Friday, December 02, 2011
I have enjoyed taking some family photos and making this year's Christmas card and making an graphic of a Husker football player. I think it also has potential for making interesting images of historical figures and places. Below is a quick WordFoto made of a picture I took of Mount Vernon a couple of years ago while attending a Gilder Lehrman summer workshop. I have include the original photo as well to allow you to compare.
The WordFoto app is currently available only as an Apple app. If you would like to check out some great examples of what WorldFoto can do check out their Flickr page.
Thursday, December 01, 2011
Thanks to @explorehistory for sharing this resource on Twitter.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Okonomiyaki at a Hiroshima restaurant
Okonomiyaki mid process on a hot plate
Our KKC group making Okonomiyaki in Hiroshima
Thursday, July 14, 2011
|My new favorite Japanese Baseball player|
|Poster promoting the game we attended|
|I met these super fans for the Osaka team prior to the game|
|The couple which sold us our tickets to the game|
|Enjoying the game with my host family|
|Shopping for souvenirs at the game|
|View from our seats in the upper deck, slightly right field|
|McDonald's concession stand inside Osaka Dome|
|Fans prepare for the pink balloon launch at the game|
|Enjoying a ice cream helmet sundae at the game|
Monday, July 11, 2011
I took some pictures of the Tokyo skyline from my hotel window but also ventured to higher locations including the 45th floor of the Tokyo Ritz-Carlton hotel and the 40th floor of the Tokyo Dome Hotel and took pictures and video from these locations.
Many beverage choices at vending machine in Japan
Riding the subway in Kyoto with Mizuki, a member of my host family
Enjoying my first trip on the Bullet Train in Japan
Inside the "Green Car" on the Bullet Train
The Bullet Train arrives to take us to Tokyo
Ticket to Ride - Bullet Train to Tokyo
Our bus pulled up to the front of Waseda Jr. High School. We removed our shoes and were asked to follow the principal. It was quiet in the hallway. As we approached the gym, we noticed signs created by the students welcoming us to their school which featured American flags. We entered the gymnasium to see a sight which surprised many in the group. The entire student body of Waseda Junior High was assembled in the gym - absolutely quiet and standing in meticulously straight rows. As we entered the gym, the students were smiling and offered a thunderous round of applause which continued until all of us were seated in designated chairs lined up on the baseline at the far end of the gym.
Sign welcoming Keizai Koho Fellows to Waseda Jr. High School on July 4th
The response from the students was moving to say the least. The students had prepared a welcoming program for us which including greetings, a traditional drum performance and signing. They told us they wanted to help us celebrate the 4th of July since it was an important day for us. I was moved to the brink of tears. Just an hour before at breakfast I had a sense of uncertainty concerning how Americans would be treated in Hiroshima. The actions of the students at Waseda Junior High answered my question and this spirit of hospitality and friendliness was repeated consistently over the course of the next couple of days.
Students perform for us at opening ceremony at Waseda Jr. High School
Students of Waseda Jr. High sing a song for us at opening ceremony
Hello. This summer I went on an adventure of a lifetime. I was selected this past spring to participate in the 2011 Keizai Koho Center Fellowship Program. I had the good fortune of traveling in Japan between June 29th and July 8th with nine other social studies teachers from the United States.
We visited a variety of cities in Japan including Kyoto, Hiroshima and Tokyo. We toured schools, businesses, historic sites, factories, temples and shrines. We have a home stay with a Japanese family. We ate things we couldn't describe and sang Karaoke in downtown Tokyo for three hours. We met the major of Hiroshima and rode the bullet train. It was an experience I will never forget as well as the people I shared it all with for nearly two weeks.
I took a lot of pictures during the trip. It would probably not shock anyone who knows me that I took over 1,100 pictures in 10 days and had my handy Flip Video cam along to collect some of the memories on video. While we were in Japan it was difficult to update the blog and do a quality job of capturing the experience so I have waited until after the trip to really reflect and write. My upcoming posts will include my thoughts on aspects of the trip, mostly organized into themes. I will include accompanying photos and videos. I hope my blog posts will accurately convey some of my experiences on this amazing trip.
If you are interesting in participating in a Keizai Koho Fellowship - and I highly recommend it if you have any remote interest in Japan - please check out their website for more information on how to apply for future trips.
Friday, July 01, 2011
Our first visit today was to the Ryoanji Temple in Kyoto. This Buddhist temple is famous for it’s rectangular Zen rock garden. As we entered the grounds of the temple we walked through gorgeous landscaping and Kyoyochi Pond with lilies. This pond dates back to the 12th century. The surrounding grounds had trees and flowers. It was incredible and at this time of the summer everything looked great.
The rock garden has a gravel base and 15 stones. At first the garden honestly did not impress me. It looked very simple. Our guide then explained that the garden contained exactly 15 stones because the moon becomes new again in 15 days. The aspect of the garden I liked the most was that the stones in the garden are arranged in such a way that it is impossible to stand and view al 15 at one time – symbolizing that it is impossible for anyone to be perfect.
The temple itself was also very impressive. We took off our shoes off upon entering the temple and one of the teachers in our group had a great comment as we left. He said that without wearing shoes it was possible to interact more with the temple itself – feeling it with your feet. I thought that was a great observation.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
I will be posting some reflections and thoughts from this experience a little later but while I had a little time tonight I wanted to post a couple pictures from our experiences today.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Those of you who follow my blog know that the tag line for my podcast has always been that this space is a discussion for the topics of “education, technology and history”. This post is a combination of all those topics but this time they collide in an unlikely location – Kaufman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals major league baseball team.
In the suite prior to the first pitch we had a question and answer session with Royals broadcaster Ryan Lefebvre and Royals General Manager Dayton Moore. The discussions were candid and much of the talk centered on the roster moves of the day including the call up of Danny Duffy. There was a lot of baseball “shop talk” and I enjoyed the insider view of the team but threaded throughout the conversations of the evening was the theme of social media and how it fits into the timeless traditions of baseball.
I took the following video from our discussion with Eric Hosmer on his use of social media :
I am also sharing some of the photos I took during the event as a Flickr set if you are interested.
Read additional experiences from other "Blog Your Way to the K" participants :
Michael Engel - Blogging Away - Kings of Kauffman
Aaron Stilley – Blog Your Way to the K Report – I70 Baseball
Jeff Zimmerman – Bloggers Night at the K – Royals Review
Sean Nash – Searching for a Royal Spring – Also a set of photos by Nash on Flickr
Kate Canterbury – The Columbia Tribune
Jordan Sheat – @jordankcfan
Chris Kamler – @fakenedyost – His guest post on Kings of Kauffman