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April 13, 2010 - 9:12pm
Hope you will consider joining me and reading This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All, by Marilyn Johnson.I'm about 50 pages into this love letter to librarians and their profession, and look forward to discussing what Johnson has to say with my academic librarian, faculty and computing colleagues.
April 13, 2010 - 9:06pm
I’m a mom, who has prioritized full-time parenting, and I stand in the sidelines of academia. This can be painful, I am no longer considered an expert in my field; the traditional route is pretty well closed and it’s unclear how to balance my work passions from home, blah, blah, blah; I’ve written about this before.
April 13, 2010 - 9:01pm
The Boy has his mother's spatial sense and a touch of my nerdiness, so he was all over the science fair. He loves bridges and earthquakes, so this year he decided to do a project that combined them. His project involved building bridges of two different designs -- 'beam' and 'suspension' -- and subjecting both of them to simulated earthquakes while supporting weight. The idea was to see whether one design would hold up better than the other.It takes a village to do a science fair project.
April 13, 2010 - 6:23pm
As my clock-radio switched on NPR this morning, I was treated to two seemingly similar stories, one right after the other. The details may have differed (my mind at that hour not being capable of appreciating, much less retaining, much detail), but the overall gist was the same.
April 12, 2010 - 10:51pm
In a meeting today, I heard a smart person use "wi-fi" as a verb, as in "we wi-fi'ed the room, and now it's functional." I died a little inside.
April 12, 2010 - 10:29pm
Sometimes I think it's a good thing I'm not wealthy*. Not that I can't imagine all kinds of good things to do with lots of money, of course, from traveling to donating to paying for the kids' college to…
April 12, 2010 - 10:06pm
A Dartmouth senior, Lucretia Witte, conducted a research project "collecting information and testimonies on how students view the roles of technology, for good and for ill, in their learning experiences". Below are some questions (from me) and answers (from Lucretia) about her research project. I hope that you find these thoughts about her research process and findings as valuable as I do.Question: Please describe your research project. What were your main research questions? What methods did you use to conduct your research?
April 11, 2010 - 9:24pm
I love this question. A returning correspondent writes: A month or two ago, I wrote and asked for advice about a phone interview with a local community college for a faculty position. Yesterday, I had the on campus interview. I have never experienced anything like that before (even with all my interviewing in industry) and I'd like to get your take on this.
April 11, 2010 - 9:18pm
Spent this weekend "moving in" to my iPad. Been thinking about what to say, which made me think about what we should be asking.Most of the debate around the iPad has focussed on the utility of the platform for teaching and learning, the problematic nature of a closed and proprietary system, and the relative merits of the iPad form factor vs. the laptop. Good questions all, but I think perhaps the wrong questions.What we really should be asking ourselves is:- Will the iPad catch on with our students?
April 11, 2010 - 9:09pm
My first full-time teaching schedule was a four course, Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule where I taught my first class at 9AM and my last class (a once a week graduate course ) ended shortly after 8 PM. For as long as I was a full time faculty member, my schedule was virtually identical. Only once did I complain to my department chair about my schedule – in my second year he presented me with a schedule that started at 8 AM and ended (one day a week) at 11PM. I thought the hours were unreasonable and he agreed and modified it back to the way it had always looked.


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