What's on your Blackberry?

Let me start off by saying that I loved my T-Mobile Dash.  There was nothing wrong with it when I upgraded.  However, the school district wasn’t supporting Windows Mobile for their Novel email client.  As a new administrator, I was able to see emails, but I wasn’t able to respond to them.  So, I picked up a Blackberry Curve 8900.

I don’t want to fill the phone up with a lot of applications that I don’t use, so I’m careful what I install.  Here is a list of what I have at the moment  (If you’re interested…and I’m at home with 2 sick kids @ the moment).

Blackberry 8900:

Evernote – I use this a lot!  In fact, it is on my main screen.  I can write a text note, take a pic, create an audio note, or upload a file to my Evernote Internet acct.  and bring it up later.   I’ve been using the audio note to leave myself reminders and ideas as I’m moving about my day.

Google Maps – I had this on the Dash too.  However, with the 8900, I can utilize GPS.  This has saved me a couple of times!

YouVersion Bible – My Bible reading on the go.  It can search Scripture for keywords and has a daily reading plan if you want to use it.  I like that I can read the NIV on it.

Openbeak – My Twitter client.  It’s not as friendly as TweetDeck on my laptop, but it works.

Facebook – Yeah, but I don’t really like it on here.  I could delete this one with no worries.

WordPress – I haven’t used this yet.  But I have it setup if I ever want to mobile blog.  I’m sure I will use it eventually.

Pandora – Need I say anymore?

Qik – Ok, this is supposed to be a cool app.  You are “supposed” to live stream (audio & video) with your cellphone.  However, it doesn’t work.  People say that their screen always says “loading.”  However, it will save it to your account for viewing.  And, it will auto upload it to Youtube.  So, it doesn’t work for live streaming, but it will get your cell phone videos to the internet easily.

Google Mobile Apps – I have started using the reader when I’m stuck in the line at the grocery store or don’t have a book with me while I’m waiting somewhere.

One of the most helpful things that I found out about my Blackberry is to see which apps are left open and are slowing the phone down.  On the 8900, you hold the home key down for a few seconds and you will see all the apps that are open.  About 4-5 are always open.  However, you want to close all the other ones for better performance.  The home key thing only works on the 8900 from what I’m told.


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Feeling Thin?

This isn’t an article about losing weight.  But I do want to talk about your health.

A few years ago, I was in a funk.  At the time, the way I described it was that I “felt thin.”  I surely wasn’t talking about weight.  I was talking about my well-being.  Because of all the different things I was involved in, I felt like I was giving so much that there was nothing left….or like I was running on fumes.  I was giving in the areas of my family, work, church and other places that just wore me down.  I hope I can get this across….  I wasn’t down physically, although it manifested itself as that.

I’ve done enough reading and leadership development to realize that I was putting out, but I wasn’t putting anything inside of me.  However, in the middle of my “funk” I wouldn’t have come to that understanding as easily.  When you’re exhausted, all you want to do is find every bit of time to sit and do nothing.  It was in a time of purposeful reflection that I realized that I needed to do something to stimulate myself mentally.

I have had my podcatcher (Juice) setup for a while.  I would download podcasts and stuff, but I just didn’t take the time to put them on my mp3 player.  Again, I just wanted to sit and do nothing!  But it was pretty amazing, that after a few podcasts in different areas, I started to get fresh new ideas.  I felt like my brain waves were flowing again.  I was energized and I was getting excited over the things that were coming to mind.

You need to make sure that you are “feeding” yourself or that you have a plan for personal development!  I’ve heard John Maxwell and even Zig Ziglar mention that the company that you keep is important, in one way or another.  Listening, reading and being intentional about your “development” is one way that you can keep company with some of the “great ones.”   It’s amazing what you can find out on the internet.

What am I doing?  I have a few books that I’m reading…but I’m also listening to podcasts of all types: history, spiritual, leadership, management, education and innovation.  I’m also downloading videocasts and taking the time to read certain blogs and even follow some guru’s on Twitter.

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Twitter & Ziglar

I’ve been doing a Lifelong Learning Series that I’ve been posting to my school blog.  I just completed one on using Twitter as a learning tool.  Check it out and tell me what you think.

The link is http://tinyurl.com/y9s5q4q

I also listened to 2 pretty cool podcasts by Zig Ziglar.  You can listen to them by clicking on these links:

http://traffic.libsyn.com/zigziglar/How_to_be_of_service.mp3 – How to Be of Service

– Improve Your Self-Image

You can visit the podcast feed by going here – http://zigziglar.libsyn.com/rss

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Year of Firsts cont….

I attended my first “rookie” AP meeting today. I attended my AP meeting back when we started on contract, but this one was just for the noobs! 😉

One of the things that was brought up in our discussion/meeting was this cool quote by Haim Ginott –

“I’ve come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or de-humanized.”

That’s pretty powerful there!

Another thing that always strikes home with me is the….taking time to teach social skills. This seems like a waste of time, but it is well worth the effort. Taking a little time every Monday to visit some social skills and talk about expectations will take care of issues before they become issues….

I also read this today….by John Maxwell, “The average person will try to pull down anyone around him who is working to rise above average.” And, “Great people desire to bring out the greatness in others. Small people will try to put the same limits on you that they have put on themselves.” Ouch! Dang small people….get away from me! 😉


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Year of Firsts

I’m doing the Doogie Howser thing….          5VH2ZY9SBWHQ

This year will be a year of firsts…. I completed my first week as an AP @ Copeland. I’m excited to be at the school! The only thing I would change is how far the AP office is from the classrooms. I wish it was a little closer… Poor kids…are going to have to walk the long walk just to sit and talk. I wonder if it will be scary enough! LOL

I love that everyone seems to be opened to technology. I also see very little complaining on the staff’s part! That is cool.

I just need to find a volunteer who will come in and massage feet at the end of the day!



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Active Listening?

In Leadership Gold, John Maxwell writes…

“I once read about a study that stated that we hear half of what is being said, listen to half of what we hear, understand half of it, believe half of that, and remember only half of that. If you translate those assumptions into an eight-hour day, here is what it would mean:
– You spend half your day – about four hours – in listening activities.
– You hear about two hours’ worth of what is said.
– You actually listen to an hour of it.
– You understand only thirty minutes of that hour.
– You believe only fifteen minutes’ worth.
– And you remember less than eight minutes of all that is said.”

Should we talk in 8 minute intervals? 🙂


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