El classico January 20, 2017

El classico

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I inherited an iPod classic this week. I remember getting my first iPod...the way it felt in my hand, the smoothness of the click wheel. It was really amazing to see this little thing hold so much information.

This one is probably a 5th or 6th generation. I need to go back and check the serial number to be sure. But, just like the day it was shipped, it charges and plays whatever I put on it. I'm looking forward to getting to know this little guy.

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Look up

Look up

I spent two days in Chicago with a team of teachers tasked with selecting a device for our districts students. We'd been to two briefings and spent a day debriefing what we'd learned and how it all fit into our vision.

I remember living in a big city. Seoul has 18 million people and it's easy to overlook the little details. The elevator ride up to the briefing room was quiet most of the time because it was early or we were brain fried. I'm glad I took a minute to look up and get a smile out of everyone after two hard day's of work.

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From above… January 18, 2017

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I spent some time in Chicago today and the view was unbeatable.

Did you know that the flow of the Chicago river was reversed? In 1889, the pollution was so significant that the river, which naturally flows into Lake Michigan, was reversed through dredging and a series of locks, so pollutants flowed inland to be treated rather than into the lake. The project was completed in 1900.

Our impact on our surroundings is not insignificant. As a single human being, I may think my footprint is small, but relative to the other things around me, I leave a big impact. So much so that when a group of us get together and decide to stay...well...things happen.

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Those aren’t lips January 17, 2017

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This is a paramecium undergoing fission - a primitive type of asexual reproduction. This little guy lives his entire life as a single cell. when he gets too big and conditions are right, he makes an exact copy which goes off and does its own paramecium things.

Most of my students see lips, which is fair. I don't even mind if they don't see the paramecium. I want them to see that there is more than a glowing screen. I want them to try and think through what it would be like to live as a single cell...even for just a moment.

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It’s in the genes. January 15, 2017

It's in the genes. flickr photo by bennettscience shared under a Creative Commons ( BY ) license

I've got an old Guild acoustic guitar that M likes to take out now and then. She loves music and singing and dancing, which has transferred to her younger sister. She's also fiercely independent, which means I'm not allowed to show her how to hold it.

I think that's been one of the more difficult aspects of parenting: letting the little things go. I want to show her how to do things but I run the risk of doing that at the expense of her experiences and play. She'll be ready, one day, to learn how to play. And if she doesn't, that's okay, too.

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Categories: family

Skylight January 13, 2017

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Habits are a funny thing. Each day, I park in nearly the same parking spot at school - right under the light. In the winter, it's still dark when I get here, but the days are getting brighter. It's amazing that we gain a full minute (sometimes more) per day and that this light will be on fewer and fewer times as I arrive.

We're connected to our world - birds coming and going, plants doing their thing...lights turning off in the morning - and those patterns, as they shift, have an effect.

Winter may only be a few weeks old but as we swing back around the sun, I'm looking forward to the sunlight coming back.

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Array January 12, 2017

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A lot of my work lately has been creating and comparing datasets from professional development workshops. Google Apps Script uses a JavaScript syntax and can pass information back and forth using JSON, so I'm seeing arrays everywhere I look.

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Lights January 11, 2017

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At church, we meet in the gym for the contemporary service because it has a more relaxed feel and is a little more flexible in terms of staging. Every few weeks, the stage lighting changes, and these just showed up.

This is one of the things I struggle with constantly: what does "church" look like? I've had discussions about what kind of mood or atmosphere needs to be present in order to truly worship God. I used to get up in arms over the types of song or what the room looks like. Admittedly, a gym is not really the best place to meet for a number of reasons, but it misses the point.

Jesus specifically says that He - through the Spirit - is present whenever believers gather to worship. Because the Holy Spirit doesn't move me through stage lighting doesn't mean it can't work in someone else.

This year has been one of sacrifice for me. I've worked to let go of some of the constructs I have in place for what church "should" look like. In the end, if Jesus is in the center, it looks right.

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Categories: church

Serious work meeting January 10, 2017

Serious work meeting

As an instructional technology specialist, I spend a lot of time in training meetings. Kat, Wes, and I need to know what student support systems are available to teachers and how to use them. All of this is happening while we're staying on top of incoming support requests.

It's a little crazy, really, because it turns into a mobile command center. We grab a table and open the laptop to the training materials while our iPads and/or phones quietly hum in the background.

The hardest part of all of these meetings is not becoming cynical listening to the low-fruit goals set by the tool. Our role is more to interpret the long-term goals of using our technology intentionally for creative work with these outside systems playing an ancillary role.

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Hi? January 9, 2017


For three months of the year, my garage is clean enough to park in. My wife is gracious enough to let me use the garage, even though she's home with the kids, during winter so I don't have to spend time scraping or brushing on snowy mornings.

This wiffle ball has been hanging from a rafter since before we moved in and I've never replaced it. It isn't even hanging the correct place since we rearranged the shelves, but there he is every day, saying "hi?" before and leave and right when I get home.

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