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Random But Organized Thoughts (9-5-2010)


Data Visualization and Data Mining
Serious Games
  • Check out these brilliant little games: Machinarium (for critical thinking, logic) and Small Worlds, which is like exploring a cave. [via @BryanAlexander]
  • There’s a project to use WoW  to “develop a curriculum for an after school program or “club” for at-risk students at the middle and/or high school level.  This program would use the game, World of Warcraft, as a focal point for exploring Writing/Literacy, Mathematics, Digital Citizenship, Online Safety, and would have numerous projects/lessons intended to develop 21st-Century skills.” Read more about it at the WoWinSchool wiki.
  • Tabula Digita will be releasing a new game soon, this one called Dimension L and designed to teach Literacy skills.
  • Grow Valley: A game about thinking about the future and how we get to a futuristic high-tech society. (click on English and be sure to actually read the instructions)
  • “With “gamification,” companies study and identify natural human tendencies and employ game-like mechanisms to give customers a sense that they’re having fun while working towards a rewards-based goal.” from Play to Win: The Game-Based Economy [via @HoppingFun and @amyjokim]

Futuring

Great Quotes
  • “I don’t think Americans are ‘bowling alone.’  They’re bowling on their cell phones.” from @WorldFutureSoc
  • “It’s not a bug, it’s an undocumented feature.” from @dahara
  • From the latest #lrnchat, “I spent 18 years in schools to get ready to learn.” from @mrch0mp3rs, followed by “On the other hand, there is a saying that when the student is ready, the teacher appears.” from @moehlert (wise words from both)
Links for STEM

    Great Links for Everyone

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    Random But Organized Thoughts (8-29-2010)


    Data Visualization and Mining

    Great Links for STEM

    Just for Fun

    Great Links for Everyone

    Serious Games

    In other news, our Math ELITEs are ready to be used!  Here’s a picture of the new tables.  Also, my husband and I spent our 15th Wedding Anniversary sitting in front of a large screen TV (with no reception … not watching it) and watching TED Talks on a 3″ phone screen.  It was a great way to celebrate!  Also, I booked my trip to Mountain View for September. Can’t wait!

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    Random But Organized Thoughts (8-22-2010)


    For STEM educators

    Other great stuff

    • If you like geeky cartoons, you have to check out Geek&Poke!
    • Teachers Without Technology Strike Back [via @jryoung] offers more on the digital divide when it comes to, technology and teaching. Let’s hope this professor doesn’t really see himself as the center of all knowledge in the classroom. [thanks @ppezzelle for pointing that out about the photo]
    • Very interesting analysis of Los Angeles teacher data: Year after year, some teachers’ students make great strides and some do not.  Who’s teaching LA’s kids? is intriguing. Ask yourself what you’d do if you discovered your classes were falling behind the rest?
    • Another interesting study finds that children who are younger than their classmates are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD.  It’s likely that we’re often confusing ADHD with simple immaturity. [via @courosa]
    • It turns out that Android users use even more data than iPhone users! We may all end up with our bandwidth usage capped (let’s hope there’s always an option to pay for unlimited bandwidth for those of us without landline broadband at home). [via @hybridkris]
    • A few folks on twitter were asking me about a cheap and portable data projector.  Here’s one for $300 that should do the trick (although, for the record I have not tried it myself).
    • TIP: You should always download the flash version of any Prezi you plan to give as an in-person presentation.  First, once you’re duplicating your browser on another screen there are glitches in the Prezi browsing.  Second, there are still too many random down times on Prezi to take the chance that it happens during your presentation time.  Be safe: Download the flash files (free).
    • NPR takes on the Beloit College “Mindset List” that is published annually, and they make some good points. [via @academicdave]
    • Wired magazine has an eyecatching headline this month (big surprise): The Web Is Dead. Long Live the Internet.  It’s not that we’re less digital, it’s that we’re accessing the web more through applications than direct visits.  They have a great visual, which should make it worth the click. [via @eLearningGuild]
    • The Face-to-face Lecture: Only Accidentally Valuable? is a great blog post by @erekbruff in response to reading Cognitive Surplus.  He poses the question: Are there activities in which higher education faculty engage that seem inherently valuable that are only accidentally valuable?
    • Designing for the Mind by Francisco InChauste [via @oxala75]

    Serious Games

    1. Appointment  dynamic: a dynamic in which to succeed, one must return at a predefined time to take a predetermined action (i.e. Happy Hour, Farmville,
    2. Influence and status: the ability of one player to modify the behavior of another’s actions through social pressure (i.e. Gold Medallion vs. Silver Medallion on Delta, report cards, Valedictorian)
    3. Progression dynamic: a dynamic in which success is granularly displayed and measured through the process of completing itemized tasks (i.e. progress bars like on LinkedIn, World of Warcraft)
    4. Communal discovery: a dynamic wherein an entire community is rallied to work together to solve a challenge (i.e. Digg, DARPA Balloon Challenge)

    Great quotes

    • “What looks like laziness is often exhaustion – change simply wears people out” -Dan Heath, from Why Change Is So Hard: Because Self-Control is Exhaustible (a video about why self-control is so hard, from Fast Company)
    • “I don’t take attendance and don’t collect homework but I don’t think you can do well without it.” quoted from @DrTimony‘s favorite professor, who started the course with this statement.
    • Why we shouldn’t restrict/ban Internet in schools: “We TEACH kids how to cross the street, we don’t ban cars!” – Jamie from #mcsli10 [via @logicwing]
    • “It’s just a matter of time before Facebook becomes like Amazon: You went out with ____, you might also like ____.” from @jackscholfield
    • This just made me giggle: “Since when are higher ed institutions a beacon for innovative pedagogy?” [from @mctownsley]
    • “With seven game dynamics you can get anyone to do anything.” - Seth Priebatsch (from his TED Talk at TEDxBoston)  Also: “School is a game. It’s just not a terribly well-designed game.”

