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Speedtest 28 Mbps eir home [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Fri, 03/12/2021 - 07:00

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Starting my second year of emergency remote teaching.

Simply using a cameraphone filter to raise carvings [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Fri, 03/12/2021 - 06:50

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

Snapped in St Stephen's Cemetery of Clonmel with a Samsung Note 9.

Our growing Axolotl [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Fri, 03/12/2021 - 06:50

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With a rock from our garden.

Getting Those Eyebrows Under Control

Evin O’Keeffe - Tue, 03/09/2021 - 14:11

Guest Post By Lucy Zender, creator and founder of Tweezerfile There’s no question that eyebrows have become an obsession over recent years. Indeed, it seems beauty-conscious women cannot be seen out without the perfect brow.   With the various changes in...

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Dylan Goes Shopping During COVID [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sun, 03/07/2021 - 21:17

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Audio with Sabinetek SmartMike+ and camera with Samsung Note 9.

Free Knitting Pattern: Taffy Twist Cowl

Evin O’Keeffe - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 13:15

Living in Ireland with the weather changing by the minute year-round, it is always the season to celebrate and wear transitional pieces and layers. For me, my Taffy Twist Cowl is just such a piece since it stays in place, adds...

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Pointing to my COVID era scar [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 12:49

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I've an infection that won't stop.

Interview with de Maquis

Evin O’Keeffe - Tue, 03/02/2021 - 15:49

As a fan of de Maquis Designs, I was delighted when Jennica Vincent agreed to let me interview her for my blog and show some of the designs I love most from her shop. I bet you will fall for her...

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Offsetting Screen Time During #CESICON

Bernie Goldbach - Sun, 02/28/2021 - 09:05

ALONG WITH PAM O'BRIEN, I got sucked into a day of inspirational ideas during the annual CESI Conference in Ireland. And I have a confession--I wasn't watching the Zoom Screen all the time. Instead, I rested my eyes on our Axolotls while listening to conference presentations.

This is an important skill--toggling between screens--because knowing how to do this staves off Zoom Fatigue. It's an important concept flagged by Dermot Casey in his LinkedIn feed.

Stanford researchers have warned too much on-screen time is tiring.

Professor Jeremy Bailenson, founding director of the Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab (VHIL), examined the psychological consequences of spending hours per day on these platforms. Just as “Googling” is something akin to any web search, the term “Zooming” has become ubiquitous and a generic verb to replace videoconferencing. Virtual meetings have skyrocketed, with hundreds of millions happening daily, as social distancing protocols have kept people apart physically.

In the first peer-reviewed article that systematically deconstructs Zoom fatigue from a psychological perspective, published in the journal Technology, Mind and Behavior on Feb. 23, Bailenson has taken the medium apart and assessed Zoom on its individual technical aspects. He has identified four consequences of prolonged video chats that he says contribute to the feeling commonly known as “Zoom fatigue.”

Bailenson stressed that his goal is not to vilify any particular videoconferencing platform – he appreciates and uses tools like Zoom regularly – but to highlight how current implementations of videoconferencing technologies are exhausting and to suggest interface changes, many of which are simple to implement. Moreover, he provides suggestions for consumers and organizations on how to leverage the current features on videoconferences to decrease fatigue.

I recommend you take four minutes to read Vignesh Ramachadran's Stanford News item. The data reinforces the fact that I experience more cognitive load while on screen when compared to time I would normally spend in the classroom. If you don't have time to read the cautionary note about on-screen fatigue, just do what I do and watch Axolotls bump into glass walls and rocks.

NOTES
  1. Recommend you follow @pamelaaobrien to hear more about the upcoming ICT in Education Conference.
  2. You can view the entire 2021 CESICON as a Google Document.
  3. I get newsworthy information by scrolling Dermot Casey's LinkedIn feed.
  4. I've taken writing ideas to CESICON before.

The little guy seems so alert [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sun, 02/28/2021 - 08:43

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When compared to his bigger tank resident.

My On-Screen Axolotl [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sun, 02/28/2021 - 08:43

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

Snapped while watching Sebastien during CESICON 2021.

Working Pond [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sun, 02/28/2021 - 06:43

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Where we relocate frog spawn.

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