Sunday, January 20, 2013

Artichoke Bread..holy cow!

image from Crumb blog
I made this tonight and I just wanted to let you know...holy cow!!! That's some good stuff!
You know the kinda food that you finish eating because you are full, full, full...and then you go back and hour later. Yep, I'm eating more right now. Here's the website with the original recipe.

 http://www.crumbblog.com/2011/09/secret-recipe-club-1-killer-artichoke-bread.html

The only changes I made: I used a bag of Trader Joes Frozen Artichokes
 (no italian salad dressing...like in the jarred kind) and I used plain greek yogurt instead of the sour cream. Enjoy!

posted on ballinwithballing.blogspot.com



Wednesday, January 16, 2013

4d Participating in a Professional Community by Applying to be an Apple Distinguished Educator


     So, I am applying to be an Apple Distinguished Educator. 
     I have been in love with Apple products for quite a while now, I love to use technology with my students on a daily basis because I see the amazing ways that technology can be used in education to motivate struggling students and I want to expand my professional learning community and learn even more ways to help my students. 
     I am really hopeful that I get in this year. Apple receives thousands of applications and selects only 75 individuals in North America. 
       IF I get in I will have the opportunity to join the global community of Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs), I’ll advise Apple on integrating technology into learning environments. I’ll author authentic content about my work. I’ll advocate the use of Apple products that help engage students like never before. And I’ll be an ambassador of innovation, participating in and presenting at education events around the world. Being part of the ADE community is much more than an honor—it’s an opportunity to make a difference. I'm so excited at the prospect of joining them in Austin, Texas this July for training. Keep your fingers crossed.

You can find out more information on Apple's website here:

It's a two-part application
          Part 1:
          Complete the application. You’ll need to answer some questions. But mostly, they want you to tell them how you’re using Apple products in your teaching to engage, inspire, and help students learn in new ways and to show them your passion for innovative teaching.
          Part 2:
          Shoot the video. Make a two-minute movie of your story. Show them how you’re integrating Apple technology into your learning environment in meaningful ways. Demonstrate how you are engaging students and lifelong learners in ways they’ve never experienced before. Finally, show them how you are influencing other educators to help transform teaching and learning.
It would be a HUGE honor to be accepted. 

Since I put so much time into it and I want to share...here is my application video and my story about how I use Apple products in my classroom to improve learning and retention of knowledge for my students:

video

Here are some other Apple Distinguished Educator application videos...some got in...some didn't...ADE on youtube

Keep those fingers crossed until I tell you to stop...

originally posted on ballinwithballing.blogspot.com


Saturday, January 5, 2013

It's Done! Mom comes through, finally.

     Over a year ago my then 4 year old son asked me if I would knit him a sweater. His older brother has a couple sweaters that I knit when he was an only child but I never got around to knitting one for kid #2. (I know you understand)

     So we went to the store and he picked out the yarn that he wanted and I found this pattern on Ravelry. If you knit or crochet and you haven't wasted hours on Ravelry...I apologize now for the time you are about to invest on that site.  Good Luck.
I started knitting this sweater over a year ago
image from ravelry.com

You can purchase the pattern here for $5
like most knitting projects, I put it down for a couple months. I picked it back up this November and my goal was to give it to him for Christmas. Because the way I see it...how long do I have before he starts thinking that a homemade sweater isn't "cool." By Christmas Eve it was a one-armed sweater. So I gave up on the Christmas goal figured I would give it to him for his birthday in March and just continued working on it here and there. Well, I finished today and gave it to him immediately. 
     It was a GREAT pattern that was knit on a circular needle but I chose double-ended needles because I find them to be more portable for whatever reason. The best part of the pattern was that there were NO SEAMS! Boy do I hate seaming up a project one it is almost done. It's something I always put off for a long time just because of how tedious and precise it is. 

Here is Andrew in his new sweater

He says that the love inside keeps him warm. That kid melts my heart.

originally posted on ballinwithballing.blogspot.com



Thursday, January 3, 2013

1d: Demonstrating Knowledge of Resources with Notes on FlipSnack

   My students often copy their notes quickly in class and/or may lose a page or forget their binder at home so now I have found a way that my students can read the notes online. I use a website called Flipsnack www.flipsnack.com (they also have a quizsnack, bannersnack, and other tools that I recommend checking out).
flipsnack's website
On Flipsnack.com you can upload .pdf documents and turn them into a virtual flipping book. You can even choose the color of your cover and other features such as a solid hardcover book or a spiral book. My students really seem to enjoy it and it affords them the freedom to look up information even if they left their notes in school.

originally posted on ballinwithballing.blogspot.com