2015 week 39 in review


Work

We kicked off the Learning Technologies Coaches program this week, when our Technology Integration Specialist started on Monday! Already so much progress on that project - can't wait to see how it grows and adapts through the first semester.

As usual, had some really great meetings/talks within the Taylor Institute - it's really amazing, how incredible the entire team is. Also, lots of project meetings, and coffee meetings with people across campus. Blah blah institutional yadda etc…

Joni published a nice interview with our new Academic Chair of the Taylor Institute, Nancy Chick. UToday - New chair champions scholarship of teaching and learning - Nancy is pretty amazing, and fun to work with.

Read

Edtechishness

  • via Stephen Downes: Evernote vs. Google Keep: Which Does More? - I moved to OneNote a year ago. I'm loving it. Evernote feels like it's trying too hard to sell me things. Google is too creepy and unreliable to trust with anything I care about. Which leaves Microsoft. Who knew? OneNote has been totally solid, flexible, and works great on every device I use.
  • Campus Technology: Chalk & Wire Pledges Continued E-Portfolio Access
  • Tom Woodward: Google Script Drop Box/Display Package
  • Todd Conaway: Teaching & Learning Centers
  • Karl Rivers - The top 10 edtech lessons I've learnt after 15 years in schools via Claire Coulter - 10 really good lessons learned on edtech
  • Brightspace Community - Lang-Term Changes in 2016 "As a part of the continued effort to make Brightspace more intuitive for you and your users, in January 2016, improvements will be released to some of the default system language terms, including Dropbox to Assignments and News to Announcements." Also, they'll be dropping "Pager" - likely because no student born in the last 20 years will have any idea what a Pager is. It's like an iPhone, but without apps, no voice support, no input, and can only display 1 line of maybe 32 characters of text. You know, the kind of thing a messaging platform should be named after in 2015…
  • MPAUS - Medium Fusionâ„¢ Manual Height Adjustable Mobile AV Cart - The mobile carts for the collaboration huddle stations going into the Taylor Institute - 37 of these, with 50" touch screens mounted, and some really great tech to let participants actually do stuff together.
  • 2015 Research on Teaching & Learning Conference - McMaster's teaching and learning conference, in December 2015. I'll likely be going, and have submitted a proposal to present (although the focus of the conference is highly Research-oriented, so that may be a longshot)
  • TCPS 2: CORE - I'm finally taking the Research Ethics course. Holy painful. Glad I still have a browser that can play Flash and MP3 files.

Miscellaneousishness

  • Cory Doctorow: How Canada's Tories destroyed the country's memory, and its capacity to remember - Glorious Leader says everything is fine.
  • Joni Miltenburg: Starlight and Northern Lights - Joni's been publishing some really impressive stuff on her photography site.
  • Cory Doctorow: Ian McDonald's "Luna: New Moon" - the moon is a much, much harsher mistress - I think this is my next read.
  • Rob Beschizza: When you will die - I let this run in "fast" mode for awhile. I should not have done that.
  • The Atlantic: Images From Offworld (28 photos)
  • via Nick Heer: Samantha Bielefeld - Solitude in Solidarity. People wonder why there aren't more women in tech. All a woman needs to do is write - in Samantha's case, starting a tech blog - and they get buried by the ranting underbelly of violent hate speech. We - all of us - have to stop tolerating this bullshit. It's not funny. It's not freedom of speech.
  • David Hedley: Clear skies forecast for Sunday's lunar eclipse
  • You Call this Progress? The narrative that we've been under the most profound change ever is broken. My grandfather saw more fundamental technological and social changes than we've seen in the last 50 years. He sailed from England to Canada as a child - basically an indentured servant sold as an orphan (although his parents were alive and well, but couldn't justify the cost of raising another child). He saw the start of powered flight, commercial transatlantic flights, moon landings, satellites, probes sent to other planets. Also, morse code to daily mail delivery to teletype to computers to 100 channels with nothing on. (he died in 1980, so missed the internet revolution). Toefler was right about future shock, but was wrong that we are the only people to have experienced it.

Other

The puppy is growing like a weed. Almost 2 pounds now. Yeah. Still pretty tiny. But she's ambitious, and doesn't know that she's little…

bella has skills


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