Kecak Fire & Trance Dance – Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Ronda and I absolutely loved the Kecak Fire & Trance Dance.  We saw our first one at a smaller 7:00pm showing and loved it so much that we went back to a larger one at 7:30.  Each have their benefits and there are others to pick from but if you’re visiting Bali the Kecak Fire & Read More …

Blue Flames of Kawah Ijen Volcano – Java, Indonesia

I first heard about Mt. Ijen’s blue flames from a British biologist who hiked Bromo with me. Thinking it would be impossibly far away I was happy to hear Mt. Ijen is on the way back to Bali from Mt. Bromo! To save money I took a public bus to Bangyuwangi and found a group Read More …

Mt. Bromo – Java’s magnificent volcano

My absolute favorite part of Java was trekking Mt. Bromo and Mt. Ijen.  Bromo, an active volcano tucked into the Sand Sea, is constantly erupting a cloudlike smoke while Mt Ijen has magnifcent blue flames!  This post will tell you how to explore Bromo on a budget.  Ijen coming soon! Mt. Bromo for $30/day You Read More …

10 ways to get the most out of Ubud

Ronda and I absolutely loved Ubud!  Its a must see for anyone visiting Bali, Indonesia.  You can cram everything you want to see into a few days but that will leave you wishing you were back in Ubud like we were.  We returned for another 2 nights after our stay on the Gili Islands!  Check Read More …

Bali, the Island of the Gods – Getting to Ubud

As I scoured Google and my bucket list for vacation ideas I discovered that Bali has favorable weather all summer while the rest of South East Asia is stuck in the rainy season. It was an easy decision to book the flights and I hope the predictions are right because last year’s rainy Thai adventure Read More …

Recording Audio

Next semester I’m going to introduce my Genius Hour students to audio recordings.  The purpose of Genius Hour is for students to learn about something that they are interested in and then present on it.  I’m hoping to inspire some of them to make multiple audio recordings and even weekly podcasts about their topic! The Read More …

My student’s first video assignment

  Creating video can be some of the most challenging yet rewarding projects for a student so when Professor Steve Katz assigned a video lesson I jumped on it.  I used the YouTube editor exclusively for this video and plan to add it as an extension of our Fractured Fairy Tale unit at the end of the year. Read More …

The SAMR Model of Tech Integration EDUC Blog Post #7

Last night Professor Steve Katz spoke about the SAMR model by Ruben Puentedura for integrating technology into classroom lessons.  This model shows 4 levels that tech can be involved in a classroom.  It is important to note that these levels  are often stepping stones and tech Substitution is an accomplishment that should be celebrated.  After Read More …

My Class Website – EDUC 932

      Our next assignment was to make a class website.  Its still just a skeleton but I’m hoping to update it with student work and great links, especially in the 2nd semester!  Don’t worry the rest of the important info will gradually get filled in too. I used wordpress.com to create a free blog and Read More …