This blog is my acceptance, in part, of the 5 challenges from Dr. Camille Rutherford.
#1 - Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
Dr. Camille Rutherford is an Associate Professor of Education at Brock University, and a fellow organizing member of the Teaching with Technology Showcase and CONNECT. She teaches the Educational Technology Leadership course at Brock, with a little help from me. She has a passion for technology that is admirable, but often drives the IT staff (including me) crazy.
#2 - 11 Random facts about me.
- I am married to a wonderful woman from Kentucky.
- There is a school in Burlington, Ontario named after my great grandfather.
- I dropped out of university in 1994, and finished my undergrad part-time after I started working at the university. I graduated (B.Sc. Computer Science) in 2005.
- I drove 16 hours to Hastings, Nebraska to go to the Kool-Aid Days Festival... when I was 36.
- My first job was at Kentucky Fried Chicken.
- My first IT-related job was a 75 to 90 minute drive away (depending on traffic). Now I make a 7 minute walk from my front door to my desk.
- I can wiggle my ears.
- I was 23 when I first flew on a plane.
- I was in the Enrichment Program for middle school. It later became the Gifted Program. I hated it.
- I am right-handed, but bat, play hockey, and golf left-handed.
- I had LASIK surgery in 2000.
#3 - Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
- What is your favorite quote or saying?
"That's unfortunate" is what I commonly say, but I think my favorite saying is by Edgar Bergen. "Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy."
- Name your ideal retirement location.
Kentucky. Beautiful countryside with great hiking. It's a lot like northern Ontario, but with much longer summers and milder winters.
- If you could have only one educational technology resource, what would it be?
Assuming there was WiFi access, I guess a tablet. A tablet with Internet access is an amazing all-around tool with long battery life, and can easily be shared among students.
- What is your favourite travel destination?
Puerto Rico. I was surprised by Puerto Rico. It has beautiful beaches, a rain forest, historic site-seeing, and is a fairly inexpensive travel destination. We were even able to use regular US cell service making it easy to stay in touch.
- Recommend an educational game.
I don't really play educational games, so there isn't one that comes readily to mind. I've enjoyed some of the Dr. Suess books, but they're not really games. Similarly I think Whiteboard: Collaborative Drawing is a great app for education. It's not exactly a game, but you can play games using it. It's also cross-platform (Android and iOS), so great for BYOD.
- What is your favourite app?
I primarily use Android devices, but the one app that keeps me coming back to iOS is Notability.
- What is your favourite TV show?
I would say Big Bang Theory, but it's a very small pool to choose from. I'm only watching four shows total.
- Have you ever paid it forward at a coffee shop?
I'm not sure. I don't specifically remember paying it forward at a coffee shop. I almost always tip at the coffee shop though, and I'm always willing to pay a little if the person in front of me is short. That's mostly to get myself through the line faster, so it isn't exactly the same thing.
- If you had to pick a song to be your theme song, what would it be?
I really don't know.
- What is the last movie you saw in a theatre?
"A Madea Christmas". Seriously. Before that it was Dallas Buyers Club.
- What is the first thing you would do after winning a million dollars?
Change my name.
I will pass on the challenge for #4 and #5. The truth is that I am still primarily an IT person. I have just recently started looking for Ed Tech podcasts. I will look for blogs to follow as well. Here is a challenge for anyone reading this. Help me out, and feel free to share your favourites in the comments.