    Events

    In other news, I cancelled my Kindle order because I got used to reading books on my HTC EVO (Android) and the screen sizes are not so different between the 6″ Kindle and the EVO.  I invested in a souped-up battery which should give my EVO 24 hours or more of battery life.  I’m still reading Kindle books, just not waiting for a Kindle device.

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    Random But Organized Thoughts (8-15-10)


    Games


      Great Quotes …

      • “The celebration of mere competence is the surest sign that incompetence is the rule of the land.” from On Hiring: When Competence is Heralded as Excellence in the Chronicle of Higher Education [via @chronicle]
      • This from the NY Times Opinion piece, Down on the Social Farm: “we would like to invite the 60-some million FarmVille users to consider growing some actual plants.” [via @mathpunk and @judell]
      • “I’m at my limit of usernames & passwords. Any site that requires me to register, I’m not doing it unless they show up and clean my house.” from @annmariastat on Twitter.
      • “I think the fact that following in Twitter is asymmetrical, whereas friending in Facebook is symmetrical is a key difference.” from @derekbruff on Twitter. I’ve already used this quote in conversation to explain the difference – it took a mathematician to explain it so succinctly.

      Random Stuff …

      • Love that MAA, NCTM, AMS, and SIAM all have a Facebook presence and AMATYC does not. Whatever.
      • The new sharpie liquid pencil writes like a pen, erases like a pencil, but becomes permanent after three days:  [via @sewsueme]
      • Does an extra space matter in HTML?  It might if it’s inside the tag, but definitely not if it is outside the tags.

      Great Links …

      Blog posts from the MCC Math & Technology Workshop

      Still uncategorized …

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      Random But Organized Thoughts (8-8-2010)


      Great Links …
      • Tracking student tweets has been a thorn in my side for the last 10 weeks, so I thought 60 Tools to Track Tweets (via @rkiker) would be pretty useful. Although it’s an interesting list, only a couple of the items are particularly useful and there are some twitter tools that were (IMHO) surprisingly missing.  In particular, I didn’t see TwapperKeeper on the list, which is the only way I know of to save up a collection of tweets from a particular hashtag in one place.  Intriguing and odd: Qwitter (tells you who has unfollowed you), TwitterCharts (see when a user is most active so that you can better stalk them for conversation, here’s mine), TweetEffect (it’s supposed to tell you which tweets gained and which tweets lost you followers, however, I don’t think it’s very accurate based on my own stats).  If you haven’t visited the browser-based twitter page in a while,  I quite like this “who to follow” suggestion box on the right side. It’s got some great suggestions.
      • I can’t ever resist the urge to poke fun at Apple’s expense, so what comes after the iPad? The iBoard and iMat, of Course! [via @amca01] … wait … did you just unfollow me? LOL  To be fair, here’s a very insightful post about the realities of the Windows 7 Tablets vs Apple iPad [via @Chronotope] In particular, check out the list of must-have features for some other slate tablet to be competitive with the iPad phenomenon.
      • If you teach in Higher Education, then you deal with students, and so you should really read these “No Sympathy Lines which I randomly stumbled across while searching for something else.  My favorite? Do you give out a study guide? Answer: Hmm. The textbook simplifies a vast amount of material, then I simplify it more in lecture. Then you want me to extract the most important ten per cent of that and put it on a study guide, so if you know most of it you can get an A. So what you’re saying is the cutoff grade for an A should be 10%, right?
      Great Quotes …
      • “The most important thing for allowing bonobos to acquire language is not to teach them.” -Susan Savage-Rumbaugh on Apes that Write I wasn’t sure why this was a TED Talk at first … but about 5 minutes in, you’ll understand.  A video about cultural transfer between humans and Bonobos.  Absolutely amazing.
      • “Grades may encourage an emphasis on quantitative aspects of learning, depress creativity, foster fear of failure, and undermine interest” (Butler and Nissan 1986, p. 215) for more on this, read Grading: Not How but Why by Alfie Kohn [via @tonnet]
      • “… knowledge about technology cannot be treated as context-free, and that good teaching requires an understanding of how technology relates to the pedagogy and content,” -TPACK (Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge) [via @tonnet] The premise is that there are three overlapping domains: Content Knowledge, Technological Knowledge, and Pedagogical Knowledge – in the center of these three domains is TPACK.

