Thursday, August 4, 2011
Friday Fragments, Episode #157
I can't believe how much I have learned this week.
***I have learned how to hyperlink cells in Google Spreadsheets (an amazingly-cool trick!), which will allow me to go totally paperless when it comes to communicating with staff about my special needs students. I also learned that I'll be able to use Google Docs to perform a normally-very-tedious task in less than half the time, and that makes me very happy, because that's one task I can't stand (It's a report I have to write a few times a year.)
***I learned to use Google Voice (which I hadn't even heard of until yesterday. It took a long time to set up but is a fantastic tool. With Google Voice, I can now give parents a phone number that will ring on both my classroom phone, as well as my cellphone, without them knowing my cell number! This also means that I can make phone calls to parents from home or in my car on the way home from school without having to use a "Private Number" (which makes them not pick up). If enough of you are interested, I'll do a Tech Tuesday post on that.
***I learned that now, in a new version of Gmail, there are some amazing shortcuts. If you forget them, you just type "?" and the list pops up.
***I got connected with more than ten leaders in the field of education (on Google+) and therefore learned about the #140edu Conference, which I was able to watch via Ustream ALL DAY. Seriously--It was so inspiring that I couldn't tear myself away from it. Except for the zits, bullies, and homework, I would SO love to be in about sixth grade right now--Kids are going to be doing such incredible things with technology and Problem-Based-Learning in schools in the next several years.
***I've learned that I have a new colleague (Mr.M), who I'll be working closely with at school (team-teaching three classes), and I'm excited to say he is young, full of enthusiasm, and loaded with potential. (He fits in nicely with our team!)
***I learned that I am going to have to work a lot of hours in the next few weeks if I want to hit the ground running (and not trip and fall on my face) when I go back to school in a few weeks.
***I learned that you can get a nice, digital camera for $20 on Craigslist. (Kendall broke hers.)
***I learned (purely through observation, mind you) that a lot of people can't stand gifs! Honestly, I rarely saw them until I joined Google+. Some people like to post them, and they don't bother me at all, but a lot of people apparently abhor them. (If that includes you, close your eyes! Here comes a gif, just for fun!)
***I also learned the value of presentation. Weeks back, I shared that my sister Judy started a cake pop business (and asked you to please Like her Facebook page, hint hint. If you did, thanks!) Since then, she has been very busy creating beautiful cake pops for all kinds of events. Last weekend, she brought these to a Home & Garden show in Tulsa, and I just had to share them, because the presentation was wonderful and resulted in long lines of people at Judy's table. [Okay, I confess. I didn't just learn this one. I just wanted to find a way to say NICE JOB, Judy!!! WooHoo!]
***Finally (and this is serious), I just learned a few minutes ago that one of my students from this year got hit by a car last week and is still in ICU, not doing well. Please pray for B and his mom, J. Gotta run.