Wednesday, May 31, 2006

World Wide Web...not!

The world wide have-nots significantly out number the haves in the digital arena.

Richard MacManus pointed me to some staggering stats:

Worldwide Internet Penetration is just 15%

Jump over to his site and look at the inequities.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006


Yahoo owns Flickr this is a result...TagLines.

Monday, May 29, 2006


Wikipedia and Google maps converge with WikiMapia. You identify the places seen from the satelites & then make the links to Wikipedia.

Mapsjust keep gettin cooler and cooler!

Friday, May 26, 2006

Teacher support through Wikis

We have a model where teachers on special assignment provide support to classroom teachers, this year we call them Building Learning Specialist and next year their roles will change to provide more content support and their title will reflect a coaching model.

I'm excited about how they are beginning to organize and use a wiki to share information between themselves. Check it out it's on The PB Wiki.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

I enjoy horsing around with new web apps. is my latest. I know a little about a lot of things but not a lot about one thing...this is no exception to that rule.

They even have a group for EduBloggers...very interesting idea...still not sure what I will do with it.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Martha Stewart & MySpace Knockoffs

Reuters reports:
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia said Tuesday that it plans to start an online social network similar to, but aimed at adult women.
JibJib Media's attempt at a MySpace knockoff is JokeBox and C/Net lists Sisterwoman as another similar MySpace knockoff designed for women over 21.

I just don't think they'll catch on like Myspace did.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

AIM Pages

AIM on AOL/America Online has 195 million users... AOL is now trying to tap into those users and compete with MySpace by offering AIM pages. Only time will tell... I think they are too late.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Tablet PC

What Tablet would you recommend for a principal?

Friday, May 19, 2006


I found 31 blogs from Presbyterian Pastors...I can't imagine how many more there are on the blogospere! ...and here's my pastor...Full Court Presby

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Where were you...

... at 8:32 am PDT Sunday morning, May 18, 1980 when Mount St. Helens erupted 26 years ago today?

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Screen Recording Recommendations?

Any recommendations?
Others? What's best? Your thoughts?

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Dopa...I don't like it!

DOPA is not the answer!

What do you think?

Monday, May 15, 2006

Virtual High School

Insight School of Washington is Washington's newest high school diploma granting institution.

The Seattle PI gives a good description with these parent infomation meeting dates:

  • Federal Way, 6 to 8 p.m., June 1, Comfort Inn, 22311 84th Ave S.
  • Kent, 6 to 8 p.m., June 2, Comfort Inn, 22311 84th Ave. S.
  • Seattle, 10 a.m. to noon, June 3, Silver Cloud Inn, 1150 Fairview Ave. N.
  • Seattle, 3 to 5 p.m., June 3, Ramada Inn Northgate, 2140 N. Northgate Way.
  • Bellevue, 10 a.m. to noon, June 4, Silver Cloud Inn Eastgate, 14632 S.E. Eastgate Way.

  • Federal Way has offered online options for 10 years but this is the first to offer a diploma.

    Friday, May 12, 2006

    Atlas & Maps

    You should know by now, I'm a sucker for a cool map program. Atlas is my favorite map this week. I wish I was smart enough to figure out how to add my GPSr and cell phone...can I guy get some help?

    Thursday, May 11, 2006

    Pride in your Work!

    Great work at the new Fruitland Elementary IDF.

    Kudos to Lonny Moore, Preston Gallwas, and Michael Bodette (student intern)!

    & Praise from the customer:
    Great work on the project. The staff was thrilled to have connectivity so quickly. Many thanks to Lonny and his crew for taking staff requests for hot locations, and providing excellent customer service. Once again, he has provided fabulous service.
    Thanks crew,

    Wednesday, May 10, 2006

    Parents Want Help!

    Over 200 parents came to our internet safety and MySpace event. It was a huge success.

    King 5 TV from Seattle was there too and we were on the nightly Seattle news and we should be on the "UpFront with Robert Mak" show this weekend.

