I DIDN'T EXPECT my 2012/13 academic year to extend into late afternoons with young primary school kids. But it does because I'm listening and watching creativity emerge in severalmultimedia channels.
I'm paid to nurture creativity and when it percolates through social networks that I monitor, I'm delighted by what appears on screens I touch. Through Audioboo and Facebook, our five-year-old daughter is sharing some of her first experiences with a computer keyboard. She has showed several new friends how to use Audioboo. And I expect that when parents give her permission, she'll start sharing snaps she takes of her first year in school.
Bernie Goldbach in LIT-Clonmel | Logo from Audioboo
ONE OF THE BIGGEST changes in blogging during the past 10 years is the emergence of ways to use multimedia technologies when extending thoughts to different communities. I give a lot of credit to Audioboo for adding a new dimension to blogging.
Audio blogging on Audioboo is simpler than taking a phone call because you don't need to talk to anyone while you're recording a Boo. However, some of the best Audioboos in my news flow are conversational. I listen to a core group of people in the Audioboo community because they either record conversations or they create Audioboos in response to on-going threads.
After six months of consistently listening to other people, I've started making and sharing three minute audio clips every other day. A lot of the time, I write information in the ID3 tags of those Audioboos and sometimes include hashtags along with related hyperlinks. It's rather easy to copy the descriptions I create for those Audioboos and paste them into the "compose" portion of my blogging software.
And I've started doing that already, wondering if my practice of doing that means I am part of an evolutionary movement in blogging.
Posted from my iPad via the Typepad app and saved as part of my audio links.
I listen to our 4yo as she lets the app read the story to her. But more often than the audible book, I hear individual words being read out loud when Mia touches items on screen--like the house in the screenshot.
From my view over the shoulder, I think Dr Seuss is helping Mia learn nomenclature of her home and her place. Occasionally she creates a permanent view of her learning space by taking a screenshot of her in-app activity.
I'm intrigued by Mia's progress and plan to continue my careful observation of what she is learning from authors I knew more than a generation ago.
Bernie Goldbach is journaling thoughts about #howilearn.
Bernie Goldbach in LIT-Clonmel | Photo of Digital Moleskine
I'VE USED UNRULED PAGES for fast and effective mapping of ideas since the early 90s. Those plain blank pages are part of my learning process.
I used simple copybooks for a decade then moved to Moleskines after I spotted dozens of those simple black notebooks on the desks of designers I respected. In late 2008, I started archiving parts of my analogue Moleskines into the digital Evernote system. By listening to the Evernote Blogcasts, I know that Evernote’s main competitor is Moleskine. A lot of people start their ideas on paper first--long before they crank out their first digital slide deck.
Sometime before the iPhone, when using high-end Sony Ericsson cameraphone optics, I started enjoying the nuanced use of paper notes. I scribble some notes, draw others, and hand over Mindmaps to my artistic four-year-old daughter for her reinking of various boxes and arrows in my Moleskines. Then we have fun together when we use the Sony Xperia in document mode to make high resolution images of Mia Art. There's a generation of learning embedded in these processes.
Bernie Goldbach in Cashel | Newsround recorded on Sony Xperia
SOME OF THE BEST images from the Paralympics I've seen are in the Sunday Times Spectrum (16 September 2012) . I captured some of them in a YouTube video I made of a Sunday newsround.
The Paralympic images get less social media chatter than topless photos of Kate Middleton.  The outrage may cause the closure of th e Irish Daily Star. If that happens, there could be knock-on effects to the Irish version of the Sunday Times.
I'm very intrigued by excellent work by the historian Sonke Neitzel.  He discovered a trove of secretly recorded conversations between German POWs in British camps during the second world war. Their chatter about mass executions, rape and other atrocities has caused a sensation in Germany and now it's in hard cover in the West.
As it is, she already knows how to find the purple Audioboo icon on the iPod Touch and the Motorola Xoom and she has shown her after-school activities co-ordinator how to use the program. In some parts of the Audioboo community, that makes her an audio blogger. She's already part of a playlist.
I think Mia's ease of audio journaling marks an important evolution of blogging. As the vloggers have said all along, blogging isn't just for texters. Syndicated story-telling across audio channels also deserves to be given full recognition as part of the blogging movement. But it is probably too emergent a communications channel to be noticed by web awards organizers.
IT HAS BEEN 20 YEARS since my last traffic stop and that one happened on the A8 in Germany. The Polizei in their BMW M3 made easy work of me with their fire-breathing chase cars.
I like fire-breathing police chase card like you can find on Bavaria or on some stretches of the California Highway system. Some of the German cars look like the one in the photo. The California chase cars are like 100mph space heaters. Their five liter engines rumble and their cooling systems work hard to keep the engine temperatures below redline.
I think there's something very civic about fire-breathing police cars and wish there were muscle cars in the Garda Traffic Corps.
THIRTY YEARS AGO, in the halls of the Pentagon, an Air Vice Marshall with a Scottish accent showed me a cassette with a track from the Eurthymics. It would be a hit in the States a year later, after the invention of MTV. The track is part of the sound track of my life.
I've bought the track "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" several times since the 80s, losing the tracks to stretched cassette tapes, scratched CDs and hard drives I never backed up. I've enjoyed listening to how Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox scraped together to make the music. They made the most of a meager budget, getting an eight track recorder, a high-end drum machine and some milk bottles.