Bob and Westies,Good to from hear from so many friends. We are Arizonians now and are settling into the Phoenix life quickly. No snow here, Yes!
The new job goes well and I've hit the ground running. My initial onsite plan has been, "Go, Look, Think, Improve" and so far I've been busy. Connecting all the dots has been an interesting process. I do get to see Cathy Poplin often and she has been a great sources of who's who knowledge. I also get to see Don (Butch) Fouriner on occasion.
One of my first projects is to unify the many AzTEA systems (web, wiki, listserv, event planning, etc.) into one local and one application if possible. Drupal is the CMS of choice. If you have any suggestion, ideas buzz me.
Best Regards, Merry Christmas & Happy holidays! (Coy) Executive Director, AzTEA Phoenix, Az Cell - 435.650.5478 Email - coy@xxxxxxxxx Skype - coyison Kearney, Robert wrote:
Westies.Hope all you guys are having a good Christmas season and that those that have a new job, like Coy, are doing well. With Obama coming in, K-12 education promises to be an exciting area for the next few years. I like his choice for Sect of Education. I have two ideas to run by you. Actually both are very similar.1. In my spare time I have tried my hand at story writing and have finished one called "The Orange Sun and the Green Flash". It's aimed at 5-6th grade level kids, but it has science things most adults are not familiar with. I would like to have 5th or 6th grade kids illustrate the story and I tentatively plan to self publish on Amazon...or another place..., there are a number. If it makes any money, I would like to split the money with the kids or with the school. So, I put a draft of the story on-line. What do you think of this as a project for some kids, and is there any interest in this at any of your schools? The story is at http://mysite.verizon.net/bkkearney/Stories/ under Red Orange Sun2. Any book published over 75 years ago (before 1923) is in the public domain and kids could do their own illustrations of these books and publish anyway they want. If the publication date is less than 75 years ago they may be able to do this also, but this needs to be investigated case by case. The US copyright office web site has further comments. So this means kids can do their own illustrations for a large number of books and they could then engage in reading the book with a different eye, ask different questions, decide how the illustrations would fit in with the story line, how they would enhance the story, or how illustrations might change the story. There would be a lot of extended learning for the kids. They could learn about copyright law, layout publishing programs, etc. Many school systems do their own yearbook and probably already have OK software publishing programs. In any case the software is not expensive. My oldest son Tom is in his last year of law school and will be working in intellectual property law when he get through with the CA. bar exam next summer. So I have an in to check out legal matters. Actually I think you could get some federal monies to develop this concept. It combines art, literature, and technology, and I hope NCLB will be modified soon to include performance/product based assessment. Maybe it could develop into a "Westies" project. Right now it is snowing here in Idaho and the temp promises to continue hovering about zero. But some of our grandkids are coming at the end of the week, and Santa, as always, will get through.bob K