Saturday, March 28, 2009

My Review of Garmin eTrex Venture HC GPS Receiver


With a new high-sensitivity chipset, the Garmin Venture HC GPS receiver helps you get off the beaten path without losing your signal.

Great GPS to use with young folks

Dowbiggin San Jose, CA 3/28/2009


4 5

Gift: No

Pros: Accurate, Reliable Reception, Large Screen, Intuitive Menu

Best Uses: Geocaching, Hiking

Describe Yourself: Enthusiast

How are you with directions: Great w/Directions

I bought twenty of these to use with students in grades four and up. The kids learn how to use them super-quick, and they navigate the menus with no trouble at all within minutes. Many adults take a bit longer, but once they get the hang of it, they're "in." I find that it did not take long to set the units up to have the menus and pages I wanted. A few times the kids went in and changed things (it's THAT easy to do) before I got a chance to tell them not to do so.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Video for Instruction: PHOTOgraphy FUNdamentals

For my EDTEC 572 class, I needed to make a video from stills, music, and text. I decided to create something I can use with my 7th graders, based on a new project I did with them this past year. I even used some of their work in the video.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Need opinions for my next podcast

I think the topic of my next podcast episode (What Your Child's Teacher Wants You to Know About Your Kid) is going to be on the topic of computers and the Internet in children's bedrooms.

I want to know YOUR opinion about this. When you comment, please let me know if you are a teacher, parent, (or both or neither), or a student. Telling me your age helps if you are under 40. No one under 40 should ever have to speak their age aloud. (Haha, just kidding!)

Here's my question: Should a child have Internet access in his or her bedroom? Does a child need his or her own computer? At what age should this privilege begin? How do you handle this in your family?

Sunday, March 01, 2009


So I decided to go ahead and start creating a podcast. I sure hope I have the time and energy to stick with it.

The title of the podcast is "What Your Child's Teacher Wants You to Know About Your Kid" and the first episode is online. It's about the book Mindset by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.

My Podcast Alley feed! {pca-8740262dbfabc07ade9a982a956b2875}


Not sure which of these links is more reliable yet. I also submitted it to iTunes.

I'd love to know what people think.