I WATCHED our two primary school children explore a realm of mixed reality in The Workbench of Limerick during a three hour hands-on event sponsored by Bank of Ireland, Action Point Technology and 3D Camp. Although the under-10s have walked around with VR headsets before, they've never enjoyed HoloLens with free pizza. It's an indelible memory.
Photo of @johntierney_ beaming innovative thoughts to #cong16
I'm experimenting with Bear, an iOS app that Greg Dickson (a Canadian thought leader) has shared with me. I immediately jumped to the Pro level of the app when I discovered how clever its native hash tagging delivered clever efficiency to my workflow.
The first finding: images sent from Bear via email to Typepad don't appear in mobile browsers as responsive images--although they appear that way inside InoReader, my RSS reader of choice. I believe Typepad's servers won't create different sizes of the images so I need to add an additon step to my workflow if I intend to accommodate responsive images in my posts.
I used my iPDad Mini to shoot the original image for this blog post. I could get the embed code from Flickr for the image, but only after visiting Flickr through a browser on my laptop or via my mobile handset. The embed from Flickr provides responsive imagery for the blog posts.
I'm returning to this post with other findings as the spring semester of 2017 unfolds on the three campus locations where I teach in Ireland.
EVERY JANUARY, my thoughts turn to my mother's death and I recall things that might have remained buried in memories. This year, I realised mom often said things that fit in the future tense.
The most important piece of technology I will share with my kids is Microsoft Hololens. They will use Hololens during an open demonstration from 6-9 PM on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 in the BOI Workbench, 125 O'Connell Street, Limerick.
I think if you asked my kids, they would tell you the most important creative skill they have learned is how to snap selfies (see click on the photo to see 360 proof below).
But I've also seen them with VR headsets and watched them regale in those worlds too so I know they will be fascinated in a room of Hololens advocates. It's a realm I'm exploring with a group of creative multimedia students and software developers during the Spring Semester 2016 in LIT.ie.
[Sent from Bear Writer on my iPhone 5C to Typepad servers using eir broadband in County Tipperary.]
WE ENJOYED AN EVENTFUL Christmas in Ireland because it combined loving joy at home in Clonmel and a festive feast of home cooking with cousins in Drogheda with a session of hand-powered windscreen wiping in between.
Photo inside Quimby's by @topgold.
TO CREATE CONTENT, ALL I NEED is a strong data signal, some quiet space, bottomless coffee and writing material. The problem with declaring this fact in public is that I may lose the very helpful Surface Pro tablet that meshes all my productive pieces together.
Photo by @topgold during an active learning lecture.
ALTHOUGH I DON'T EXPECT to see student loans as an essential part of the third level system in Ireland before I retire from it in 1105 days, I fully anticipate co-signing a loan to help my under-10s attend the higher education institution of their choice. That's because the Irish government simply does not have the budget authority to restore funding to higher education at the level it once provided.
The fiscal reality is driven by European restrictions. When I first arrived in Ireland in the late 90s, Ireland could just print money or run to the international markets for a sovereign bond to get the funding line necessary to finance third level colleges and universities. But now, a financial black hole is leading to the concept of users paying.
WE HAVE COMPLETED six hours of field work with two types of 360 cameras in the digital media module I teach at the Limerick Institute of Technology. I feel qualified to offer tips to other educators about using both the Giroptic 360 Camera and the Ricoh Theta S. The best advice comes from the students themselves.
In all cases, we need to plan the shots beforehand. I break down the tasks and designate roles such as key grip, camera operator, and documentary photographer. And the rest of the students are extras who speak or act in the 30 second segments.
We prefer to operate the cameras via apps that connect to the hardware via WiFi. The best operating system for controlling the 360 cameras is iOS in our experience. It appears iOS offers better WiFi connectivity to the cameras.
We snap still images that students often share on Facebook and we record short 360 video clips that we will edit in Premiere Pro. All imagery is saved on an iPad Mini 4 and then transferred via the OneDrive app to shared space for students to copy and repurpose. We display the 360 images online through Flickr and Google Maps. In the future, I expect we will use another embeddable viewer to serve the content onto student blog pages.
Battery power is our biggest constraint. We need to carry a rechargeable battery pack to ensure continuous operation of the cameras. I think I will fabricate a portable power rig so we don't run out of power while in the field.
My sports management students have used both the Giroptic and Ricoh cameras during six hours of field work in 2016. I reckon we will triple that hands-on time during the next semester as we explore more ways to bring 360 perspectives into the making of effective digital media.
[Bernie Goldbach teaches creative media for business in the Limerick Institute of Technology. David Magner snapped the shot accompanying this post while using the Giroptic 360 Camera on the LIT grass pitch. This post was sent Mail2blog using Three Ireland 3G Typepad services.]
Click on image to see 360 view (not in Safari).
I HAVE LEARNED a lot while watching young students learning real world skills. While many of my students want to develop skills they need in the workplace, some of these students are not challenged to develop samples of work they can showcase during job interviews.
I think graduates need to be able to point to work they have completed as students. That could be products or services developed during structured work experience, references from supervisors, or eportfolio pieces. As a third level lecturer at the Limerick Institute of Technology, I am trying to ensure everyone passing through any of my academic modules takes away a useful playbook or a collection of business intelligence curated in a Classroom OneNote (see screenshot below).