WE HAVE STARTED collecting stories about family artefacts, listening to young students in the Clonmel Presentation School offer snippets of oral family history. The project will feature in an exhibition mounted by the Tipperary Museum in November 2018.
A COMBINATION OF health issues along with stark warnings from scientists have encouraged me to eat less meat. The UN says switching to a meat-free diet makes an immediate reduction of 50% in one's carbon footprint so that's what I'm doing. This green issue was one of several items worth remembering in my six-minute review of Sunday news in Ireland.
ONE OF THE MOST REWARDING things I do is help young people find their voices. I watch this happen when with Ireland's Youth Media Team, inside primary school classrooms, and with third level students during studio sessions.
ALTHOUGH I READ the acclamation voiced on Twitter and Facebook, it took me a day to realise the impact of several very special moments I witnessed first hand while standing in a media scrum set up by Ireland's Youth Media Team when interviewing President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina. It all happened within the space of 10 minutes at the start of Feilte 2018, the annual conference of the Teaching Council of Ireland.
MIDWAY THROUGH the annual Teaching Council Conference (hashtagged #feilte2018), I started thinking more about sustainability, since that term was floating throughout several corners of the conference venue. More specifically, I started thinking about how to sustain the efforts of the Youth Media Team. And I formed the same conclusion that Pam O'Brien and Conor Galvin made years ago--it's a team effort.
EVERY FALL, I mark the start of another academic year by listening to peers explain a wide range of topics I can immediately use as a creative media lecturer. The presentations, workshops, and networking happen in Feilte 2018, a major initiative of the Teaching Council of Ireland.
One of Patrick's Questions pointed to educational psychologist Benjamin Bloom who found one-on-one tutoring using mastery learning led to a two sigma improvement in student performance. The results were replicated.  Bloom asks in his paper that identified the "2 Sigma Problem": how do we achieve these results in conditions more practical (i.e., more scalable) than one-to-one tutoring?
WE USE A Ricoh Theta S #ricoh360 camera in every academic course I teach on the Clonmel Digital Campus and I’m impressed at how its use improves the critical visual skills of students. There is so much more in an image when you can spin a photo up, down, and around.
WE'VE BEEN LOOKING at a half dozen locations and we hope to move into a different home before Christmas. The interesting thing for me is watching the spike in views on Flickr as we poke around different premises.
On one day, my Flickr view count exceeded 3700 with several hundred views recorded on quick snaps I made around a few homes for sale.