It’s been a busy week!

IMG_9100b First I got sick, then I went to the ASTE Conference and learned tons of cool stuff.  Then I got home and had to work on grades.   The big theme of ASTE, for me was Web 2.0.  And I really want to get the book with that name written by by Gwen Solomon and Lynne Schrum (pictured at right during her keynote address).  The new ‘tool’ I want to get is a Motion Computing LE1700.  I may wind up getting the LE1600 first, as it can be purchased at a fairly good price in comparison.  I could always use the older model to loan out to students so that they could create lessons, I suppose.  My favorite speaker for the week was Angus King, former Governor of Maine who is well known in educational technology circles as having succeeded in getting the 1-1 laptop-student ratio program going in the 7th & 8th grades in Maine.

The tough part of leaving is not being with the family and then having to catch up on everything: visiting, spending time with the boys, projects around the house, catching up with the spousal unit.  Shoveling snow and grading papers, of course go without saying during the school year.

IMG_9910b On the bright side, I did get to spend a bit of time with Jack & Jennifer’s family in Anchorage.  I’ve been having some pain in my knee so I decided to get some new footwear to use on my trek to and from school.  I opted for a pair of Vasque hiking boots that came highly recommended by my brother Jack that have Vibram soles.  I really like the added ankle support of a well made boot. As you can tell by the smile on John Caleb’s face, he loves the new water proof boots as well.