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Nations Homes Video

...and, by way of overcompensation for my recent radio silence from scottmerrickdotnet, here's a little video composed of photos take from New Years Day 2016 up to June1. Enjoy:

The Beer@Noon Diet!

Good day, good human,

I have lately been doing some writing for a new publication, a West Nashville-focused periodical entitled 372WN. I'd highly encourage you to pick one up at one of the many distribution racks you'll soon begin to see around our fair city.

That has kept me busy writing, but not so much blogging. My challenging work at my East Nashville elementary school has also limited time and energy for blogging, and I've been maintaining my new school blog regularly as well. All that said, I'm apologizing for letting my scottmerrickdotnet voice go pretty well dormant.

I recently rediscovered an item on my desktop that I want to share here, and I'm thinking that it's well-timed, this being the first day after Thanksgiving, when I went back for thirds of the Lemon, Rosemary, and Black Tea Brined Grilled Turkey I spent those well-allotted hours overseeing yesterday. Enjoy (and you're welcome):

Welcome. If you are reading this you have an open mind. Good o…

Periscoping a Fall Walk across Nashville's Pedestrian Bridge

On my final day of Fall Break, which I spent mostly knocking out home-focused honey-do items (though I did get to Marrowbone Lake for one morning of fishing), I decided to take a walk over the John L. Seigenthaler Memorial Bridge. I had never done it before! My goal was to take a 360 panorama for my little side project, Nashville360VR, which has been suffering lately from my dedication to my new job at Warner Enhanced Elementary School. I did that, and on a whim I Periscoped it. Here's the video of that which I saved locally. Folks popped in and out--I don't think I had more than 20 or so concurrent viewers, but all in all I received 251 peeks over the 13 or so minutes or so of the 'cast. You won't see chat or comments (or hearts :), but you can view the video. Here:

Thanks to 'scopers for dropping in. And thanks to the powers-that-be for such a gorgeous Friday afternoon!

Here are a couple normal "pano" shots I took on my iPhone:



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Happy Labor Day Weekend

A couple quick updates:

Loving the work at Warner Enhanced Option Elementary School. It's very challenging, outside my box, and I'm making the box mine. If we can make a difference in these young people's lives we will be doing good and doing it well.

I had a lovely morning fishing and I'm now sitting at my dear in-law's new computer typing this whilst Microsoft Office installs.

I caught one nice catfish and 6 bluegill, all of which I released. I actually usually go for the fishing, not necessarily the catching, but it's good to have caught something while floating on my favorite lake, Lake Marrowbone, only 20 minutes north of my home. Thank you, Howard Harrod, wherever you find your soul these days, for gifting me your trolling motor. It works like a champ!

The Office install's almost done. My favorite octogenarians have been running Windows XP on a 7 year old Dell for too long. Last week it locked up with likely hard drive failure and well there ya go. I…

Musings on the week(s)

Starting out this post with no idea what I'm going to write, just knowing that writing helps me organize my world. Hello, dear reader!

First and foremost, I had a fantastic week at Warner Enhanced Option Elementary School! I'm not going to go on and on about it, but the less than satisfying way I was "eliminated" at Virtual School has been relegated to a thing in the past. Remember the Lion King? Rafiki swatting Simba on the head with his staff? Simba exclaiming "Ow! What'd you do that for?" Rafiki's answer, "It does not matter--it is in the past." Period.

Maybe a refresher would help:

Play me: "My future's so bright I gotta wear shades."

As I'm listening to that in the background I'm smiling. I love all my classes.

On another front, the healing from the MOHS surgery is going well. I'm pasting in a few pics to show the progress. It's funny, nearly everyone I describe this to knows someone who has had, or has th…

Musings on the week(s)

Starting out this post with no idea what I'm going to write, just knowing that writing helps me organize my world. Hello, dear reader!

First and foremost, I had a fantastic week at Warner Enhanced Option Elementary School! I'm not going to go on and on about it, but the less than satisfying way I was "eliminated" at Virtual School has been relegated to a thing in the past. Remember the Lion King? Rafiki swatting Simba on the head with his staff? Simba exclaiming "Ow! What'd you do that for?" Rafiki's answer, "It does not matter--it is in the past." Period.

Maybe a refresher would help:

Play me: "My future's so bright I gotta wear shades."

As I'm listening to that in the background I'm smiling. I love all my classes.

On another front, the healing from the MOHS surgery is going well. I'm pasting in a few pics to show the progress. It's funny, nearly everyone I describe this to knows someone who has had, or has th…

Now. New Work. Let's Stay in Touch!

Just popping in here to note that I turned in my keys to the Cohn Learning Center and the Virtual School today. It felt good. It's a long story and to be kind I don't want to tell it. Suffice it to say that though I poured my heart and soul into my work at MNPS Virtual School for six years of my life, I am done and gone. Best of luck to the school.

For all the kind and supportive words from all of my colleagues and friends on social media and other fronts, I have the most profound gratitude. You all got me through this tough spot in my professional career. I thank you, I thank you, I thank you. And to my family, with which I have been blessed despite my own failings, I love you completely and I hold you in my heart always.

Now, to the future. I am completely excited to be returning Monday to the K-4 computer lab, but this time not to an independent school, where I did similar work for 11 years, but to my new home--Warner Enhanced Option Elementary School.

