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Bernie Goldbach
Cashel, Ireland
"I find, check and share information."
Interests: I enjoy running long distance when I'm fit and reading history more than watching television.
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IRELAND'S ICT in Education Conference pointed a laser at the fabric of future classrooms during a series of presenations and workshops. But I think many of the educators watching the day's events in Thurles could easily have missed what several prognosticators were saying about trends involving hardware and software. Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at Inside View
WEEKS OF HEAVY archiving have shown me real value in a workflow involving Microsoft OneNote and Office Lens on Lumia. The workflow is like having a high resolution OCR scanner in your pocket. Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2015 at Inside View
WE HAVE OLD television screens and PC monitors that would benefit from the Asus Chromebit. Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2015 at Inside View
TODAY MARKED A milestone of sorts as 7yo Mia asked to use my Lumia 1520 to run alongside her cousin while recording her best circuit of the Huntington Castle's obstacle course. Next time, I hope Mia has a GoPro. Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at Inside View
I HATE IT when I have to use technology that only works with specific things. It's like having a knife that can be used only to slice bread. Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2015 at Inside View
YOU DON'T HAVE TO LOOK far to find start-ups that sputtered and died when their core business processes depended upon access to Twitter's firehose or APIs. All Twitter had to do is change how a business could access its API and a complementary business would fold. Twitter's example has been followed by a number of other businesses, including Audioboom. Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at Inside View
IF YOU'RE INTERESTED in how to enhance your classroom skills as a teacher, you should head over to the registration page of the ICT in Education Conference and join 100 others who will meet in LIT-Thurles to "make, bake and take" away clever ideas. It's part of a long-running series of professional development talks and workshops held for the benefit of teachers everywhere. Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Inside View
IT IS EASY to forget things that happen before their time and Qik's livestreaming service is one of them. We first started covering live events with Qik running on Symbian phones in 2009 and made the process part of the creative multimedia degree programme in Tipperary Institute. Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2015 at Inside View
WE HAVE THREE Chromebook users in our home and I've scribbled some notes below for hands-on practise with the Chromebook touchpad. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at Inside View
AVIATION DISASTERS, like the recent unfortunate loss of Germanwings 4U9525, sadden me and cause me to rewind back through human factors I investigated while a Flight Safety Officer with the US Air Force. Today, I'm thinking a lot about the way the Airbus cockpit is protected from entry. [1] Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at Inside View
LIKE MANY OF the clever teachers I've met in Ireland, I know I will enjoy the Maker Meet scheduled for Friday, April 24, 2015, on the campus of LIT-Thurles. It's run by Mags Amond and Bianca Ni Ghrogain and an essential part of a weekend involving the ICT in Education Conference and Workshops. Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at Inside View
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ONE OF APPLE'S shortcomings is the company's steadfast resistance to sharing content between devices and that weak area causes headaches any time the extended family comes together with photos to share. Fortunately, there are apps that help circumvent Apple's failure at Bluetooth. I have set up sync settings into shared cloud services with the family iPhones, Galaxies and Lumias. We share OneDrive and Flickr albums which means each handset owner can see photos and videos snapped and recorded by others. The weak link in this whole synchronised setup is data services. Some of the family use their smartphones without any mobile data and depend upon my Huawei MiFi to give them free and open internet access for sharing in the cloud. That is alright with me. [Bernie Goldbach also serves as curator of family photo collections.] Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at Inside View
I USED MY Lumia 1520 to record our activities during St Patrick's Day 2015 and the HD video recording alongside HQ audio recording consumed more than 10 MB of storage for every minute I recorded--all to produce the YouTube clip below the break. I need to clean out space on the handset and perhaps get a larger micro SD card. Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Inside View
THIS IS A LONG BET POST. I wrote in April 2010 after reading an article written by Kathy Foley about the iPad. Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Inside View
IT IS ST PATRICK'S DAY and we're lucky enough to be able to stroll out our front door and walk around the Rock of Cashel (photo below) just like St Patrick did a few years ago. Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Inside View
DURING THE COURSE of a phone call with Tom @tpemurphy Murphy, I learned some of his clever ideas on workflow. Many of the best ideas start with getting your plumbing in place with your note taking. Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Inside View
