Tuesday, December 22, 2015

A Personal Story - My Healthy Journey of 2015

Even though this is an educational technology blog, I've decided to take a different approach with this post and share a personal use of technology. 

At the beginning of the new year, 2015, I made a life change. I decided to start eating better and making my health a priority. My motivation came from losing a close family member to alcohol and overeating. At that time, I realized that I wanted to get back in control and try to change my habits.

Here is a picture of me in December of 2014:

And here is a picture of me today, December 2015:

Technology helped me to take on the health challenge in several ways and if sharing some of these sites and tools helps others, I'll feel so happy.

I joined an online community of other people who encouraged and motivated me to eat well. I do not promote a certain kind of diet or eating. This is just what worked for me. Diabetes runs in my family, and I knew that cutting out sugar and carbohydrates would be the right decision for me. Just reading posts from others who are having the same struggles and successes as I am is a huge support.

This site saved me from getting stuck in a rut and eating the same thing every day, which has been part of the difficulty in the past. By searching for sugar-free / low carb foods, I found and collected many great recipes that I love and treasure. Here is my collection of low sugar / low carb foods that I have tried and are delicious!

These two apps have been a daily go to.  I use My Fitness Pal to log what I eat and see the nutritional value of any recipes that I make. PopWeight helps me to track my weight every day and visually shows me how I am doing.

Online shopping
I found a few great sites for ordering foods that are low in sugar and help with my cravings or sweet tooth. Netrition (this site has low carb bread and also has great recipes), Labrada (I buy my protein shakes here) and Amazon (I ordered this ice cream maker and it has been heavenly this year).  I do spend a bit more money on food, but then I have to weigh that against being healthy. I think it is worth it.

A few other changes that I have made is to put eating healthy first. I used to eat in order to please other people like at a party or holiday celebration. I now realize that eating healthy is a personal choice I am making and I try to focus on the idea of spending quality time with others when with my friends instead of food.

I also am working on finding a balance between work and home. This is very important to me and has made a difference in my quality of life and health. 

And finally, I choose to spend time with the people in my life who are supportive, kind, thoughtful and understanding. There are always those people who are negative, hurtful or untrustworthy. I am choosing to politely keep my distance.  

I pray every morning that I will be able to continue eating healthy and having the will power and motivation to continue this healthy journey. Sometimes life can get in the way, but I believe in myself and my determination, and that is what is most important.

Thank you for reading this post. I hope by writing this personal story I can help others who are going through a challenge. Perhaps technology can also be helpful to them in a personal way.  

Sunday, December 20, 2015

It's Okay to Have a Little Holiday Fun

Take some time to have some holiday fun with these sites. Holiday cards, snow line and decorating cookies are on the agenda.

Watch this Chat with Deb to see some great sites to share with your students for a little holiday fun.

Sites shared in this video:
Another Build a Snowman

Thank you to Intel's Teachers Engage for sponsoring this Chat with Deb post. 

Monday, December 7, 2015

Hour of Code- Chat with Deb

 Explained in Just 10 Minutes 

This week we celebrate Computer Science Education Week and along with that Hour of Code.

For many educators, committing to doing an hour of code with our students can take us a bit out of our comfort zone because we haven't experienced coding before. Well, fear not, this Chat with Deb video will take you through an hour of code activity and help you to feel knowledgeable about what to expect. And it will only take about 10 minutes of your time.

Here is the URL to the website with all of the Hour of Code activities - www.nortonaasd.weebly.com

For more information on Hour of Code check out - www.code.org

Let me know if this video was helpful and if you decide to support the Hour of Code with your students.

Thanks for watching and for all you do in the classroom.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

My Notes Tell it All

Notetaking Tool from Readwritethink.org Integrated with Google Classroom

Video Series - #7 Google Classroom Tech Integration

This video demonstrates how to use Google Classroom to assign note-taking using a student interactive from readwritethink.org.  Students can add big ideas, sub-topics and more

The student interactive can be found at Readwritethink.org Note Taker

I hope you found this video helpful for technology integration in your classroom.

Let me know if you decide to give Notetaker a try.

Click here if you would like to be awesome and discover more  tools to integrate with Google Classroom.