I HATE GETTING out-of-office replies and every summer, the scourge begins anew. There is a better way, suggested by Erik Qualman.
Ten minutes into his talk about "My Digital Stamp" at TEDxNashville, Erik Qualman suggests a better way to avoid inbox shock.
1. When your vacation starts, set your email's vacation auto-responder to say, "Thank you for your email. This mailbox is temporarily full. If your email is important please resend it on [Return Date]".
2. When you return, select all the emails you received while on vacation.
AT THE FRIDAY CESI Meet, more people retweeted Joe Dale's app recommendations than any other item. That's telling on several levels.
Although there's obvious financial concerns surrounding decisions to put iPads into primary schools, the early adopters find eager listeners when sharing tips about apps that just work. Joe Dale's list spun my head around because his suggestions will immediately improve the workflow of every primary school teacher I know. I plan to update this blog post with a full listing of the apps he breezily described in a brief five minute presentation he made during the CESI Meet on the Thurles campus of the Limerick Institute of Technology.
I HAVE A SHORT workshop during the annual ICT in Education Conference in Thurles on 11 May and am sharing one of their audio clips on my blog post. Its short link is bit.ly/busybeevoices.
The annual Schools Conference in Thurles showcases excellent workshops by some of Ireland's most enthusiastic teachers, starting with a CESI Meet the night before the main event. There's a full day worth of high energy activities in store. It's one of the most valuable forms of professional development anyone involved in education can find on the Irish calendar.
Big props should go to Pamela O'Brien for pulling together this year's event. You can follow the flow on Twitter by using the #ictedu hashtag and listen in to some of the voices through Audioboo's educasting channel.
I USE WINDOWS. phone in my job because it has proven itself as a device able to go uncharged for more than a business day while keeping me on schedule.
One of its clever scheduling features comes from Live Tiles representing people on my GTD timelines. I've discovered that when I put a Live Tile of a person on the home screen of my Nokia Lumia, I can bring relevant items into the context of meetings. That's because Live Tiles of people incorporate updates from social networks, recent emails, calls and text messages. Other systems do this too but Live Tiles feel more serendipitous than other methods I have used.
I'm thinking about making a series of screenshots representing my Weekly Live Tiles of People because there's some good data analysis that might trickle out from that exercise.
Sent from Bernie Goldbach's Windows Phone while prepping a creative multimedia lecture.
I LOVE HIGH TECH cars as much as I love science fiction so when the two come together, I smile.
You need to see the video (below the break) all the way to the very very end to appreciate fine advertising that capitalises on semiotics.
DON PEPPERS points out a counter-intuitive RAF tactic that the two of us learned at the USAF Academy--you can efficiently plan for things when you patch up areas that aren't broken.
I AGREE with Susan Morrell when she shares "hidden gems" in the Sunday Business Post Magazine.
Overlooking the Burren at Ballyportry
It's a 15th century Gaelic tower overlooking the Burren in County Clare. The six-floor round house can sleep four to eight people. From €1800 for stays of one to three nights. More at http://Irelands-blue-book.ie
Giant's Causeway Drum Gate
Quirky, self-catering bolthole near Bushmills Distillery. More at http://irishlandmark.com
Waterfall Cottage along the river.
A spectacular River Room in the Waterfall Cottage with glass doors opening directly on the river goes for €900 a week as described on http://hiddenireland.com
Washington sent the cypress
Mount Vernon in the rugged Burren is named for the renowned Virginia plantation. The grounds overlook Galway Bay. Rooms go for €95 per person per night.
Wicklow Head Lighthouse
The 1718 stone tower overlooks the Irish Sea. You need to book a minimum of three nights from €550 a night self catering. More: http://irishlandmark.com
Sent from my Windows Phone after reading "Hidden Gems" in the SBP Magazine, May 5, 2013.