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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'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 yesterday 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 yesterday 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
I KNEW SNAPCHAT was deeply engrained in youth culture when several members of our Youth Media Team showed me their six digit Snap scores. Their self-reported activity levels were above two hours a day. Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at Inside View
THE COMPELLING DOUBLE ACT of Eoin O'Dell and Fergal Crehan during the DIT e-learning summer school (#ELSS16) should be bottled and distilled for the required viewing of all Irish educators. Both learned men explained relevant issues about protecting privacy of student records and brilliantly supported their points with regulations and case law. Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2016 at Inside View
THE NIGHT BEFORE APRIL'S ICT in Education Conference, I watched our young son engage with a miniature BB-8 built by Sphero. I think we need a little BB-8 in our home, along with the Sphero Sprk+, a 117 euro programmable robotic ball. Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2016 at Inside View
WHILE UK VOTERS were casting their ballots to leave the EU, I was listening to a gurgling pond (in the photo) and conversations of lecturers on topics arising at the 2016 e-learning summer school on the Bolton Street campus of the Dublin Institute of Technology. Several of those conversations deserve deep dives into the various practices shared by third level lecturers across Ireland. Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at Inside View
AS I WATCH MEN clearing part of a forest around our rented bungalow, knowing the land will be converted to a non-forest use, I realise I have 34 work days to prune more than a terabyte of items stored on my OneDrive at work. The annual process is part of responsible digital archiving. [1] Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Inside View
ANECDOTALLY, I know people who learn visually--that's why I try to produce overhead learning material with strong visual elements. Scientifically, neuroscience tells me people learn by sketching. Watching both happen together proves the imperative of Idea Paint, a compound that transforms nearly any smooth surface into an erasable white board similar to what I used at a Drupal Camp in Limerick. Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2016 at Inside View
IT'S HALLMARK TIME again because Father's Day is here and as I watch our lovely 8yo create a unique Father's Day card, I can hear a question my dad often asked his five sons. "What are you going to do with that?" Dad (pictured at age 22 a few months before he met my mom for the first time) rarely challenged what his offspring did. But he did want to encourage us to consider our actions. He was more observer than judge and I will never forget his style. I'm trying to emulate his considerate approach in my own life now, stepping back from an often critical perspective that I apply to everyday interactions. My dad passed away in 2003. At his funeral, while viewing my dad's hands for the last time, I listened to his friends and extended family talk about how he affected their lives. Wrapped inside those testimonial comments was the personality of my father, revealed through the impression he made when working with people across gender, age and racial demographics. His courtesy and lifelong curiosity earned the respect of hundreds of people who trudged through snow to attend his funeral. That memory will never fade. And... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2016 at Inside View
I HAVE EMBARKED ON deep engagement while thinking about the evolution of three distinct BSc degrees involving creative students. The collegial engagement incorporates a wide swath of research in Third Space (Cronin, 2014) [1], both from the perspective of students and lecturers. Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Inside View