Pointers to some great recordings and resources from NECC.

Thank you to Steve Hargadon for making an mp3 of the presentation that Adam Frey and I did about wikis in education.

Some other great listens:

I met Doug Johnson of the Blue Skunk Blog and was, well, totally impressed. Here is a podcast of his lecture, Classrooms and Libraries for the Net Generation. I listen to Doug as do many.

There are a lot of other great podcasts I haven’t gotten to yet on the Official podcast channel of NECC and the webcasts are just being posted.

Why I will be quiet for a bit

If I seem quiet, I am. Those who follow me on Twitter, know that my grandmother has taken a turn for the worse (it started the Sunday of NECC), and pretty much any breath could be her last.

It puts things in perspective so I have been been spending time with my kids, my family, and just spending a bit of time alone to think and grieve. We are a very close family and although we knew it was coming, it doesn’t make it any easier.

And, although my blog ranking will inevitably suffer (as it already has– it happens when one blogs a little less frequently thus generating less links) — then so be it. This is about ranking first things first. My family and my own internal psyche have to come before my blog.

Some of my own personal favorites from this blog

So, to those of you who are recent subscribers or missed these posts. I’ve pulled out a few of my personal favorites and those that you responded most to. Interestingly, comments and ripples in the blogosphere are highly correlated (but not always) with the amount of time I put into the articles. The pieces I have put a * by represent more than 3 hours of work. (For those who look at things like this.)

These give you some things to look on. Each year, I come up with my year’s best posts and these are from the list.

The Present is a Present

I hope you’re taking time to spend with your family — the present is a present we should not neglect — the eyes of one you love full of that spark and gleam are not guaranteed tomorrow but are to be savored and loved today.

I will check in with you soon — if I’m quiet a while, it is because I have to be. I will return soon enough and hope that some readers will hang around while I’m on a bit of a hiatus to be with my family.

Keep the faith.

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11 thoughts on “Pointers to some great recordings and resources from NECC.

  1. My thoughts are with you and your family as you go through this most difficult time. I know how difficult this time is as I lost my mother this past Christmas morning. She was my best friend and I think of her all the time. Take the time you need we’ll be here when you return.

  2. My thoughts are with you and your family as you go through this most difficult time. I know how difficult this time is as I lost my mother this past Christmas morning. She was my best friend and I think of her all the time. Take the time you need we’ll be here when you return.

  3. Sorry to hear your grandmother is so ill. What a privilege still to have a grandmother at this stage in your life! My own grandparents all survived until I was well into adulthood, too, with the last one finally passing away just a few years ago. My husband, on the other hand, only ever knew one grandparent, and he died when my husband was just 6 or 7 years old. Grandparents can be such a blessing. Treasure this time with yours and we’ll see you when things get back onto an even keel for you – go do important stuff, this can wait!

  4. I hear and I empathize.

    Family first.

    Take care yourself and your loved ones.
    They are your past, present and future.

  5. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. I’ve received a lot of kindness through my twitter feed as well.

    Granny went home to be with the Lord last night at 1 am. We are moving ahead with plans. Have to be strong to sing at the funeral and graveside. Thank you all.

  6. I seem to gravitate to teacher blogs….I guess it’s because my wife is a middle school teacher in Simi Valley CA and hear all of the complaints.

    Blogs seem to be a great outlet for all of the frustration that teachers experience; Unappreciated, underpaid, abused, mistreated, and probably the most valued commodity there is!!!

    I would like to invite you to take a look at my site; it gets high marks from the teacher community. It is pure “positivity.” Anyways, the url is http://mondaymorningpower.blogspot.com If you come by, leave a comment so that I know you were there. I believe our blogs are complimentary. If you like what you see I would like to propose a link swap. Let me know if you agree by leaving me a comment; just be nice.

    Of course you have much more important matters to attend to right now. I am going through something similar with my mother.

    Take care,

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