Thursday, January 28, 2010

Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories -- and maybe, a way forward.

Medieval helpdesk

Does this sound familiar?

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Use VoiceThread in your online classes it is easy to embed into Moodle

Check out this website to make interactive personal timelines!

http://www.ourstory.com/
This site would be great for students to make their own life time line and predictions of their future based on their goals.

Am I at risk


Group warns 'perfect storm' of heart disease looms


I heard on the radio Monday that at the age of 38 I am at risk for high blood pressure. Young Canadians (20 - 39) are not as healthy now as they were just a few years ago. Read and listen to the story here. Then go for a walk!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Online student guitarist



Introducing the "new guy" in the online Math and Science 10 courses.
Wow!
Welcome to the online school Carlin.....rock on!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Getting Things Done

Extreme Makeover of my Online Classes

If you want to try and do an extreme makeover of your online "SPACE" listen to the video by clicking the link below for some inspiration.

http://vimeo.com/2167907

I will be updating people on my progress from my BLOG which I will be linking to this blog every week.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Mobile giving - Canadians text donations


Some call it micro-giving others call it mobile giving but it has helped to raise millions of dollars in just days to help the relief efforts in Haiti. Click here to learn more.

Getting things DONE

Something newSomething different!
PIZZA PARTY (BYOP)
We are inviting online students and teachers to participate in an
EVENING  web conference.
(AKA online school assembly)

Wednesday, January 20 at 7:00-7:30 PM.
Topic: Getting things done
Hosts: David Radchuk and Ted Green

Stop in for a half hour to visit with your teachers and other students.
Find out about the course completion prizes.
You could be one of the lucky winners!
COOL DOOR PRIZES

Log in as a guest through this link-
Type your name, and enter the room
See you there....don't forget!
7:00pm Wednesday

Monday, January 18, 2010

Financial Security, how important is it?


What are the most important things in the lives of people? How important is financial security?

Counting Our Blessings

I was watching CBC footage about the relief efforts in Haiti today during my lunch hour. It quickly dawned on me that I should be thankful I am able to eat lunch and have such structure in my life. The current devastation and chaos is overwhelming for the hospitals and relief efforts Haiti. At this moment there are still people who do not know if family members have survived.

A group of B.C. high school students recently returned home from an International volunteer trip to Haiti. They had arrived 45 minutes before the earthquake hit. It will be interesting to follow these young people and their efforts at home in seeking disaster relief. It is really a marvel how the Internet has been used to get messages and information out.
Emails were sent to the local paper at home requesting assistance in getting out of the country.


Sunday, January 17, 2010

Watch out for cadmium and iron in children's jewellery

Health Canada is onto the issue of toxic metals in children's jewellery. Look here for the story so far.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Whatever you give LIVES

Listen to Chief Frank Paibomsai speak about his career and life in civil engineering.
Frank is is currently Chief at
Whitefish River FN.

It is interesting to hear his perspective about life and his approach to making things happen through planning and designing. The natural engineers (Nishnawbe People) have known about technology and planning for centuries.

He talks about being curious, working hard and not giving up. People studying now are working to become survivors in the future.
Being inquisitive, being caring and kind are critical to being a whole person. He suggests that everything you do you should be passionate about it and care deeply about what you are doing.
You can do whatever you want.
You can be anything you want to be as long as you believe in yourself. You can make your dreams come true. Whatever you give, LIVES. Give your self a chance. Always listen to the good things in life.

Click here to listen

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Being consistent

Yesterday was my day to post something to this blog.
I am kicking myself for missing the opportunity, because on the way to the office I was mulling over in my head what I wanted to write about. Then along came the phone calls and the early morning distractions and the time to write for the blog disappeared. All of a sudden my sense of dependability was out the window. I feel as though I let myself and everyone else down because I made a commitment that I didn't follow through on.
Often if we don't plan to do something it will not get done. Random events occur and eventually the thought about doing what we intended to do has been pushed beneath the rest of our daily activity. Personal time management and organization are critical to completing what we set out to do in life. Debbie's post about setting smart goals is a good example of where to start in planning our lives. There is the big picture with larger objectives, and then there is the daily -I need to get these things done- picture.
If the daily list of -I need to get things done- is unrealistic or unmanageable, we need to adjust and rearrange the list. Developing regular habits that are not interrupted by events around us help to ensure that the essential things that lead to success are happening.
I want to feel successful. I want to be consistent. I want good things to happen. This all means organizing, planning, and following through.

Friday, January 8, 2010

The Time For Self Improvement

By now everyone has made that New Year's resolution. My quess is that it is already broken as what happens for most of us. I believe that the start of a new year and thinking about a resolution gives us time to reflect on where we are at and think a bit about what we want in the new year.
So really what we are doing is "goal setting". Everyone needs a goal to work towards and the new year offers us the opportunity to set a goal to achieve. For some it may be quitting smoking or losing weight, exercising more (These are the most common resolutions). While we have good intentions, why do so many not keep their resolutions. Could it be that there is no plan and therefore no real commitment. A person needs both of these to reach a goal. So try creating a smart goal:
Specific
Measurable
Attainable
Realistic
Timely
Learn how to set SMART goals: Lots of website just type in SMART goals
Try this one for a start: Selfmade Miracle

So try that New Year's resolution again - this time make a plan. Good luck.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Winter Legends

Winter is the time to share Native legends with family and friends. Listen to this Inuit Legend that was put into a children's story called, "A Promise is a Promise" by Robert Munsch. Click on the link to visit the website and download the legend as read by Robert Munsch himself. http://www.robertmunsch.com/playstory.cfm?bookID=43

Thanks Ted for letting me know about this.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Quicktime install

I was told by a reader of my post yesterday that they were unable to open the mp4 video. Click here for some information on installing QuickTime to your computer.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

FireFTP & Jing Tutorials

FTP Jing Button

Our server up and running. We can now send the Jing files that we create directly to it instead of relying on screencast.com. Check out the tutorial for more information.





Creating an URL in FireFTP

If you send something that you have created to FireFTP, then you will probably want to share it. Check out the video to learn more.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Soccer Web Page - Metropolitan Community College - Blue River- Kansas City

This is the web page for the Soccer Program at MCC in Kansas City.

http://mcckc.edu/blueriver/soccer/

Recharging

The year 2010 has arrived. One of the constants in this universe is change. The earth is in constant motion and so are we. In the world of electronic communication, digital devices and shared global knowledge, things continue to move at an incrementally faster pace. Finding balance can be as simple as taking time to breathe. Here is an oxymoron for you..... unplug to recharge.
Is it possible that unplugging to recharge might help us find balance and allow us to stay connected with the natural world?