Snapped over the shoulder of tricaster camera at Robocode.I SAW THE benefit of taking my third level creative multimedia students on field trips during the live streaming and photo documentation of Ireland's Robocode 2015 competition. And I remain firmly convinced that without such immersive experiences the real world skills of third level graduates never extend beyond the theory phase. Our third year creative multimedia students have supported Robocode competitions ever since our Tipperary campus began hosting the national competition in 2004. We bring an HD camera crew and roaming digital still photography into the venue to support live streaming and photographic documentation. We need to extend the method of our social media coverage because during the past two years our students' use of Twitter has declined with a rise in the use of closed groups on Facebook. While the memories are still fresh, I am asking specific cohorts of PR and social media students to document media collateral associated with the running of Robocode and Games Fleadh on the Thurles campus. The cross-talk that emerges will form the basis of a planning document for Games Fleadh 2016. It will set the foundation for a fresh channel of internal communications. And... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at Inside View
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THIS MORNING marks my annual pilgrimage to the Mecca of Irish Games Development on the Thurles campus of the Limerick Institute of Technology where I rejoin lecturers and students from across Ireland to compete in several categories related to online games design and development. This year, I am accompanied by Thomas Lonergan, the grand prize winner of Robocode 2005. Tom and I can reflect on the gradual evolution of games development in Ireland throughout the 10 years that have passed since his win in the Thurles Thunderdome. A specialized third level degree for Games Development now runs on the campus of LIT-Thurles. A complementary Games Art and Design degree, running on the LIT-Clonmel campus is also available as an Honours Degree through the CAO. Past participants on the Thurles campus have graduated to set up or work in games development companies. A new incubation centre on the Thurles campus offers support structures for that career path. Many other Robocode and Games Fleadh participants now work as software developers in Ireland, Australia, England and the States. So when I look out at the audience of the 2015 Irish Games Fleadh, I know I'm viewing the next generation of coders and developers... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Inside View
OUR HOME CONTINUES to pull its internet connectivity from a small O2 Hotshot dongle in a window (in the photo) facing masts two to six miles away. And the little dongle shares the data with a Kindle, a Chromebook, an iPhone, a Surface and a Lumia phone Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at Inside View
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WHILE OUT ON a social media field trip, I walked along a route that deserves to have more of my mileage run on it. Even though I drive alongside the circuit every weekday, actually walking the route gives it a greater imperative. Clonmel's Ring Road Cycle Lane attracts a large amount of walkers, cyclists and wheels. While on the route, I spotted mums with children, men walking dogs, students on bicycles, joggers and power walkers. As a fitness facility, it is a prime example of how a right of way can be transformed into a dual use facility. I wish tracks like the N24 ring road's could be extended into routes leading to many of the schools in the town. Unfortunately, the locals would probably object to the removal of on-street parking and the laneways would not be used by a high enough volume to justify their establishment. I watch with fascinated interest as local area planners subordinate pedestrians and cyclists to cars and trucks when everyone knows pedestrianized zones attract footfall, business and sustainable levels of tax revenue. I hope the town of Clonmel can expand its narrow spaces into pleasant walking routes in the decades ahead and that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at Inside View
I LOST THE LAST TRACE of O2 on my phones late in the morning of 7 March 2015 and it feels like a friend has left the stage. I got a lot of technical help and customer support from O2-Ireland ever since they took the Esat Digifone customer base over years ago. Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at Inside View
THE CALL FOR PAPERS for EdTech2015 arrived at the top of my inbox and I immediately remembered my first session with those third level educators. It happened in Sligo and it was the first time I met passionate lecturers (like the ones in the photo) from across the Republic of Ireland who shared their enthusiasm and best practise. Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Inside View
BECAUSE I BELIEVE in the value of marked down text, I run Wordle drills on myself and my social media students in the Limerick School of Art & Design. The screenshot on this post shows the results of a personal trawl of recent content I have shared on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Flickr, LinkedIn and Audioboom. [1] Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at Inside View
NEARLY EVERY TIME my Microsoft Surface Pro 2 takes a Windows Update, the Surface loses its Marvall Wireless Adapter. I have a simple work-around. Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at Inside View
THE HANDY THING about the 2015 #cesicon event is many of the presentations offered lists, presentations and annotated notes for downloading during or immediately after sessions. I think I learn more during presentations when I am confident that I can watch, write and listen intently because the presenters give me the safety net of their top class preparation through an online archive. Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at Inside View