We have several flavours of headphones in the house and it's getting very messy to figure out which technology delivers the best sound. I may stay with Sony Xperia handsets to reclaim something close to the warm turntable tones I learned to love.
SOMETIME IN NOVEMBER, our inventive 8yo borrowed her parents' phones to set up an electronic reminder that her Christmas Play was at 2PM on 17 December 2015. I was surprised at the time because when she started clicking through the menus, she simply worked through all the prompts and returned my Xperia Z5 to me with the notification running in the background.
AS I WROTE a few takeaway thoughts (in the photo) during a writing workshop at a staff development day, I realised my own process needs a peer review. That's why I expose my workflow to like-minded colleagues at events such as those run by Congregation and Dublin's e-learning summer school. 
I also ruminate inside social audio channels and as I started summarising my thoughts on my blog, Ian Kath in Brisbane offered a similar line of thought. Ian and I often share the same wavelength, crossing over spaces 12 time zones apart. Sometimes I feel telepathy at work.
Ide O'Sullivan from the Regional Writing Centre at the University of Limerick challenged 20 third level lecturers to reflect on their own writing practises. Some of those in the workshop might consider themselves "constipated writers", a term of endearment for some of the people with the most extensive array of pens in the audience. After five minutes of free form writing, we paused to share opinions. I offered thoughts about the value of unstructured audio recording because I know I can often extemporaneously explain an idea in complex terms better than I can write those same ideas. I use Audioboom for that process and Audio Recorder Pro on my Lumia 1520 for sampling lossless sound files.
Getting the spoken word to the written word can be a job for a stenographer or Mechanical Turk. Or if you have the pocket money, Read Write Gold (£320) or Nuance Dragon Naturally Speaking (£145) might do the trick. I manually transcribe the core ideas and display main points as large (48 point or bigger) phrases on single Powerpoint slides. In many occasions, those Powerpoint slides form the basis of co-authored academic exercises for students.
I hope to compare writing workflows with other colleagues before the summer, possibly figuring out ways to consistently produce more than 1000 words of content every day. I prefer using Scrivener for my writing because it keeps me on projects, counts words and exports to Kindle and iBooks with a few simple compilation key strokes. I'm grabbing screenshots to show various parts of my writing projects as they unfold during the current semester.
I GET A LOT OF MILEAGE out of Gmail and now I can boomerang a message to a specific location. This is very handy when I need to have petinent messages in front of me at the right place.
All my important meetings involve working through details connected by threads of emails. With Boomerang, I can push received mails to the top of my Inbox when I arrive at different locations. All I have to do is to Boomerang a message and also set a Location option.
I CAN SEE creative work emerging on our different devices because all of them connect their photo albums yo my Google Plus account. Last weekend my nine year old nephew had a go at Toca Boca's Hair Salon 2 and left a few screenshots worth sharing.
The Toca Boca team understands how to build a compelling app and now that Hair Salon runs on both Android and iOS we hear the sounds of water showers and hair cutters running in the house or back seat.
Until this past weekend, I didn't know Hair Salon would engage a young boy. But the attached screenshot proves otherwise.
IF YOU HAVE an education app written for Android, you can mark it for inclusion in the Google Play for Education program, which is being piloted by schools across the United States. Marking your app identifies it as targeted for the US K-12 educational market and queues it for evaluation by a 3rd party network of educators.
The VidTrim Pro logo that has a place of honour on my Android screen.
I BOUGHT VidTrim Pro for two euro because its reviewers said it would help me cut, edit and upload strips of video recordings on my Sony Xperia. It also produces high quality audio clips too.
The most positive factor about the software is it allows me to use the two microphones on my Xperia handset and that means I get authentic doppler effects with traffic, wave action on the beach and the drifting sounds associated with lively pedestrian footfall across Ireland.
Bernie Goldbach in LSAD-Clonmel | Click the 5yo to see video.
ONE OF THE MOST clever evolutions of the creative multimedia programme in the Limerick Institute of Technology is how it has started to poke into app development. We're doing user testing with junior infants on an Android game that's currently in alpha.