Sunday, June 15, 2008

If Facebook was real life...

I came across this funny video about how if Facebook was real life, what it would be like. It is quite funny, and a bit disturbing at the same time. Check it out and tell me what you think!

If Facebook were real life I think most of us would be really annoyed with each other, and likely would stay indoors hiding from certain people like the guy in the video! haha!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Reflecting on the last school year

As the year winds down and I am crazy busy getting assignments in, marking, and getting ready for exams, I am torn with wanting this school year to just be over with to begin summer break, and not wanting to leave my job, but the one thing that stays constant is my love for technology and computers. As busy as I am lately, I still find time in my day to play around with my computer. I take my "me" time and put it towards checking out new things in technology. I think that if a person has a passion for learning and an interest in something (for me it is technology), that you find time/make time for keeping that present in your life.

I am new at teaching computers this year, and I have found my passion. I am a shop teacher (PAA) by trade but have begun teaching computers this year and was also the computer network administrator for the school. Of course I was apprehensive in the beginning, but I have found my new path. You know when you graduate from University with your B.Ed. and you feel as though you have all you need. I thought to myself that I would never want or need to go back to school. I had no intention of becoming an administrator, therefore I thought I would be a shop teacher for 30 years and retire and be merry. Plans have changed. My new-found love for technology has sparked my love of learning again! I have new passions that keep me interested, and make me want more. I have new plans of wanting to go back to University and pursue my Masters of Education in Educational Communications and Technology. I am very excited to have come across this area of teaching and happy that it has infected my life. My teaching has improved, my communication skills have improved, and I am generally a more well-connected person. My network has grown tremendously this year and I am grateful for the opportunities that I have received and experiences I have gained this year. Technology has improved my life and allowed me to find a path for my future which makes me happy. All in all, a pretty good year! :-)

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

funny parody of learning and teaching

I just remembered Pcone's feelings of 21st century learning, and was thinking of a way I could depict the sometimes frustrating, sometimes comical times we teachers have in a class when we are trying to teach some "seemingly" easy concepts to the kids. I remembered how Pcone used a Monty Python video, and I thought to myself - Can I find one? I believe I did find a quite funny parody of what life in a classroom when teaching can sometimes be like.....especially near the end....don't think too deeply on this one! :-)

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

More high-tech gadgets I saw and thought I would share

The whole high-tech world is quite interesting to me. When will it ever end? When will it be TOO much? Will it ever be TOO much?

Introducing some cool new gadgets:

1. Multi-Coloured LED Shower

Here is a blurb from the article:

"This metal showerhead lights up jets of water using multi-coloured LED and visually indicates the water temperature by the colour. The water jets are blue if the water temperature is under 27°C and red for burning, if the temperature is over 43°C. I found during my tests that 40°C was the ideal temperature, giving off a light purple hue, letting you shower in a futuristic halo...The showerhead comes with an adaptor that connects directly into your water supply pipe. No need for batteries… the showerhead automatically generates the energy needed using water pressure...No more surprises at 6 a.m. being shocked awake during an icy shower. No more yells from burning water scorching your back. You will know the water temperature without even touching the water. Basically, it’s a bit like a traffic signal for the shower: red means stop, and purple means go. Available at Rakuten for approximately $110"

2. Wake up, wake up, WAKE UP! Alarm Clock

A new invention by guess who - the Japanese! "The Japanese are very strict about punctuality. Being late for work is a serious mistake for your career. Surprisingly, society works precisely according to a schedule, and pressures you to do the same", so they have come up with a way to help get you out of bed in the morning.

Here is a blurb from the article:

"I found this wonderful “flying alarm clock” that has a propeller on top and when the time comes to wake up, the propeller flies to a random place in the room meanwhile the alarm beeps like crazy. In order to turn it off, you must find the propeller and put it back on the clock."

It sells for about $40.

3. Autodestruction
"There are days when everything just goes wrong..."

It is a fun invention that serves no REAL purpose but to make you feel a bit better when you are having one of those days when nothing goes right...

Here is a blurb from the article:

"You can now walk a mile in [the name of your favourite dictator]’s shoes during the Cold War. Enjoy the incomparable satisfaction that comes with destroying your problems (like those incomplete or late projects) or anything else you choose to destroy. The destruction is accompanied by a more or less realistic explosion sound effect.
One thing is for sure: pressing the big red button will not in any way affect the contents of your hard disk. Your files will remain intact, and you will feel fresh and revitalized following this little scenario, which is designed to relieve your angst.
Some readers may question the need for such a gadget. In the end, it’s only a funny designed USB hub, nothing more. To these scoffers, I make the following promise: on that day when everything goes wrong – when you feel like you’re at the end of your rope – pressing this button will surely reduce your stress."

I was just surfing the net and found these neat innovative items and they made me want to share them with you. What do you think of them?

Sunday, June 01, 2008

High-tech innovations....really interesting stuff!

In the food business? Want to cut costs? Go High-tech!

Check out this video about a High-tech restaurant in Nuremberg, Germany. There are some glitches still but in relation to that article I posted before about Shoppers Going High-tech, it is all just around the corner. I'm excited for it to arrive!

Want to get your students interested?? Students at a UCSD re-vamped a soda machine! Biometrics, scanning, soon to be! The Jetsons Here We Come!! :-)