The below is an off-site archive of all tweets posted by @wfryer ever

April 4th, 2008

@plugusin i can believe it. we’re transparency/overhead focused learners at this point in our history i think. that will change… slowly.

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“material” means important, not financial. So I have historically misunderstood Madonna when she said she’s a “material girl” :-)

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@CSouthard is there a Ning out there yet just for teachers of students with disabilities / special education teachers?

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@smeech absolutely. cost of living differences have to be taken into account.

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@smeech i wonder what the response of our 20 participants today would be if we said: Get online, we’ll be meeting in SL the rest of the day?

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@JoelZ no, not an att training. something i’ve signed up “for fun.” part of my continuing financial education… instrumental benefits…

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@LsShanks No, not fun, but still instructive. Always a chance to learn. 8 hours Saturday, 8 hours Sunday. All to cover 70 textbook pages…

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@Tom_Turner now that IS A painful story. OUCH. Shows how teachers ought to show their desire to use a technology before getting it.

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@VillageGreen well, my experiences today don’t REALLY involve actual pain. it is instructive to be “back” in a traditional learning mode…

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@DSWATERS interesting. surely there is a threshold for teaching competency, tho… expertise is a continuum when it comes to teaching?

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“gambling=perfect example of speculative risk.” how lovely we now have over 100 casinos in Oklahoma. potential addiction around every corner

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@bwatwood agreed, shadow animals are a GREAT use of overhead projectors. they are still makable with a LCD projector tho. :-)

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@DSWATERS downtown oklahoma city. 2 day workshop about Oklahoma insurance licensing. I’m not changing jobs tho at this point!

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@loonyhiker hopefully the presenter won’t single you out and say “lids down! no multi-tasking!” i’ve had that experience, but not today…

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i am yearning for some funyuns or hot fries at this point. no food in sight. yikes. glad i had some cereal this morning.

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this course is literally an experience in textbook text forced feeding. turn on the fire hydrant. open wide. here comes the content.

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@GingerTPLC i would love to see an overhead projector LCD at this point. we’re not… just transparencies and a black pen. VERY motivational

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@betchaboy overhead projectors inspire a great deal of fear and loathing for me personally. this is an autonomic response at this point…

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@betchaboy good question. they haven’t defined “overhead projector” yet. i think it is assumed we’re all comfortable with that technology.

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@lloydcrew i absolutely love the opportunity to have a backchannel conversation… in my doctoral classes i was often the only one as well..

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average income in Oklahoma City: 40K. average income in Edmond, OK: 75K. wow.

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@hshawjr well, if I ustreamed this I think it would be a guaranteed anaesthetic… (good scrabble word there)

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@cbell619 classified location. top secret briefing. thankfully homeland security did not confiscate digital communication tools at entry :-)

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@hshawjr absolutely. and I do not have many doubts about that. i’m convinced we already have FAR more opportunities than our parents…

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@bcdtech perhaps students are following the mantra, “if you wait till the last minute, it only takes a minute.” that doesn’t always work…

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@todbaker excellent. please tweet me a link to session recordings if and when they become available. THANKS! :-)

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a projector is mounted in the ceiling of our classroom. it is turned off. i wonder if it will be turned on in our next 15 hours of training?

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without an overhead projector i think our instructor would essentially be muted. the overhead is an extension of her brain. no colored pens.

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good thing they are not teaching us something like “how to land an airplane.” a 70% pass rate on landings would not work very well there…

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how long will it take me to get ready? on average 20 hours of study and work on the computer. you need an 80% to be ready. 70% to pass.

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i love bringing myown bandwidth to meetings & training sessions like this. am i on task? of course. am i multitasking? am i breathing? (yes)

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here’s a fun message: “you may be receiving an email soon which informs you that your job has been eliminated.” Have a great weekend!

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i suppose corporate restructuring can build character. whether it does or not is a choice. this course is generally not optional.

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PSI exams is an electronic testing agency that handles certification examinations for many states & professions - http://tinyurl.com/4al2fc

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“the hunt and peck method will work on this test because you don’t need to have any typing skills. everything is multiple choice.”

