Archive for February, 2010

Searchin’ Like It’s 1999

February 24, 2010

I presented “Searchin’ Like it’s 1999” at the 7th Annual Hot Springs Teachers Teaching with TechnologyTM Conference in January.  Most teachers know to search for keywords rather than entire questions.  Some understand how to filter out undesirable results using the Boolean operators And, Or, and Not.  That’s where we were 10 years ago, and that’s where most people still are.  Google offers dozens of specialized search engines and tools to support alternative search strategies that many are unaware of.  At the T3 conference, I introduced Wonder Wheel, Timeline Search, Google Squared, Google Alerts, and the More and Even More links.

Be looking for information about my next presentation at the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology in March!

Reclaimed Property

February 23, 2010

I created this blog over a year ago when I had quite a bit of free time and an insatiable desire to be an active member of the ed tech community.  The desire has not dwindled, but the free time has disappeared almost entirely.  Since my last post I started an additional job as an adjunct instructor at Ouachita Technical College, I took an active role as founding president of Computer Science Teachers Association Arkansas, and I restarted my work on a masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Arkansas State UniversityI’m not dead, yet.

For a while, I still felt connected through Twitter and Facebook.  When I attended the Google Teacher Academy and the Computer Science Teachers Association K12 Workshop at the Grace Hopper Celebration, I used these services to keep in touch with community contacts new and old.  After that, my ed tech social media candle pretty much blew out.

I’m still here, I’m still active, and I hope to add value to this site again soon.