Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Pre Expo Show{s}

Did you happen to attend the Expo Pre Show? I did, but can I share a super funny story about the whole thing? Thanks, I knew you wouldn't mind.. So let me start at the beginning shall I, you shouldn't really start stories at the end, but hey whatever works for you my friends.

On Tuesday, remember I'm a day ahead, I went grocery shopping and completely forgot to get a plunge or drain cleaner per Mr S's request. It also turned out that the kids had raided the pantry the night before on our "fend for yourself dinner" and they'd eaten something I needed that night for tea!

I bundled everyone into the car and headed back to the store. We located a plunger, drain-o, and a bag of tortilla chips. Upon arrival someone told me my brake lights weren't working. I wasn't quite sure how kosher the opinion was considering no one had been behind me on my way in, but I tested the theory and while my indicators worked my brake lights didn't.

The following morning, the day of the preshow for me, we tried to call the mechanic to fix the car and I figured, "Bummer, I'm not gonna make the preshow." Only, the mechanic wasn't open. So we went through our normal morning and raced Mr S up to the ferry and I came home and called the mechanic. Turned out the mechanic would prefer to work on the car the following day, yeah me! Only, because I was all ready in the mode of "I can't go to the meeting." I dashed around doing my morning chores and encouraging the kids in theirs.

All that to say I missed the first half of the meeting, which I wasn't too sure on anyway. It was all about using technology in your school. Now, I have to be honest and say the topic was kinda strange sounding to me because I was thinking things like computers, internet and so on. As it turned out the discussion was on quite a bit more and those of you with ipads should really check out all the goodies one can use on it for school type "stuff".

I'm not an ipad owner and we {Mr S and I} have always vetoed them; all though we're kinda eating our words and considering one based on the absurd amount of school manuals that we have in e-form. I hope all companies don't go to e-form, but that's another rant best saved for another day!

One of the neatest apps the speaker shared was one called geo walk where you could look up places on the globe. You not only saw where they were and "visited" the various cities but could also read about the people, the animals, the plants, and so much more. My guys being big on geography thought it was the coolest.

I also really enjoyed the interactive timeline app that was being shared. Very cool, all though I was slightly disappointed to learn there wasn't much in regards to Christian history on it, but there were big plans on making another timeline app that would be Christian/Bible history. Did I mention this is put out by the Knowledge Quest folks? I really love their map products! We're currently using the Ancient Maps for our Bible/History lessons..

There's another preshow coming up on April 12th, and for those of you who live in the US or Canada you'll be eligible for all door prizes. Those of you living outside of those boundaries are eligible for the downloadable style door prizes. You'll have to let me know if you'll be there and I can give you a virtual hello!