For some of us, the old-school landline phone habit dies hard
These days, when the house phone rings, it's nearly always somebody we don't want to talk to: campaign phone banks, telemarketers, boiler-room crooks. For months now, we get two or three calls a week from a guy It is a gorgeous piece of industrial ...
April 7, 2015
The Apple Watch: Tried and Tested
When it wants your attention — an alarm, an incoming text or call — it actually taps you on the wrist. It's the wildest . You do look a little demented talking with your wrist held up to your head. And you have to pity These are single-screen ...
April 9, 2015
What do you do with mementos from old relationships?
And other than the odd piece of lingerie, most of the pieces don't seem to suggest gender - we can see books, boxes, a garden gnome, an alarm clock and, perhaps worryingly, a collection of axes. “In my experience, hanging on to presents and possessions ...
March 29, 2015
Hall of Fame: After saving NPE 2009 from the brink, Carteaux enjoying rebound
“In the fall of 2013, we went back to Chicago and said, 'We'd like to talk to you about starting a rotation of NPE between Chicago and Orlando, in 2021. “Saturday afternoon rolls around about 2 o'clock and lo and behold who drives in, it's Bill ...
March 22, 2015
Constantly connected: Why there's power in switching off
If you were in a classroom you would sit down with the person next door and talk about a lesson or a unit that went really well – it's now sort of become globalised in that people in different countries can share with each other electronically and ...
March 27, 2015
The 12 Tech Nuisances That Annoy Us Most
What they should do is streamline the bill into a basic summary—without using that as an excuse to hide fees. —What did we miss? We'd like to hear your biggest tech annoyances and will share the best…or, well, worst. Email us at email@example.com ...
March 10, 2015
APD Chief To SXSW Attendees: 'Do Not Use Drones In Our City'
On Wednesday, a stern warning from Austin Police. Tens of thousands of people are expected to pour into Austin for South By Southwest, but now, Chief Art Acevedo is telling attendees to keep their drones on the ground. If people fail to follow the ...
March 11, 2015
And Facebook is filled with people I've had to add under obligation or peer pressure (face it, you did it too. If I need an alarm I'll stick to the old fashioned clock. No, I'm not talking about clothes. When you think about it, there is a lot of valuable time and energy spent in judging people, habits and actions and attaching meaningless labels to them in your head. I've had enough of it. This year, say no to drugs, alcohol, tobacco and labels. 2015 needs to be a label-less year not only towards the people around me but also myself. And if stop attaching labels to people around us, we might be pleasantly surprised by their behaviour as well. For the past few weeks, I've been writing stories as they come to my head. Without trying to streamline them into any genre or bothering with titles or editing. It's a freeing practice and I'm surprised at the number of stories I seem to be spotting around me all the time. Even on days when I have nothing to say, I'm going to write gibberish. And have a pretty able digestive system, this year I'm going to learn to cook and enjoy the process. Off late, thanks to the new Lakeland store in the city, I've been bitten by the baking bug. But I've actually started to enjoy it. Personally, I can't eat more than a slim slice but.
A day made of glass 2 and Bridging our future (below) both gave utopian visions of how technology could shape day to day life and more significantly for me as an educator, the classroom of the future. In many ways the visions show little change, with many day to day objects and devices such as the alarm clock, the car and the tablet, still featuring and playing their current role but a little ‘shinier’. I am now teaching in HE and in any given session I will find some students working with iPads/tablets, some using smart phones, others on laptops, and others preferring paper and pen. When I was teaching in school BYOD was not desired by our leadership but we had Interactive Whiteboards, ICT suites and laptops (although reliability of laptops was often an issue) all at our disposal. How does that picture, or these visions compare to your classrooms of today. Bridging the future for me showcased collaboration, problem solving & investigating, creativity, design, connecting learners with experts, ‘real world’ applications, assessment/progress monitoring, homework, and practical work. These are all aspects of teaching and learning which are already a part of today’s classroom. I can think of topics I have taught where aspects such as problem based learning were embedded to great success, or where we introduced students to a STEM ambassador to put the topic into context. be it logistical, lack of resources or the ever present excuse of lack of time.