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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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I SPENT A DAY in Dublin's RDS Main Hall surrounded by thousands of Minecrafters and left with the realisation that our 9yo daughter has immersed inside a virtual learning environment alongside her friends in Busybees of Clonmel. Thanks to her expertise, Mia built me a Minecraft world that I used for a presentation inside the Minevention Education Zone. Several primary school teachers listened and now plan to attend our annual ICT in education conference where they will meet up with other coders and Minecrafters. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Inside View
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I AM PART of a panel discussion being held in the Clonmel Park Hotel from 6:30 PM on the 16th of February. Along with four other people I will chat about social media and selling. I'm bringing the perspective of influencers to the table because I believe the essential nub of any social media discussion revolves around influencers. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Inside View
I TRY TO DO everything I teach so because I'm currently teaching Decision Support Systems (DSSs), I will explain my Personal Decision Support System. By doing this, I expect to compare and contrast the personal DSSs my business students share with me. Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at Inside View
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I NEVER THOUGHT I would see both the rise of populism and the dismissal of expertise enshrined in the White House. But that has happened and I think it's important for all free-thinking people to step up their game by diving deep into high quality programmes like the BBC Radio 4 series The Life Scientist. Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Inside View
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EVERY VALENTINE'S DAY, I open the Journal of Mathematics to read how to make best choices. TL/DR: Take the square root of the choices and discard those from the initial batch. Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Inside View
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WE'RE INVITING the Amazon Echo Dot into several multimedia tutorial sessions to learn more about tools that favour immersive classrooms. And a surprising thing has happened--the students have accelerated post-production workflow of the 360 video recording that we create during some of the sessions. Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Inside View
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I'VE RETURNED FROM an internal review of major academic programmes with the deep-seated frustration that we fail to execute meaningful collaboration at third level. I doubt my conclusion is unique because I hear the same sort of cross-talk during annual conferences throughout Ireland and the United Kingdom. Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Inside View
FIVE YEARS AGO TODAY I published a blog post about "dirsuptions in publishing" and at that time I pushed the post forward five years so I could see whether my predictions were accurate. Back in 2012, I was interested in what kinds of disruptions commissiong editor Eoin Purcell was seeing in the print industry. I brought my Kindle (at left) to the table and listened. At the time, Random House, the USA's largest publisher, was getting 20% of its U.S. revenue from digital sales. Amazon was adding an author a week to its list of million sellers in Kindle e-book sales. Six of the top 20 titles on USA Today's Best-Selling Books list were e-books. Barnes and Noble was hoping that its Nook would keep the basic business afloat. And back on campus, we were teaching students how to create content with Adobe InDesign and Calibre recipes. I made the soft prediction that students would like to have as many choices in reading formats as possible and that hard cover textbooks were less important than e-books whose pages they could print on demand. I thought that my young daughter would want to continue reading on her iPad and also with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Inside View
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YOU COULD WALK the streets of any Irish city and see someone resembling Judge Ann Donnelly (below) and if you're active in Irish social media, you would meet at least one Ann Donnelly online. However, Ann Donnelly of the Eastern District of New York is the real deal when you consider people with impact. She put a stay on one of Donald Trump's Executive Orders concerning a ban on Muslims entering the States. Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2017 at Inside View
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Starting back with Trello and my best students are glad I'm doing it. Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2017 at Inside View
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I WATCHED our two primary school children explore a realm of mixed reality in The Workbench of Limerick during a three hour hands-on event sponsored by Bank of Ireland, Action Point Technology and 3D Camp. Although the under-10s have walked around with VR headsets before, they've never enjoyed HoloLens with free pizza. It's an indelible memory. Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at Inside View
The most important piece of technology I will share with my kids is Microsoft Hololens. They will use Hololens during an open demonstration from 6-9 PM on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 in the BOI Workbench, 156 O'Connell Street, Limerick. Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at Inside View
I'm experimenting with Bear, an iOS app that Greg Dickson (a Canadian thought leader) has shared with me. I immediately jumped to the Pro level of the app when I discovered how clever its native hash tagging delivered clever efficiency to my workflow. Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Inside View
