Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Freshmen Spring 2009 Video

It was a great spring. I'm looking forward to recharging my batteries this spring and coming back ready to go in the fall. Thanks to everyone for their hard work, dedication and commitment to improving. It is all going to pay off!

I'll miss you guys that are going to Summer Creek High. And I will miss the bunch of you deciding not to take AVID next year. Although that saddens me very much, I also know that all the things that come to us we have to take in a positive way.

The video is password protected. If you would like to see it, please shoot me an email and I'll send you the password.

AVID Freshmen 2009 - Spring from Mr. Duez on Vimeo.

Spring video for my AVID Freshmen class in 2009. What a great spring.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Miss You Zach.

I really miss Zach. He passed away 3 years ago today. Zach was in my first period class. I'll never forget the last time I saw him... he had the BIGGEST smile on his face. When he was absent, I knew something must be up... because he was always there.
Zach passed because he came into contact with a a bat that had rabies.
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Miss you Zach. Your passing taught me to enjoy every day with my students. I always regret not having had a chance to see you grow.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Would You Want A Kindle?

Wall Street Journal: Amazon to release Kindle for texbooks

Would you trade your textbooks for a Kindle? The price would be a great deal smaller for a school district that would be purchasing thousands of them. Interesting.
NEW YORK (AP) — Inc. will release a larger — and more expensive — version of its Kindle electronic reading device that is geared toward periodicals and textbooks.

During a press event Wednesday at Pace University in New York, Amazon founder and Chief Executive Jeff Bezos showed off the $489 device. It has a grayscale screen that is 9.7 inches on the diagonal, up from 6 inches on the regular Kindle. The new Kindle DX also includes a QWERTY keyboard like the current Kindle.

The announcement comes three months after Amazon revealed a slimmer, updated version of the original $359 Kindle, which wirelessly downloads books. Some analysts have said the unit needed must-have content like textbooks to become more of a mainstream gadget.

Three textbook publishers said they have agreed to sell books on the device.
Would you want a Kindle instead of having to carry ALL of your textbooks?

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Crisis of Credit - Understanding Why American is Having Economic Problems.

We watched part I of this video today in class. It does a great job of explaining in a straight forward way what the credit crisis in America is all about.

The Crisis of Credit Visualized from Jonathan Jarvis on Vimeo.