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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 GET A LOT OF MILEAGE out of Gmail and now I can boomerang a message to a specific location. This is very handy when I need to have petinent messages in front of me at the right place. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Inside View
I'VE USED SEVERAL time-tracking methods over the years but think one of the best ways to measure efficiency is to analyse browser activities since most of my paid work happens through browsers. The screenshot snapped during a typical Wednesday (above) offers telltale signs about my work process. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Inside View
AS I WATCH people playing with Inbox for Google, I wonder if this clever mail management system might actually make e-mail enjoyable. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Inside View
A CENTURY AGO, when my grandparents were teens, The Great War ravaged the world. As I read about how Europe sleepwalked into that conflict, I can point out some vocabulary words that arose during WWI. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Inside View
WE HAVE THREE mobile phones connected to separate phone numbers in our home and watch with great interest how both of our young children use those phones. I suspect their behaviour will change when they become teens. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Inside View
MY JOB PRODUCES graduates who enter Ireland's knowledge economy. To do my job better, I need some sort of break on childcare costs. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Inside View
"I STOPPED CARRYING my iPad because the Surface is lighter and more capable". That's what two of my students told me this month and it's the primary reason I've shed a faithful piece of technology. Windows 8.1 on the Surface Pro 2 has suggested workflow shortcuts I did not expect to discover. [1] Several of these time-saving maneuvers help me get jobs done faster. The biggest collaborative help surfaced when I discovered I could map our campus OneDrive for Business folders to the Surface's C Drive and then drag and drop items from my personal OneDrive account into the company account. Surface Pro is a full-powered business PC and a tablet. I can use its cover as a keyboard when I'm trying to set new records while typing or just carry the Surface around like a folio when I'm at a meeting with students to review creative work. For a business, have one device means less to buy, deploy, manage and secure. That's the conclusion reached by local government agencies working alongside our Tipperary campus to boost employment options for graduates. Government IT agencies like how all firmware and drivers can be reimagined to create their own corporate images. Microsoft... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Inside View
BECAUSE I LIKE the stories revealed by selections of photographs, I'm trying the same thing by using Office Sway to share a storyline that originates during the last week of autumn. It's a work in progress that is going slowly because I'm trying to do the complete story using only Lumia phones. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Inside View
IT MIGHT TAKE another generation of Office users before Powerpoint dies a natural death and it looks like Microsoft might be trying to speed up the process with its beta launch of Office Sway, a cloud service we're using in the Limerick Institute of Technology. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Inside View
THE 56 SPORTY students in our degree for Sport and Conditioning have a social media module in which we document pathways to both personal fitness and enhanced personal profiles. We're using Microsoft Sway to complement both of these goals. Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at Inside View
I'M MUCH MORE effective in teaching and learning when I take time to carve out spaces for creative reflection. I've shot a simple video clip that shows an unlikely space that features in my weekly routine. Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at Inside View
I SPENT AN EVENING in the Ballsbridge Hotel ballroom with hundreds of others celebrating the Irish Web Awards--our first Irish internet event in six years. The ground has shifted since my wife and I first coded a web page in 1997 just as the event's big screens suggested while rewinding history back to Netscape, Windows 95 and the time frame when Realex Payments was just a flicker of a fire, well before it moved into the realm of a trusted payment system. Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at Inside View
I HAVE STARTED SAVING screen captures of well-dressed men because I need the motivation to lose weight in order to get a nice look. Today I put Gordon Richardson into my collection. Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2014 at Inside View
FOR THE PAST FOUR YEARS, I have taught sophisticated university students about changes afoot with the internet culture that wraps around their lives. And in each successive year, the web itself reinforces the idea that it's alright to humiliate people online. Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2014 at Inside View
I SPENT A DAY listening and learning to start-ups sharing stories in Tralee, County Kerry. Thehour-long panel discussion, four pages of notes I scribbled and scrolling info about #WASupKerry on Twitter point to things I should do when enhancing the creative multimedia programme on my home campus in Clonmel. Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2014 at Inside View
