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Christmas Toonz

As a proud dad I must share with you a quick PDA-recording of my lovely daughter Miranda singing the National Anthem at USN's Homecoming 2006 basketball games. Our girls' and our boys' teams both won, of course, largely inspired by the pre-game singing! Here's the music file.

Later in the week, my lovely daughter donned choir vestments and a sparkly golden halo and joined the musicians in the organ balcony to sing "O Holy Night" to an assembled group of parents and children about to participate in the annual Christmas Pageant at Christ Church Cathedral here in Nashville. There will certainly be a photo album of the event and when it's up I'll edit here to add a link to it. Listen to the opening offering, straight from my heart's heart, then, hear the single verse closer, both beautifully filtering through myriad children's noises and crowd static.

Oh, and (on an immeasurably less beautiful note) here's my annual gift to anyone who can find i…

Ahhh, Including Students in the Plan

This place is so random. Sometimes personal posts, sometimes professional, sometimes just something I so darned know needs to be shared that I share it.

This post's just to note a neat one from Lucie deLaBruere at the InfiniteThinkingMachine blog, all about including your students in your planning for technology as it develops. Check that out!

Thanksgiving Treats!

We have so much to be thankful for. Our day out at Blue Moon Farm B&B was wonderful, culminating in a bonfire replete with roasted marshmallows. Here's a slideshow:

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And, and, and!!! My friend Scott Slone, host of the Alaska Podshow podcast, did a special show on Thanksgiving evening because he was inspired to do so by one of my own songs. Listen to it here!

Atlanta NAEYC!

After driving down from school after my last class Thursday (don't know I'll ever make that decision again--it was hard, even with a good book listen, Stephen King's Cell ) I'm finally getting into the swing at the National Association for the Education of Young Children in Atlanta, participating in a session by George Forman, Community Nursery School, Lexington, MA. It's an interesting session in the Tech Resource Room where I'll be doing my presentation a little later today. George is advocating a text-based presentation for video clips (over the creation of linear video) using a combination of Microsoft Word and Quicktime Pro to create text documents with hyperlinks that open brief clips of video. This has prompted me to pop over to the Apple site to upgrade my Quicktime Basic to Quicktime Pro, something I've been putting off ever since an iTunes upgrade last year rendered my already-paid-for previous upgrade useless. If that happens again, S…

Newness for!

After spending a weekend at a professional conference, I decided to update my lame old website, and the best way I can do that on the fly is to morph it into a blog. I do most of my work here anyway, now don't I?

Content from the old site will gradually appear in the navigation sidebar. Like my life, it'll be a work in progress!

NECC 2006 -- Scott Merrick in San Diego, or "How I Spent My Summer"

Just returned from the National Educational Computing Conference in San Diego, California where I presented three times and caught some amazing presentations by other folks. I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the many blogger-reporters for the eSchoolNews website, and I'm posting here direct links to the four sessions upon which I reported:

Assessment and Beyond: Student-Driven Electronic Portfolios

Choose Your Own Wiki Adventure: Using Wikis with K-12 Students

From Gutenberg to Gates to Google and Beyond

Telling the New Story: Promoting Visions for 21st Century Classrooms

and there is a wonderful blog post about my "Birds-of-a-Feather" session, by (full disclosure alert) my pal Janine Lim at her blog, which is a fantastic resource for anyone interested in videoconferencing in the service of education. Read that post here.

There's a lot more about my sessions at my desktop IVC blog here.

Finally, I had a marvelous, relaxing, rejuvenating vacation visit of two days wi…

L.A. Visit with Jimmy

Just to post a couple interesting pics gleaned from my visit with my true brother, James Morrison. The first I think is from 1984, the second from last week (taken by the very able photographer, Seamus). I was able to tag a couple days with James and his beautiful and gracious wife Riad onto a very productive trip to San Diego for NECC, the National Educational Computing Conference. The jaunt up to LA, via a lovely train ride, was mostly to spend some time with my godson, Seamus Morrison. Though I'm not all that godly, I do get more so when I am able to be around my twin brother-from-separate-mothers. Case in point: We purchased, unbeknownst to one another, the exact same glasses frames. How weird is that, with him in California and me in Tennessee?

Anyway, here are the pics:

Myxer Ringtone -- Alaska Song!

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Colin's Talent Day--Colin and Matthew Rock!

I had to do it, proud parent that I am. Colin and his buddy Matthew have been rehearsing off and on for a couple months to perform their original song at their 4th grade talent day. They did it! I took some video with my still cam and did a quick edit with Microsoft Movie Maker. Here 'tis!!!

Colin's definitely learning his guitar the way I did. Listening, noodling, and figuring out things for himself. IMHO it's good training for much that will await him! And that Matt fellow plays drums just like 'a ringin' a bell! Fun stuff! Watch the video and note how Ms. Princehorn carefully clears the audio danger zone in preparation for the boys' performance. I love the ovation when the chorus comes back around for the first time!


Family Collage

So, here's the little pic I'm sending out with our "January cards." No long detailed family holiday letter this year, just this, along with the clever card Lee Ann found in Floriday.