      Games …

      Still unorganized …

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      Random But Organized Thoughts (8-1-2010)


      Great Links
      • The U.S. Justice Department has ruled that jailbreaking phones is legal, as long as the software and devices were all purchased legally.  The also ruled that the text-reading services on eBook readers (designed for the blind) are not illegal. Bravo U.S. Justice Department. Read more here. [via @eplybon]
      • In case you wondered where the name @busynessgirl came from, here’s the explanation.
      • Apple launches another magical product today (a little joke at Apple’s expense after the launch of the “Magic Trackpad” … their name, not mine).
      • The effects of a good Kindergarten teacher might not be seen by the time a student is in high school, but there are startling correlations with success later in life.  Go read The Case of the $320,000 Kindergarten Teacher and see for yourself. [via @marcparry]
      • College students foolishly interpret Google rankings as a measure of validity – in other words, if it’s the first link on the search, it must be the most-trustworthy.  The article “So-Called Digital Natives Not Media Savvy” goes on to say that college students don’t trust Wikipedia as much as they used to.  [via @Chronotope]   Ask yourself:  Which is preferable, trusting Wikipedia or trusting the #1 Google search rank?  Unfortunately, the study does not compare “students” to the “general population” who may, in fact, believe the exact same thing.  In fact, the general population could very well be more trusting in Google than the students.  I think more research needs to be done here.

      Great Quotes

      • “Done with 3rd “shiFt” calculus.” from @sartormi in reference to the fact that students tend to do their homework late at night and into the wee hours of the morning.  The first time, the F was missing (LOL).  Now when I stay up late grading papers I’m going to refer to it as 3rd-shift Calculus too.
      • From Wired Magazine’s Epicenter: “… iPad owners tend to be wealthy, sophisticated, highly educated and disproportionately interested in business and finance, while they scored terribly in the areas of altruism and kindness. In other words, “selfish elites.” Those who are critical of the iPad tend to be “independent geeks.”  Before you dismiss this as standard Apple-hate mongering, consider the survey size, 20,000 participants.  Also, as the article points out, us “independent geeks” could just be achieving some kind of “free-thinking” status with our independently geek-minded peers by having an opinion that is not signed, sealed, and delivered by Steve Jobs.  If only we had an extra $500 and were forced to sit in an apple store for half a day, the article suggests we would probably join the Apple-borg too.  You probably just ought to go read the article and decide for yourself.
      • “On the Apple site, the error messages reveal something of their culture: An error occurred processing this directive.“ from @beng
      • iQuit” – what the apple assisted suicide machine would be called, from @cherylcolan (who is, for the record, a happy Apple user)
      • Math teachers might have more success if they cleverly disguised their classes by claiming they were about Game Design.” from @IanSchreiber.  My response? Amen.
      • “Teachers have the right to live in a cave. They do not have the right to drag students with them.” from @gret.

      Events

      The MCC Math & Technology Workshop will be August 9-13, 2010.  I am looking for offsite math folks willing to lead (or participate in) a play session for 4-5 instructors in WizIQ (free) on Thurs, August 12 at 1:30pm EDT. Help?

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      Random But Organized Thoughts (7-25-2010)


      Great Links
      • The new xkcd cartoon about lack of innovation in TI-calculators  [via Cameron Flint and Wade James].  Just for the record, I basically said the same thing on November 14, 2007 in my Calculator Rant.
      • Twitter Mood Maps reveal emotional states of America  [via @hrheingold] – this reminds me of the website We Feel Fine, which explores human emotion via blog writings through six different interfaces (watch Jonathan Harris’s 2007 TED Talk here).

      • A truly “jaw-dropping” TED Talk is Tan Le: A headset that reads your brainwaves.  It’s only 10 minutes and it’s pretty stunning.  [via @irasocol]  I don’t want to give anything away, but let’s just say that some days it really seems that we are living in the future.
      • In Newsweek this week, there was an interesting article, The Creativity Crisis, about how U.S. creativity scores are falling.  Basically, creativity scores rose until 1990 and then began to fall, most seriously for those in K-6.  There are so many possible causes, and while the article suggests it could be TV and video games, it also suggests it could be lack of creativity development in schools.  [via @arossett]
      • I think this Taxonomy of Reflection (by Peter Pappas) is dead on.  I’ve been reading The Shallows, by Nicholas Carr and I am worried that we are spending too much time “skimming the surface” and not enough time learning deeply.  By engaging in reflective practices, we can make sure that we do engage deeply, and there are many ways to do this with web tools.  [via @tonnet]  More on this later … I’ve got lots of ideas on this one.

