Snow No Worries Technology Comes to the Rescue!!!

When you have multiple spine issues, technology comes in for the win on a snowy day! Did I hear you say, “What do I mean by this statement?” Well! Let me share using low tech devices such as a Snow Joe Cordless snowblower does for someone like me.

Low tech devices designed to be light and easy may provide support for the physically challenged, along with independence. Snow Joe comes with the bonus of being easy to maintain due to its battery run low tech simplistic system. Of course, the geek in me dreams about a lightweight robotic snowblower that can run on autopilot. Perhaps, someday this will come to fruition.

Virtual Reality Opening Doors…

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Recently for a combo birthday and retirement gift, I bought an Oculus Quest 2 Virtual Reality (VR) Headset. I purchased it with the intent of staying physically active during a COVID winter. Winters in my area tend to be cold and snowy. During the winter months, it is not unusual to seek out indoor gyms for activities. However, this winter is very different from others due to the COVID challenge.

I’m a person over 60 and with multiple risks. Due to my risks, it only seemed natural to use virtual reality for supporting exercise during a winter of isolation. I’m finding my journey with the Oculus Quest 2 VR Headset is quite beneficial for my health. Within the first few weeks of exploring exercise, dance, and sport demo APPS, healthy changes occurred. I immediately started to see a drop in blood pressure. The biggest surprise was noticing my balance and movement was flowing more freely. As a person with multiple neuro-muscular spine issues, this was exciting!

I’m an advocate for using technology supports for unleashing new possibilities for those who struggle due to physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges. Virtual Reality tools may be the key to open doors for others with disabilities on their journey for a better lifestyle.

Back from Blogging Hiatus…

Hey folks I really missed sharing & caring, along with answering your questions via post comments. Recently I helped a relative near and dear to me complete their cancer journey. The final segment of his cancer journey started back in October. Now you might be thinking, “What does this have to do with educational technology?” Innovative thinking  is the answer!!! I’m thankful due to the doctor teams’ innovative and creative thinking skills because it extended my husband’s life for five years. Saving a life is just one reason why applying educational technology for supporting the 4C’s is so important!

During my husband’s cancer battle I got to see what strong communication and collaboration can do.  It took the brainstorming of many specialized doctors to figure out exactly what to do for providing both longevity and a quality of life. Due to this experience I feel it is more important than ever before to engage students by using Google Docs Chat, Comments, Blogging and etc… for brainstorming and supporting 4C’s skills. It is these very skills which are essential for innovative thinking to occur!

My husband also experienced another benefit of technology. Our daughter lived in a different state far away from us. Although she flew in (hmmm…technology=planes) quite frequently to visit him this wasn’t enough! However thanks to the technology of Video Chats this man who wasn’t savvy had the ability to see and talk with our daughter quite frequently. Bill also enjoyed when my daughter left video messages for him to view.

On one of our last Sloan visits my husband experienced interacting with machine technology when my car yelled at him! He insisted on driving home after spending  a week in the hospital. I was against this and apparently my hybrid vehicle didn’t like it either. My husband wouldn’t listen to me when I complained about him swerving back and forth. However he handed over the steering wheel after the car flashed a coffee cup with the message, “I think you may need a rest”

Bill at Sloan

Another benefit provided by technology was the simple enjoyment my husband received when talking with our Google Home. He like to ask it silly questions just to hear how the device would respond. This simple use of machine technology provided hours of laughter and pleasure during these stressful times. The Google Home also helped my husband keep track of time, play music and create shopping lists for me to access from my phone.

Although I miss my husband very much it is an honor to blog about how much technology influenced this simple man’s life. I am thankful for the innovators in this world who  have affected my husband’s cancer journey. Technology is a blessing when it can be used to make a positive difference. The creation of innovative tools depends on the skills of communication and collaboration.

Collaboration Leads to Innovation

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I recently witnessed how communication and collaboration skills support both creative and critical thinking along with innovation. After spending a week at Sloan Kettering in NYC due to a family members cancer journey. During the week I noticed not one doctor made a decision without consulting a team of experts. I saw true collaboration and experienced the positive effects which develops from such teamwork. More than ever I understand why this cancer research center has one of the best reputations for providing innovative therapies and medicines.

The experience was a good example of how collaboration and communication naturally supports both creative and critical thinking. It is these very skills which lead to the development of innovation. I immediately connected this experience with the the 4C’s of learning. Now with greater reasons when integrating educational technology the skills are valued more than ever by me.

One of the reasons I’m passionate about integrating G Suite for Education products is due to the variety of tools they offer for strengthening and exploring the 4C’s. It is my belief the 4C’s are important skills to nurture when guiding students onto a pathway for both academic and future professional success!

Backing Up Keep Notes it’s a Breeze…

Teachers and students who use Google Keep to maintain notes and organized to-do list do not have to worry about losing this information. Recently I had a user ask this question in the Google Docs Forum. The user wanted a way to backup a group of  Keep Notes easily on a regular basis. What I suggested was using the “Copy to Doc” tool as a work-around.  This allows the user to select all the notes in one label or on the opening page.

Directions for Backing Up Keep Notes

  • Open Google Keep
  • Click and Drag until all Notes are Selected

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  • Click More More
  • Select Copy to Google Docs

Keep-Click-&-Select

  • Click Open Doc

Click Open Doc

NOTES:

  • This creates a Google Doc with all the list notes, Images, drawings and etc…
  • There are a variety of applications for using the Copy to Google Docs setting
  • This is not the only way to copy a Keep Note to a Doc

Well as you may guess this small little post just may lead into more future tiny tip posts!