Chicken Timer for Administrators:)

As much as I take pride in all my technology wisdom sometimes there are just old tools that work better.:):):)
Take my chicken time for example. This sits under my desk and is used frequently....
You now how you walk into your office or classroom and you know you are supposed to be somewhere in 10 min., 20 min. 1 hour etc.??? I just set my chicken timer. Then I tell my secretary what I set the timer for and if I leave my office and she hears it go off, she finds me and reminds me. Isn't that a great system?!!! I have $500 iPhone and use a $1 chicken timer for reminders. Here is a list of times I set the chicken timer:
  • Teacher observation in 45 min. ....set the timer!
  • Recess "doodie" favor for a teacher in 10 min. ....set the timer!
  • Lunch "doodie" in 20 min. ...set the timer!
  • Conference call in 10 min. ...set the timer!
  • Have my secretary interrupt a long and drawn out parent conference ...set the timer!
  • Be at Admin. meeting by 9AM ...set the timer!
Now, how many of you are going bring your chicken timer to school? Come on, you know this is an easy and cheap reminder system.

K12 Online Conference

Happy Sunday morning from MO! For the past couple of days I have spent a lot of time in my car, therefore I have been able to make a dent in listening to the 100s of podcasts I have in my iPhone. Yes, I said iPhone and you need one! That is all I am going to say at this time. More on the iPhone on another post.

Back to K12online....Once again this is a FREE online conference. I have the workshops downloaded to my iPhone so I can watch/listen usually in my car. (Okay, I don't watch in my car.) You can subscribe through iTunes. You can also watch from your computer. Whatever works for you. The presentations are limited to 20 min. this year and I have been able to get throught 3 at the gym the past two days.

Here is the list I have gone through so far:

How Can I Become Part of this ReadWriteWeb Revolution? My hero Cheryl Oakes and her Seedlings crew talk about their web 2.0 journey.

The Google Gamut: Everything you need to get started. - Even though know a lot about Google I still learned some new tricks. I am a huge an of all the google tools.

What Did You Do In School…? - Digital tools that kids can use to "archive" their life stories. You have tools right in your pocket that can provide "proof" of your lifes journeys. Do you know how to use them.

Now it's your turn. What are you going to listen to?

Re-Surfacing Post

I have had so many great blog post ideas lately that I am going to have to revive the Principal Blog. For those of you who know me, listen to Practical Principals, tweet, you know that I had a baby in June. I think I have adjusted to the two kid routine and hope to be able to contribute to the blogging/professional/administrative world again! We all just have to live with the fact that we can't get it all done:):):)