Attention Log-Stardate…


Life as a student…log one

July 17, 2017

4:18-4:50 pm

  • Sitting at my kitchen table after making cookies
  • I sit in my kitchen because¬†it is sunny and I like the atmosphere
  • Using my laptop computer
  • I am listening to the TED talk by Paul Miller-in one tab
  • Opened all of the other tabs for the week 7 assignment/mindfulness
  • I am eating cookies that I just made and feeling anxious because it is Monday and I have many assignments to do for my four online classes.
  • I flip through tabs as I am listening to Paul, looking for other articles about internet use.
  • I check twitter and see who has posted to the #diglitclass.
  • I do the Robot dance Daily Create while I am listening
  • I read the article about -Simplify the Internet
  • I check WordPress to see if anyone else has uploaded a blog post
  • During this process, I am sitting with my feet on one chair and my cat on my lap

July 20, 2017


  • Sitting at the kitchen table with coffee
  • Using my laptop computer
  • Open MS word
  • Open Chrome
  • Open WordPress-check notifications/read a blog, respond
  • Check phone
  • Open UNK Canvas, read assignment
  • Open Chadron/Peru and check email
  • Read assignment in my book
  • Write in MS word
  • Read assignment in my book
  • Write in MS word
  • This morning I am wide awake and excited to be doing homework! ūüôā
  • I have a cat that would like to walk on my computer, so that is not working so well.
  • Done with the assignment so my attempts this morning are a success!

July 20, 2017


  • Sitting in the office with my 3 computers
  • Using my laptop to write a paper for English Composition
  • I open tabs on the desktop for my research
  • I have water and a pop to drink
  • I can’t find my glasses–frustrating
  • I shut the door because there is too much noise in the house
  • I have 7 tabs open on the desktop and 6 tabs open on the laptop
  • I am switching back and forth from MS Word to Chrome, not very efficient I should use all of the tabs on my desktop
  • I open the online thesaurus on the OTHER desktop, good thing I have a rolly chair
  • I read a lot¬†on the desktop
  • I write on the laptop
  • I open UNO blackboard to check assignment and see how many pages I need to write and what pronouns I am NOT supposed to use
  • I feel a bit stressed…
  • I check my email on my phone because it went off, I email a colleague
  • I read
  • I write
  • I read
  • I write
  • I text my principal to ask a question about how we do testing in our school
  • I leave the room and get more water
  • My phone alarm goes off that I have to get my hair cut in 15 minutes, I forgot
  • I save ¬†my document and go get ready
  • The system of three computers together works quite well for me. Sometimes the old one is slow but it is still good for some functions. I like the kitchen feng¬†shui the best because it is open and sunny, but I can accomplish many tasks with my multiple computers.

July 21, 2017


  • Sitting in the office with coffee and 3 computers beside me
  • Using the desktop computer
  • Researching for a blog post for Adolescent Literature class
  • Searching for information¬†on Organ donation in the U.S.
  • Searching for information on Stem cell research
  • I have 8 tabs open in my browser
  • Flipping back and forth between MS Word and web sites to read information and attach links.
  • Checked phone notification
  • Refilled my coffee
  • My grandson showed up so I talked to him
  • Talked to my daughter
  • I’m kind of stressed, so my breathing is shallow and I am hurrying
  • The set up in my office works pretty well. I have 3 computers near me so I can look something up on one while typing on another and I don’t have to flip through programs so much.
  • Finally¬†finished, posted the thread and now on to another project

July 22, 2017


  • Sitting in the office with coffee-on desktop computer
  • Log into Peru State College-blackboard
  • Listen to a recorded blog ¬†for 45 minutes
  • Take notes
  • Listen
  • Take notes
  • Check UNK canvas assignments
  • Pause video
  • Get coffee
  • Listen to video
  • Take notes
  • Texted colleague about a meeting at ESU Monday
  • Log onto ESU 10-register for meeting
  • Listen to video
  • Take notes
  • Text colleague
  • Listen to Video
  • Take notes
  • I feel good, awake and focused on my assignment