INSTAGRAM STARTED asking me repeatedly for Captcha responses today instead of permitting me to like or comment on images. The annoying problem continued even though I changed my password and removed the app. However, everything returned to normal after I went to the Instagram site on my Windows Surface, did the Captcha there and then returned to normal ops on my phones. This is a tactic that works for dozens of people I know. Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at Inside View
I SPENT SATURDAY in Dublin's RDS with the Youth Media Team (@ymtfm on Twitter and in the viewfinder of the camera) as they covered Ireland's largest teaching conference (hashtagged #feilte on Twitter). The crew interviewed a dozen speakers and participants, including the Minister for Education, Jan O'Sullivan. Leaving Cert students who cover these fast-paced events benefit from several elements of the creative multimedia degree programme that we teach in the Limerick School of Art & Design. They learn how to create, produce and syndicate multimedia stories by using a combination of handwritten notes, an online task planner, OneDrive, iPad Minis and Lumia phones. Remarkably, they can record and publish the audio clip--all within the space of 30 minutes. The crew rotates members. In the past, they have come from counties Kildare, Laois and Tipperary. Their home bases have constrained where the Youth Media Team can cover events so I think I will suggest a way to expand membership to the co-founders with an eye to covering #cong14 with a small team from County Galway. [Bernie Goldbach is the senior pilot creative multimedia lecturer in the Limerick School of Art & Design.] Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Inside View
I'VE HEARD SEVERAL radio commentators lament the lack of live traffic info for mobile screens and I have to think they have never used on a decent screen. As the screenshot on this post shows, distinct red lines mark places where traffic is slowing down. In another screen, text call-outs show places where road works might affect travel. pulls info from a variety of sources and it shows highly relevant facts that have caused me to change routes and modes of travel during the past two year--back when it was Now sits under the Here marquee and that means pure elegance when using Here Drive. I pin Here details to my Lumia 1520 start screen and I often run a session of power-hungry Waze if I'm worried about speed cameras. But in my experience, a combination of Here Drive and pinned alerts from @aaroadwatch keep me rolling with the shiny side up and the greasy side down. [Screenshot of Here Drive working parallel to M7 slowdown near Naas, County Kildare, Ireland.] Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Inside View
I USE ADVICE from trustworthy sources so when I spotted TripAdvisor ratings as a swipe screen inside Here Maps on Lumia, I was impressed. Some friends discount TripAdvisor and rely instead for wisdom from their slice of the Twitterverse. I personally prefer TripAdvisor because I have used it longer than any other review system and because I have found its information worthy of consideration. I'm happy to see it tightly integrated to Here Maps. [Screenshot from Here Maps scraped while snaking my way through Kilkenny.] Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Inside View
I REMEMBERED that my phone could wirelessly connect to an overhead data projector and that saved me an hour of a lecture. I used Lumia Beamer to project a slide deck that was in my phone. I first saw Lumia Beamer during an Irish Learning Technology event when a presenter effortlessly showed his presentation while holding his Lumia 1020 as he strode confidently across the stage. At that moment, I resolved to keep my lecture notes in-hand on my Lumia 1520. I normally post my lectures onto Moodle after students co-author them by using Powerpoint Online. Both Moodle and Powerpoint Online use cloud services. But a big network failure--affecting Bank of Ireland at the same time--made OneDrive's startup logo spill aimlessly instead of loading my slide deck. But since I had a current version of the Powerpoint on my phone, I simply fired up Lumia Beamer, set a Nokia Short Code in the data projector's web browser, and swiped through slides. This is a kind of educational technology everyone should know how to use. Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Inside View
WE HAVE A four year old boy who enjoys being in the driver's seat. He knows he can switch on all sorts of things that start to blink, beep and wipe when the motor turns over so if he is relegated to the passenger's seat in 13 years time, he won't like the experience. Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2014 at Inside View
I AM USING a Web Analytics module hand-in-hand with Powerpoint Online to gather student feedback directly after lectures. I present the lecture and then students modify the slide deck during a follow-on practical session. Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at Inside View
I ENJOY FLIPPING CLASSROOMS and just discovered another way of injecting more activity into classroom lectures. My accidental discovery involves Powerpoint Co-Authoring. Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Inside View
I STARTED USING Socrative one year ago, got positive feedback from students about its functionality, and decided to use it again throughout the 2014-15 academic term. I believe it enhances student engagement. Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Inside View
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Sep 17, 2014