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The Last Lecture

After spending the entire weekend in the hospital with my father who is suffering from pancreatic cancer and heart disease, I tried to find an answer or perhaps a possible solution of why is this happening to my Dad at the young age of 70 years old. I yearned for a tangible sense of calming and inner peace to ease my stress as well, so after sneaking away from the hospital for a quick bit to eat with my husband and to reacquaint myself with him after many days of separation, I decided to stop at the local book store before heading back to the hospital. After searching through the book shelves for a few minutes I came across the book titled "The Last Lecture." I saw the You Tube video last April while chairing the WEMTA conference- and this flooded back many memories and tears swelled within my eyes- because this was the weekend my Dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I knew then I needed to read this to calm my nerves and gain a better understanding of how I could p…

Life Stream You Say?

Monday morning greetings on this beautiful day in September. The birds are singing, the fish are jumping in the bay- but for some odd reason there is know sign of sunshine at this point- just a grey cloudy overcast- but that won't ruin our day ! I had the wonderful opportunity again this weekend of teaching a professional learning community of 28 learners earning their master's degree in professional development. Several questions arose around the scope of Web 2.0 tools and building your own "digital ecosystem" to have resources, collaborative networks and tools at your finger tips. One way to address these pondering questions but to get startin on building your own digital ecosystem is to first try and dive into the Web 2.0 tool world, and try out the different functionality of blogs, wikis, and life stream applications. My current web presence as you are reading from is built upon the foundation of a blog, but supported with rich resources of Web 2.0 tools an…

Digital Citizenship for the 21st Century

Greeting CESA #7 Educators and Administrators!

This blog post is dedicated to everyone that truly is passionate about 21st learning environments promoting digital citizenship skills, ethics and instilling the same technology values. I am pleased to be a keynote presenter during the Lighthouse Academy to share my expertise on this specific topic, but at the same time value the opportunity to learn from peers on how they are addressing the very same issues and talking points within their school district environments around the world. Please feel free share your view points how we as educators and administrators within our K-12 environment's can address these digital citizenship issues and make a positive impact with our digital native students, parents, community members, and school personnel.

Naomi