Shut Down Day-and-3/4

Well I had registered for Shutdown Day on May 3. (The link for seems to be broken now)  I successfully stayed off my computer, e-mail, Twitter, all my online networks for 24 hours. I enjoyed the time with family, friends and the outdoors so much I decided to extend the day a little longer and did not connect again until Sunday evening when I needed to complete a project for class and finish researching something for work.

I could do this again. I’m sure I missed something important, but knowing the wonderful people I’ve met in my network – they’ll fill me in.

May 3rd is Shut Down Day!

Can you survive 24 hours without your computer? Unless there’s a beach vacation involved, it’s a stretch for me, but tomorrow – I’m going to do it!

An experiment is going on to see just how many people can go without using their computers tomorrow, Saturday, May 3, 2008. To be part of the experiment, just register online, consider advertising Shut Down Day on your blog or website, and maybe even create a short video of what you did with all the extra time you had with family and friends while you weren’t on your computer using all that electricity. There’s a contest you can enter to win some great prizes.

What will you do with your time?


PodCamp NYC was a Success!

PodCampNYC was a fantastic experience at Brooklyn Polytechnic yesterday. Not only did David Gordon and I get to talk about the project we’ve been working so hard on for so many months, but so many attendees shared our enthusiasm.


Brian Brewer from had some great suggestions for us and offered to link our vcasts to his organization’s site once they were formally published. Christine Cavalier aka PurpleCar had a great idea for us to include a teenager in the vcasts. David immediately thought of a candidate for the job and I could see the networks in his brain working to make it all happen as soon as we got back to Jersey. And we also met Philip Campbell from the UK who sat in on part of our presentation. Phil runs and graciously offered to help us with circulation and had some awesome ideas on getting additional funding.  


David, Judy and I also had the chance to sit in on the Teachers Teaching Teachers with Paul Allison and Susan Ettenheim and we  lunched with Second Life gurus AJ Kelton and Peggy Sheehy.  


Finally, as the day came to a close, we met some of the PodCamp coordinators. They did such a fantastic job. We even had free coffee from Starbucks – in NYC of all places!


I only wish I had met Philip from Philip – I looked for you everywhere.


Check out my Flickr stream from the day.



Time for a new blog

Having been an unofficial “blogger” for many years using Blogger to author subject specific blogs for my job at the Center at Rutgers and then abandoning them because I lost interest or just plain got too busy, this time I decided that I would make a commitment to blog for myself.

Back in 2005 I had used Blogger to house content for a couple of graduate courses I was teaching as well as using it as a tool to teach educators about blogging. You can see my old blogs at Much of the information is outdated and many of the links may be broken. I remember about six months ago contacting Blogger because a couple of my blogs mysteriously dissapeared from my dashboard. They were never recovered.

There are so many things that I am interested in as an ed tech specialist and I post my opinions on Twitter and other social networks and people’s blogs on a regular basis, but here in the year 2008, I decided it was finally time to dedicate some space specifically for what I think works for good teaching and learning. I bring you Thumann Resources.