When told the offi…

Reflections on ISTE 2016 in Denver, Colorado

It's been my annual habit since 2005 to reflect upon the goings-on at the annual conference of the International Society for Technology in Education. This year I am continuing the tradition. The following will be a rambling, first person, eyewitness account of events in Denver that'll mix the personal with the professional, opinion with fact, and observation with reflection. I'm making this stuff up, as are we all.

During this year's conference, I...
experienced my final day as Associate Virtualization Engineer at MNPS Virtual School, a story in itself,led the most successful Virtual Environments Playground ever, and saw the partnership with the Games & Simulations Network function like clockwork to share learning, playing, and teaching in innovative ways,made several real connections that will help bolster my severely reduced income and lead me to help promote technology in education in meaningful ways,explored Denver, mostly its world-class food, with my peeps; F…

Reflections on ISTE 2016 in Denver, Colorado

It's been my annual habit since 2005 to reflect upon the goings-on at the annual conference of the International Society for Technology in Education. This year I am continuing the tradition. The following will be a rambling, first person, eyewitness account of events in Denver that'll mix the personal with the professional, opinion with fact, and observation with reflection. I'm making this stuff up, as are we all.

During this year's conference, I...
experienced my final day as Associate Virtualization Engineer at MNPS Virtual School, a story in itself,led the most successful Virtual Environments Playground ever, and saw the partnership with the Games & Simulations Network function like clockwork to share learning, playing, and teaching in innovative ways,made several real connections that will help bolster my severely reduced income and lead me to help promote technology in education in meaningful ways,explored Denver, mostly its world-class food, with my peeps; F…

ISTE 2016! On the way Thursday! Free hugs!

I'm so buzzed. I laid out my traveling clothes today so Lee Ann can pare them down tonight for packing. I'm getting in Thursday to Denver, Colorado to spend two weeks at my dear sis- and bro-in-law's beautiful home by Observatory Park, and the first week will be spent with my international peeps, old and young, old and new, innovators and thought leaders one and all. My biggest contribution to this year's ISTE2016 program is one built collaboratively by many people. I am absolutely certain it will be the best Playground ever, and we've been doing these for quite a few years. They've all been good, but this one looks...different. See what I mean here (note--all times are local to Denver, MDT):

More details are available at the session's online document at http://bit.ly/GS-VENpg16. Go see what I mean. Meanwhile, if you are there, find me. If you are not there, visit http://tinyurl.com/isteven in Second Life and at any given time we will be meeting in there a…

Haiku from a Virtual World

Come join the ISTE VEN Writers Group in Second Life every first Tuesday of every month as we visit immersive simulated environments to inspire writing in any genre. Here's a little haiku I set down after our very first outing in April. The group is growing and the work is happening. Very fun, very worthy of one's time and attention.


Visit http://bit.ly/istevenetwork on Tuesdays at 5pm SLT (Pacific Time) to join in on all our activities and learning opportunities.

See you at ISTE2015 in Denver, CO and in the Metaverse!

Cheerio,
Scott

The Election

So it's the wee hours of the morning and dawn sunlight is peeking through the blinds in our NNW-facing home. The livestock are calm, Watson up on the leather sectional and MacGuyver curled up on the rug beneath, and senile Ruby on her carefully folded towel in the platform of her cat-condo. She's incontinent and we're making her comfortable in her dotage and limiting the daily clean-ups to the floor of her toney cat cage and litter box, which she misses with consistency.

I'm thinking about the election, and I'm thinking about what's right and what's wrong. I'm not really going to enumerate the issues here because you're hearing it, seeing it, and reading it everywhere you turn these days. But I do want to muse a bit.

With Hillary, who has been successfully demonized by well-meaning (and, yes, often self-rightous) Bernie  supporters, it would seem that the throngs of BernieorBust and NeverHillary folks are settled in against her. If you've spent…

Rethinking, Recommitting

A quick update on my employment situation. I had a very sincere chat with my Principal last week after meeting with my Lead Principal the week before. Talking with her had led me to better understand the very large budget cuts experienced by Virtual School for the coming year. District Leadership has changed, support for our growth has waffled, and money is tight. That helps me to look at the coming year as one of change in my relationship to this project, but not its termination. As of now I am looking at a half-time position as v-teacher for the academic year 2016-17. The hours will be flexible, contact with the middle schoolers I taught this year will continue and expand, and I will hopefully be making positive differences in those young people's lives.

I was thankful for the chat and just wanted to share it here. If and when our enrollment justifies it, I am confident I will be offered the full-time position, perhaps even a version of my current position, once more.

Change i…

Symbaloo Virtual Environments

Hey, y'll,
I spent a bit o' time over the weekend creating a Symbaloo mix for Virtual Environments. I think you might find it useful if you want to share some seminal resources on the topic. Embedding here:


You're welcome.

New Horizons for this Olde Educator--"Eliminated"

Well, well, well. Just when I thought I was on track to spend the final few years of my education career making sure that MNPS Virtual School (which I helped create from nothing) has a future worthy of all the planning, design and implementation we have put into it since August, 2010,  it appears that my job position is to be "eliminated" on June 30, 2016.


I'm looking forward to exploring new opportunities in the coming school year, most likely in an elementary classroom for the first time in nearly six years. I have applied for several 10 month teaching positions and I'm hoping to hear soon from theright principal in the right schoolwho has an identified need for an experienced, innovative, and student-centered classroom teacher in grade 3 or 4. Perhaps this is just the world's way of telling me I need to be working more closely, and daily, with young learners--giving them direct and daily support and encouragement, challenging them, and helping them understand …