Reflections from the Road: June 26, Day 5, San Antonio Riverwalk & a Bucket of Coronas

I just spent 39-days driving cross-country & here is one of my reflections from the experience. Enjoy On every level, what’s the plan? Maybe I’m starting a bit too deep. It’s a Monday night and I’m sitting outside at one … Continue reading Reflections from the Road: June 26, Day 5, San Antonio Riverwalk & a Bucket of Coronas

Education in the Age of the Technologist

This video presentation was originally given at Bar Camp Orlando 2015 on April 18, 2015. Why do some technology solutions seem to work in education while others don’t? Where are MOOCs missing the mark? Education in the Age of the … Continue reading Education in the Age of the Technologist

macworld2012: Day Three

TT9102: Visual Note-Taking with the iPad (10:00am)

Speaker: Rachel Smith, Director, Digital Facilitation Services, The Grove Consultants

The iPad is the perfect tool for digital visual note-taking. Rachel pioneered this practice at Northern Voice, a Canadian blogging conference, just after the first iPad was released, and her visual notes were an instant hit among conference attendees. Bring your iPad loaded with your favorite drawing tool (Rachel prefers Autodesk Sketchbook Pro) to learn how to create beautiful records of meetings, conference sessions, conversations, and ideas that strike while you’re on the train. Who Should Attend? Anyone who wants to learn to use an iPad to take visual notes. All you need is an iPad, a drawing app, and a finger. Attendees Will Learn: Basic graphic recording techniques on the iPad, including lettering and drawing simple shapes; how to use brush tools, colors, and layers effectively to make note-taking quicker and easier; how to listen for key ideas and record them using text and imagery. If there is time, Rachel will also explain how to record the strokes and create a video of the drawing (a digital Chalk Talk).

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macworld2012: Day Two

TT951: Main Stage: The Future of Learning (10:00am)

Speaker: Nick Floro, President, Sealworks Interactive Studios

Blurb: Join us for this in-depth look at how Apple design and technologies are changing learning today and what’s just around the corner. We’ll also look at HTML5, Gamification, Personalization, Mobile, and Augmented Reality to see how learning is changing. What can we learn from the buzz and new tools appearing in the consumer and corporate environments and how can we take advantage of them to help our education systems. This fun session will give you dozens of ideas and reboot your brain for fresh perspectives how to enhance your learning today. Who Should Attend? Designers, Developers and Everyone. Attendees Will Learn: – How Learning is Changing – What role does iOS have on it – What you need to know – What’s just around the corner

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macworld2012: Day One

This was my fifth macworld (2000, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012) but my first one without Apple participation or a major opening session keynote. This was also the first macworld where I was going to be a presenter (see CUE@macworld2012) so I was really looking forward to this adventure. One interesting thing that I had noted in previous macworld conferences was that as advanced and futuristic as the presentations might be, I knew that I would have crappy slow wifi in my hotel room and on the conference floor. Imagine my surprise and delight to discover excellent wifi at both the hotel (Marriott Marquis) and at the conference venue. Now the only gripe is finding the presentations online after the conference. Ugh.

TT904: Adopt, Adapt or Abandon: the Lion Upgrade Guide by Andy Ihnatko, Columnist, The Chicago Sun-Times & Macworld (10:00am)

The session blurb in the schedule said: “Lion is one of the most significant updates to Mac OS since it hit the double-digits. But with new features comes new strife; some features don’t really work right and some are so new as to be almost, but not quite, completely baffling. We’ll go through each major Lion feature and declare it one to Adopt (it’s great; learn to use it), one to Adapt (it’s OK, but there’s a trick or two that makes it more useful) or Abandon (…all hope, ye who try to do document syncing via iCloud).”

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Mobile Ed-Tech Invasion, CUE@macworld2012 presentation

It’s a bit hard to believe that it was almost three weeks ago that I flew to San Francisco to attend Macworld|iWorld 2012 and to do my 30 minute presentation at the pre-conference CUE@macworld session. I had toyed with the idea of doing a video recording of my talk, but decided, given that this would be my first real presentation, that running the video camera would be at least one job too many. I also decided after the talk that just posting the Keynote file wouldn’t really do because looking at the slides would hardly equate with the actual talk. So, I decided to do the following ScreenFlow video-version of the talk. Enjoy.

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After spending the previous day traveling from Orlando to San Francisco and the previous night getting to know my CUE@macworld 2012 companions it was time to go down to the Moscone Center West for our day long series of presentations. You can follow my tweets from the day before here (addition links to tweets will be listed below). Also, apologies that my notes and collection of images are not more complete. I’m hoping that over time the gaps in coverage will be covered with updates from my co-presenters and friends.

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