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Classic Text Messages from Our Girls

September 25th, 2014 · No Comments

Oh these make us smile as parents, for different reasons.

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Tags: littlesister · sister · technology

Is real Life the Sane as Minecraft?

June 15th, 2014 · No Comments

This is a video that I found while I was watching another video on YouTube. While I was watching it, I got me to thinking about it. What really is my goal in Minecraft and in the real world?

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Tags: computer-game · littlesister · technology · youtube


May 14th, 2014 · 2 Comments

This is a video I showed my dad today in the car, and he said it was really catchy and that I should post it. So, here yall are! By the way, this is a ‘Brony’ [ bro that likes ponies ] fan video by The Living Tombstone on Youtube. (This is a comment by […]

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Tags: littlesister · technology · youtube

Eliminating the Television

February 24th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Do you remember when you used to go outside and play until dark? In the twenty-first century many children’s lives are centered around the television. They watch it when they wake up in the morning until they go to sleep at night. If I had the power to eliminate any invention in the world it […]

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Tags: english · school · sister · technology

Science Love Note

September 24th, 2013 · No Comments

Rachel wrote this note to me last night about YouTube.com/ASAPscience. Coincidentally, she discovered it as a related YouTube video on her sister’s account, and I discovered it today via Richard Byrne’s post.

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Tags: littlesister · technology

Are Aliens Out There? Of Course!

February 17th, 2013 · 4 Comments

This afternoon I watched the TEDx talk, “Seth Shostak: ET is (probably) out there — get ready.” I totally agree with what Seth says about the statistical probability / near certainly of extra-terrestrial life and intelligence being “out there” in space. I also agree with his point that we need to focus on getting kids […]

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Tags: littlesister · science · technology

How to make an igloo in Club Penguin

February 9th, 2013 · No Comments

I just made a 10 min. screencast today using Screenflow. It’s a ‘how to’ video for Club Penguin. It’s so cool!

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Tags: games · littlesister · technology

A Tour of Club Penguin (February 2013)

February 3rd, 2013 · 1 Comment

In this screencast, 10 year old Rachel takes us on a guided tour of Club Penguin. I asked Rachel to do this because this morning, she shared how she had created an igloo to be like a funeral scene for a puffin in the game. The father of one of Rachel’s older sister’s friends died […]

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Tags: games · littlesister · technology · youtube

Plants versus Zombies

November 10th, 2012 · No Comments

Plant versus Zombies is a game that you can download to your smart phone or iPhone. It is a very fun game!

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Tags: games · littlesister · technology

Minecraft Music Video Parodies

April 7th, 2012 · 4 Comments

This week as I was looking through my minecraft youtube videos, as I often do, I found these really awesome videos made by a youtuber named CaptainSparklez. He has spent a lot of time on these as well as bringing in to do the Parodies and some of the animating. They are some of the best […]

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Tags: brother · creation · technology · video · youtube

Treasure Island: Free Audio Book Version

June 26th, 2011 · No Comments

“Treasure Island” is available as a free, public domain audiobook via LibriVox in the United States. Use the links below to directly load mp3 versions of each chapter on your mobile phone. Chapters 1-2 Chapters 3-4 Chapters 5-6 Chapters 7-8 Chapters 9-10 Chapters 11-12 Chapter 13 Chapter 14 Chapter 15 Chapter 16 Chapter 17 Chapter […]

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Tags: books · technology · travel

How I recived extra money from youtube

April 6th, 2011 · 5 Comments

Back in ’08 or ’09 I made four videos on how to make a couple string videos. I soon forgot about them. After some time went by youtube emailed me and said my videos had became popular and asked if I wanted to put adds on them to make some money. I said yes and […]

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Tags: brother · technology

What Do Rachel’s Parents Do?