In the Google video¬†No Time to Think by David Levy, he speaks about have the time to think and using it to facilitate the growth of wisdom, calling in mature and creative thinking. One of the most significant references he makes in his talk is about Jose Pieper, a German Catholic philosopher, and his theory that people need to participate in more leisure activity in order to return to the art of thinking. The definition of leisure that he provides are activities where a people devote time to being still, stilling the mind in order to “hear” and receive understanding about their thoughts and the world around them. People get so busy, that they don’t actually “hear” things in the world around them. Humans must achieve a state of quiet for these thoughts to arise in the mind. Thinking is a slow-time activity so we struggle to find a place for it in the pace of our lives. Creative thoughts can’t be rushed, thinking takes time. Where in our culture do we take time for creating and thinking?

I really enjoyed this video and the ideas that David Levy brought to the surface. It helped me to understand some of the situations in my own life where I feel overwhelmed with all of the things that I have to accomplish. The attention log/journal was a validation of all of the moments that I spend “chasing bunnies” in my technological life. Many times I see this behavior in students, the inability to stay focused on a particular aspect of their life for the time it takes to accomplish a task. They are distracted by sounds, movement and all of the “chatter” that goes on their heads. It becomes an overwhelming stimulus that many have trouble controlling. Most times when I am using technology I have to consciously redirect my attentions back to the task at hand in order to get tasks done with any brevity. The complications that come with using technology in daily life are ones that will have to be addressed on a daily and personal basis for each of us. ¬†Creating an awareness that this distraction is happening, is a good place to start in teaching ourselves to battle the problem. Balance is my personal means of dealing with this matter, finding ways to monitor and redirect my own thinking and actions will allow me to be more effective in my technology use.


Piktochart-Online Creation

I chose the Piktograph creation tool to complete my tech assignment. I added some of my favorite technology sites, programs, and generators that I have been researching and the ones I have used the most in this class.  The Piktograph Editor is a very user-friendly site. The most challenging thing about it was to become familiar with the features and the tools to start creating. It contains graphics and backgrounds as well as font choices and sizes. You can upload photos, up to 40 MB and add video from YouTube and Vimeo. These YouTube link file types did not transfer into WordPress, but there is an added link to view my project. Piktochart would be a very simple choice to recommend to students for projects, displays or reports. I like the myriad of graphics, pictures, and features that allow the creator to personalize and create a professional looking product.

Leslie’s digital learning project link



Digital Mindfulness

Thinking back 20 years, do you ever wonder how we functioned without the convenience of the internet? There are hundreds of thousands of entertaining, interesting and educational sites that can be visited by just clicking a button. ¬†The hours can be wiled away checking social media, playing games and adding to our personal useless/useful information, but at what cost? Some days browsing away online I think how I have totally traded a day of my life, but for what purpose I cannot recollect. Maybe there needs to be some balance, a signal or time limit that tells us…Hey, stop browsing Pinterest, or Crush the Candy and be done!




In the article Simplify the Internet, by Leo Babauta he shares some great advice for monitoring internet behavior. He suggests a varied number of ways to uncomplicate the complicated task of internet management. Some of my favorite of his suggestions are:

  1. Choose 1 or 2 social networks
  2. Follow few people, you can’t keep up with everyone anyway
  3. Save time for the reading that is important and prioritize tasks
  4. Process email immediately and clear out your inbox
  5. Do not allow any notifications
  6. Do the work that matters to you first

To accomplish the goal of changing internet habits some students in California have tried taking the Tech Timeout Academic Challenge. In San Francisco, students volunteered to go tech-free for 3 days as an experiment to determine the impact the technology had on their lives. Some students felt a sense of freedom, while others could not resist the temptation to check their phones. They found the technology had the ability to connect them with people as well as isolate them from people because of its distraction. In social situations, students were able to spend more time actually talking and interacting with friends in contrast to the time being spent on gaming or checking notifications. Students learned from the experience, whether they stayed off technology the whole time or succumbed to the temptation it gave them a chance to personally determine the role technology played in their lives.

