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The Realities of Staying Home: My First Day as a Stay-At-Home Mom

Originally posted on The Farm on the Hill:
Wreath courtesy of angiemakes.com. Well, here it is.  My first day as a stay-at-home mom.  I’m sure you all are now flipping back in your mind to all of my previous posts about staying home already, so let me explain.  I started maternity leave in February with J and had planned on staying home the rest of the school year with him.  I turned in my resignation in May.  Then came what would have been summer vacation anyway.  But today all of my colleagues head back to school for the first teacher day and I don’t.  I got my last paycheck on Friday and today I am officially at home as a stay-at-home mom.   I’m not going to lie, I have a mixture of emotions going on right now.  Part of me is sad.  I’ve been seeing all of the posts about teachers and going back to school, and I still completely relate.  I still feel like a teacher at heart.  Teaching is a calling not…

Periscope as a New Technology to Integrate in Higher Education Classrooms?

Originally posted on Millennial Professor: Since I joined the faculty ranks back in 2006, my preferred (and the students’ preferred communication methods) have continued to evolve. For example… 2006-2010 – The preferred communication method in my classroom was Yahoo Instant Messenger. *I linked Yahoo IM to my Blackboard courses as an embedded widget. 2010-2012 – The preferred communication methods in my classroom were Twitter and Google Voice for text messages. 2012 – 2015 – The preferred communication methods in my classroom were Twitter, Google Plus Groups, Google Voice for text messages, and Facebook groups (graduate students and undergraduate students). Fall 2015 (and beyond) –  The preferred communication methods in my classroom will be..Google Plus, Google Voice, and potentially Periscope (a interactive live stream technology for conferencing and establishing social presence). Read more…