      Great Quotes

      • From the LMS Panel at #et4online: “Open source is more like a free puppy than free beer” [tweeted by @kthompso and @gsiemens] followed up by @hjarche, who added “... and proprietary software is more like a free gorilla than a free puppy.
      • As of today, every Facebook petition that gets 1 million people to sign means that 499 mill didn’t sign it. Knock yourself out.” [@barrydahl]
      • Best quote this week? ”... clinging to outdated teaching practices amounts to educational malpractice.” from Reaching the Last Technology Holdouts at the Front of the Classroom, published this week in the Chronicle of Higher Ed.  [via @derekbruff]  It sounds harsh, but ask yourself if you’d go to see a doctor, a lawyer, or even an auto mechanic who had not learned anything new about technology for their profession in the last decade.  You wouldn’t, would you?  On a side note, I have an article coming out in the next issue of EDUCAUSE Review about “Open Faculty” where I develop a model for faculty profiles where where technology can act as a catalyst or a barrier to participation in open education.
      • What we’ve done in human society, through exchange and specialization, is that we’ve created the ability to do things that we don’t even understand… with technology we can actually do things that are beyond our [individual] capability.” from Matt Ridley’s TED Talk: When Ideas Have Sex [via @tonnet]  General takeaway: Individual humans are simply the nodes in the collective global brain. It’s the interchange of the ideas (the nodes) that is causing technological progress.  Sidenote for math teachers: There is a great section in here starting at 5:03 about “why exchange raises living standards” but it reminds me of that classic algebra problem where two people can either work separately or together.

      Lessons in digital literacy

      On the advice of a friend from New Zealand, I looked for web information about the “Pasta Crop” … a great spoof to teach students digital literacy.  This is a lesson in why you should not trust everything you read on the Internet.

      Another great website for digital literacy is the website that teaches about the “toxic” chemical Dihydrogen Monoxide, DHMO.org.  If you’ve never seen that, check it out.

      Events

      • The Center for Teaching and Learning at Muskegon Community College is officially changing its name to The LIFT Institute.  LIFT stands for Learning, Innovation, Futuring, and Technology. One of the roles I’ve agreed to take on for this next academic year is that of the “Learning Futurist” at The LIFT Institute.  We’ve got some awesome ideas for programming to really engage faculty and students in all the aspects of LIFT and I can’t wait to see how it all plays out.

      Want Ads

      I’m looking for a motivated person (or persons) who would be interested in taking math that I find in magazine/newspaper articles and writing a short post to publish each week on this site.  If left to my own devices, I can collect stacks and stacks of articles that I think could be mentioned in a math class, but I never have the time to go from the articles to any kind of organized collection of lesson ideas for math teachers.  Anyone need to fulfill the “project” requirement of an education class or graduate class?

      Note: I am trying to begin using this end-of-the-week twitter summary as a reflective activity at the end of the week, highlighting what I’ve learned and sharing brief insights.  Does this format work for you?  Would it be better to split it up into several smaller posts?  Ideas welcome.

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      Twitter Weekly Link Roundup for 2010-07-18


      Miscellaneous …

      • RT @tech4mathed Google App Inventor: Now Anyone Can Create an Android App http://bit.ly/daJG7g #
      • The iPad is a highly effective paper & media consumption replacement, but NOT a device for productive work. http://bit.ly/brGO7q #
      • Favorite quote from http://bit.ly/brGO7q “You could get a keyboard for the iPad… but then you’d be using a netbook.” Amen! #
      • RT DaveC_ Staying up-to-date on 21st c tools is like going up the down escalator. #ebce10 #
      • The iPad is a slicker looking version of the tablet PC. It has better battery, yes. But mine has greater functionality, storage, & keyboard. #
      • I am somewhat intrigued by the “Totally Relaxed Organization” concept (TRO). Anyone tried it? (kind of customized GTD) #
      • I’ve finally finished the SpacedEd course on learning intuition for #math graphs, check it out at http://bit.ly/LearnCurves. FREE! #
      • I would LOVE to have some math instructors go through the course and make suggestions for improvement. Hint hint. http://bit.ly/LearnCurves #
      • RT @sartormi I am starting a campaign to have Hopital, changed to le’ Mental Hopital, true story. #m161 (from a student) #
      • Interesting idea of “Rhizomatic learning” (start at slide 56) http://twurl.nl/8enz62 by @timbuckteeth #
      • Am I the only one who is always annoyed that Wolfram|Alpha provides no easy way to remove the imaginary parts of graphs? #m161 #
      • I just did a google search on the words “critical point” … um, there are some interesting images in this search. #
      • RT @derekbruff: Good ideas, great preso. RT @drubeli: Universities in the “Free” Era http://is.gd/ds6SX // very nice! #
      • RT @bash_ninja Was recently told that you can get free yr of amazon prime (free 2 day ship) for having edu email! amazon.com/student #m161 #
      • I definitely “see” my online students on twitter more than I see my F2F students outside of class. Feels more connected to their learning. #
      • View from our table at lunch here in Sedona: http://twitgoo.com/18my9w #
      • RT @SloanConsortium Creating the Perfect Instructor – http://bit.ly/a67ekp #
      • RT @mrexmiller How do u know u have travelled to much? When u sit down at home to read and reach for a seatbelt. #
      • Seize every day and don’t be afraid to try … you don’t want to leave with regrets for the things you never even started. #fb #

      Some very very sad news:  Elizabeth Hamman (aka @mathfaery), who wrote MathFaery: Making Math Magical, passed away very suddenly on Saturday, July 17, 2010.  I will share funeral arrangements and other information as I get it. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers.  She was a rising star in the math community and it was too soon to lose her.

