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Magisto doing its magic [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Fri, 07/24/2020 - 07:53

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

I let Magisto automatically produce weekly summaries from my camera roll. It's remarkable to see Magisto AI rendering memories.

Covering up before showers [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Fri, 07/24/2020 - 07:53

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Because you have a major headache when water pools above damp proofing.

Hammering [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Fri, 07/24/2020 - 07:52

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

Making a Beaver Log Cabin.

Ultraviolet Knits – Firefly Hour Mitts

Evin O’Keeffe - Thu, 07/23/2020 - 13:12

To celebrate summer, I’m focusing on one pattern from my latest book, Ultraviolet Knits, each week all summer. Today, it’s all about my Firefly Hour Mitts. You can access a list of all the related posts HERE! These are one of three...

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Getting Paid to Read

Bernie Goldbach - Thu, 07/23/2020 - 08:09

I HAVE A 12 YR OLD daughter who reads 300 pages a day because she loves the written word. I plan to pay her a tenner whenever she ploughs through a recommended text that we can use as a springboard for a recorded discussion. We have a big collection of Young Adult titles. I also want to introduce Mia to some selections that show her more about the life I had in the States.

I think a lot of what formed my pre-teen years came from my father who spent his first eight years living through the Great Depression. During his high school days, my dad read daily reports from both the European and Pacific fronts as local boys returned home in caskets. I have several books that articulate life in the States for the greatest generation I've personally known. I want to explore books by Bill Bryson, Homer Hickam, Dick Winters, Mark Twain, and Stephen Ambrose. They might be too difficult for a pre-teen in Ireland but they have storylines that became films so they're more accessible than through words on a page.

We've watched October Sky together and I want Mia to enjoy listening to the narration by Beau Bridges as he weaves the story from Coalwood to Cape Canaveral.

But first, I'm starting a shared calendar with Mia for the month of August to see if what I'm proposing is viable. And I need to see if my proposed payment plan of three euro cents per written paperback page or four cents a minute for the audiobook spoken work is fair.

What do you think? Should we share what we're doing as blog posts and podcasts?

Previously: How I Learn

I've been thinking about this since the day Mia first learned to read.

[Bernie Goldbach teaches creative media for business on the Clonmel Digital Campus of the Limerick Institute of Technology.]

While getting paid to read [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Thu, 07/23/2020 - 07:18

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Part of a project with Mia (12)

Melanin is in [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Wed, 07/22/2020 - 06:07

Bernie Goldbach posted a video:

The artist is Sheena Melwani.

St Peter and Paul [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Tue, 07/21/2020 - 23:26

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In Clonmel.

Interview with Python Charms

Evin O’Keeffe - Tue, 07/21/2020 - 14:19

Frankie Lodge launched Python Charms a year ago. As a friend from my knitting circle, I knew I’d love her creations given she puts such thought and care into each design. Then I saw her collections be revealed and I REALLY love...

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Roofing Material [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Tue, 07/21/2020 - 09:42

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For the shed project.

Checking shed inventory [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Tue, 07/21/2020 - 09:42

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Two large pallets and four 3.9 meter hardwood spars.

Foundation Spars [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Tue, 07/21/2020 - 09:42

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We need to create a foundation.

Dropping off lumber [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Tue, 07/21/2020 - 09:42

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For a log cabin out back.

Building Inspector Dylan [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Tue, 07/21/2020 - 09:42

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Hoping he can lend a hand laying a floor in a log cabin.

I Keep My To-Do Post-its

Bernie Goldbach - Tue, 07/21/2020 - 08:38

I AM TRYING to validate a long-standing relationship I've had with Google Keep because I want to be able to dictate notes and have them appear on my calendars. This has become more important now that my calendar rotates into view on our Amazon Echo Show.

I'm trying to lock Google Keep into my daily workflow because I think it offers the lowest demands on my laptop, mobile phone, and tablet. It's simply text (or tick-off lists) that I can pin on my devices. I could go all-in with Teams or Slack, adding services that offer exceptionally rich tracking of tasks, but I need a simple note-taking tool that offers me audio inputs and Keep's simple and elegant functionality has served me well.

