Week 5, Thing 11 Ning

I joined Classroom 2.0, a Ning for teachers involved in computer teaching. I found an answer to my widget problem. With the proper amount of thought and imagination, it turns out widgets are extremely useful for classroom computer use. In fact, one teacher has been hard at work creating this very useful site, full of […]

Week 5, Thing 11

I chose to investigate widgets, mainly because I wanted to know what in tarnation these things were, and how they could possibly be useful. So I went to yourminis.com and springwidgets.com to get a sense of this tool. After an hour plus of noodling around, here’s what I’ve picked up: What’s a widget? Since neither […]

Week 5, Things 10-10b

After the self-satisfied dust settled, I got to thinking about the usefulness of these apps with elementary-age children. For instance, how would making a magazine cover digitally be an improvement over the spatial and compositional learning that goes on when one uses a pencil, a ruler, markers or colored pencils, scissors, and one’s eyes? Not […]

Week 5, Thing 10: My magazine cover

My magazine, originally uploaded by goldhams. Well, this was great fun. I am not considering a career switch to graphic layout, however, as my aesthetic is way antique. Uh, make that Classic. Plus factors: basic layout provided, font sizes, colors. controllable experimentation, easy to edit. Minus: I didn’t discover any, other than I could see […]

Killaloe: July 11-13

The road to Killaloe began with the dramatic scenery offered from the Caha Pass (N71): stony, mist-wrapped mountains plunging to green dales, blue peaks in the distance. You could almost hear the pipes calling. Coming and calming down off the hills, we came to Kenmare (another Tidy Town winner!) on market day. Plenty of traffic, […]

Driving & the Beara Peninsula-July 7-10

Took possession of a Peugeot rental at the airport, avoiding street traffic, thank God. Larry is left-side driving a manual, and I am co-pilot. Nina is holding her breath in the back seat. The first 20km are a body-tensing experience, navigating the roundabouts, the narrow roads, the hedgerows, and the other drivers (who are very […]

Cork: July 5 & 6

Our brief encounter with Cork was engaging. After the three hour train ride from Dublin, we were whisked up to our hotel by a cabbie whose English was pretty unintelligible-okay, let the adventure begin! Our hotel, on a hill,a former hospice for Protestants, was a tarted-up Victorian brick building. Great views, and a healthy walk […]

Dublin-fast impressions

We’ve been here for 5 days, experiencing the Celtic Tiger, Irish weather, Irish hospitality, Irish food, and the usual travelers’ dilemnas: what to see, how to get there, when to eat. The Tiger At €8.65 ($12) per hour, the minimum wage reflects the high cost of living here. We are having the enlightening experience of […]