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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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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
WHEN I FIRST SAW the names of people on my Google Maps next to pinpoints where they worked, I remembered that I told Google that I did not mind sharing my home or work location (and then I spoofed my home location). Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at Inside View
WE HAVE ON-BOARD maps that guide us to Points of Interest (POIs) and handheld maps that show starred POIs that follow us as we upgrade phones and browsers. Today, I sat down on a POI from 1942, read supporting documentation about the POI (see photo) and recorded some thoughts about the whole process that I hope will cause my five year old son to retrace my steps when he inherits my POI dataset as part of his family heritage. Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2016 at Inside View
The 15 June 2016 Fortune Magazine offers six unorthodox methods some companies have tried to boost employee output. Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at Inside View
WE ARRIVED in Northern Ireland during Parade Season and every fourth town within easy driving distance has a parade on July 12th. While the drums beat, I spent part of a quiet morning looking out at part of the 350 acres that comprised RAF Greencastle, lands surrounding the cottage where we are staying. Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at Inside View
WHEN MY IRISH in-laws were toddlers, the rumbling sound of Boeing B-17 bombers roared overhead Sand Cottage, a very quiet self-catering bungalow just outside Kilkeel in Northern Ireland. Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at Inside View
I HAVE A GADGET drawer full of cables, microphones and recorders and our two kids enjoy cobbling together audio equipment in order to create sound clips they can record and share. Our preferred method of recording involves using a local app (Alon MP3 or iOS or HiQ MP3 on Android) and then uploading to my blog or to AudioBoom. We also use Anchor, a free app on iOS. The handy thing about local recording is knowing a smart background process is saving the audio clips into OneDrive where we can pull the clips for remixing. I really wish my dad had recorded myself and my four brothers while we were growing up but that was before cassette recording. So I'm doing my part with smartphones and cables. [Photo of XLR Dylan.] Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2016 at Inside View
AFTER 20 YEARS IN IRELAND, I'm going to see my first parade in Northern Ireland. I expect to see placards about #remain in view since most of the voters in Northern Ireland voted to remain in the EU during the recent Brexit referendum. Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2016 at Inside View
AROUND A MONTH AGO, little questions started appearing on my Sony Xperia Z5 screen when the phone detected I was near a business that was displayed on Google Maps. My phone started asking me to offer my quick rating of that business. When I tapped deeper into the notifications, I discovered that I was in the Google Local Guides programme, something that evolved from the days I used Google Locate seven years ago. Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at Inside View
There is darkness all around us. This week, of all weeks, that is clear. Young black men shot by police thousands of mile apart - and then five police officers killed in an ambush by an angry assailant seemingly intent on vengance. Police officers, in this case, who were doing their jobs of protecting a peaceful protest against those earlier shootings. Just a week earlier a bomb exploded at an airport in Istanbul, Turkey killing over 40 people and injuring hundreds more... a terrorist attack at a bakery claimed over 20 lives in Dhaka, Bangladesh... a weekend bombing in a market in Baghdad, Iraq, left close to 300 dead... and bombs rocked three cities in Saudi Arabia, including near a mosque in the holy city of Medina. via When I feel totally lost, I try to listen to words of others who have walked through the darkness instead of despairing about the chaos around them. Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 8, 2016 at Inside View
TWITTER NOTIFICATIONS tell me we are within 100 days of Code Week EU. We're planning on doing our part in this highly important initiative alongside Get Coding Kids. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at Inside View
WITH OUR SCHOOL BOOK LIST in hand, we're headed on a cross-country journey to O'Mahony's of Limerick to begin stocking our shelves for the upcoming school year. It's always a memorable journey. Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at Inside View
FOR THE PAST seven years I've used cloud audio services to record and share thoughts. Along the way, I've discovered pockets of intense interest in distinct communities of people who enjoying setting aside time to create a daily audio logs. It's definitely a refined process if you intend to have your voice heard. Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at Inside View
OUR MIA (8) shares her view of life by snapping and sharing as she goes. She started with Flickr in 2011, pushed a few photos onto Twitter in 2012, put her milestones onto Facebook timelines in 2013, picked up Instagram filters in 2014 and now has a posse of real life friends on Snapchat reaching back before 2015. Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2016 at Inside View
I LEARN A LOT by stumbling and I have to say that's what I took away from an afternoon session I had with 40 other educators during the 2016 e-learning summer school in Dublin. I tried to do too much and that's my fault. Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2016 at Inside View