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      Twitter Weekly Link Roundup for 2010-07-11


      Levers of Change in Higher Education (the backstory)
      • Just sat on the back porch (in the shade) for 3 hours and read DIY U – good overview/reminder of a lot of alternatives/disruptors to ed. #fb #
      • Cup of coffee, then returning to the back porch to read several bookmarked articles about what others think about future of higher ed. #
      • Musing about the Educause Tapscott article which lists students as a possible change agent in higher ed … #
      • I think it’s wishful thinking … when have 16-18 yr-olds demonstrated the ability to work together to change a national system? #
      • I think for higher ed to change, it has to change in the 1st-year experience. The only students who can push that are the incoming ones. #
      • I would like to believe that students will be able to get the system to change, but in reality, I don’t see students having much power here. #
      • Just spoke with my illustrator … this prezi is going to rock! wait and see. #
      • Don’t you love it when a new idea hits you with such force that you are speechless? #
      • I think we should sell empty seats in upper level courses at deep discounts, like last minute travel sites do. Encourage lifelong learning. #
      • The open seats would become available onlin the final week before classes and only to those who have earned a degree at that level already. #
      • Those who know they want participate would complete some kind of pre-registration to verify they are eligible. #
      • Another thought … a subscription model where you pay 19.95 per month to be able to take one class a year. Use it or lose it. #
      • I think we need to develop education models that are based on the notion of true lifelong learning. The world moves fast now. #
      • The other beauty of such models is that transferability is less of an issue with such learners … allowing for more innovative courses. #
      • Industrial model of ed: Raw materials (students) are processed thru assembly line (courses) resulting in product (graduates). #
      • Customization of the Industrial Education model creates graduates who are athletes, intellectuals, socializers, and leaders. #
      • When we worry that something is missing in the online education model, it is that customization of our product (graduates). #
      • Anyone know what percent of couples meet their partner in college? #
      • Imagine higher education as a car factory. The brand is the college you attend, the model is the degree you get. #
      • The car has many customization options: socializers, leaders, intellectuals, performers, researchers, athletes, partners, explainers … #
      • A student may attend college and get all the way through with nothing but the “base” model. #
      • Alternatively, they may end up with the equivalent of a sunroof, chrome extras and stereo upgrade (athlete, socializer, & performer) #
      • Continuing on with the car model: Athletes = upgraded engine, Socializers = chrome package, Leaders = leather seats … #
      • … Intellectuals = sun roof, Researchers = GPS package, Organizers = roof rack, Explainers = DVD player #
      • … Engaged citizens = fog lights, Performers = upgraded stereo, Partners = multi-zone temperature control #
      • … Critical thinkers = air conditioning, Creative thinkers = ??? Entrepreneurs = ??? #
      • If workers shift careers every 7-10 years, how will they “retrain” each time? How can education adapt to this model? #
      • The Industrial model was designed for one-career workers, not multi-career, fast-changing workplaces. #
      • Question: Do those of us who really LIKE learning just tolerate academia as a required formality – necessary to get our fix? #
      • What we’re seeing now (with catalyst of technology) is the separation of content, learning, and certification. #
      • RT @joshgiesbrecht: My biggest revelation as a learner was academia *isn’t* required to get my fix. Just helps w/structure & recognition. #
      • RT @annmariastat: Academia CAN lend structure. Took data mining class this semester to learn those things I was always GOING to get to #
      • .@annmariastat Totally agree, although I’d say it is more the role of a learning coach that we need: http://is.gd/dgq7p #
      • My first pass at a new @prezi is entirely words and random ideas, organized in the physical space. http://screencast.com/t/ZjkzYThl #
      • I’m starting to worry that I might “break the bank” on illustrating this one. I can think of so many illustrations I want. #
      • Now finding first round of images on Flickr Advanced Search CC share-alike non-commercial use … like this one: http://is.gd/dgsfV #
      • Interesting (although general) ideas in Todays Campus this issue … almost every single “Master of Change” is male. http://is.gd/dgSAu #
      • OMG. This illustration is AWESOME!!!!! Suddenly I feel the need to give a better @prezi presentation! You all are going to LOVE it. #
      • Still just spellbound looking at the background for Thursday’s @prezi … wow. Sneak peak in low res: http://screencast.com/t/ZDA2MWY2Z #fb #
      • Slightly more detailed view (zoomed in on one part): http://screencast.com/t/NWU3OGMyMmMt #
      • Seriously, I wouldn’t keep building new presentations if I didn’t have such an awesome illustrator! Thank you Mat! :)  #
      • Still working on the #wf10 presentation: Levers of Change in Higher Education … here’s a preview: http://twurl.nl/7mquzr #
      • I am at a conference hotel … AND I have Internet. Love my new anywhere mobile-hotspot on the HTC EVO. #wf10 #
      • Still working on the presentation for tomorrow. I’ve been thinking about this one for over a year. Pedal to the metal time. #
      • At what point is a presentation done? #
      • RT @IanSchreiber: The same point a game is done: when it ships! RT @busynessgirl: At what point is a presentation done? #
      • .@prezi Any way to use time stamp feature to get a youtube to start at a particular time in prezi? Just tried way I know and it didn’t work. # [answer is no]
      • Help! One of the major for-profit universities has a “first 3 weeks free” promotional strategy. Which one and website? #
      • RT @mathhombre: @busynessgirl Do you mean the U Phoenix 3 week orientation course? http://bit.ly/cgNRtF / well, there’s a marketing gimmick #
      • There’s SO much I want to say in this presentation … it very likely might be > 1 hour now. Will have to watch the time. #wf10 #
      • Who thinks it’s appropriate to use a picture of a cricket (as in chirping) for Learning Object Repositories (or should it be dusty books?) #
      • So, I have a twiiter borg image, now I need one for Facebook … a zombie with the facebook logo as the face? @ohmgee :)  #
      • Okay, I think I am FINALLY ready to lay the path through the @prezi … ready, set, GO! #
      • Anyone know how to delete one point on an @prezi path? I know how to add a point, but not how to get rid of one. #
      • RT @RobinThailand: @busynessgirl Just drag the ‘dot’ off the path and let go. /// Doh! @msgregson #
      • Levers of Change in Higher Education http://prezi.com/irqborz3hmd2 #wf10 Still making minor tweaks here and there. Something odd? Tell me. #
      • Well, that was anti-climactic. My eyes are burning from staring at tiny details on the screen. My contacts might fall out. #
      • Levers of Change in Higher Education is easy to find at http://bit.ly/LEVERS (I will post the video we recorded later) Future of Educcation #
      • Here is the video of the Levers of Change presentation (recorded live at #wf10 http://www.screencast.com/t/MTE2MzUzY #
      • There will be a repeat of Levers of Change in Higher Ed Saturday at 8am in Alcott. See you there! #wf10 #
      • Now producing a version of my presentation for iPad users. I wonder, will they produce products that work outside iPad software? (doubtful) #
      • For the record, I am ALSO producing a transcript of the presentation for the visually impaired. That will take a little longer. #
      • The encore presentation this morning was a full house! Much thanks to WFS for letting me present again in general conference. #wf10 #
      • Levers of Change in Higher Education (for iPad users): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wC7-R3KwDLU #wf10 #
      • Adult Education Classes (a Ziggy cartoon) which fits nicely with the Levers presentation: http://twurl.nl/7ndxfk via @mathhombre #

