Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

“To those who have suffered and slavery I can say, I, too, have suffered… To those who have battled for liberty, brotherhood, and citizenship I can say, I , too, have battled.”   -Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass was almost 60 years old when he moved to Cedar Hill with his wife Anna Murray. It was here that he took time to exercise, linger around the dinner table, and display some of his most treasured items. Among those were Abraham Lincoln’s cane, a gift of a leather chair from the people of Haiti, and a hand carved German clock. Above all of his possessions his books were his most treasured and he spent much of his time in the library or on the grounds reading about politics, philosophy, and law.

This site has a particular interest for me as I research the connection of my hometown, St Augustine Florida and Frederick Douglass’ visit here isn 1889. We know that Mr. Douglas visit it’s in Augustine after speaking in Jacksonville Florida. We also know that the Subtropical Exposition was held in Jacksonville that same year and most likely he was one of the speakers at that event. My research has not revealed the topics of the speech but it is possible that Mr. Douglass was sharing his experiences from recent travels in 1886-1887 to England, Ireland, France, Italy, Egypt and Greece.

Many thanks go out to the National Park employees at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site for sharing information about his possible topics during his visit to St. Augustine.

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iPad Pro or Laptop?

It was time for me to buy a new iPad.
Laptop or iPad ProMy fourth-generation (2012 version) iPad was getting a little unstable and seemed to reboot at just the wrong time. Not to mention it was slow compared to my other iOS devices so I made the jump to the iPad Pro. I gave a good bit of thought into my new iPad, iPad air or iPad Pro was my first decision and because of the speed and the ability to use the Apple pencil I decided that iPad Pro was going to be where I wanted to start. Once that was decided my next dilemma was the smaller or larger iPad Pro. There are some features on the smaller iPad Pro that intrigue me. First it has a better camera and I’m a photography nut so I was naturally drawn to the camera specs on the smaller iPad Pro. Another option I had to decide was the cellular data option and did I even want/need the cellular data option? With two options available, one for the small iPad Pro and another for the large iPad Pro, I had to do some research on the different LTE options offered in each iPad. still, my biggest question was could I actually replace my laptop with an iPad. In the past I’ve bought different keyboards, three I think, that would allow me to type into my old iPad.

iPad Pro or Laptop

iPad Pro or Laptop

The keyboards were integrated into the folding cover which pretty much replicated an old netbook. This was fine because I’ve had a netbook and enjoyed using it but ultimately I found it difficult to type on the netbook and the iPad keyboard options mostly because of the smaller keyboard. This reason was huge in my decision to go with the larger iPad Pro. As if that wasn’t enough, I continue to explore sketchnoting and/or visual notetaking. I’ve purchased three or four different types of stylus that will give me more control on the old iPad but I really wanted the options the Apple pencil offers. This also led me toward the larger iPad Pro as well.

 

I’m taking the transition to the iPad Pro slowly. I bought the 128 gig of memory instead of the 256 because I plan to more deliberate on apps that I install. I also don’t plan to use it for photos as I’ve already decided to purchase the new iPhone 7 when it come out in the next year or so. I’ll load up on memory on that device. I haven’t purchased the cellular connection yet but I have decided to go with T-Mobile when I do. Apparently if you choose AT&T you lock into only using them as your only cellular option. Also, if I have T-Mobile I may have better coverage in some areas of the country. Time will tell…

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Learning How to Create Sketchnotes

It’s been a while but I finally took some time to learn the basics of creating sketchnotes. I’ve enjoyed the way information can be visually represented and have been inspired by the wonderful works of Carol Ann McGuire and the support that her site EduSketch.org provides.

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I haven’t ever considered myself an artist and certainly thought that drawing was not a talent I could ever develop. However, over the past few years I’ve noticed people pulling up images on the web and then sketching those images either on paper or on a computer. Their results have been amazing, so after a good bit of research and talking to those who have been successful at creating sketch notes I decided to give it a try.

