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November 29, 2013 Behind the Scenes — A Thankful Mom By Rhonda Stewart
Grades 3–5, 6–8

    Family, friends, a roof over our heads, food on the table, and good health are all things that come to mind when I think of Thanksgiving. But this year, I am especially thankful for my sons, Kendall, 19; Chad, 17; and Ryan, 14. They are my behind-the-scene support for my blog posts. That is not to say that I am not grateful to my students who give me countless hours of material to write about, or my colleagues who support this blog by reading and liking the posts on it; for all of that, I am truly thankful. But my sons, now dubbed, “My Dream Tech Team,” form the "backstage" machine.

    The running joke in my house is that I am the one who is “technology challenged.” So, when my family heard that I was going to be a blogger for Scholastic, the news was met with both congratulations and apprehension. Only time would tell how this new adventure would play out. Coming up with the blogging topics is the easy part for me. It’s the other stuff that gives me pause. For example, editing photos and videos, hyperlinking text, and troubleshooting when the program I need to work, won’t. For times like those, I call on My Dream Tech Team.


    Kendall and Chad run interference with the photography and videotaping. Kendall is a budding photographer and I take advantage of his expertise. His tips on what looks good in a shot or what angle works best have been priceless. Chad is one of the editors for his high school newspaper. Recently, I accidently deleted photos that I had taken to use in my post. I was in a crunch for time. Kendall drove to my classroom to retake the pictures while I was at home putting together the blog post. While I was working on the text, Kendall uploaded the photos through the Internet where Chad could obtain them. He looked through and selected which ones I should consider. They saved the day — the blog was submitted without a moment to spare.


    Ryan is the tech whiz. He truly amazes me. There have been moments when I was not able to access the network I needed in order to send in my post and he would work his magic! Ryan and the system speak the same language. I don’t understand, but then I don’t have to. I've got Ryan to translate.

    So I want to take this time to publicly thank MY DREAM TECH TEAM — you are the best. I want you to know that I am truly in awe of your talents and your willingness to work with your mom.


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