Browsing All Posts published on »June, 2015«

But this distraction was special!

June 30, 2015


Well, it was.  I’ve been thinking, “I don’t read enough!” — written (so it says!)  in 1909.  It surely doesn’t feel like that.  It’s about “The Machine” and an environment destroyed by deforestation. Okay, also  — which includes “Transition to Algebra is a classroom resource that approaches algebra instruction differently. Instead of focusing on the […]


June 30, 2015


Welp, I heard the Compass test is going away… but I had an appointment so I took it anyway. Reading test — they haven’t changed much.   I did *not* take the advice on the screen and read the questions before I read the passage for the answers.   Takeaways:   remember that it’s asking […]

That “turn off the internet thing”

June 29, 2015


Seems every time I try, then I have a question to ask Dr. Google or Dr. StackOverflow… And it meant I got to eavesdrop on an ISTE session that used Google Hangouts, Twitter and a … the sesssion was basically posting “How can we use digital stuff?”  and getting lots of <120 character responses.   THere […]

GitHub adventures…

June 28, 2015


Taking a break from Camtasia to … see if I can figure out this “GitHub” thing.   It’s supposed to be this wonderful help for organizing things and keeping track of versions, which is a challenge for me … but so far… I have this horrible feeling that it’s just like those “great organizational things” […]

“white paper” by Dreambox’s Tim Hudson

June 26, 2015


It’s June 26 2015 and there are rainbows everywhere.   Well, not outside —  there’s no sun at all and we’ve had probably an inch of rain (but I got in 33 miles first!  128 to go for 1000 in the month… )   WordPress has imposed one on top of the screen… And I […]

Compare and contrast

June 25, 2015


So Student A comes down in a minor frenzy.  “It’s CRUNCH TIME!”   Her teacher had given them an assignment that was due at noon, and it was 10:15.   She was in a panic; she wasn’t good at this; she remembered this article because she was having to take this class again; she’d [insert litany […]

The video is out there!

June 23, 2015

0 There she be.   I’ve watched parts of it — looks like me :-0  ! Just had a student drop in who needs to review for the assessment… who was in my Java course.  So we regaled each other with appreciative remembrances of things like *good schedules* and having everything online where you could […]


June 22, 2015


So, I’ve gone over to Canvas and perused the visual layout, and signed up for another course just to see an example of course layout. I’m feeling utterly clueless about the visual layout — that Graphical User INterface thing that the people who are supposed to be good at this stuff struggle with.  The examples […]

Back in the saddle again!

June 22, 2015


Spent last week riding around Illinois and mostly not looking at computers, tho’ I brought my Transformer and it was handy that night at Carl Sandburg College for scoping out weather and maps and what have you. Time to dive back into the Stuff of Math.   There are summer courses happening but it’s pretty […]

Sometimes stuff works :-)

June 11, 2015


Failed at “turn off the INternet and make stuff” this a.m. and went out and rode the bike fiercely at lunch (having had *coffee,* not tea) and tried to condense the looong drive “psych yourself into really making this count” talk that worked for the presentation into half an hour. I returned and successfully, quickly […]