January 14th, 2011 · No Comments

Today Rachel invited Shelly and I to share a short presentation in her 1st grade class, because this week she was “Pooh’s Special Friend.” We were asked to share some information with the class about what we do in our jobs, and especially if we use reading and math in our jobs. This was our […]

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Tags: littlesister · podcasts · technology

Learning about Scratch Basics

December 23rd, 2010 · 1 Comment

Sarah and Rachel recorded this fourteen minute Cinchcast with me today discussing their initial experiences learning how to create with Scratch software from MIT. They discussed learning how to move Sprites, about costumes, loops, coordinate geometry basics, and more. Download Scratch for free from scratch.mit.edu. Scratch resources from my Fall 2010 undergraduate course, “Computers in […]

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Tags: littlesister · sister · technology

Lessons Learned from Oregon Trail

December 12th, 2010 · No Comments

Rachel played Oregon Trail yesterday on dad’s iPhone and shared some of her lessons learned using Cinch.

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Tags: games · littlesister · technology

Taylor Swift – Chipmunk Style

December 11th, 2010 · No Comments

Rachel and Sarah: Since you both love the Voices app and the Chipmunk option so much, I’m sure you’ll be interested to learn how you can use the free program Audacity to change voices into “Chipmunk” sounding voices. One of my UNT students created the following screencast explaining how.

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Tags: podcasts · technology

Rachel, Sarah and Alexander Reflect on Creativity in our Oklahoma Schools

November 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

The 2010 Creativity World Forum is coming to Oklahoma City in two weeks. In advance of the event, Creative Oklahoma is sponsoring a Creativity Contest for Students, who are challenged to: … show us your creative ideas for improving communities, schools and businesses so that Oklahoma remains a creative frontier. We invite all forms of […]

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Tags: brother · littlesister · sister · technology

Announcing a new web show: The Zebra Print!

September 27th, 2010 · No Comments

This summer Sarah and Rachel wanted to start their own iCarly-style webshow, and decided to name it, “The Zebra Print.” I helped them register the domain name (www.thezebraprint.com) and get the site launched. We created a YouTube channel for the show as well as a Twitter account. Sarah selected the WordPress blog theme and made […]

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Tags: littlesister · sister · technology

Team Viewer

September 9th, 2010 · No Comments

This is a free program for remote desktop use that looks great! http://www.teamviewer.com/

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Tags: technology

Rachel buys her first iTunes Audiobooks

July 19th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Rachel has seen her siblings listen to audiobooks on their iPods, so this week she decided she’d like to have some of her own – particularly in light of our upcoming road trip to Kansas in a few weeks. Last night we searched the iTunes Store together to explore what was available that might be […]

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Tags: books · littlesister · technology

Mittens the Cat on TuxPaint

May 14th, 2010 · No Comments

This is a picture of Rachel’s stuffed animal cat, “Mittens,” which she drew on TuxPaint. Technorati Tags: draw, paint, cat, kitten, computer, tuxpaint

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Tags: art · littlesister · technology

Sarah’s iPad Fingerpainting with Brushes

May 4th, 2010 · 1 Comment

This morning during our carpool into Oklahoma City, Sarah (age 9) drew the following “fingerpaint” drawings using the program Brushes on my iPad. I uploaded these directly from the iPad to Flickr using PixelPipe. Technorati Tags: art, ipad, draw, drawing, brushes

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Tags: art · sister · technology

One Rice Thousand Gold: A Remixed Story by Rachel

May 3rd, 2010 · 5 Comments

This is a story Rachel (age 6) typed tonight all by herself on our family netbook. We printed it on our home printer, and then she read it aloud. I recorded her oral reading using the iPadio application on my iPhone, which created this embeddable audio version. Rachel based her story on the Starfall.com Chinese […]

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Tags: books · littlesister · technology

Remembering “Go Green, Go Electric” from Earth Day 2009

April 22nd, 2010 · No Comments

Last year on Earth Day for the Film on the Fly digital storytelling contest, my kids and I created the three minute and fifty second video, “Go Green, Go Electric!” My son (who was 11 at the time) did some the editing for this video using iMovie, and I did the rest. In following the […]

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Tags: brother · littlesister · movies · sister · technology

The Night Before Valentine’s Day by Rachel

February 16th, 2010 · No Comments

“The Night Before Valentine’s Day” is a four page book my six year old wrote today. She is REALLY into writing, and I want to encourage her as an author / illustrator as much as possible. After she shared this with us tonight, we snapped four pictures of the pages using my iPhone, uploaded those […]

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Tags: books · littlesister · technology · writing

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