#1- I write like I speak. However I say something in my head, that is how I type it. It doesn't necessarily impress English teachers. I most likely wouldn't get the highest vocabulary and word usage grade, and I wouldn't pass many rubrics in grammer usage either. But, hopefully you can follow my 'deep' thoughts:)
#2- I'm in my 3rd year as an elementary principal (Preschool-fifth) in Iowa. I grew up a farmer's son and still have that in my blood. How does that relate to this blog? Well, I spent more time with pigs than computers. Couple that with my age (29) and you can see where I fell through the technology cracks. I remember fumbling through the internet at school for the first time in 8th or 9th grade. I only had time for sports when high school hit so I never dove deep into technology.
#3- Starting the 2010-2011 school year, I would have considered myself adequate with technology. My respected elders would consider me very savvy with technology because I can run a computer with great ease, manipulate the main features with technology, and use help functions with great regularity (which makes me look a little better than I really am). But, I continually witnessed all the amazing resources out there and wanted to give it a shot. Excuses, perceived lack of ability, and time all played a part in the constant delay of 'getting started'. Currently, my beautiful wife of 5 years is asleep, my 2 children are quiet in bed, so why not start now?
A quick glimpse of my family that is sleeping soundly. My boy is 2 years old and my daughter is 2 months old in this photo.
#4- I made some 'Technology Goals' at the beginning of the school year:
- Start up a twitter account and actually utilize it. Check.
- Figure out how to use a Mimio. Check. Needs Improvement Though.
- Dive into iPads. Check. Beginning phase still.
- Start a blog. In the process.
#5- Goals for my blog:
- Learn how to create extra pages. Check. Not going to publish until I've got it all figured out though.
- Embed pictures and videos in each page and post. Check, see picture above with lovely wife and kids.
- Create a drop down menu in some of my headings tabs. I've tried...Not even close on this one.
- Come up with cool gadgets that meet my needs of this blog. Not there yet.
#6- Last but not least, my priorities in life are as follows: My faith, my family, and then everything else. I'm not saying that my love and passion for education and specifically my role as a principal isn't important. But, I am pretty upfront with saying that it doesn't hold a candle to my love and passion for Christ and my family. Therefore, this blog not only will be a reflection of my professional love but also my personal passions as well. Hopefully, you enjoy the mix of personal and professional stories and resources in this blog.
#7- Oh yeah, one more thing. I am a proud member of a wonderful organization...Outreach Outdoors. I love hunting, fishing, and pretty much anything outdoors. Outreach outdoors connects the outdoors with spreading the word of Christ. If you are interested, feel free to check us out at: www.outreachoutdoors.com
I'm looking forward to this time of reflection. I have enjoyed learning from others and gaining resources through so many wonderful bloggers and professionals. A global learning community is possible...I'm so excited that I've stepped off the diving board.