EVERY JANUARY, my thoughts turn to my mother's death and I recall things that might have remained buried in memories. This year, I realised mom often said things that fit in the future tense. Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Inside View
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WE ENJOYED AN EVENTFUL Christmas in Ireland because it combined loving joy at home in Clonmel and a festive feast of home cooking with cousins in Drogheda with a session of hand-powered windscreen wiping in between. Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2016 at Inside View
TO CREATE CONTENT, ALL I NEED is a strong data signal, some quiet space, bottomless coffee and writing material. The problem with declaring this fact in public is that I may lose the very helpful Surface Pro tablet that meshes all my productive pieces together. Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2016 at Inside View
ALTHOUGH I DON'T EXPECT to see student loans as an essential part of the third level system in Ireland before I retire from it in 1105 days, I fully anticipate co-signing a loan to help my under-10s attend the higher education institution of their choice. That's because the Irish government simply does not have the budget authority to restore funding to higher education at the level it once provided. Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2016 at Inside View
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WE HAVE COMPLETED six hours of field work with two types of 360 cameras in the digital media module I teach at the Limerick Institute of Technology. I feel qualified to offer tips to other educators about using both the Giroptic 360 Camera and the Ricoh Theta S. The best advice comes from the students themselves. In all cases, we need to plan the shots beforehand. I break down the tasks and designate roles such as key grip, camera operator, and documentary photographer. And the rest of the students are extras who speak or act in the 30 second segments. We prefer to operate the cameras via apps that connect to the hardware via WiFi. The best operating system for controlling the 360 cameras is iOS in our experience. It appears iOS offers better WiFi connectivity to the cameras. We snap still images that students often share on Facebook and we record short 360 video clips that we will edit in Premiere Pro. All imagery is saved on an iPad Mini 4 and then transferred via the OneDrive app to shared space for students to copy and repurpose. We display the 360 images online through Flickr and Google Maps. In... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2016 at Inside View
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I HAVE LEARNED a lot while watching young students learning real world skills. While many of my students want to develop skills they need in the workplace, some of these students are not challenged to develop samples of work they can showcase during job interviews. Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2016 at Inside View
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MY JOB INVOLVES training students to join a rapidly evolving work force. If I do things right, those students graduate with an awareness that they need to do more than convert data from one format to another. I hope that is happening but I'm very concerned about an emerging trend. Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2016 at Inside View
MY WORLD COLLIDED with the Ricoh Theta S camera and I can feel that using it will take me into an exciting equirectangular realm full of surprise nadirs. Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2016 at Inside View
IT IS TRUE what some of the most creative photographers say: A well-framed shot is essential to compelling visual presentations. I face very big challenges now that I have a 360 degree camera because everything could be in the shot. Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2016 at Inside View
YOU HAVE TO ADMIRE the courage on both sides of an recorded interview when it happens during Feilte, the annual Teaching Council of Ireland Conference in Ireland. This morning, Minister for Education Richard Bruton sat in the hot seat while two teens interviewed him about matters affecting their classrooms today. Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2016 at Inside View
BACK IN 1997, I started computer labs with a task list published on my blog. I'm doing the same thing in 2016 as I begin to show a new cohort of sports management students how to quickly move from desktop Office to collaboration inside Office 365. There's a task list below the fold for people who are curious about how I begin the OneNote on-boarding process with new converts. Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2016 at Inside View
WHEN I REVIEWED a set of tools on our Office 365 campus that I use to improve my third level teaching practise, I realised I should disclose to students how those tools monitor their activities. I'm thinking about how often I see disclosure statements on popular websites and how conscientious several education thought leaders have been when cautioning about the undesired effects of learner analytics. I think it's valuable to know how active different learning zones are and I also believe it's important that I know who may need help because they fail to show requisite activity in and around learning materials their colleagues use to master important practical objectives. I've surfaced six specific tools to offer explanations to my students about how I'm using the tools to track their progress. OneNote Class Notebooks I can see activity inside the Classroom OneNote collections while monitoring lab sessions. Outside the scheduled lab periods, the activity often arrives as notifications on my Android phone within a few minutes of students editing or producing content inside OneNote. I use OneNote to offer helicopter views of learning materials as well as a place for students to answer overhead questions. Along the way, students discover... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at Inside View