Archive for May, 2008

Digital Literacy

Posted in Educational on May 27, 2008 by Mister A

Digital literacy is something I am learning about.  In my previous post I linked to the page that defined what digital literacy is to me.  It is important because children who lack digital literacy skills are at a definite disadvantage to those who do not.  When I look at my own children, I want them to have every advantage in becoming successful, contributing, and happy members of society.  Recently, I have discovered so many things, and most of them revolve around the importance of the tool that I have sitting in front of me at this very moment.  As I have seen in the project I am collaborating in with Dean Groom of Australia, it is not only a connector of information, but one of people as well…

Blogged with the Flock Browser

What I believe about today’s students/Meet my family

Posted in Educational, Personal on May 22, 2008 by Mister A

I am still not sure why I am blogging but I think I want people to know what I believe and who I am…and I guess if they do not want to know what I believe and who I am…They probably won’t be reading this or watching the awesome video that Animoto made for me for free…below…I love Animoto…If you don’t really care about my family you can click here (James gets an “A”) to read a little bit about what I believe about my students…

My Family

My First Blog

Posted in Educational, Personal on May 19, 2008 by Mister A

On the way to Helena…to the race for the cure…thoughts I had…

Dean taught me a lesson in humility…When developing ideas for a wiki for our students. One idea I had was to start the students off with the question…How can we get Mr. Agamenoni and Mr. Groom to Google Academy. My good friend, Dean reminded me that it is not about me when he said, “The kids don’t care about you.” A lesson in humility from a man 1000’s of miles away in Australia. Just what I needed. Thank you Dean. Therefore, my Blog (wherever I decide to publish it) is not going to be about me, but about how we can change what we are doing in the classroom so students can have access to this endless book of knowledge being written by amazing, incredible, people all over the world. It is not our job to censor, ban, block, and forbid people (children) to read or access this book. It is our job to teach kids how to use it. Something that we need to learn how to do, in most cases, more so than our children. Dean, my friend from Australia, who I met on the island of Jokaydia, is teaching me how to read this book and also, how to write it. My gratitude for my friend, Dean, seems infinite to me as I ride with my family on the way to Helena to remember my Mother.

On a personal note:

The race for the cure in Helena…

I cried for the first time in years today because I miss my mother. So many people are effected by this disease. My friend, Dean, in Australia; My neighbor, Scott, like my son Edin, never was able to meet his Grandma; My friend Becky, whose best friend, Audra, suffers from a similar illness; and one of my students whose name I cannot bring back to memory; all have been impacted by cancer. In fact, I never really realized how many people have been impacted by cancer until today. Instead of rushing to the front of the race as I normally do to ensure that my son runs as fast as he can, I stayed near the rear and watched all the people at the start. Ten minutes had passed and hundreds of people had not yet reached the start line. My vision of this race has definitely changed. It is not about making sure that your son gets the best time, it is about getting together with others and remembering or celebrating the lives of people we love. It was huge, so many people. I almost did not come to Helena today to the Race for the Cure because I felt I had too much to do at home…Thank you, Joanie, for reminding me of what is truly important…

I realize what blogging is all about (I think) now and I plan to update mine regularly…