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Thursday, June 21, 2018

West Park, Almost Ready!

Took a little stroll around the new West Park yesterday, and I want to share my 8 minute Periscope with ya. The park is not open, its opening delayed by something in the order of 2 years, with no less than two scheduled ribbon-cutting events having been cancelled in that time. Go watch:

https://www.pscp.tv/scottmerrick/1ypKdYDdmRdGW#
I mention at the end of the 8 minute rambling that I would pick video back up but I did not, prefering to take some stills as Watson and I finished out our morning walk. But I am soooo excited for the opening of this rich community resource for residents and visitors to The Nations and surrounding communities. I wrote about this project at its outset in the fine community publication 372WN a good while ago. Congrats to Eric Henn, muralist, for gettin 'er done!

Stills from the rest of the walk:









Friday, June 15, 2018

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Early June Ramblings

A lot o' things. A lot o' things going on.

Hi, all, I just finished posting at my Falcons Tech blog and since I'm in the groove I wanted to update here. It'll likely be a bit of a chaotic post, since my life is sort of there at the moment.

Mostly, having put the school year behind me, I'm looking ahead to 2018-19 as we move into a portable during construction and then into a brand new computer lab. I'm working on ways to fund new equipment in the new lab. Stay tuned on that...

Looking immediately ahead, I'm knee-deep in the planning for ISTE2018 in Chicago. I'll be flying up the 22nd to get the lay of the land and attend pre-conference activities, particularly Hack Education 2018 on Saturday, an "unconference" that is always a deep learning dive.

On Monday morning, June 25, the Virtual Environments Network presents its 2018 Virtual Environments Playground. VEN was one of the first ever "Focus Groups" to present a day long, themed event, the "Second Life Lounge," in Atlanta at my first ISTE conference. Back then the conference was called NECC (the National Educator's Computing Conference), and that format morphed into the "Playground," as the "Second Life Playground," and then settled into the "Virtual Environments Playground" the third year of its existence. Learn about the beginnings of ISTE.

Anyway, that's my fun focus now. It's especially challenging as our focus at VEN has broadened to include, not just virtual worlds like Second Life and OpenSim, but all things virtual--mixed, augmented, and virtual realities. Along those lines we have some very special guests at the Playground this year. When schedules get finalized, which we anticipate being so on June 19, you'll be the first to know here.

I am also fishing every day I can this summer. I caught a nice catfish at Lake Marrowbone just Monday:


Finally (for now) I just had a birthday and my much-loved, loving wife bought me a new toy, the just-released Oculus Go. I'm very much enjoying noodling around in there and looking for educational potentials--my focus in all things new. Expect some blogging on that here. I am firing back up a dormant blog, "Nashville360VR" just for fun, so head on over there if you have some goggles, or even if you don't.

Over and out for today. #abetterbloggerinthesummer.



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