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Andrew Skateboarding, Sort Of…

Photo-A-Day 2.0 #00291

Andrew riding a long skateboard down the driveway of his friend’s house. I took Andrew to the house of one of his schoolmates today so that he could have some one on one time with that friend. This has been a tough year for Andrew and he seems to be having some difficulty with bullying. I had mentioned this to our Sensei at karate to see if Andrew could talk with one of the black belts.

While I talked with Sensei one of the other people in my class overheard and asked me about it. She has a son in Andrew’s class. He was one of the kids picking on Andrew and to nip this in the bud and turn things around she proposed that we get the kids together to play. So we went over and Andrew and her son had a fun time together. I did have to say no to the kids playing and Fortnite. While it is a prevalent thing at school among 8 year-olds we’re not comfortable with Andrew playing yet. He’s seen me play the game because I make Fortnite videos for my YouTube channel. I know that once he plays he’ll be hooked on it. He’s gonna play at some point because that his how he will spend time with friends, but for now he’s not old enough for it.

I spent the time chatting with the boy’s parents about all sorts of things. It was nice to get the boys together and I hope that bonds them more in understanding of each other.

The boys did ride the skateboard together and I totally missed grabbing the shot. We had a nice time. Although, we may not be asked back since I broke a glass and Andrew broke an inflatable sled. Not exactly sure what he was doing. I know that I went to put the glass n a table and missed.

Learn What You Love 21st Century

21st Century Conference with Shelley Cook
Photo-A-Day #4669

Today I went up to Nipmuc High School to speak to students about blogging and social media. My college friend Shelley is a Chemistry teacher there. She had asked me months ago if I could come and speak to the students at the school. I was not at all sure what to expect. I found out last week that the day was a huge day for the students to see all sorts of different professions from people who were doing them. The title of the day was “Learn what you love. Love what you learn. 21st Century Learning Conference.” Students could choose what they wanted to see. I did two sessions for about 20 kids total.

In preparation I looked through some of my previous blogging presentation and then set up examples of the companies that I have worked with in the past year. The session wasn’t so much how to blog or that but more so what blogging and social media has done for me. I found it to be a fun event and it was great getting back up and talking in front of a live audience. The tough thing was that they were teens and I thinks some wanted to like it but they had to be stoic and disengaged. However, we did get some good feedback. When I left the coordinator of the event was so excited. She said that some students wanted to switch over to my session. My session description was this:

Is there more to social media than Snapchat and selfies? Learn what it takes to create an online brand through several social media channels to supplement your income and pursue your dreams.

And see how I mention Snapchat. That is where the students are online. I asked if they were on Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and more. Snapchat was the overwhelming top place for the students. I felt pretty old on that because I just don’t get Snapchat. I just don’t get it.

But the students was very nice. I even had one ask me questions afterwards which felt good. It was also great to see my friend after so many years.