THE MOST POWERFUL community dynamic I have enjoyed in Ireland stemmed from monthly Open Coffee Meetups in Limerick. I want to rekindle that energy by layering the Open Coffee dynamic inside the Grow Remote movement and I think I will try to do this in Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland in 2019.
EVERY TIME WE MEET the grandparents, the sniping starts against touchscreen devices. Whenever I hear the sniping start--and it does every time we meet--I simply bite my tongue and then let the kids tap and explore. But I limit their online forays to specific periods of the day.
Every time I skim through my newsfeeds, I spot chatter about pre-teens and screens  but I think most of the noise I hear comes from privileged technologists who seek retro activities for their families. I also hear from physicians and education experts. But you know what? I have far more time for experts who have studied the sociology of our online world or psychologists who can document exactly what happens when people behave as though they cannot live without primary contact with electronic devices. I need to seek out more of those sorts of learned voices because I want to face down touchscreen abolitionists.
ONE OF THE MOST REWARDING things I do is help young people find their voices. I watch this happen when with Ireland's Youth Media Team, inside primary school classrooms, and with third level students during studio sessions.
MIDWAY THROUGH the annual Teaching Council Conference (hashtagged #feilte2018), I started thinking more about sustainability, since that term was floating throughout several corners of the conference venue. More specifically, I started thinking about how to sustain the efforts of the Youth Media Team. And I formed the same conclusion that Pam O'Brien and Conor Galvin made years ago--it's a team effort.
I'M USING OFFICE SWAY to summarise every major teaching moment during the fall semester of 2018. That means I will cover Media Writing, Project Management, Critical and Creative Thinking, and Web Analytics through responsive Office Sways.
ONE OF THE MOST commonly requested items from my digital archive is video footage, still imagery, and audio from the River Suir. So I'm using http://bit.ly/suirlinks as a simple URL that directs people to this page. I know this collateral will be helpful for projects endorsed by the Tipperary County Council.
FOR THE PAST two years, I've paid to read and hear reports from the press pits of America because the reality distortion coming from many corners of Twitter and Facebook is so divisive. Today, I noticed I've two paid accounts for the Washington Post--something I never would have permitted before the Trump era. So you could say that the raucous noise of American politics has nudged me to become more interested in actual facts, not the staged events that diminish understanding of important issues.
I woke up this morning frustrated that I simply haven’t been writing across my various sites. In theory I am a “writer”, but I haven’t been writing! And as I wrote in My 3 Words for 2018: “because if I don't write... the stories build up inside of me until they want to explode like a pressure cooker without a relief valve. Writing is my relief valve. I need to do it.”
So I said to myself- I know, I will impose a new rule on myself... no social media usage until I publish something new! A blog post, a podcast episode (such as my The Dan York Report short audio segments), an article on some site (ex CircleID), a longer update on a social site... something.... anything.... BEFORE I get sucked into the vortex of social media updates.
And I will start with a blog post like this one...