You can really start with any basic drawing app  but after much reading and talking to those “in the know” I decided on Procreate app and the Jot Pro stylus. The Procreate app allows multiple layers, much like Photoshop, and provides an easy way to make simple effects and enhancements to the sketchnote. The thing I like the most is the ability to zoom in on the screen. You will need something like this if you want to include a lot of text on your note. The Jot Pro stylus has great reviews and my needs are very basic but still greater than a stylus with a rubber nib.

NEXT STEPS:
Search YouTube for anything related to sketchnotes for ideas and then learn more about the app you have chosen to use to create your sketchnotes.

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Steal Like An Artist – Next Steps

I’m always on the road and when I travel I will take notice of what other “road warriors” are reading. While waiting in an airport some time back I noticed someone reading Austin Kleon’s Steal Like an Artist and decided to pick up a copy. This led me to his second book, Show Your Work, which I purchased immediately and continue to share with teachers in my professional development workshops. Teacher are problem solvers and many times their ideas never leave the four walls of their classroom. I hope I can provide a bit of valadation and encourage them to “show their work” too.

I purchased the paperback versions and I encourage you to do the same. After reading them place them by the bed or on the coffee table, pick them up from time to time and remind yourself just how awesome you are and how your ideas can add to someone’s budding thoughts. These two books continue to provide encouragement to show/share things that interest me I hope they do the same for you.

My next steps:

Over the past few days I noticed Kleon has a new book, The Steal Like An Artist Journal, subtitled A Notebook for Creative Kleptomaniacs. I plan to carry this journal with me as I travel and for the next month or so jot down ideas and use it’s pages as inspiration for my next project or sprouting idea.

 

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Green Screen Studio Kit

Tool:
Green Screen Studio Kit

Where can I get it (Sept 2015)
Light Kit (Amazon)
Green Cloth (Amazon)
Background Stand (Amazon)

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Chromo Dimmable LED Video Light

Tool:
Chromo Dimmable LED Video Light

Where can I get it (Sept 2015):
Amazon

Chromo LED Light

Chromo LED Light

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Microphone ATR6550

Tool:
Audio-Technica ATR6550 Microphone

Where can I get it (Sept 2105):
Amazon

Shotgun Mic ATR6550

Shotgun Mic ATR6550

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AudioTechnica ATR3350 Microphone

Tool:
AudioTechnia ATR3350 Microphone

Where can I get it (Sept 2015):
Amazon

I’ve had pretty good luck with this microphone. I really like the length of the wire, 20′ (6m), and the little belt clip is a nice feature as well.

AudioTechnia Mic

Audio-Technia ATR3350  Microphone

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Rode SC6

Tool:
Rode SC6 Dual TRRS input and Headphone output

Where can I get it (Sept 2015):
Amazon

The Rode SC6 has almost completely replaced the KV Connection TRRS microphone adapter for my everyday use. The Rode SC6 is small and does the same job. However, when I know I will be moving equipment around I still use the KV Connection adapter because of the 90 degree plug going into the iPhone/iPad.

Rode SC6

Rode SC6

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Rode TRRS 1/8″ Extension

Tool:
Rode SC1 TRRS 1/8″ Extension

Where can I get it (Sept 2015):
Amazon

Rode Extension

Rode Extension

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Radio Shack Tie-Clip Microphone

Tool:
Radio Shack Tie-Clip Microphone (33-3013)

Where can I get it (Sept 2015):
Radio Shack Online
Amazon

Radio Shack Mic

Radio Shack Mic

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Portable Mic Stand

Tool:
Portable/Foldable Microphone Stand

Where can I get it (Sept 2015):
I’ve had this stand so long I really don’t remember where I got it. I did some research and the closest I could find is a Lacie Mart 3.5cm mic stand at Amazon.

Portable mic stand

Portable mic stand

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iPad/iPhone TRRS Microphone

Tool:
iPad/iPhone TRRS Microphone

Where can I find it (Sept 2015)
Amazon

TRRS mic

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Polaroid Studio Series Lens 37mm

Tool:
Polaroid Studio Series Lens 37mm

Where can I get it (Sept 2015):
Amazon

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Makayama iPad Mount

Tool:
iPad Tripod Mount (Makayama)

Where can I get it (Sept 2015):
Amazon (w/extras)
B&H

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Makayama_Front

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