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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
THE WEST WATERFORD Festival of Food was the first event I attended in Ireland where my handheld maps helped me discover some real gems. I hope other Irish festivals follow their lead. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Inside View
AT NEXT MONTH'S ICT in Education Conference, 100 teachers from around Ireland and the UK will share tech tools that work for them. I'm culling through a list that will percolate over to the conference website next week. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Inside View
AS I NOTED in my weekly review of the Sunday papers, we have validated our need for scented oil and citronella because the midges are back with warmer weather. We want help from the Sodshow too. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Inside View
WE BOUGHT A Bosch dishwasher because nobody I knew had a Bosch that failed before it turned 20. But ours refused to fill with water and that created a problem. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Inside View
I SPEND SEVERAL Sundays every month combing through the Sunday Times and Sunday Business Post for news related to interesting items. Then I insert half of those papers inside the complimentary copies of the Sunday Independent that I find at my local McDonalds. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Inside View
Bernie Goldbach is now following Max Trescott
7 days ago
WE HAVE A BIG #ictedu Conference on 10 May 2014 that leverages Harrison Owen's four rules for conferences with the important Law of Two Feet. "The Law of Two Feet states simply, if at any time you find yourself in any situation where you are neither learning nor contributing, use you two feet and move to some place more to you liking. Such a place might be another group, or even outside into the sunshine. No matter what, don’t sit there feeling miserable." Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Inside View
THE ANNUAL #ICTEDU conference helps teachers who want to play an active role in building Ireland's Knowledge Society. This year, the conference happens on Saturday, May 10th on the campus of LIT-Thurles. Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Inside View
I MAKE A STACK of Moleskines every academic year and they contain snippets of business intelligence that I share with creative multimedia students. Some of that sharing takes me back to Old Skool tactics that I have embedded into course material. Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Inside View
A SERIES OF SPECIAL events, sponsored by the Limerick School of Art & Design (LSAD) Media Desk, have generated enthusiasm about the creative multimedia programme in Clonmel. In April, a group of social media, public relations, games development and applied communications students will commission a website that articulates the #LSADmedia brand. Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Inside View
WE HAVE A 6YO who enjoys keyboard activities. She has added Patatap to her toolkit, right after Friv. Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2014 at Inside View
WE HAVE GUEST speakers visit the LSAD-Clonmel campus every fortnight and some of them get special treatment when our resident animators sketch the presentations in full flow. The results give a special sense of 360 degree feedback. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Inside View
ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS, I WATCHED the story of Sergeant Bill Guarnere from airborne training through V-E Day. His character formed part of the Emmy-winning "Band of Brothers".[1] Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at Inside View
I TEACH ADULTS who rarely read the supplemental material I give them. They also don't carve out the time for reading in any form, on screen or on paper. Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at Inside View
I GET MY BEST results over coffee or in a quiet corner of a pub with a Moleskine and a pint. I define my “third place” in those contexts. Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at Inside View
I WISH JIM CARROLL would treat his readers to a SXSW Playlist every time he cycles around Austin in search of great artists. Carroll's reports from SXSW always point me in the right direction and I depleted my Google Wallet buying tracks he fingered in his coverage in the Irish Times. Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at Inside View
Bernie Goldbach added a favorite at Ewan McIntosh | Digital Media & Learning
Mar 21, 2014
A WELCOME NOTE from Say Media informed me of the Snap Template for Typepad. This marks the first time I have seen the option for a responsive template with Typepad services and I hope to discover the responsive capability works with advanced templates too. Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Inside View
LIKE DOZENS OF drivers I see every day, I use technology while underway in Ireland. That means for most of the 1200 km I travel every month between third level campus locations, I am building a use case of best practise. Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Inside View
AS THE IRISH rugby team walked off the pitch in Paris with a two-point win, the lovely Rock of Cashel turned green. It is a testimony to the rock-solid Irish rugby team who have made a nation proud. Come On You Boys in Green! I think Ireland's competitiveness is much stronger in the next World Cup. The team have a disciplined approach and a physicality that has earned them respect on a global stage. Inspiring stuff. Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2014 at Inside View
ALONG WITH 340 others, I attended the 10th running of CESICON, the annual gathering of Irish educators who cleverly use clever computing to teach. The weekend empowered me with ideas and set down some markers that will improve the way I teach and the way I learn. Although the keynote speeches deserved pride of place on the schedule, the popular acclamation--both on site and online--gave huge props to several presenters who deserve recognition beyond a 40-hour gathering. Makey Makey featured at Teach Meet CESI on Friday evening, on Saturday during the main event and then resonated via Twitter and Audioboo with people affirming their enthusiasm for a host of Makey Makey tools. James Corbett from MissionV brought his Oculus Rift headset and enthralled viewers through their own eyes or through a video capture of a 10 year old boy who used the head gear to explore an historic site. On the back channel, John Tierney described how his archeological research has created a 3D trench network that history students can use to explore WWI. I have plenty of notes to follow lists of links suggested by Catherine Cronin, Joe Dale and Conor Galvin. And I have up to the second... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2014 at Inside View
MORE THAN 100 MILES of my weekly work routine cut through farmers' fields flooded by February storms. Downed trees, knee-high water, potholes and mud mark the way from campus to campus. This is my first experience living with the after effects of night-long sustained gales. The violent winds ripped off branches of mature trees, launched back yard trampolines into orbit, ripped roofs off sheds, moved garden furniture from their mounts and distressed local cattle. We lost a garden umbrella and cleaned up a wheelie bin that blew over. Ten days after the last major precipitation, several local roads have well-marked flood warnings and two have temporary traffic signals that stop traffic for 30 seconds on each side. My travel from classroom to classroom often extends 52 miles in each direction. There is no public transportation link that serves the timetable I keep on twice-weekly runs down country lanes between two counties in rural Ireland. And there is no overtaking lane when coming up behind tractors pulling slurry tanks. Beyond my lifetime, I doubt the local rural routes will get wider, straighter or faster. So I tell my kids to expect more of the same when they start driving the Tipperary... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at Inside View
I SHARE MY personal wifi hotspot at industry events. I keep it "open" and listen for people to exclaim, "I've found Topgold!" Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at Inside View
WE HAD SEVERAL days of power outages this winter so my Nokia Lumia had primary opportunities to prove it could go two days between rechargings. Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at Inside View
WHILE DRIVING from the outskirts of Limerick, I watched a Traffic Announcement fill the screen of our 2010 Nissan Qashqai. It was the first time I saw that live traffic advisory in Ireland. Limerick's Live95 provides the TA service and its information covers counties Limerick, Clare, Galway, and Tipperary--although it may extend farther than the announcements I have heard for these areas. I miss the Stau reports that I heard on German radio when I lived there. They would beam onto the car's audio at five and 35 minutes past the hour with immediate transmissions of exceptionally hazardous situations. Those just-in-time advisories saved me from head-on collisions late at night on German roads. I haven't heard the same kind of suicidal driving relayed by AA Roadwatch in Ireland and wonder if the Irish TA service would interrupt regular programming with a loud booming voice if the same kind of threat was reported on an Irish road. [Photo of Qashqai Connect screen snapped by @topgold using a Lumia 925.] Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at Inside View