With the free ning options people like me often make a site just for kicks. With the paid service that will obviously not happen anymore. So basically I am getting all of my commentary in one place before free goes away. The stated goal of that site was from our 2009 Trip. Here it goes:
This trip is about eating blueberries (mostly blueberry pie), viewing
moose, and seeking the best Cheesburger in Maine and Atlantic Canada.
DAY 1: We are in Dexter Maine staying at the Brewster Inn
. Lots of history here
as this is the Dexter as used in the phrase world famous Dexter Shoes.
Yep this is where it was and as was the case for many American
manufacturers this shop was shipped out of the country.
The first house on this site was built for the Brewster family in the
This house was torn down to the supporting walls in 1934 and replaced by
the building you see on their website today. Built for Senator and Mrs.
Ralph Owen Brewster, the home was the scene of socializing and parties,
as well as political gatherings.
The conflict between Senator Brewster and Howard Hughes has been well
documented in the recent film The Aviator in which Alan Alda portrays
In 1988 the home was opened as the Brewster Inn, and was entered onto
the National Register of Historic Places. Owen Brewster was a
controversial governor who in addition to his conflict with Howard
Hughes and supposedly had ties to the Kl Klux Klan. Several old time
celebs have stayed here including Harry Truman.
The current proprietors of Inn have a great story also. Mark and Judith
Stephens are from Gloucester England and sold their smaller house in
Glouscester which had greatly risen in value for a 10 bedroom Mansion in
the heart of Maine USA (Glad to see someone sold in time to not get
hammered by falling real estate prices.
I did a workshop today in Hartland Maine for a group of 30 teachers on
applications for and techniques for effective video conferencing. This
was a great group with lots of questions and very passionate about the
technology tools available for teaching and learning. They are running a
1 to 1 laptop initiative but have not done a lot in the area of IP
videoconferencing. I am excited about the potential for this group. Many
ideas were nurtured including using video to share traveling authors so
that more sites and students can have access to such resources.
We had guest speakers via video from Oklahoma including 1) Mike Woods
Superintendent from Drummond who spoke about their collaborative
exchange he implemented with Raglan Schools in New Zealand and 2)
Quinton RomanNose who is in charge of educational activities for the
Cheyenne Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He talked about their video
capabilities and showed an 8 minute video of Cheyenne Arapahoe
activities and history which included a discussion of the Sand Creek
Massacre and the Washita Massacre.
Interesting Tidbits shared during the session that have little to do
with the workshop.
When the topic of Wayman Tisdale came up about as many people knew of
him as a jazz musician as did know of him as a basketball player.
In Maine there are two seasons: Forth of July and Winter
In Oklahoma there are 4 seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer and Football
And as is normal I learned as much as the group. A key too I learned
about from the group is an eportfolio tool call Mahara.
It got to 90 degrees here. A nice spring day in Oklahoma but many of the
people at the workshop spoke of it being unusually warm. Hope to see
some more of the countryside.
If you go to Kent Brooks.com this should be posted tomorrow.
Featured on the September episode of the 2005 Oklahoma Horizons show "High
overviews the transition of these two isolated
rural school districts. One located in Aline Oklahoma and the other in
Raglan New Zealand. The headline on Oklahoma Horizons read "Thanks to
technology, the days of the isolated one-room school house are over.
Students in the small school district of Aline-Cleo now have classmates
on the other side of the world."
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