Saturday, April 19, 2014

Offsetting my supposed carbon footprint since 1998. #climatehype

via Instagram

I'm not even a member, man!

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

#PackADailyCircus - From the Repair Shop

Today, I am posting this as I wait to hear the good news or bad news about my '09 Charger. The radiator fans are making odd noises, so they are either off balance (good news) or cracked (bad news).

I am busting a pack but do not have any draft info handy, so you'll just have to wait to find out if you are the proud owner!

2013 Topps Archives

Brandon Phillips - Reds
Bronson Arroyo - Reds
Homer Bailey - Reds
Mini stickers - Ty Cobb, Willie Mays, Ken Griffey Jr, Mike Trout

Craig Kimbrel - Braves
Elvis Andrus - Rangers
Ozzie Smith - Cardinals
Hiroki Kuroda - Yankees

I know most of these players have been drafted, so congrats to the managers (once we see who you are!).

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

How I see it... #Life #God #Salvation #Humans

My Facebook friends are looking forward to the end of my Spring Break, I'm sure... But, I wanted to share a comment I made on another friend's post because, really, it sums up who I am and how I see things:

I find it curious that Christians are often berated for posting things to their own walls, expressing their own beliefs. Yet, how many Muslims are done the same way? How many atheists? It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks regarding what you post to your own wall, but for what it's worth, I applaud your conviction and your exercising the freedom of expressing your religious beliefs.

As for God not being bound by logic or reason, well, He is not bound by human logic and reasoning. Humans are so infinitely limited in our own wisdom, logic, and reasoning. We purport to be able to think beyond anything we can think of, but really, we are limited by what we see (literally and in the mind's-eye), what we think we see, and what we imagine we see (in religion, in science, in life).

Humans are so conceited, we think our actions on this Earth actually have some bearing on the grand scheme of things (always supposing there is one). Nothing we do here is bigger than the earth itself can't fix. Once we are no longer messing things up, the earth will recover in a matter of centuries. And in a millenium, few traces of humans will even remain. In Christian terms, this is where the end of times comes into play - a new Heaven and a new Earth. Other religions have their own take on this, and heck even NASA just backed a study about the "end" of the world as we know it.

I hate that (his) experience with being saved was such a negative one. Being saved is easy. All one has to do is look to the criminals on the cross at the crucifixion. All one had to do was believe Jesus is the Christ. No baptism. No speaking in tongues. No "good works." Just belief.

In the end, we all die. What happens to us after that moment is of no real consequence to any other person on this planet. So, if I die and nothing happens to me, what have I lost? Nothing. If someone else dies and they go to Hell, what have I lost? Nothing. If I die, and go to Heaven, I have gained everything. If someone else dies and they go to Hell, they have lost everything. As a believer, I see it as my responsibility to tell people about Jesus (including the parts people don't like to talk about - for example, his knack as a young boy to strike people down and/or cause them to wither) and of God and of Heaven and Salvation. But, ultimately, it is each person's choice to decide what he/she wants to decide. It is not my place to judge anyone for anything (though I suppose Jury Duty does put a damper on that).

I just believe one's life could be so much better if one were to read the promises of God, study, pray about them (even when one is not sure how/what to pray), and understand that we humans are faced with things that will never be explained - not through science nor prayer nor study - to our limited satisfaction. Our greatest gift and curse is that of free will. So, if you are reading this and you don't know the salvation of Christ, I pray you find that one day. But, should you never find it, then I wish you all the best this life has to offer you.

Friday, February 28, 2014

George Lieux #tie14 arktie#2014

George Lieux #tie14 arktie#2014

Linoit - We used to post takeaways about previous sessions.

For student use: anonymous assessment. Exit slips - Different colors could mean different things. Green - learned, yellow - something not sure of, red - did not understand, etc

Connected learning is agnostic in the delivery and resources used. Connect learning to real-world engagement. This is not new, but we now have tools that make it much more accessible. Widening gap between "haves" and "have-nots."  The inequity is expanding even though the technology itself is much more prolific because students do not have access to the technologies and opportunities.

Padlet - Double-click to add your post to the wall. This used to be WallWisher.

SAMR model for technology integration. Info:

S - Substitution, tech just replaces something you are already using
A - Augmentation, tech enhances something the students were doing, but not replace the task
M - Modification, tech allows major task redesign around the heart of the initial task (writing a collaborative essay instead of a single-author essay, edit cycles, etc)
R - Redefinition, tech allows for creation of new tasks made possible by the new technology. Essay now changes into video or digital storytelling and then students become mentors to other students.

We viewed several different videos and then talked in groups about where on the SAMR scale the sample lessons fell.

Hackpad - - Collaborative board site.

Looking at unit development:
McKenzie's Questioning Toolkit - - Helps create lessons.

Diigo group for Graphic Organizers:


How do we know they learned "it?"

How will they learn "it?"

Sites with lesson plans:

TIMS - Tech Integration Matrix

We used a Moodle course that George created called "Reduce Stress from TESS" (TESS is the new teacher evaluation system in place in Arkansas): - the passcode is: TESS