    Here are some of the resources mentioned at the event:
    BSafe (From Andrew's Disk)
    PC Tattletale (From Andrew's Disk)
    A Guide for Parents from OSPI ( From Andrew's Handout)
    Keeping Kids Safe Online
    Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use
    Cheat Sheet for Parents
    Dearborn Pulic Schools

    My information can be found at Protopage.

    Our planning documents can be found at WikiSpaces.

    Based on the response you can expect another event soon!

    Parents want our help!

    Tuesday, May 09, 2006

    My Space Event

    Tonight we'll host a Parent Information Forum on Internet Safety and MySpace.

    6:30 Pm
    Rogers High School
    Performing Arts Center

    Check out the planning details on this WikiSpace.

    Check out my part of the evening on my ProtoPage.

    Check out my previous MySpace post here. (2/23/06)

    We'll probably have Seattle News coverage... This should be interesting.

    Monday, May 08, 2006

    Breaking New Ground

    I attended our ground breaking ceremony today for our next Elementary School #22.

    The real name should be decided soon.

    #23 ground breaking is scheduled for tomorrow.

    Boundaries have been established and planning principals appointed.

    This is getting exciting!

    Friday, May 05, 2006

    New Superintendent in Sandpoint.

    Lake Pend Orielle gets a good one.

    Dick Cvitanich
    has been a awesome man to work for over the last 2 years.

    The folks in Sandpoint will be very pleased with the new Superintendent!

    Good Luck Dick... You'll be missed.

    Thursday, May 04, 2006


    This guy makes me think...I bet he was an elementary teacher!

    Takes one to know one.

    Wednesday, May 03, 2006

    Web 2.0 Resource

    Here's a great free online book "Coming of Age".

    I read it last week and found it to be a very helpful resource.
    "The main objectives of this free publication are first to inspire teachers to want to try some of these "new tools" (web 2.0) for themselves and with their classes, and then to provide practical advice and guidance on how to do so."
    Thanks for providing the resource!...and free makes it even better!

    Tuesday, May 02, 2006

    Great Day in Renton

    Who would have thought a room full of people singing the theme song from Gilligan's Island could have so much fun!

    Ann, Lori and Steve having a great time eLearning.

    Here are the links I promised...

    This morning's keynote: Thumbstacks (includes links to all sites I mentioned)

    My afternoon session using Protopage.

    The social bookmarks also includes all the websites I talked about today.

    Jeff Allen's blog and Where in Washington website.

    Conn has a great blog too!

    Please leave me a comment with your constructive feedback, viewpoint, criticism, cool thing you learned today...CONTRIBUTE!

    Monday, May 01, 2006

    Uploading: Flattener #4

    I'll be talking with a group of educators and instructional tech leaders tomorrow at the eLearning showcase at the new Puget Sound Educational Support District center in Renton, WA.

    To kick off the day of exploration; Conn and Anne asked me to "keynote" for 30 - 45 minutes on the hot topic of Web 2.0.

    I've decided to focus our discussion...and I hope it will be a discussion...on Uploading as defined in the recently released "updated and expanded" version of Thomas Friedman's The World is Flat.

    I was the first to buy his updated version the day it arrived at our local Borders. I had read the first version and wondered how Mr. Friedman would handle the new flattener of Uploading. It turns out that his original Outsourcing section is expanded to include Uploading.

    Friedman reveals that he reads blogs daily to get his information and he used Wikipedia as a source for his book. Both his daily blog fix and this Wikipedia trust can be be found in both editions.

    He credits his inspiration for this Uploading notion to Wired Magazine's article, "We Are The Web." He titles the section "Harnessing the Power of Communities" and he divides the piece into 4 sections:
    1. Community Developed Software
    2. Community Developed Answers
    3. Blogging: Uploading News & Commentary (w/ mention of Podcasting)
    4. Wikipedia: Community Uploaded Content

    Finally he states that Uploading has the potential to be the most disruptive Flattener even though the number of Uploaders is still relatively small.

    I have 25 examples of Uploading to discuss; all have been Uploaded in a ThumbStack presentation which I'll use to guide the discussion.

    I'd be curious to hear what you think...seriously.

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