Paul Miller describes his year-long journey offline. He tells about how prior to this experiment he spent most of his waking hours on the internet in some fashion. He used it to communicate, for entertainment and in general as his social interaction.  He spent very little time interacting with his parents or family. During the experiment, he realized that he was lacking in social skills and in his interactions outside the communication of the internet. He was able to re-establish relationships with his family and determine new goals for his life that were not as egocentric.


How then should we go about looking for ways to become less digitally reliant? In the article 7 Important Reasons to Unplug and Find Space   Joshua Becker describes a few things we can try:

  • Choose to start the day elsewhere-don’t use technology for the first hour of your day.
  • Power-down for one period of time each day-lunch, dinner it doesn’t matter just practice the discipline of doing it.
  • Better manage the “time-wasters”-there are apps to block or power down the time killers that command your attention.
  • Take an extended break-it can be from all apps or just the ones that monopolize your time. Choose how long and practice going offline.

Learning when technology is controlling us and when we are controlling technology is an important skill attain. Most times it is not that difficult to shut down and pay attention to the world around me. It just takes a few internal reminders that there are much more important things in life than the lure of technology. 


‚ÄúWe‚Äôre born, we live for a brief instant, and we die. It‚Äôs been happening for a long time. Technology is not changing it much ‚Äď if at all.‚Ä̬†‚ÄĒSteve Jobs





Paul Miller Ted Talk-A Year Offline, What Have I learned


Independent learning

This week for my personal learning project I decided to explore a few of the generators and bots that are out there on the internet. There are some nifty ones that I think students (and teachers) may enjoy exploring. Thanks to the exposure of the Daily Create exercises I have been able to learn about the mini programs created to do very interesting specific functions.

Mugshot generator


This generator allows you to take a photograph, date and label a “mug shot” for your personal entertainment. It¬†is a lot of fun and easy to use, you only need a web cam to get started.Symbol-thumbs-up-clip-art-at-vector-clip-art-2

Logo Generator

The logo generator allows the creator to write whatever sort of label is desired. There are fonts, colors and GIP graphics that can be added to give the design your personal touch. Easy to use and fun.Symbol-thumbs-up-clip-art-at-vector-clip-art-2


Noun Generator

A noun generator may not sound that entertaining but it can be a way to practice adding nouns to sentences or paragraphs. A little creative writing experiment.Symbol-thumbs-up-clip-art-at-vector-clip-art-2

Your random nouns are:

    1. District
    1. Fringe
    1. Ice-cream
    1. Notebook
    1. Partner
    1. Pencil
    1. Price
    1. Proof-reader
    1. Reindeer

GIF Generator

This GIF generator is a very easy to use program that allows the addition of up to 800 frames to the creation. Image speed and picture size can both be changes to accommodate the needs of a project. Symbol-thumbs-up-clip-art-at-vector-clip-art-2


Signature generator

The signature generator can be used to create an animated signature, a smooth signature or a pixelated signature. Different colors of text are available, as well as different fonts and features.Symbol-thumbs-up-clip-art-at-vector-clip-art-2


Shakespeare Insult Generator

This generator makes an endless number of insults that can be used in writing projects and even as a Daily Create! Symbol-thumbs-up-clip-art-at-vector-clip-art-2

Audio Experiment

This was a great daily create as well. Type in a message and use audio samples from popular music, movies and tv etc… to create a CLASH of sounds.Symbol-thumbs-up-clip-art-at-vector-clip-art-2

Online Tone Generator

Choose the frequency of the tone and press play. This generates a clear tone in the waveforms: sine, square, sawtooth and triangle. This could be useful for an effect in projects. I just liked it because I’m a music teacher and it made sound and changed frequency.

onlin tone generator

There are numerous generators and bots available to perform many common as well as unusual functions.  The next time you want to create something special check out the following links.


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