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Research shows “Death by PowerPoint” is real?

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Hmmm…interesting. This research seems to lend support for the idea NOT to use PowerPoint as a way to place bulleted text on the board but rather images and diagrams and animations that illustrate the idea. So, let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater and get rid of PowerPoint. Let’s use it in ways that stimulate the brains of our students not ways that overload their brains and make learning more difficult.

CTL Podcast with the Professor – Episode 3 – Rod Christian and The Secret of Editing Business Communications

Listen in on CTL Podcast with the Professor Episode 3 as Rod Christian, Business Faculty from Red Mountain, discusses his approach to providing feedback on student writing in his Business Communications classes.

Rod Christian

Recording notes: The audio for this podcast was captured using portable podcast technologies (iPod video device and Micromemo recorder). The sound was edited the podcast was created using Garage Band.

Meeting of the Minds (or the OS’s)

In my opinion, one of the reasons that George Lucas’ earlier Star Wars film efforts were so successful is because they portrayed his vision of a ‘used future’–one where its inhabitants weren’t totally amazed at the fact they were traveling by light speed in space ships the size of Texas. They just used technology because it was there. What part of this are we employing today? Which teaching and technology trends are here to stay and won’t evolve or degenerate because the future is here and now and we just use it without geeking out about it?

James brought to my attention that the folks at Apple are up to their old (but good) tricks again. They’ve released a new version of their Boot Camp software that allows MS Windows to run on their hardware. Newly added is support for Windows Vista. I anticipate there will be a day when we will be so used to technology that it won’t matter THAT much what OS (Operating System) a computer has on it. We will just walk up to technology and begin interacting with it. Bad technology will devolve and good technology will progress…much like natural selection in ecology.


Internet Explorer: Top Notch Browser?

Well… Microsoft Internet Explorer does it again! Today I was doing some work on some highly stylized HTML lists. I began to do my normal routine of looking at the web page in various browsers. Everything was looking great, but then came Internet Explorer 6! I noticed that it had placed quite a bit of extra space between each list item. Investigation started! (more…)

I’m Baaaaaaaack!

Yes indeed, your friendly “professional development guru” has returned from a crash course on motherhood. I enjoyed my 12 weeks of “mommy-time,” however, I’m ready to be back at work using my brain muscles for things other than just changing diapers and soothing a crying baby! That is hard work! With that said, I am open for business. To refresh everyone’s memory about what I do here, I’ve compiled a quick list: (more…)

Blogging the conference life…

Fantastic use of blogs for education…tracking your movement through the maze of an academic conference session. “Walk” with Shelley Rodrigo, MCC faculty of English, this week as she attends and documents her experience at the CCCC conference.

Piratey Version of Martin’s Post

I’ve worked with Martin for almost 8 years now (gee I’m not that old), and when we shared office space and were working on some project together occassionally he’d slip into frustration with a growl that went something like “Arggh!!” — Just like a pirate. So anyway for lack of other material to post, and in honor of his style of getting things done under frustration at times, I ran his narrative blog post this week through the pirate talk translator: http://www.syddware.com/cgi-bin/pirate.pl

Read on to see how it sounds on paper…I can’t help but laugh 😀


Clean Sheet Day

So there I was… cold sweat running down my left cheek, tingling sensation in my lips, clammy hands, and freezing fingertips. A dim screen in front of me displayed details of the server startup procedures. There were many green “OK” messages scrolling up almost too quickly too read as the programs started up. Suddenly a red “FAILED” slid passed, then another, and another, and then the words that would make any sysadmin forget about all the sand is his shoes… kernel panic. (more…)