Showing posts from November, 2011

It's the Same Everywhere!

Last week, I attended an incredible conference - The K-12 Technology Summit sponsored by Craig Michaels. This year it was held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida at a beautiful resort. It's an all expense paid trip, and a very valuable experience. The premise is simple - vendors paid to come to this event (which covers the cost of us lowly educators to attend). During the two and a half days, the attendees all signed up for 30 minute sit-down dialogs with about a dozen various vendors.

The idea is brilliant. Most of us attend conferences fairly regularly. But, we rarely have the opportunity to really talk to vendors. The exhibit halls are overwhelming and noisy and, while it's a great way to gather some information, really deep dialogue doesn't happen. When you're able to sit down one-to-one with a vendor to really investigate what their product has to offer, you sometimes find a fit that you didn't know existed. It was a very pleasant and beneficial experience.

But that&…

A Little Milestone for The CyberCafe Blog!

Okay, there are plenty of technology blogs out there with many, many more visitors than The CyberCafe Blog. Fantastic blogs like Miguel Guhlin's "Around the Corner" and "Richard Byrne's Free Technology" for Teachers are simply amazing with thousands of visitors a day. But I reached a tiny milestone last week.

The CyberCafe Blog got its 10,000th visitor last week! I'm awfully pleased that there are people out there willing to take a minute to glance at my humble attempt to share some knowledge about technology. And, this number does not include those of you that get my blog updates via email. These are just people that click through to the site.

I've always been a "teacher" at heart. I absolutely loved my time in the classroom when I was teaching math. And, during my 12 year stint as a campus administrator, I always viewed my role as a "teacher of life lessons" to the kids I worked with. Now, as a Technology Director, I love work…

Friday Freebie: Create Beautiful Books with Mixbook!

Today's Friday freebie is an incredible site that allows you to build free online books such as yearbooks, picture books, photo memory books, and story books using your own photos. Mixbook is one heck of a site and has a stunning array of templates to start from. It gives you great flexibility in creating your pages. Changing the layout, adding pages, adding text, and adding stickers are easy as can be and the effects look great! The possibilities are endless and the end result is simply beautiful. The finished products can be viewed online or printed out for a very reasonable price.

I know there are other sites that offer to do the same thing and that you can build books in programs like iPhoto and on dozens of online photo services available. But Mixbook is hands-down the best looking one out there. And, the interface is simple and intuitive and I am amazed at how fast the site runs given how robust it is.  The educational possibilities of this great tool are endless. Teachers an…