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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.
Recent Activity
ALONG WITH MORE than 3,000 other institute of technology lecturers, I spent the day on strike over a range of critical issues within third level in Ireland. I talked to several local people who stopped to ask about the issues and hope they tell politicians calling at their doors for votes about the need to replenish the higher education sector. Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at Inside View
ALTHOUGH MY LAPTOPS have become more capable of backing up my life, I still manually synchronise my SSD's core data by simply dragging and dropping one folder. However, several electronic processes are ticking away in the background, ensuring me against forgetfulness, fire and water damage. Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at Inside View
ONE OF THE UNEXPECTED things connected to my workflow is how I listen to what's in my Pocket collection. [1] Until I started dabbling with Narro for its text-to-speech awesomeness, I had relegated Pocket from my main workflow. Now I've discovered how quickly the things in Pocket become listening content. Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2016 at Inside View
I FOLLOW CLEVER EDUCATORS online, especially those conversation in Open Education Resources #oer. I advocate interoperability of platforms, tools, and resources in education and want to ensure I'm doing my part in sharing assets I've stored in Azure through the Limerick Institute of Technlogy's Office 365 services. I don't have all the details yet. Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2016 at Inside View
GOOGLE MAPS ARE SO SMART. I use Google Maps to see all sorts of things, including red lines that show slowdowns of traffic. In the screenshot accompanying this blog post, you can see red lines perpendicular to the railway line leading into Clonmel. I am the blue dot on the map. The blue dot is an Irish Rail train. Anyone with an Android phone who has geolocation data turned on will provide Google data about relative speed on roads, parking spots and the time they go to cinemas. I like sharing my movement data because I feel I am getting intelligent travel information in return. How about you? ** Bernie Goldbach uses a Sony Xperia Z5 running Android Marshmallow. Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2016 at Inside View
I'M SURROUNDED by dozens of creative people on the third level campus of the Limerick Institute of Technology in Clonmel. Every work day, as I walk to my office at the far end of the building, I pass students making creative things and I see their creative work on the walls. I want to share more of their creative energy. Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Inside View
I'M TRYING TO create a mechanism through which my third level students can co-author a summary of every major topic on their syllabus of instruction. After several dozen practical sessions, I can recommend Microsoft Sway as a tool that my creative students use without major snags. Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Inside View
Watching a dozen students co-author with Sway.WORKING ON A CAMPUS that is served by a full suite of Office 365 products, I try to leverage tools that sit in students' app launcher. Sway is one of those tools and I'm happy to see how robust it has become since we first started using it in 2015. Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at Inside View
EVERY WEEK OF JANUARY passes with yet another page in the story of slipping iPhone sales. It's a story based on evidence from both the supply chain and from the Chinese economy. Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at Inside View
AN IMPORTANT SURVEY ON ageing and attitudes to ageing in Ireland [1] attempts to identify some of the challenges which society faces to adjust to a growing older population. Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2016 at Inside View
AS I PREPARE for another academic semester, I'm putting my focus on two key items consistently cited by my third level students as having the greatest value: my lecture notes and my past exam papers. Because once students have those learning materials in hand, they believe they have achieved a clearer focus. Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at Inside View
I'M STICKING TO MY fitness resolution because I often wear a heart rate monitor under my moobs to remind me what being fat feels like. And I'm also purging a lot of notifications from my life as well. Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2016 at Inside View
From Ground Zero, Derek Baird shares his perspective about studios embracing Virtual Reality. It's a concept we're exploring inside the creative multimedia degree with the Limerick School of Art and Design. Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 10, 2016 at Inside View
LARGE PRODUCTIONS, such as Star Wars, are likely to be attracted to Ireland by a combination of the "Tom Cruise Clause", which qualifies the salaries of actors and crew outside of the EU for tax credits, and an increased profile for Ireland because of the Star War scenes shot on Skellig Island. I'm thinking about what this means for Troy Studios, a large facility in Limerick located in the 340,000 square foot former Dell factory. Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2016 at Inside View
ONE YEAR AGO, I heard my mother's last breath. Today, at the exact moment of her passing, I walked outside to reflect on her passing. Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2016 at Inside View
IN THE EVENT people miss out on finding a perfect Christmas present for me, I spotted two retro items worthy of high status on my wish list. Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2016 at Inside View
EVERY SEMESTER GOES BETTER when I tweak my workflow to do more with less time. During the spring semester of 2016, I'm going all-in with OneNote and iterative activities that leverage shared co-authoring through Office 365, the service used on our campus network at the Limerick Institute of Technology. Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at Inside View
BECAUSE WE LIVE in a flooded county, I see people driving through flood waters every day. When they ignore "road closed" signs in their attempts, the adventures often finish with disaster--but they might not notice for a few months. I speak from experience. Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2016 at Inside View
CHRISTMAS DELIVERED tech items to our Tipperary household and while I throttled back on my key strokes, Mia (8) found total immersion with Nintendo DS (see photo). Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2016 at Inside View
I KILLED A LOT of meaningless staff email a few years ago by educating my filters to squelch bulk mail. I took that step because too much drivel in the form of "all-staff" communications interfered with more important one-to-one messaging from students. "Too much teamwork exhausts employees and saps productivity," warn Rob Cross, Reb Rebele and Adam Grant in the cover story of the current Harvard Business Review. [1] According to data shown in the HBR report, the time spent by managers and employees in collaborative activities during the past two decades has ballooned by 50% or more. A lot of these collaborative activities masquerade as meetings, conference calls and long email threads. "At many companies the proportion hovers around 80%, leaving employees little time for all the critical work they must compete on their own," says the HBR report. I know from experience that the distribution of collaborative work is often extremely lopsided. "In most cases, 20% to 35% of value-added collaborations come from only 3% to 5% of employees," says the HBR report. What I've seen on the heels of a recent consolidation initiative is the volume and diversity of work done by key players goes unnoticed because... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2015 at Inside View
I WANTED TO ESCAPE the echo chamber of social media so I started reading more away from the computer. I also needed to plan better slide decks for new academic modules so that motivation pushed me towards printed texts too. Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2015 at Inside View
I'M TRYING to get another year's service from a well-used Surface Pro 2 on loan from Microsoft and the major challenge will be to get its charger working again. This isn't as easy as it sounds. Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2015 at Inside View
WHEN I BROUGHT Amazon video streaming into our Irish home, the first thing my wife wanted was the service on a TV screen. I'm halfway there--we bought ourselves a media player from Western Digital that gets our YouTube content onto an inexpensive TV. Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2015 at Inside View
SOMETIME IN NOVEMBER, our inventive 8yo borrowed her parents' phones to set up an electronic reminder that her Christmas Play was at 2PM on 17 December 2015. I was surprised at the time because when she started clicking through the menus, she simply worked through all the prompts and returned my Xperia Z5 to me with the notification running in the background. Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2015 at Inside View
BEFORE SETTING OUT on a short Christmas shopping expedition, I had a short chat with Treasa Lynch about the perfect pencil. She persuaded me to try Faber-Castell's Polychromos Pencils. Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2015 at Inside View