Thursday, June 25, 2009

Learning in the 21st Century

Just heard this fabulous presentation called Shifting Literacies: The case for the 21st Century Classroom--AMAZING!!
Here are some of the things I wrote down
"Kids have more power in their pockets(with cell phones) than the Apollo 11 astronaunts in their capsule yet in schools we block them from using them--why would they want to be part of our school"

"An effective citizen in the 21st century needs different kinds of literacy"

The amount of original programming in the over the 3 major networks in 21 years is equal to the amount of original programming on youTube in 2 months.

"Literacy means being able to consume and produce the media forms of the day"--Jason Ohler

"No generation has ever been more prepared for the industrial age"--David Warlick

Shift Happens has a lot of this info and the Did You Know Presentation about what 21st century needs and learning are.

Wiki of the session
Speaker Karl Fisch's Blog

I left with my head spinning about what I have not done for my students and how I plan to fix it! Thanks Karl!

I heart google maps!

I am at a technology conference and I went to a session to learn about google maps, we learned how to make our own maps and include our pictures in the placemarkers to share with friends--very cool. Click on the placemarkers for more info and the pictures! Here is my first attempt with our trip to Jamaica!

View Jamaica--Ya Mon!! in a larger map

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

cool teacher stuff

So I am at the Technology in Education Conference and there are a lot of sessions about 21st Century Learning. Here are some cool things I have found here at the conference so far!

Monday, June 22, 2009

etsy finds

I was searching for some earrings to go with a great purple dress I bought for a wedding--and found some necklaces as well.

My read this weekend

Halfway to Heaven: My White-knuckled--and Knuckleheaded--Quest for the Rocky Mountain High Halfway to Heaven: My White-knuckled--and Knuckleheaded--Quest for the Rocky Mountain High by Mark Obmascik

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
I am not a mountain climber, or even much of a hiker but I loved this book. It is the story of a newspaper reporters quest to climb Colorado's 14ers. He tells his hiking stories along with the history of the mountains and their namesakes as wells as the geology of the Rocky Mountains.

View all my reviews.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Jamaica Pictures--Adventures we had

Did the dolphin touch at Dolphin Cove Kevin also snorkeled with sting rays. It was so worth the 3 hour drive to Ocho Rios to be able to have this experience.

We parasailed through the resort--our camera only had 1 picture left. After being picked up on our dock we floated in the boat for about 30 minutes as they ran out of gas and we had to wait for more. It was so awesome to be up in the air as the boat sped along the coast of the beaches of Negril.

We went snorkeling through our resort, very cool--we ended up being the only 2 going out that morning. They gave us bread and the fish would eat right out of your hand. The guide also took us over to a sunken cannon and anchor.

We also climbed Dunn's River Falls so amazing. You start at the ebach and with a guide climb to the top. Our guide Tami was amazing she took everyone's camera and paused at several times along the route to pose us for pictures. Definitely a unique thing to do if you go to Jamaica.

We also went horseback riding at Rhode Hall Plantation. We went up a mountain and then along the beach, they then resaddled our horses and we swam with them in the ocean--it was pretty amazing.

We also went to the world famous Rick's Cafe and watched the cliff divers and beautiful sunset.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Shared photo book from Amy

My computer is too old to load software from blurb or MyPublisher or any other digital scrapbooking program I found but having used Shutterfly in the past I knew I would get a good quality book. Now they have these scrapbook type layouts that make it so easy--prompts so I knew which pictures would fit and allowed me space to journal our trip!

Click here to view this photo book larger

Jamaica Pictures--What we Packed

A great collection of sundresses from Ann Taylor Loft, Loft Outlet, and Gap outlet

Bikini and cabana dress from Victoria's Secret and not pictured here a great bikini and tank suit from Land's End

My fair husband had 3 of these UV Skinz to protect him from the sun. I also had one in pink--these shirts rock. If you are going to be in the sun, you should consider getting one!

A small selection of sunscreens--these small wipe on ones from Neutrogena rock!
more to come tomorrow...

Sunday, June 14, 2009

One Year ago today...

I was putting this gorgeous dress on and having my hair and makeup done...

...posing with my amazing bridesmaids--Karen, Tracy, and Stacy...

...seeing my husband, Kevin, at the altar...

...crying over my amazingly beautiful flowers(Thanks Dawn!!)...

...laughing with my family...

...gazing at my new husband awe of my gorgeous cake(Thanks Kelley!!)...

...posing for a million beautiful pictures that I am in awe of daily (Thanks Jackie!)...

...laughing and crying at my sister's toast...

...breaking into the chicken dance during our Father-Daughter Dance...

...hitting the dance floor with family and friends...

...and enjoying becoming Mrs. Kevin Deschamp!

All these pictures were taken by our wonderful photographer-_Jacqueline Green!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

A samll selection of Honeymoon Photos





My computer is acting up so these are just a teaser! We went horeseback riding at Rhodes Hall Plantation, we even got to swim with our horses! The other pictures are from Dunn's River Falls--we climbed the waterfall and stopped along the way with our guide for some great pictures!
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Thursday, June 4, 2009

We are honeymooning in....

JAMAICA!!! AS I write this I have spent the early morning sipping coffee and reading my book on the beach in Negril!! It is beautiful and peaceful. So Marie-Etta you win!! I will have tons of pictures when we get back!!