Parent Technology Night

A Parent Technology Night for 6th and 7th-grade parents is scheduled for July 30th at 6:30-8 PM at the Cullen Campus. This will be a night where we share what it looks like for students to have a laptop at school and for parents to feel good about this. Five different instructors will be providing information regarding expectations, tools and accounts that students use, and some strategies to help you and your students manage their devices. We hope to see you there!



Tech For God’s Glory

Back in October of 2010, something happened to me that radically changed the way I do work – I was given an iPhone 4. All of the sudden I found that I was able to answer emails much quicker, easily record lessons, and access surveillance cameras from anywhere in the school building. I also found that my new device could easily be used to waste time and neglect my God-given responsibilities. It’s super easy to get zoned out on YouTube watching video compilations of babies laughing hysterically, animals scaring people or ’80s rockers attempting to dance.

Almost eight years ago I watched Dr. David Murray’s noteworthy DVD, In God’s Technology. Dr. Murray presents biblical methods to train children so they can use technology in a way that honors God. Four biblical principles are provided:

1. Technology is created by God.
2. Technology is not essentially sinful.
3. Technology has many good uses.
4. Technology has been perverted.

Three possible responses to technology are also provided:
1. An enthusiastic embrace
2. A strict separation
3. Disciplined discernment

Of course, the way to use technology is in a disciplined discerning manner. To help our students use their smartphones (and laptops) with disciplined discernment and be responsible digital citizens, students can use their devices in three areas at Cullen:

1.  Classroom (ask to use a smartphone) 2. Collaboratory 3. Commons

We’ll always encourage taking breaks from social media and having more social interactions; however, a strict separation from screens isn’t what we’re seeking. Let’s give God glory by playing fun Nintendo Wii games, listening to the latest tunes from Beautiful Eulogy, and taking the occasional silly picture.

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

6th Grade Girls

For Your Viewing Pleasure

Yesterday I did a very Japanese thing and put a Windows Media Player on this site.  Domo arigato Mr. Roboto.  Today I figured out how to put some video on it.  This video which was shot in the fall of 2003 doesn’t have any sound because the digital camera that was used didn’t have that capability.  Bum deal.  Despite the lack of audio, hopefully, you still enjoy watchin’ me layin’ the smackethdowneth on my students.  In the future, I will link some video on this site that will not only have sound but our daughter Grace.  Now, won’t that be cool?!?  Gonna be a daddy.

You might also notice in the Meet the Wickershams section that I put a new link to some wedding footage and pics.  Technology is amazing.



Building Websites

I haven’t been doin’ much to this site recently, but I have been slowly updating my Angelfire site since Mid-March.  On a guys’ night out a couple weeks ago when I ate sheep brains, pig ears, and other parts of animals that I probably shouldn’t be consuming, one of my buddies said he was on my first website.  This surprised me because it was once blocked in China – why I have no idea.  The last time I was on my Angelfire site was in Indiana last summer.  I will work on this site from time to time, but I don’t expect it to be “finished” for quite some time.  The Angelfire site requires HTML codes so it can be a time consuming and a little complex to make your site look the way you want it to.  I used to work on it a lot in Korea when I had a lot more free time.  A link is provided in the Meet the Wickershams section.


Welcome to History Class

Today I built a social studies website for my students to post answers to questions I pose.  The website also serves as a reminder of important school dates and contains websites that can aid them in their homework.  There is a link to it on this site.


Technology is Amazing

Megan and I recently busted out our Logitech ClickSmart 510 webcam and had lots of fun using it with the Pollocks.  We have not used it for over a year.  I purchased it a few years ago when Megan and I were first dating.  She was living in Changchun, China, and I was in Frankfort, Indiana.