I've started pulling together some notes on how I monitor and measure active learning in my third level modules. In my own work, I often start with a teaser on social media (on Twitter, Google Plus, Audioboo or YouTube) pointing towards a deep dive into essential reading material that should be mastered before a regularly scheduled classroom session. Many of my creative multimedia modules involve a collaborative element worth academic credit as part of the continuous assessment portion of the course. I favour buidling dyanamic content with Google Docs alongside an ePub production process that leverages Dropbox and Scrivener. With a little guidance, both the Google Docs and the ePubs can help the revision process. I also use Socrative quizzes to improve learning.
WHILE WATCHING YOUNG PEOPLE tap their way around online content, I often flash back to the way internet plumbing works. Behind many clever apps sits standards-compliant infrastructure that provides the plumbing for content, sophisticated algorithms and notifications.
I VISITED MY OneNote collection on my laptop while learning a technique Marjolein Hoekstra shared about blogging from OneNote. I'm convinced I can accomplish this clever publishing if I had a Surface.
That's because I need to see OneNote with its full extensibility inside Windows 8. And it also appears to need a hook into Word as well.
But here's another short blog post, revising my original Lumia content and then sending directly from OneNote to the the Typepad servers. This is the kind of mobile journalism that all hacks should learn how to use.
EACH FATHERING DAY (that's Father's Day for Americans), I think of the next potential father in our family line. That could be Dylan (seated next to his mom in the photo).
I got a little sentimental about Dylan's first words, spoken so close to Father's Day in 2011. I put them under a blog post when he was one day old and plan to put them on this blog entry as well because I want to be able to find Dylan and me talking when I search for "first words to son". At the moment, people like Simon Cowell dominate the search results and I know little guys like Dylan deserve a look-in when people use Google to discover the diversity around the idea of talking to little men for the very first time.
LITTLE 2YO DYLAN (pictured with his Spiderman) is not a fan of live accordion music. I 've snapped him in the live venue as evidence of the traumatic moment he endured in Kenmare.
I'm also using this blog post as an experiment on my Lumia 1520, trying to see if Internet Explorer 11 lets me upload both an image and audio to this blog post. The handset is the most capable communications device I have owned.
In my third level modules, I teach the principles of encrypted search, how Tor might be used by traveling journalists, secure chats online and PGP. The information pack from Reset the Net offers other considerations and it's worth your time to skim the recommendations in order to realise how you might have compromised your privacy already.
I THINK ALL objects should have a visual identity strong enough to tell their stories to an interested public. Krug's mobile app provides that functionality--but I'd prefer to be able to find the stories by merely scanning a product label through my Lumia's software.
Photo of @topgold's O2 Hotshot snapped with Lumia.
[UPDATED 28 May below the break.]
FOR MORE THAN three years in County Tipperary, I used an O2 Hotshot to enjoy solid 3G service. But since early May, my service consistently downshifts to 2G after 10 minutes of use.
I need to figure out what has changed because when my connectivity rolls back to 2G, only my email works. I have become dependent upon multi-socket broadband while using a host of cloud services. Those critical services simply fail to work when the connection speed drops to 2G.