Archive for January, 2005
I’ve been renting a 2005 Cavalier for the past 4-5 days, and I am not impressed. In fact, I am seriously unimpressed.
Why? Read on …
Beautify manhole covers and a couple of others things I noticed in and around the 2005 FETC conference in Orlando ….
Grass in Florida is very odd for someone from the west coast of Canada.
It’s thick, big, chunky … very different from the smaller-bladed, delicate stuff we have near Vancouver.
I feel like sitting down beside and yelling “FORK! SPOON! FORK! SPOON!”
That won’t be funny if you haven’t see the appropriate ad for Campell’s thick […]
I’m in Orlando for the Florida Educational Technology Conference, and am staying over the weekend for some client visits.
So on Saturday I decided to drive to Cocoa Beach on the west side of Florida, just south of Cape Canaveral ….
I took in an excellent eye-opening session by Ted Hasselbring from the University of Kentucky today on Fact Fluency: The Phonics of Mathematics.
He argued very persuasively from many research projects that he and his colleagues have conducted that, just as we have phonics in reading to develop literacy fluency, we need a similar program for […]
I attented a GREAT session at FETC on Thursday: Stategies for Successful Presentations.
The speaker, Lynnell Burmark, was witty and insightful … and, as you might anticipate given the title, the visuals were really, really good.
It was very interesting to be in the free wireless area at FETC: almost all the people there were Mac users.
I had to get a shot of three guys that I started talking with … that’s my laptop in the foreground. The middle guy works for Apple, and he didn’t like it that in my […]
Whenever I see something cool at FETC, I snap a picture of it. Here’s four products that I was impressed with, for varying reasons ….
I’m attending the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) this week, and took just a couple snaps of the Orange County Convention center …
While attending FETC in Orlando, I heard at about 2:00 today that my wife’s grandfather had passed away in the night.
This was shocking and saddening and …. all the other things that a death in the family can be, but there was a miracle involved, too.
If you get half a chance, check this out. It’s a speech given to graduates … I wish I had heard that when I was graduating.
I tallked to some students today about education and jobs - too bad I couldn’t have been quite this good!
I’m in Orlando, Florida for some client meetings and the Florida Educational Technology Conference, or FETC for short.
I’ve started a Free Nick petition.
Please go sign it and put some pressure on Steve to drop this silly suit against Think Secret. Full text of the petition follows …
It’s not often those of us in the lower mainland (bottom left corner of British Columbia) get to skate outdoors.
And, given the monsoon conditions we have now, it won’t happen anytime soon. But since over the previous two weeks we had a very sharp cold spell, I thought last week Saturday that Milll Lake might […]
There’s an interview at Gizmodo with Bill Gates, talking about intellectual property, patents, and digital right management (DRM) issues.
And I think it shows that Bill’s a liar, because I doubt he is stupid.
I’ve just finished re-reading The Lord of the Rings for probably the tenth time, and was so incredibly struck by one passage.
Late last year I applied and was accepted to the University of British Columbia’s Master of Educational Technology (MET) program.
It’s a mostly-online course that is related to my work - part of which includes leading a team that designs and builds learning environments - and it’s a interesting, hot topic: the use of technology in […]
It’s a resolution of mine to do something special each of my three children individually ever so often.
And, since I had just taken Gabrielle to the Planetarium, I took my son Ethan to Science World on December 28th.
Science World in Vancouver, like most other iterations of science worlds around North America, is a place where […]
From a review of Mathematica, Wolfram Research’s scientific software:
“Mathematica 5.1 comes with many improvements, more than fifty to be exact.”
The full review is here . . .
I love that “more than 50 to be exact.” And from a company that produces mathematical software …. priceless!
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