With students, I've discovered simple and functional is better than expansive and complex. I need to know we can share a list of things to do, tick them off when they're done, and then share the feeling that we finished something on time.

As long as a colleague or a student has a Gmail address, they can collaborate with the listings I put into Google Keep.

Let me know if your note-taking system is faster and less expensive.

[Bernie Goldbach teaches creative media for business on the Clonmel Digital Campus of the Limerick Institute of Technology.]

Mid-COVID Keep Notes [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Tue, 07/21/2020 - 08:36

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Extracted from Leuchtturm.

Loving Google Keep [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Tue, 07/21/2020 - 08:13

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Seen on my iPad Mini.

Morning through the apple tree [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Tue, 07/21/2020 - 05:46

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

In Ashgrove Lawn.

Roam Left Panel [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Mon, 07/20/2020 - 14:15

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Deep inside the Roam Cult.

Second Brain Ideas #roamcult h/t @gillianbarry

Bernie Goldbach - Mon, 07/20/2020 - 14:06

I GET MANY of my best ideas from creative thinkers such as Gillian Barry who works in the Hartnett Acceleration Centre on the main campus of the Limerick Institute of Technology. Today, I thought it would be worthwhile to quickly blog three thoughts arising from our short phone after asking my hosted graph of Roam Research about topics we discussed. I think Gillian would consider this an exercise in reflective journaling.

Getting Live Audio Transcipts

I pay to use Otter.ai for transcripts of online learning sessions because I want the in-app ability to directly import spoken content from my handset to Otter. I told Gillian this functionality allows me to participate in a Zoom conversation through my laptop's pinhole microphone while simultaneously recording a separate audio track on my Note 9 to better than 90% accuracy. My Samsung handset has two sets of microphone inputs which always renders exceptionally clear audio results. Zoom and Otter also work well together through the Zoom dashboard.

When I asked Roam about transcripts, I was reminded about something I wrote a month ago. Otter helps me find exact time codes for my recordings and that allows me to use different shades of colour for audio waves and unique text plugs for clips rendered as audiograms.

On-boarding for remote employees

We plan to help our students to perform as remote interns in the months ahead. However, we need to improve the process for remotely on-boarding these students. I've learned best practice about this remote on-boarding process from Simon Monger through a LinkedIn post that attracted the attention of denise cox. I've also heard how some companies in Ireland are handling remote working through the Grow Remote Ireland Slack channel. This sort of information will be invaluable when placing our Creative Media Design students into meaningful positions during the next nine months.

I dove into my Roam collection of thoughts about remote work and was reminded of the Makespace "shared browser where your cursor is your face and you can host meetings, 'go to events' and use sound that travels the same way real voices would. If you’re near people, you can hear them. And you can 'travel' to places you last saw certain documents or photographs."

Active Whiteboarding

Lack of live interaction is biggest weakness of my current online teaching practice. I don't think it's good enough to present 45 minutes of a lecture to students during a scheduled hour on my academic timetable. I need to know people can see and hear what I'm doing so I'm exploring various whiteboard solutions. There's a whiteboard inside Microsoft Teams. And several of my past students have recommended Miro.

A note I made inside Roam underscored why students need to practice their whiteboarding skills. "Researchers conducted technical interviews of 48 computer science undergraduates and graduate students. Half of the study participants were given a conventional technical interview, with an interviewer looking on. The other half of the participants were asked to solve their problem on a whiteboard in a private room. The private interviews did not require study participants to explain their solutions aloud, and had no interviewers looking over their shoulders." The survey showed applicants called to whiteboards did worse than applicants who showcased their skills during interviews.

I'll be writing about each of these topics before we begin the fall semester 2020 because whiteboarding, remote on-boarding, and live transmedia production remain core skills worthy of improving.

[Bernie Goldbach teaches creative media for business on the Clonmel Digital Campus of the Limerick Institute of Technology.]