      Miscellaneous …

      • RT @MathEdnet I love good data visualization. This isn’t it. http://bit.ly/9jKiTE #
      • Well well … look who’s playing in the tweetbox … welcome to twitter John! (@mathhombre) #
      • I am really looking forward to hearing what you all think about my insights into “The Open Faculty” when it’s published. Curious & nervous. #
      • RT@lisagualtieri: Stroke education humor: You can’t use the Internet when your arm is numb http://is.gd/dgd8Q @Power2EndStroke #
      • Just discovered (completely by accident) that my computer/mouse do this: http://screencast.com/t/ZmY2ODBhZDE (way cool!) #
      • RT @chronicle The death of tenure: http://bit.ly/bTG3GR “There will not be good, tenure-track jobs for the great majority of good people.” #
      • .@chronicle What makes the tenure thing worse is that at same time tenure has decreased, enrollments & the cost of college have increased. in reply to chronicle #
      • RT @Wolfram_Alpha Stephen Wolfram shares his thoughts on computation and the future of the human condition: http://bit.ly/ctL0P5 #
      • RT @ruth4916 RE http://bit.ly/aJAxQI @busynessgirl Another reference to Calculus Wars here — you are now an influencer! // cool! #
      • Somehow I think I’m getting the better deal out of the $40/month unlimited data mobile hotspot. I’m like the piggy person at a buffet. ;)  #
      • Is it just me or is there very little information about http://2tor.com on the website? (Possible alternative to standard LMS? Can’t tell.) #
      • Did You Know 4.0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ILQrUrEWe8 #
      • A new reason to dislike Apple. Everyone with iPhones and iPads just ignore content running in Flash. Save for later = never. Thanks Steve. #
      • Who finds it ironic that I, a non-iPad, non-iPhone user knows how to turn off the sound on an iPad. #
      • Great Idea: Let students go to B&N or Amazon and choose 100 important books for the college library each year. #
      • The mindmap on Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age http://bit.ly/DigitalAge … teaching with the future in mind. #wf10 #
      • I think it’s time to pull up that Blackborg graphic again! @jryoung @marcparry in reply to jryoung #
      • RT @JaneBozarth A-MEN! RT @chrisstjohn: Today I learned again that the world is ruled by those who show up #lrnchat #
      • Having breakfast with a friend from high school that I haven’t seen since 1992! #
      • RT @kiwicarol Android Steals Market Share From All Other Smartphone Platforms [REPORT]: http://bit.ly/bn8VpW / just bought one #
      • Is it just me? When a cell phone goes off in a packed room full of people, there is a 90% chance the phone owner has white/gray hair? #
      • I bring a small surge protector / usb charger to conferences. Means I can glob on to any power outlet. Very compact. http://twurl.nl/atgg7u #
      • Very happy to see a woman, @zephoria, at the top of the FORTUNE list for smartest tech academic http://bit.ly/d7xlbR #
      • Why is it that every iPad user tries to “convert me”? Now I just say “Let’s just agree to disagree and drop it, okay?” #
      • I stopped really blogging when @ProfHacker started up and I haven’t gotten my mojo back since then. Feels like smaller voices are lost. #
      • Are there any mindmapping platforms using HTML5 ? I’ve used mindomo for years, but no idea what their plans are. #
      • RT @kprentiss Impressively bad United Airlines chat and phone service. Outsourcing only goes so far. Zappos, please start your airline. #
      • Do any of the slidesharing web platforms work in HTML5? Will Google Presenter work on an iPad? #
      • Sidenote: I’m sick of receiving iPad spam from various companies selling iPad accessories. (irony: this will result in MORE spam) #
      • I need a fold over the screen keyboard for my HTC EVO… like a QWERTY convertible. Miss the QWERTY, but love the WiFi. #fb #

      WFS Conference

      There were a LOT of tweets from this conference, but I’m going to publish them in a separate post with some additional thoughts and links to resources.

