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They made names for themselves before Twitter. They used blogs and podcasts.

David Warlick built a tool for students to safely blog, back when tools like Google Classroom and Canvas were pipe dreams.

I made my first podcast because Steve Dembo's Teach42 podcast inspired me, back before iTunes had podcatching as a feature.

These are good memories.

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Thinking about the early 2000s and the *big names* in educational technology.

Trying to remember them. I've never been good with names.

David Warlick
Hal Davidson
Kathy Shrock
Will Richardson
Steve Dembo
Chris Craft

And those are just the ones I got to meet in person. There were many more.

Most educators probably wouldn't even know who they are any more. It's their loss.

Tomorrow is one of the only days of the year where I am expected to wear a suit.

Tomorrow it is expected to hit 88F (31C).

I would not mind except I'm from PA and 88F is not suit weather.

"I'm kind of a big deal. I run a single-user Mastodon instance."

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This is a sign I should get on the bed and hang out with Mr Mittens.

Peeked into Twitter (without signing into an account).

Very quickly found a tweet about an "Education" organization selling NFTs.

Closed the tab.

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Beauty is in the eye of the storm.

... wait ...

It is my sister's responsibility, not mine, to publicly share any photos of my nephew.

So you're just going to have to take my word for it that he's the most adorable baby on the planet.

Creepy doll head, "eye" contact 

When people ask if I had fun camping this weekend, I will show them this image.

Yes, we found that where we were camping.

Yes, the photo was taken on site.

Yes, we left it the heck there.

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Jetpack seems to think I have over 1,000 subscribers to my photo blog.

I have never had that many people following me at once on any service I have ever used, so I am dubious of those numbers.

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🌱🌸🌱🌻 🌱🍄🌱🌱🌱

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red delicious, for particularly anomalous values of "delicious"

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The demon looked around. There was a summoning sigil drawn in the ruddy sand, but nobody... It shifted its perception to the spiritual plane. Ah. A dust devil.
"Why hast thou-"
"A battery."
"A battery?" The demon looked around. "What need for a battery on Mars?"
"For our friend."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

Worth noting I don't mind showing videos of in-school performances. Our K-2 students didn't get to see the band and orchestra performance so they really enjoyed that I could show them what they missed (and fast-forward through the parts where instruments were being tuned and such).

I am philosophically opposed to loading up Netflix and calling that a lesson.

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