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using an overhead projector seems a little bit like rowing a boat with oars instead of using a motor. given a choice, i’ll take the motor…

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i would really prefer in my own teaching to NEVER use an overhead projector again.

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again I am in a meeting where I am the only person with a laptop. 20 students, only 1 with a laptop. instructor really using that overhead.

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quote from a student in this recorded program: “I love PowerPoint.” Too bad none of the students have even made ONE this year…..

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@bcdtech Yikes! That’s late for a call. But isn’t the date/time stamping feature of a wiki a beautiful thing in this case?! :-)

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feeling overwhelmed by too much email. sigh.

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@todbaker the preso sounds great. Does Austin have a website or blog? Is his preso being recorded for a podcast?

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I wonder if my grandchildren will go to a school where they videoconference with other learners around the world on a daily basis?

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watching DVD of my son’s 4th grade program a few weeks ago. Summarized learning. Technology part was “surfing the web.” No multimedia use.

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@hpitler Yuk. Not good. My wife has a friend whose husband is not employable now b/c of his past cancer battle. Health insurance too $$$ly.

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@vanishingpoint Hmm, good question. I honestly don’t think NCLB authors R really concerned about students left behind. It is politics.

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@bcdtech My reply to that student would be: “too bad, so sad. should have logged into the wiki earlier.”

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@bcdtech I meant to write “bug” not “big!”

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@bcdtech I received 18 copies of your last twitter reply - must be a big with your twitter software!

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two more hours of class to go today. man. lots of information. my head is full.

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@mediasnackers hope the hospitalization is short and beneficial. my mother in law is in the hospital now as well. somewhat scary…

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before today I did not really understand what an annuity is… wow. i should know a lot of this stuff, but i didn’t.

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new post: “Opinions about auto-blogged social bookmark lists?” - http://tinyurl.com/56tt3o

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at last. time for lunch. goodbye twitter for 1.5 hours!

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all insurance is gambling

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@vanishingpoint excellent- THANKS for these links. I am going to start exploring and trying diigo in earnest soon, these will help! :-)

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“You have to see it or read it 7 times for the information to stick in your brain.” What is the source for this statement?

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i wish i was on wifi instead of 3G. but some bandwidth is better than no bandwidth…

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@Gailhd someone needs to respond on YouTube with a video to “Don’t Copy that floppy” that explains open source and our new IP era

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@Gailhd are you dancing to the tune? “Don’t Copy That Floppy” often inspires listeners to break out their 80’s dance moves!

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@Tom_Turner absolutely. Administrative vision and support is pivotal for broad-based technology integration and use.

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@LsShanks it’s a 1-step: the off or sleep button on the computer!

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@LsShanks Gamblers Anonymous should set up some MAJOR outreach here in Oklahoma if they have not already. We are the new Nevada. :-(

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@LsShanks yes i immediately thot of teacher salaries too. I’ve heard some in OK use cost of living as an excuse 4 ridiculously low salaries

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@datruss i appreciate reading and thinking about your own syntheses of these ideas. i need to revisit much of those thoughts as well.

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@plugusin if one will come first, bring the pedagogy. but i think they need to come together. chicken and egg. too many leave out pedagogy.

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@barrydahl yep. I have certainly been among the confused on “material” and “materiality.” I’ve never taken an accounting class before.

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@smeech i’m certainly not going to flee education. this is my passion. I am here for the revolution.

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@smeech you are kind. i think i will need to be financially independent and wealthy to have a reasonable chance in politics. who knows?

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@tansmom i volunteered and signed up to be here. i’m exploring some options and getting more financially educated. worst case: more info4me.

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@smeech I agree but say multi-taskers who fall behind are responsible themselves for catching up. “those who fall behind will be left behind

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@jbennett4 I love that term “bowling alley technology.” very appropriate to the overhead projector. I’ve had lots of fun messing with those

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ah, bliss. the vending machine downstairs has Funyuns. Not nutritious, but certainly life force sustaining this morning…

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new vocab word for me today: indemnify = restore or to make whole

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@datruss thanks for sharing the link to that post, and your kind comments. I heartily agree. We need to write this ROADMAP together.

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