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      Twitter Weekly Link Roundup for 2010-07-04


      Dissertation …
      • Back to working on the dissertation. Took a break this morning to go to church, swim, and have lunch with my hubby. #
      • I wish I were a dog. Then I wouldn’t have to finish my dissertation. #
      • I’m afraid I need a dissertation pep talk. #
      • While I’m being all grouchy about dissertation writing, let me tell you how much I dislike APA formatting (extremely visually unappealing) #
      • #drpt (hr 426): Tables of data on participant characteristics … done. #
      • #drpt (hr 427): Chi tests on knowledge of MIPs, seeing gender effect here, as well as effects of PD on knowledge of CL and IBL. #
      • #drpt (hr 428): Yes, I am actually WRITING in Ch.4 … trying to summarize all findings on research questions 1-3 today. #
      • If you want to see the last 25 hours of dissertation work, go here: http://teachingcollegemath.com/?p=2423 http://fb.me/wJAv70ls #
      • #drpt (hr 429): I think I’m done with reporting about research question 1, knowledge of math instructional practices … on to RQ2. #
      • #drpt (hr 430): Did I mention I have data coming out my ears? It’s seeping out my nostrils too now. More exhaustive chi-squares. Sigh. #
      • #drpt (hr 431): If you have taught remedial math or calculus you are more likely to participate in math-specific PD … interpret? #
      • #drpt (hr 432): I have 9 pages of single-spaced tables in Ch.4, but very little writing. There’s so much data, it’s hard to summarize. #
      • I’m not sure why it’s happening today in particular… but I’m feeling kind of overwhelmed by life. I think I just need to be done w/PhD. #
      • #drpt (hr 433): Met with my PhD advisor to go over / talk through the results for the first three research questions. #

      Miscellaneous …

      • .@nancyrubin What I can’t figure out is why Twit Cleaner needs your password to do it – followers are public info. in reply to nancyrubin #
      • Just finished playing ALL the levels of Waker, a game about position and velocity curves. http://twurl.nl/17wq6g #m161 #
      • RT @divbyzero: More on PA textbook bill: Step Too Far on Textbook Costs? – Inside Higher Edhttp://bit.ly/buy2X6 #
      • If all we can choose for textbooks is ‘educationally sound’ then can I just choose ‘the Internet’ and call it good? #
      • .@MitchKeller Oh so true! It costs me $90/month for Internet, so I guess it’s not the most economical choice to use a free online textbook. in reply to MitchKeller #
      • Logical analysis of the decision to take action about climate change http://bit.ly/Qq10I via @NBCCSueGreat example of futuring analysis #fb #
      • Whenever I think to myself … what an AWESOME find … it always seems to be fromhttp://www.geeksaresexy.net/ My advice? Subscribe! #
      • Gates, Jobs, and the new iPhone http://twurl.nl/5ldp6d (a conversation that didn’t happen?) #
      • Just learned the easy trick for squaring numbers that end in 5. Very clever! (watching Teaching Company DVDs on Joy of Math) #imanerd #
      • For the first time in several years, I did not submit to present at ICTCM. Tired of having to come up with clever ways to fund conferences. #
      • Bummer. I would really like to try @swype on the EVO, but it appears that the beta is now closed. #
      • Just remembered I need to book plane tickets to NC. Still up this summer: Boston, AZ, NC, OK, and maybe NY. #
      • Retweeting @sartormi: @busynessgirl you fly more than Santa! (from one of my students) #
      • Now, the next two days I have to build this presentation on “Levers of Change in Higher Education” (wondering what inspired me to do this) #

