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    Academic Technology Amidst Covid-19

    This week (it’s only Wednesday, correct?) has been a whirlwind. We are still at work assisting in keeping operations smooth for our campus both online and in our library where we work. We invited faculty to campus on Monday and Tuesday to review some of our most important remote learning tools – Moodle (our LMS), Zoom for video conferencing and beyond, Kaltura for video uploading and beyond, and Microsoft’s Office 365 (notably Teams and PowerPoint). Although I do work with and support these tools, one of the most insightful aspects of this has been the fact that I myself have been an online student for the last three years getting…

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    Creating Digital Citizens: The Static and Evolving Web

    As some of you may know, I work with DoOO (Domain of One’s Own) here at Plymouth State. I’ve recently been doing an inventory and looking through every DoOO site to find the gem sites hidden amongst over 1,000 accounts. What I’ve seen is interesting. Some of the sites set up on our platform were set up for courses – students chose their URLs based on for example assignments creating branded sites (for business ideas for example – I’ve seen a hotel, a fishing charter company, and an outdoor adventure company). Some of the sites have not been touched in quite some time. Some students use as portfolios, and some…

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    PiCademy and Learning to Fail

    This summer I had the opportunity to train with the Raspberry Pi Foundation at PiCademy a face-to-face way for educators to learn both about Raspberry Pis and a crash-course in programming. What I loved about the program was an acronym they provided in the midst of our learning. That acronym was extremely valuable throughout my process and learning a new skill-set I had not embraced before. The acronym was – wait for it – FAIL or “First Attempt In Learning”. Why do I love this? Well the acronym approaches FAILURE in a making context, where it’s okay to “not get it”. As a young person I struggled in math for example,…

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    Listening to Learn – Higher Education, Learning and Making Us Robot Proof

    I’ve been listening to a few interesting discussions this week on learning, higher education and the future. The first interview I listened to was on a podcast/YouTube channel known as the Rubin Report (as a sidenote Mr. Rubin has libertarian learnings and identifies as a classical liberal, which influences his guests and interview style, however the some of the content of this interview is much of what I was interested in).  The interview was with Rajshree Agarwal, the Rudolph P. Lamone Chair and Professor in Entrepreneurship | Director, Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets at the University of Maryland. The biggest takeaway for me professionally from this interview is…

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    OER (Open Educational Resources) @ USNH

    Last week I had the pleasure of attending ATI, the theme of this year’s ATI was “Camp Open”. ATI brings together academics and technology professionals on all of our USNH campuses to talk about technology in the world of higher education. Having last been in school in 2011 for my master’s at GW, I can say I learned a lot. Much of the talk was about embracing OER (Open Educational Resources) and taking advantage of developing and changing tools and resources. I had the ability to teach about resources for video and audio creation including iMovie and Audacity in addition to lots of other site(s) that exist for the sharing…

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    3D Printing for Purposes of Photography and Art

    This article just came out and it shows how innovation can start from the ground up – student Paul Kohlhaussen reverse engineered three expensive film cameras (we’re talking $2,500 – $4,000) to create his own wide-angle film camera. See his personal website for some additional examples of what is possible with this camera. Part of why I love this project is that it was done by someone whom was passionate about his art, and he didn’t know CAD before the project. The idea drove the innovation – for those who listened to Mark Zuckerberg’s speech at Harvard during this year’s graduation this is exactly what he was speaking about innovation…

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    Industry Shifts and 3D Printing is Called Out

    One of the big news stories of the week has been what has been going on at Ford Motor Company, a shift in leadership with the change of CEO that many are asking lots of questions about. Called out in the press release announcing Jim Hackett as the new CEO of Ford Motor Companies, is of course 3D printing. The press release says, “Modernizing Ford’s business, using new tools and techniques to unleash innovation, speed decision making and improve efficiency. This includes increasingly leveraging big data, artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, 3D printing and more” As a college technologist part of my job is training up and figuring out what is…

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    3D Printing, Food and Ethical and Sustainable Vegetarianism

    As a long time vegetarian (I’m about to hit 10 years!), I’ve become immensely interested in reading up on the ethics of being vegetarian and the older I get the greater I appreciate adopting ethical reasons for vegetarianism. What is interesting is that I’m also a staunch advocate for technology and adaptation. Technology and it’s use within the food and food industry has brought us advances that have led to great things like pasteurization. And here’s a personal story – my dad hated when they started pasteurizing our local cider from an orchard in my hometown, my mother the practical PNP (medical degrees are useful in helping address food choices)…