THE ANNUAL #ICTEDU conference helps teachers who want to play an active role in building Ireland's Knowledge Society. This year, the conference happens on Saturday, May 10th on the campus of LIT-Thurles.
By the end of that weekend, I expect to join more than 100 primary and secondary school teachers in a process that improves literacy through Continuous Professional Development and lifelong learning.
I MAKE A STACK of Moleskines every academic year and they contain snippets of business intelligence that I share with creative multimedia students. Some of that sharing takes me back to Old Skool tactics that I have embedded into course material.
My FTP Practicals have taken a step forward because I discovered some students can poke through the proxy and drop their files onto our remote server. I hope to record some tradesmen's tips from those students as we review their approach to a Linux server through an FTP window.
Although server-side software makes the creation and sharing of MP3 files much easier, I know it is very important to produce MP3 files from personal audio. That production process needs to involve the creation of cover art and ID3 tags. I believe every third level creative multimedia graduate should have these skills along with the ability to syndicate the content through established web publishing practises. We are diving into these processes through a series of practical sessions.
I also want our creative students to be able to find their images (logos and illustrations) online through look-up services like Tineye. We're doing a quick whip-around with specialised image searches, Digimarc and Tineye.
After a visit of Christian Payne, I realised we need to equip our graduates with encryption skills. Therefore, our #LSADmedia graduates will know how PGP works. They will create public PGP fingers and list themselves in a PGP Key Server Directory. I will deliver an encrypted message to students, using PGP.
All of these skills form part of an ePub that LSAD creative multimedia students will produce in April. If their content meets my expectations, we will realise the compilation in Kindle and ePub format for use as a continuity file that could help upskill students in the Limerick Institute of Technology's creative multimedia degree programme.
[Bernie Goldbach is the senior creative multimedia lecturer at LIT.ie. Photo of @topgold's Moleskine prep session snapped with Lumia.]
Photo by @topgold with Lumia 1520.
LIKE DOZENS OF drivers I see every day, I use technology while underway in Ireland. That means for most of the 1200 km I travel every month between third level campus locations, I am building a use case of best practise.
Depending on how you define it, distracted is how everyone drives. I remember how my dad was cited by the Pennsylvania Highway Patrol when he reached behind his seat and smacked my brother who was fighting with the middle brother. Once a fortnight, I slow down or move to the shoulder of the road to accommodate someone coming towards me who needs time to text. I see people putting on make up while driving, drinking coffee while turning, and reading magazines gripped on steering wheels.
Distracted driving runs rampant across the world. Knowing the risks are greater now than ever before, I let my Lumia phone connect to our Qashqai stereo speakers and pump out podcasts on playlists dynamically generated by Bringcast.
How about you?
I GET MY BEST results over coffee or in a quiet corner of a pub with a Moleskine and a pint. I define my “third place” in those contexts.
Even in recessionary times, we need affordable luxury where creatives can share and enjoy a cuppa and conversation. This is a known social funciton. Sociologists I follow chat about the need for waterinng holes in large cities, beyond home and office. It's what makes Shoreditch the creative oasis that it aspires to become.
I SHARE MY personal wifi hotspot at industry events. I keep it "open" and listen for people to exclaim, "I've found Topgold!"
I think it's important to share 3G data connectivity, especially in venue where the house wifi creaks and groan from too many video streaming sessions. Weeks later, friends have shown me their phone screens where my Twitter name sits as an SSID that they graciously used. It's always a conversation starter and I have to think it's also a method of branding.
Screenshot from Archive.org.
IT'S GOOD TO KNOW that the Internet Archive harvests more than simple text. I've used it to resurrect images and audio clips from sites long discontinued.
Several voices I used to enjoy on Audioboo have closed their accounts but in many cases, their digital artifacts surface through the Wayback Machine. It's like hearing a blast from the past and rather amazing because their audio clips have been saved from Amazon's S3 servers even though their originators totally deleted their accounts on Audioboo. I get the same result from sites that depended upon photographs, images or maps presented from other sites.
As time goes forward, I hope that the iFrames and JQuery content from sites I use every week also get the same archival treatment.
ONE PITFALL of living digitally is failing to create things your grandchildren can hold. I need to deal with that shortcoming by adding an analogue production process to my life.
In this regard, Flickr has affirmed its role. For years, I've been using Flickr's add-ons to produce handsome hard cover books. Normally, I produce a book a season with glossy images of children growing up and give the books to grandparents who can see the pages without using eyeglasses. I've stopped sending the books directly to the grandparents because they occasionally object to the 40 or 50 euro cost. But that's what you pay for a hard cover, glossy art book.
Photo of O'Mahony's Books SWAG by @topgold
AS WE START another year, I am reviewing my security practises and planning to pare connectivity costs while reducing digital clutter.
1. Locking up security with trustworthy measures.
I am concerned about our front door and also very aware about the integrity of the locks on my digital life. We will treat the physical doors with a layer of lighting and motion detection. I am treating my digital doors by changing one password every week and then reviewing those changes with the 1Password app on Android and iOS.
2. Culling contact details of my Dunbar Network.
I work directly with 180 students, 35 staff and 190 business associates. I want to wrap together all the best contact info on fewer than 500 people in the year ahead so I can listen to creative people where they opt to share their best stuff. And I intend to sync their data between my Lumia phone and my Google Plus Contacts. And there's more.
I HAVE ADOPTED triangulation to help me declutter my priorities and to ruthlessly implement two (or more) methods to validate my claims of productivity. I'm borrowing the concept from Old Skool aviation navigation , knowing that I once ended up 300 nautical miles off course with my skills.