A9 -- My personal search technology just got streamlined because I discovered I can locate many of my important things directly off the address bar with A9, the newest thing added to the Amazon aresenal.
KILKENNY -- I ask first year (freshmen) multimedia students to complete a journal entry that reflects on what they hear and see when underway in Ireland. Their submissions always contain delightful snippets of regional vocabulary in Ireland. I'm at the point of pulling together a glossary of bus talk that could help international visitors understand the special spoken layer of conversation that happens on buses, trains, trams, and shops in Ireland. I've seen signers at bus stops throughout Dublin and I think it's remarkable to observe how sign language can help people communicate in a very animated fashion. That's the same observation made by others studying the chirology (phonology) of signs.
CRAIGSLIST -- One day after Karlin Lillington's Irish Times article pointed out that Craig Newmark had ported his very-retro (text-only) Craigslist to Dublin, we have creased through 500 postings on the Dublin Craigslist.
RAIN IS LASHING most of Ireland and some of it comes on the heels of hurricanes off the east coast of North America. Overhead, the International Space Station offers a compelling view of the force of nature known as Hurricane Ivan--responsible for damaging 90% of the houses on Grenada. It is one of the most powerful and destructive hurricanes on record, certainly packing more punch than either of the two hurricanes I evaded while living on the South Carolina coast.
EXAMINER -- When Liam Burke sees a PowerPoint slide during a third level lecture, he might take some notes about it. But when he sees those electronic notes coming from the online learning system at Tipperary Institute, he has to listen because he knows they are part of a time-based module coming from Moodle, an Open Source Virtual Learning Environment.
"Moodle helps you focus," says Burke, a third year multimedia degree student. "You get a learning pathway. It's a handy way to stay on top of new study material."
Eighty-five lecturers from Ireland and the UK want to produce their learning material and achieve the same effect, so they attended the first Irish Moodle Moot held at DCU on September 10th. Several Irish third level lecturers have become evangelists for Moodle. Presentations from Athlone IT, DCU and Tipperary Institute have featured at Irish Learning and Technology Association events. The ILTA.net Yahoo group traces these developments over the past two years--examples of collaboration across the country between several third level institutions.
EXAMINER -- A small number of (stupid) AIB customers fell for an email ruse and handed over the passwords to their online bank account. Thousands of AIB customers were targeted by fraudsters yesterday. I would have received the same bogus mail, containing the AIB logo and bankalese verbage, but the mail connected to my AIB account is buried under spam anyway, so I never use that address.
DUBLIN -- Stealing bikes just got easier, thanks to helpful tips on Bike Forums and an informative book on picking locks. Bike Forums -- "Your brand new U-Lock is not safe!" Douglas Chick -- Steel Bolt Hacking ISBN 0974463019
THE MOST IMPORTANT skill I can teach my multimedia students is to express what they see. This means learning to see first and learning to express second. My tactics are formulaic, part anal, part playful. I enjoy opening classroom discussions with "challenge questions" about themes such as "texture." My job just got easier because the Flickr community has expanded its texture experts.
CLONMEL -- Colllege classes have started across Ireland and that means my workload shifts to the classroom. My time is split 50-50 between lecturing and working inside our Moodle Virtual Learning Environment. At this point, that's not really a time savings because it takes me a minimum of four hours to prepare one hour of Moodle contact activities.
DUBLIN -- While walking the digital divide that meanders around the inner city Liberties neighbourhood of Dublin, the first sentence of Irelanbd Unbound rang true for me.
"In the contemporary world, it would be difficult to find an example of such deep, intense and rapid transformation as has occurred in Ireland." Mary Corcoran -- Unbound ISBN 1902448693. This is an essential textbook in the third year of Tipperary Institute's multimedia degree programme. x_ref125m