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August 25, 2010
What with winter over, we’re now ready to jump back into school again. Let me explain that: my family and I are just back home from 10 weeks of travel first to western Washington state (where June and July were pretty consistently in the low 60s) and then on to Australia, where July and August were (despite being mostly a little warmer than the Seattle area!) winter.
August 24, 2010
I saw a great presentation today (on the brain and learning) where the speaker made wonderful use of PowerPoint. Some of the things the speaker did with his PowerPoint included:
August 24, 2010
A good friend of mine claims that when he was an undergraduate, he always returned to school late, bearing a big box of chocolates or salt-water taffy, and charmed the Registrar's Office into waiving any late enrollment fees. Whether it was his deliberate charm or the sugar, he claims his tactics were successful.
August 24, 2010
Hello, Readers!
August 24, 2010
I'm currently attempting NOT to multi-task, given recent reports that increasing, device-facilitated (arguably, device-driven) high-frequency task-switching not only makes us less efficient at everything that we do, it's also gradually destroying our capacity to concentrate and even our ability to form long-term memories. After all, if you can't concentrate and you can't remember anything that happened more than 48 hours ago, how can you even hope to deal with complex, global, long-term problems?
August 23, 2010
Last week, when I challenged readers to think about how to make open access happen, Jason Baird Jackson had a ready answer: the Open Folklore project. This project is drawing a terrific map for societies unsure of how to proceed.
August 23, 2010
We signed up today for the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative 2010 Online Fall Focus Session - "Blended Learning: The 21st-Century Learning Environment". The sessions are on September 15th and 16th (noon to 5:30), and include keynote and plenary sessions, follow-up Q&A's, project rounds, and scenario discussions.
August 23, 2010
A week ago on Monday afternoon — the time when I usually write this blog post — I was in a car headed back to Richmond after a long weekend visiting family in Connecticut and upstate New York. Today, I’m in my office, having met my advisees last week and my first group of new students today. I’ll meet my second class tomorrow and then the school year will be well and truly underway.
August 23, 2010
The nieces came to visit this weekend. The older niece is three, and the younger one is five months.The glory of an infant niece -- I’d imagine grandkids work the same way -- is that you get all of the cuteness, without the hard labor. When Younger Niece made the untoward digestive noises they make at that age, I could look at my brother without guilt. And when you’re a few years out of having an infant around, a little one makes a great nostalgia trip.

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