The Kneighborhood Annex

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Our school’s first webcast has been produced.  For two teachers who didn’t really know what they were doing (me and someone else), I think it came out really good.  I see the next one being better.   There were some segments that didn’t make the cut due to technical difficulties.  We definitely need a microphone, but I don’t see a place to plug one into the camera.

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As I age, I feel a need to get every aspect of my life organized. It is funny because when I was in high school, college, and even a little after college, I was a mess!  Now, my desk, my bills, my coupons, my nightstand, everything needs to be in order for my mind to be at ease.  Sometimes, I can’t even leave school until my classroom is organized.  That way, when I walk in the next morning there isn’t a mess.   I’m sure many people are like this.

Just recently, I’ve been making lists for everything.  I’ve be creating little checklists and as I check things off, a sense of accomplishment comes my way.  Some days the lists are small and easy to finish.  Love those days!!  I generally keep these post-it checklists on my notebook for school so they stare me in the face throughout the day.  I can’t avoid them.

I’ve come across some websites that help me in my organization:

  • jott – This site was great until they started making you pay.  Jott allowed you to dial their number and add to your list on the go.
  • Remember the Milk – RTM lets you create multiple lists, set priorities for tasks, due dates, repetitions, and much more.  There is a pro version you can upgrade to, but I don’t think it is necessary.  You can even link it to your twitter account!!
  • Dial2Do – As an alternative to jott, dial2do allows you to use your cell phone to do many things.  You can record reminders, write emails, text message…the list goes on.  Everything is voice to text, so speak clearly.  You can also update your twitter account and your remember the milk tasks.

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My wife just joined twitter.  I’m trying to explain it to her, but I can’t put it into words.  Often times when I explain the concept to people, they say…”why would I ever want to do that?”  I believe that twitter can be used for good or for evil.

For good: Sharing helpful information with people.  I follow a lot of educators and ask my network for help most of the time.  I offer websites and different strategies to whoever is listening.

For evil: Sharing every minute of your day.  No one cares that you just ate breakfast or you sneezed 5 times today.  If you do share that, you can at least share a recipe for your breakfast or the webmd link for your sneeze attacks.