Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology and other Tech Observations by Dr, Helen Teague


Grandparents’ Day Sunday September 10 Has Tech Implications

This Sunday, September 10 is Grandparents’ Day!!

The role of grand-parenting has certainly changed in our history. Take a look at the statistics:

Did You Know:

Number of grandparents in the U.S.    70,000,000
Percent of U.S. households lead by grandparents    37 %
Percent of Grandparents that are the primary caregiver to their grandchildren    13 %
Percent of people who became a grandparent in their 50’s    43%
Percent of people who became a grandparent in their 40’s    37%

Also, perceptions of porches and rockers as the primary activity of grandparents are inaccurate. Consider these latest data findings:

Percent of grandparents who use the internet 75 %
Percent of grandparents who use search engines to find information 70 %
Percent of grandparents who shop online 63 %
Percent of grandparents who use Instant message 30 %
Percent of grandparents who share photos online 56 %
Percent of grandparents who bank online 46 %
Percent of grandparents who use a social network like Facebook or Twitter 45 %
Percent of grandparents who still have a full-time or part-time job 60 %
Percent of grandparents who have started their own business 23 %



Reaching new heights: 2% of grandparents have gone ski diving
Photo Source; MRama, 2015-2016 PGC/ACU Images of Aging Photo Contest


So, Sunday, be sure to call, text, or FB-wall Grannie and PaPa today to wish them Happy Grandparents’ Day!


Statistics Source


Happy Labor Day – Over 100 years of service

Happy Labor Day! As attention focuses on Labor Day today, this blogger is grateful for the service of these men with well over 100 years of national, state, local government, business, banking, and educational service.


From Left: Dr. Robert Hunter, Dr. William Teague, Stan Lambert, and Mayor Anthony Williams. Photo by Helen Teague



From Left: Dr. Robert Hunter, Former District 71 Texas State Representative, Dr. William Teague, ACU Chancellor Emeritus and previous U.S. presidential consultant, Stan Lambert, current Texas State Representative, District 71, and Mayor Anthony Williams, City of Abilene, Texas and Executive Community Relations officer for ACU’s Office of Advancement.


Weekend Ed. Quote ~ September 1

As a new month and a new school year begins, the words of George Washington ring true:

“Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.” ~George Washington





More Weekend Ed. Quotes



Learning Technologies Podcast – August 30- Do We Need a GPS to Find Our Classrooms?

Learning Technologies Podcast – August 30- Do We Need a GPS to Find Our Classrooms?



Podcast Transcript:

Welcome to the Learning Technologies Podcast. Today’s topic is … Do We Need a GPS to Find Our Classrooms? This question emerged when I visited an EdTech discussion board hosting a discussion on the value of face-to-face training over eLearning, blended learning, and other types of training. The consensus seemed to be that there is room for training in F2F classrooms. These face-to-face classrooms were labeled as “controlled learning environments.”  I parked on the label of “controlled learning environments. Hmmm… I wonder, “are there really learning scenarios, outside of university research labs, that can accurately be classified as “controlled learning environments” and if so, do we really want these? Do we want learning to be controlled, or, in the spirit of socio-cultural learning, do we want another outcome? Also, can we expand the definition of classrooms to extend beyond four plastered and/or windowed walls?

Thank you for considering these questions with me. I enjoy learning from you! Please leave a comment and let’s keep the discussion going.


(This podcast Created using Audacity) 
Additional Resources from Edublogs




Assistance to school districts hit by Hurricane Harvey

Assistance to school districts hit by Hurricane Harvey from #tcea





Edorble WebVR Launches!

The innovative folks at Edorble have something fun to announce! There is a new alpha of Edorble WebVR, a cross-platform, browser-based multiplayer Edorble experience. Edorble WebVR works on Android, iOS, Mac, PC, Google Cardboard, Daydream, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Gear VR. If curious to hear more, check out what you can in Edorble WebVR on their blog post announcing the launch. You can also just jump right in at https://edorble.com/webvr. Edorble will be building on this foundation in the weeks and months to come, and with participatory help from users, they will keep shaping it into something special for teachers and students around the world.

Edorble VR


Weekend Ed. Quote ~ August 25

No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it. ~H. E. Luccock

Happy Back to School!

Photo by Helen Teague on Canyon Road in SantaFe, NM





More Weekend Ed. Quotes


From the Buckle of the Belt of Totality: Solar Eclipse 2017

Here is a vital instructional video, 2 minutes long, regarding the eclipse: https://youtu.be/GD2Znr7kFG4


Lots of curricular connections for the first coast-to-coast eclipse in the U.S. in 99 years: timelines, equations featuring 99, songs with moon, sun, 99 lyrics, dances with rotations, spinning tops, tweets with only 99 characters… use your imagination!


Or, simply make a keyhole camera:

vintage keyhole cameras


And add 21st century decorations:

decorated keyhole cameras


Other posts referencing the Solar Eclipse




Weekend Ed. Quote ~ August 18

And people tended not to bother a woman with a book. ~Cherie Priest






More Weekend Ed. Quotes


Our Presentation Link for Monday August 14

Welcome to our session on Technology Resources for Elementary Students!

Click this link to access the pedagogical fun!!

http://tinyurl.com/SFPS4me   (type SFPS in all caps)


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