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March 3, 2010 - 10:00pm
The Boy had another swim lesson last night, and it wasn't pretty. As miserable as he was, it all came rushing back to me. As a parent, it's painful to watch your kids struggle with the exact same things you did.I was never any kind of swimmer. I had the rotten luck to go to school districts that had pools, and where lots of kids had plenty of practice in water. That meant 13 years of mandatory swim units in gym class. It was horrible. I still remember some of them, and not happily.
March 3, 2010 - 8:20pm
Learning technology is an academic leveler. For a learning technologist, the most important attribute is not academic rank or tenure status, but enthusiasm for teaching. We treat the adjunct instructor and the postdoc the same way we treat the full professor. Come to us for help in designing your course, or integrating technology to reach your teaching goals, and we will treat you like a V.I.P.
March 3, 2010 - 7:11pm
I was just wondering about interesting new ways Google Maps might be integrated into narratives. Now how about taking an online video journey from Moscow to Vladivostok on the Trans Siberian Railway, with a corresponding interactive Google map at hand, accompanied by oral readings from Tolstoy or Gogol, in Russian?
March 3, 2010 - 3:31pm
Tomorrow, it’s time for the mid-term. After doing just an hour of revision yesterday, and barely half-an-hour today, I am woefully unprepared. This does not surprise me; what surprises me is that in spending my time worrying about not studying for the exam, I am not doing all the other things that I have on my 12 item “to do” list. Ignorance, and fear of exposure, which together form a kind of paralysis, thus seep out and infect all other aspects of my life.
March 3, 2010 - 3:51am
This piece on fiscal exigency and tenure got me thinking about an unexpected call I got about fifteen years ago.
March 3, 2010 - 3:48am
The Olympics have just left town. Although we’re collectively gearing up for the Paralympics in a couple of weeks, the big crowds are gone. Classes were suspended at universities and community colleges in the region ostensibly to allow students the opportunity to volunteer at the Olympics. However, the primary reason for the two-week break in the middle of the term was transportation gridlock, cancellation of bus routes and the need to turn university parking lots into park-and-rides for Olympic events.
March 2, 2010 - 8:55pm
Charge for the accessories. Create a NYTimes branded iPad and iPhone/Touch case. Make it gorgeous. Work with Apple to have your NYTimes iPad case be the exclusive case offered in their stores and online. Convince Apple to forgo its cut for this accessory. Since you are creating a really wonderful iPad and iPhone App (and giving it away), Apple should be willing to be generous.
March 2, 2010 - 5:36pm
Life is pretty busy right now, both personally and professionally. It's not that I don't have time to write a post, it's more like I don't have time/attention to sort out in my own head what I want to write. Then along comes something that needs little or no sorting, at least in its interrogative incarnation.
March 1, 2010 - 9:59pm
Last week I heard someone drop the "administrative meddling" line. "Meddling" is one of those words that makes me skeptical the minute I hear it. A few years ago I was accused of 'meddling' in the search process by insisting that committees follow the rules.
March 1, 2010 - 9:24pm
Have you watched Temple Grandin's TED talk "The World Needs All Kinds of Minds"? If not, stop what you are doing and take 20 minutes to watch (or listen) to her talk. (Note: I watch TED Talks on my iTouch - another reason I'm thoroughly convinced that we need to provide our curricular media content in as many formats and for as many platforms at TED delivers).  

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