on Netflix, browsing the Internet, and using Facebook and Twitter, I can go for 3 days (currently at that right now, with 24% remaining!). This is about 69 more hours per charge than my laptop, doing the same things I would use my laptop for. For me, this is more than ideal for a portable computing device.
As for apps, the App Store always has great selections. I’m itching to find some solid, free apps to use for teaching math this semester, but am kind of coming up with the same-ol’ same-ol’. I’ll still be on the hunt as I use my iPad more, and am excited to see the uses for this in education as I continue to use it.
Word processing is extremely simple, too. This entire post has been typed with the onscreen keyboard, and I don’t ever envision myself using a bluetooth keyboard. The whole experience is just so smooth, it blows my mind!

Well, there’s my review in a nutshell. I really, really enjoy my iPad. I feel like every day I discover something new. Until then, feel free to comment if you know any tips or tricks for it, or any “must-have” apps that I may have yet to discover!

For those interested; My current home screens and apps are here and here.

Quote To Live By

I just got back from watching the movie Act of Valor. It was a solid movie, and definitely shows the brotherhood that occurs between active duty soldiers. I have huge respect for those men and women in the armed forces, and supporting movies like this is the least I can do to show that.

This poem by the Native American Chief Tecumseh was mentioned throughout the movie. No matter your profession, I think this is a great motto for one’s life:

So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.

Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none.

When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to foolsand robs the spirit of its vision.

When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weepand pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.

Credit to mnmal for posting the whole poem!

Classroom Computer Applications

Spring 2012 marks my fourth Instructional Technology class: Classroom Computer Applications. I already like this class. We are encouraged (heavily) to bring out smartphones and laptops to class, as we will be using them in class!

Now, part of me never has any idea what to expect from a class, but I think that using our technology in the class leads to what I hope to learn through the class: how exactly to integrate technology successfully in our instruction. I’ve learned in my other IT classes Why, When, and a little bit of What technology to use, but I really hope this class helps me learn How to use it.

So, there’s what I expect from this class! I’m sure we’ll be blogging for this class, so please, check out what I have to say and leave comments so I don’t feel like I’m talking to nobody!

(Edit: After reading up on the Apple Education Event that happened earlier today, where they just announced iBooks 2 and their new digital textbook, and iBooks Author, I’m hoping we can spend sometime looking at what is next for technology integration. What was announced today could easily be the next step in 1-1 computing, and I’d really like to have a closer look at it!


Call me crazy, but I think lists keep the world moving in that nice little orbit and not crash into the sun. At least that’s what it feels like to me. For the life of me, I am horrible at multi-tasking, and my short term memory, well, sucks for lack of a better term (ask Nic how bad I am with names, for example).

For me, lists keep me focused and on track. There is no reason why not to use them.

Now, does anyone know if I can buy stock in Post-It Notes?

Hello 2012

Now that 2011 is over, I can set some goals for 2012. Nothing too “out there”, but a lot of things I’ve been meaning to get around to do or make a part of my day. Here we go

  • Learn to cook

    I have a minimal knowledge of cooking, and being 23 years old, I need to expand this knowledge. I have found myself snacking on junk food more often than I would like. This is unhealthy for me, and my wallet, and needs to stop

  • Be more frugal

    Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of money on food when it looks good at the moment, or little things that I really don’t need. I do need to stop doing that.

  • Read more

    I’ve read quite a few books lately, thanks to my Nook. I just want to free read more. Side note, read The Hunger Games. Now.

  • Start a workout habit

    Working out really didn’t happen last year, and I really need a little more working out. (Idea goes to Zenhabits)

  • Clean at least once a week

    This will help me stay organized, and just give me time to clear my head (and my room).

  • Cut out clutter!

    This is the reason my room can look like a mess, and cutting out the clutter will make cleaning oh so much easier!

So those are my goals. Please, help me work towards them!

Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012!

2011 is coming to a close, and 2012 is just about to begin. Before I set some goals for 2012, I want to look back to see how my resolutions for 2011 shaped up:

1) Blog at least once a week

  • Once a week was kind of pushing it, but I’m still here, right?

2) Work out (in some shape or form) once a week

  • This didn’t really happen, unfortunately. I went to the Rec Center once, and tried to run a mile outside (and ended up hurting for a week). Hiking has replaced running for me, and I’m going to keep that up.

3) Eat healthy

  • I haven’t had “doubles” for pizza for quite awhile, and am making sure my meals contain something from each food groups. I’d say I’m working pretty well at this one.

4) Be more organized

  • Still working at this one, but that’s a good thing! I’ve definitely become more organized with getting work done (post-it notes are a godsend!), and am working harder at keeping the room neat and tidy. I call this one a success too!

So that’s how 2011 shaped up. I think it was a pretty darn good year, and can’t wait to see what 2012 brings!

Stay tuned for my goals for 2012 tomorrow!

My Hiking Blog!

OK, so this might just be cheap advertising on my part, but in the past few months, I’ve started a Tumblr blog about my hiking adventures with friends. I’m trying to update it at least weekly, and would love for people to actually read it!

SO please! Check it out and follow me! Or even give me some ideas as to where our next weekend hike could take us!