      Day of fixing computer errors …

      • Why has Adobe Acrobat decided to forsake me? #
      • I let computer/software errors build up for months and then deal with them all in 24 hours of error-hell, in case you were wondering. #
      • Today is “Deal with computer errors” day … Yay. #
      • Error #1 Windows Journal freaks out when I resize tablet drawings: http://screencast.com/t/ODY4NWJhNDE Anyone seen this? Can you help? #
      • Error #2 My macro keyboard shortcut won’t stick in Word 2007 … problem FIXED by removing Adobe Add-in. Thanks @afwings :) #
      • Error #3 When I open PDF documents inside Bb in Firefox, the next action causes Firefox to crash. Whatever it is. #
      • Video of Error #3 http://screencast.com/t/ZDQ2ZWFiN Help? #
      • For the record, swimming 25 laps without my SwiMP3 really really sucks. #
      • Still trying to fix this damned Adobe PDF error. Days like this make me understand why Apple has shunned Adobe. #
      • Does anyone use Blackboard in Chrome? Which Chrome extensions are necessary to make it work properly? #
      • There are two big problems with Bb and Chrome: 1. Viewing PDF documents inside Bb, 2. No WYSIWYG editing on instructor side. #
      • Oh thank heavens. I think I have FINALLY fixed Error #3 Had to uninstall all copies of Adobe Reader and reinstall the FIrefox plugin. #
      • This leaves me with one error remaining… the strange tablet error. Anyone out there an HP Tablet expert? @jgvanides #
      • In hopes of fixing Error #1 I am updating all input and graphics drivers. Wish me luck. #
      • Another goal for today: Figure out how to print to my wireless printer from my laptop (been meaning to do this for >1 year) #
      • Hmmm … updating the video drivers did nothing. Next fix … reinstall Windows Journal? #
      • Oh great. Now Firefox and iTunes want to update. K.i.l.l. m.e. n.o.w. I just FIXED a bunch of errors, do I really want more? #
      • Today is a good day. Error #1 is FIXED. Took some logical thinking to pinpoint where the problem was, but I think it’s solved. :)  #
      • Wow. Finally got a software patch for TI-Smartview that fixes it. Have been trying to get it working since January. #
      • Of course, I wasn’t trying really hard … since we’ve been using Wolfram Alpha mostly. #

      The ongoing struggle to get decent Internet at my house …


      • My Internet could not be slower today if it TRIED. #fb #
      • Today I want faster Internet so bad I could almost justify paying the $9,000 to get it … almost. #
      • I think I’m going to have to make a trip to the Sprint store tomorrow to see about a new phone with tethering + unlimited data. @dgpetrak #
      • Is there a way to burn podcasts from iTunes University to DVD? Crappy Internet + would like to watch from my exercise bike. #
      • Cussing up a storm. Just had my Internet cut off AGAIN. I really really really can’t take this anymore. Really. #fb #
      • If I kill myself for lack of broadband Internet, will someone lobby congress for the Maria Andersen bill – decent broadband for all? #
      • Dear WildBlue – the inability for me to pay for extra bandwidth when I need it is a dealkiller. You suck. #
      • There. I’ve committed. HTC EVO coming next wk w/ unlimited data plan. Wonder how long it will take to burn out a cell when used as a modem? #
      • RT @krzyslower: @busynessgirl Presidential Memorandum Unleashing Wireless Broadband Revolution http://j.mp/ady4dk // oh the irony #
      • Guess what just came in the mail … now the only problem is that I have to call from a phone other than the old or new cell. Don’t have 1. #
      • LOVE the kickstand feature on the new phone. So tired of holding these things while I watch videos. :) #
      • Okay … attempting to activate new phone via chat using other mobile broadband service. Ha! #
      • I am sending this from my new phone! Please phone, bring me faster internet! #
      • OMG. I can actually stream YouTube and TED without having to walk away from my computer for 5 min. #
      • Speedtest: 1 MBPS … yes! Yes! YES! (yup, that’s right … a broadband orgasm) #
      • I think I’m going to cry. I can watch as much on the Internet as I want. #
      • I am optimistically installing Second Life on my home computer – I have not been able to use SL from home ever. #
      • OMG. I can use Second Life from home!!!!!!!! (I know you all are underwhelmed here … but really, can you imagine life w/o broadband?) #
      • I can watch movies on Netflix, I can download games on the Playstation or Wii … no data limitations!!!!!!!!!!! #
      • oh … wordpress … how fast you run on real Internet! #
      • Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee #
      • Tomorrow I will start complaining about how I don’t have the faintest idea how to use my new phone, but for the moment, I’m happy. :) #
      • Retweeting @RobertTalbert: @busynessgirl This is like watching someone being unfrozen from a 15yr cryogenic sleep. :) #
      • Uh oh. This may be a short-lived love affair. Not getting a 3G signal tonight. Crap. #fb #
      • So, I can have reliable, but limited, delayed, and slow Internet … or unreliable, unlimited, and fast Internet. Maybe I should sell house? #
      • Here’s the morning Internet report. The mobile hotspot only seems to work on the same floor of the house as the HTC Evo. #
      • Sometimes I seem to have a spotty signal. Could fix this with some kind of signal booster ($$). Of course, satellite is rain-sensitive. #
      • To use the wireless on my exercise bike, I have to take the phone with me to the basement. #
      • Trying to decide what to do about the boys’ access to the Internet. Both of their computers are one floor below my computers. #
      • Downside of HTC Evo … I really really really miss my QWERTY keyboard. #
      • Just in case you were wondering, you can’t simultaneously use the mobile hotspot and make a phone call on the HTC Evo. Just tried. #
      • Let me just reiterate how much faster I can get online grading done with this new Internet. LOVE IT! #

      Sorry, I’m still not blogging.  I think I’m trying to catch up … this means writing, writing, writing … but not writing blog posts.  I have to prep two new classes next year, Linear Algebra, and Mathematical Excursions (Math for Liberal Arts, or MathLA), and I know there are things that MUST get done this summer (like my 2009 taxes).

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