Where I post assorted thoughts and links relating to learning, specifically learning difficulties, learning disabilities, dyslexia, dysgraphia, "dyscalculia" and all the other reasons people struggle with numbers and math and arithmetic, reading, Orton-Gillingham stuff and ... whatever!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Movin' on out...

... I was only leaving this bad boy with google blogs because I could house it on my server. Since it seems that option is departing, so am I. I shall endeavor to update my website in non-bloggy ways (um, shouldn't be that hard). http://resourceroomblog.wordpress.com is the address...

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Oh, well....

... This will be a Blog That NEver Takes Off.

Google doesn't want to do the FTP thing any more, and if I"m going to migrate something, it'll be out of google blogs, which have a few too many annoyances.

I'll decide whether to go with Wordpress or not... (

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Math Camtasia

Lent out my Making Math Real video :) Still no details on where the overview training will be held in June "in Chicago." I'm thinking of a train-bike combination, of course, to defy the parking expenses, even if it's paid for. I dislike extortion, even when it's legal.
Now I'm off to hte office to put together a Camtasia for the Order of Operations. Methinks I'm going to do it in two stages.
WHat do I *want* to do? Learn more Flash so I can really animate this stuff. First to get this "rough stuff" put together... and a few miles on the bicycle to get there :) Happily the roads are clear enough to leave the studs at home...

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Here's one for the books: there's a lawsuit over the math curriculum in Washington State.


Monday, January 25, 2010

Camtasia Grrr....!

So, before I go ask 'em to upgrade my Camtasia, I want to show that I'm using it.
Of course, none of the support online has anything useful.
I make a lovely recording... save it... produce it as an .avi file.
Well, that won't pull up on any other computer but this one.
Okay, I'll take that same project and try another format.
First have to go find it... on the Jump Drive...
So I drag it onto the time line and it seems to want to go on there infinite times. Do What Now? I just want one. Why on earth?

... Okay, so I cut out the extra ones (there were three) and have it as a wonderful Flash file that even works on other 'puters.

Can I get Contribute to upload it for me? No. I am allowed to browse for files on my computer, but if I actually select one... it ignores it. No, you really can't do that, even though it's an option on the menu.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

"Non traditional" students, doing hours of Math on a Friday afternoon. The youngest has gotten through 094 and 095, and now it's 098. He's already defying the odds a bit 'cause he didn't have to repeat any of 'em. One of the older guys, new this semester, in 094, sees the stuff on his paper. He asks what he's doing and notes that it's more advanced than what they're doing. "It's 098." I explain the course sequence. Then the kicker: "I started where you are."
"I started in 072."
"So did I."

So the (relative) youngster was getting admired for his academic prowess ... and the older students were seeing that yes, you *could* get there from here. I have a feeling that moment did more than all the help with the math problems that day.

Friday, January 22, 2010


what?? no posts this year???

Back in the saddle I shall hop.