AFTER ONE MONTH inside Google Plus, I know I can recommend its use for our creative multimedia students in LIT-Clonmel. In fact, I'm already using Google Plus from http://gplus.to/topgold to connect with one of our students who is spending the summer with her parents in India. And I hope to put Google Plus Hangouts to good work while working with friends five time zones away as we plan a high school reunion.
People who are comfortable with their Facebook friends or who enjoy the tearaway chatter of Twitter may lack both the time and inclination to jump into another corner of the internet. However, anyone who uses Gmail, Google Search, Picasa or YouTube may discover Google Plus is part of a social layer next to them already. And those with the next generation of Android phones may discover G+ is baked into the baseband, making Google Plus the fastest social networking software on the handsets. There are some practical steps I'm going to try during the fall semester in hopes of linking quality pedagogy to a high-quality mobile learning experience.
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I SPEND PART OF EVERY SUMMER thinking about ways I might nurture creative thought in the classroom.
Like Chris Horn, I believe the main value of Irish third level education is the development of analytical skills. Chris cites "the skill to diagnose, identify patterns, and apply previous experiences" alongside "the capability to articulate, explain and motivate." Developing this core skills means getting the correct measure of teaching laid down alongside a proper amount of mentorship. And in that regard, mentorship can succeed only when laced with respect. Therein lies the first challenge for me--earning and holding respect. I'm going after that major deliverable by creating quality course material for the 2011/12 academic year (photo evidence provided).
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OPEN COFFEE FRIEND and creative entrepreneut Colm Lyon, CEO of Realex Payments, continues stepping up in the business world. He won the prestigious Ruban d’Honneur in Round Two of the European Business Awards.
To progress to the next level, Colm needs a new suit (his analysis) for the next level of competition in September.
Realex Payments was one of ten country representatives chosen from Ireland to attend the first stage of the event, Unicarepharmacy and Aerogen have also been awarded a Ruban d’Honneur, selected from Irish representatives at this years event.
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THERE ARE MANY REASONS why the Kindle is a helpful tool for learning. One of its handy facets is the Daily Review, an Amazon tool that helps me review and remember the most significant ideas from my books.
Based on a flashcard format, the Daily Review shows me flashcards with either my highlights and notes or the Popular Highlights from one of my books. I have to have marked books as "read" before they show up in the review section. Then, Daily Review takes my through all of my read books, one per day. This is going to help me improve my academic delivery because as everyone know, periodic review of ideas makes it easier to remember them.
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I SPEND MINUTES EVERY DAY during the summer reviewing snaps I've taken of creative work recorded during the 10 years I've taught in Tipperary Institute. It's easy to see creativity in bloom as shots of former students flow by in slideshows.
I think we should be doing more to hook up with past graduates, perhaps sharing snippets of the curriculum they conquered by showcasing current work from practical sessions and by offering a flow of lectures that might help upskill graduates on the job. My Media Writing module has evolved a lot since 2001 and now features snippets from films, audio segments from radio shows, and a challenging foray into semiotics. Some of our social media module would fit directly into the jobs that many of our graduates hold. It's just a matter of packaging the material for a select audience and then getting feedback from that group to improve our classroom presentation.
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