This week I am exploring my digital world through the lens of Google’s Chromebook. Our school has brought in one machine to test for next year. This may become our platform and/or device for our High School 1:1 program (Acer C710). My only issue continues to be getting used to this keyboard. The keys feel fine – I can type freely…but it’s the Shift and Return/Enter buttons that catch me. They are small and one key farther to the outside of the keyboard than I am used to.
Like day 1, day 2 was very positive. I did have to open my MBP and I will explain my reasoning below.
Hello blog. Yes, it’s been a while. And, with May being my busiest month of the school year (ending this year and planning for the next), I am forcing myself to reflect in a tangible way by typing and publishing my ongoing thoughts.
Three years ago our campus school was the recipient of a pilot project to embark on a 1:1 program. Our sister-school, Heritage Christian Online School provided us with 67 netbooks for our campus students in Grades 10-11-12. Three years in, our machines have lasted longer than most of us thought they would.
Well, we have just received word that funding is present for new machines next year. What a blessing!
The question is this – what machines will we go with for the next three years?
Quick options include:
Netbooks again…but they aren’t making these machines any more…and if we go this route the machines would be two years old out of the box…and it’s dead tech…and they will require large amounts of IT…and the 10′ screen is just so small… Continue reading →
For many of us, Easter brings many memories and family traditions. Mine are full of ham, chocolate egg hunts, and having a special family breakfast with coloured eggs.
This year though, similarly at Christmas, my wife and I are realizing that we are now defining and instigating our traditions for our young family.
My wife has started that by baking Paska. Here is a picture of her work. Isn’t it great!
Easter Sweet Bread
But, as I reflect on Easter I cannot help but think how ‘easy’ I have it. I mean, I take Easter for granted…I take Jesus’ death and resurrection for granted…I take those first few days after the first Easter for granted. John 21:1-14 helps me consider what it might have been like for those disciples days after that first Easter.
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Is there a more beautiful example of a snap judgement? This is the gift of training and expertise – the ability to extract an enormous amount of meaningful information from the very thinnest slice of experience. To a novice, that incident would have gone by in a blur. But it wasn’t a blur at all. Every moment – every blink – is composed of a series of discrete moving parts, and every one of those parts offers an opportunity for intervention, for reform, and for correction. Gladwell’s Blink p.241
The above quote was the final paragraph in a piece about a Police Officer who, in the moment, decided not to shoot a young offender who pulled a gun. This is a powerful paragraph on its own. Yet, in my mind, it is also serves as a fitting summary for Blink. In understanding and trusting our instantaneous responses to stimuli, [in addition to Police Officers, Gladwell references Firefighters, Improv Teams, even Voters] we must move towards self-reflection and self-training to best partner with our impulse thoughts leading to decisions.
This is my first 20-in-’12/’13 book review…and I even hesitate to call it a review. Really, it is not a review. My reviews will not be exhaustive. They are not a replacement for the book. Rather, they are my quick take on what stuck out in my mind. It’s a flashback for what was meaningful to me. Please hear me – right or wrong – they are my take-a-ways.