Courage is what preserves our liberty, safety, life, and our homes and parents, our country and children. Courage comprises all things.” - Plautus

Stuff happens!

Friday, December 14, 2012 will long be remembered for another needless tragedy involving innocent students, teachers, and administrators. We all mourn but our tears are in vain without action. 

How will we respond? What action can we take in the rural districts of South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, or any other school district for that matter? We can prepare for the worst as we hope for the best. 

That is what the Principal did at Sandy Hook Elementary School. A message must have immediately been dispatched to police even as the she ran to defend her students resulting in the speedy arrival of police and the end of an unimaginable terror. We all need to be just as prepared for the unthinkable.

I discovered an app this morning I’d like to share with you.

911 AppSimple ideas are the best and the 911 app proves the axiom. It consists of three phones numbers. The first of which is 911. We select the other two from our contacts. These may the school nurse, psychologist, police, fire department, or whatever we wish. Once configured, place the icon can sit on your dock so it is only a click away no matter what you may happen to be doing when an emergency arises.

Click twice in an emergency. Once for the app and once again to select the emergency contact desired. That is it!

911 is a free app from Zodiac Interactive LLC and is available at the Apple Apps Store. It only requires 0.1MB of memory and iOS version 2.0 or later.  Install it today!

Android users have similar apps.

Be a good scout and get prepared.

I pray all the children safely return home at the end of each day just as we all do. Perhaps Bob Dylan expressed our best hopes in his song Forver Young.


May God bless and keep you always 

May your wishes all come true

May you always do for others 

And let others do for you

May you build a ladder to the stars 

And climb on every rung

May you stay forever young

Forever young, forever young 

May you stay forever young.


May you grow up to be righteous 

May you grow up to be true

May you always know the truth 

And see the lights surrounding you

May you always be courageous 

Stand upright and be strong

May you stay forever young

Forever young, forever young 

May you stay forever young.


May your hands always be busy 

May your feet always be swift

May you have a strong foundation 

When the winds of changes shift

May your heart always be joyful 

And may your song always be sung

May you stay forever young

Forever young, forever young 

May you stay forever young.




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Dr. Winegar is available to help your organization wisely use technology. Email him directly at mark.winegar@mac.com or visit www.facebook.com/MobileLearningStudio.