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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 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
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
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
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
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
THOSE CLEVER PEOPLE on confirmed for me that I could run Amazon Echo in Ireland and that means Echo Dot would fit into my lifestyle quite nicely. Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2016 at Inside View
I AM STARTING MY FOURTH semester using Class Notebooks and have learned the importance of exporting and archiving old data as one large PDF or XPS file. Because of all the practical work contained inside those OneNote files, I have committed to saving those archives for at least seven years, a statutory limit for some forms of electronic data. Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2016 at Inside View
IT'S FRIDAY AND I use 12 minutes to recap the week. This past week, I believe I got along better with humans so I'm looping Björk as a testimony to my achievement. If you ever get close to a human And human behavior Be ready, be ready to get confused There's definitely, definitely, definitely no logic To human behavior But yet so, yet so irresistible And there's no map They're terribly moody And human behavior Then all of a sudden turn happy But, oh, to get involved in the exchange Of human emotions Is ever so, ever so satisfying Oh oh, and there's no map Human behavior, human Human, human behavior, human Human, human behavior, human Human behavior, human And there's no map And the compass Wouldn't help at all Bjork Human Behavior I teach very creative media and animation students on the campus of LIT-Clonmel and think "Human Behaviour" by Icelandic recording artist Björk deserves to be part of their media analysis. The song comes from Björk's album Debut (1993), one of the first CDs I purchased upon my arrival in Ireland 21 years ago. The song was released in June 1993 and got some airplay on Irish mainstream... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2016 at Inside View
I WONDER if I should startle my primary school children with discussions about what other people can see and hear. After I made a short audio clip on Anchor (an app you can get on Android and iOS) about this idea, I started to wonder if I might be creating a bigger problem by opening a can of worms years before it should be considered. Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at Inside View
AFTER ONE WEEK back in an assortment of third level Irish classrooms, I definitely feel like I can point to major breakthroughs in managing large workloads of academic material. And my job satisfaction is directly related to the smooth running of Azure services that push Office 365 facilities to my Surface and into the hands of my 89 students. Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at Inside View
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Sep 7, 2016
I TEACH MEDIA students how to create, curate and critique content. I believe the final treatise of Nick Denton's "How Things Work" deserve to be read and parsed by the next generation of creative writers in Ireland so I'm taking the liberty of cross-posting Nick's 4200 words here on Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2016 at Inside View
I'VE PUT A TWO-CYCLE audio clip on my timeline because we have walked away from the pastures of Knocklofty to rent a smaller home eight miles away in town. Even though I would spend up to three hours behind the mower (and burn through seven euro of petrol with its leaky tank), I miss the vigorous therapy that came with push mowing. Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2016 at Inside View
SEVEN YEARS AGO, I answered a few phone calls from unemployed construction workers who wanted a lifeline to employment. They rang our campus to explore CAO options and several started coursework on our BSc in Creative Multimedia. Today, the picture has changed with the biggest increase in demand for Irish third level courses in support of the construction sector. Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2016 at Inside View
IRELAND'S AUGUST BANK holiday weekend has arrived but my Giroptic 360 camera hasn't. I reckon the Chinese production line has slowed down and that translates into another 40 day delay. Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2016 at Inside View