Are you using Dropbox yet?

February 14, 2011

Do you use more than one PC? Maybe need some files on your Blackberry and your PC? Or do you need some space in the cloud to back up important files…

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A four-facet framework for thinking holistically about questions

October 7, 2010

All of us need to answer questions all the time. Clearly factual questions are easy, one knows the answer or not. However, most questions are not well-formed. So how do one make sure that you consider the question from a holistic perspective?

While detail will differ for every question, I believe in using framework as a starting point. In the last several years I developed my framework for thinking about complex questions, specifically if they need action from my side.  The framework has its roots in the IDEF0 modeling method, although it now looks nothing like it, and has nothing to do with functional descriptions anymore. To explain it let me give an example question. Say I’m contemplating “What changes should I introduce in my IT Management” module?” Read the rest of this entry »

DIY Powerpoint Icons

August 20, 2010
Microsoft PowerPoint Icon

Microsoft Powerpoint

The more I learn about Powerpoint 2010 the more impressed I am getting.  Want to create a nice looking icon? Well now you don’t need some fancy graphical editing tools anymore. Read the rest of this entry »

Sizing up my e-mail monster

July 14, 2010

When you are in a fight it is always a good idea to know exactly how strong the opponent is.  In my e-mail fight I have decided to size up the e-mail monster properly.  Unexpected my chance came yesterday…
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Fighting the e-mail monster… (round 2)

July 12, 2010

Well round 1 has been paying off…  my habits are not perfect yet, nor is my mechanisms perfect, but I feel I have more control over my e-mail than 6 months ago.  However, I still spend way too much time on e-mail.  So ROUND 2…  here I come!
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Fighting the e-mail monster… (round 1)

July 11, 2010

After having been on leave for four weeks, and for at least 2 of those weeks having very minimal e-mail access I came to the conclusion that e-mail is suffocating me and that I need to break loose… Actually I came to this conclusion after every holiday, but decided to fight it after last Christmas break…

I am concentrating on fighting the e-mail monster… The fight begun…. Review ROUND 1
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Do you need a faster horse?

July 8, 2010

Henry Ford is famously quoted as saying: “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” Now except for the obvious criticism that the statement does  not give enough credit to the role of customers in the business world, it does make one think about your use of technology. I am wondering how many faster horses I have in my closet… (and you?)

Seth Godin in this post emphasizes again that “a car is not merely a faster horse”. This made me think about educationalist and their use of “new” technologies…

  • Do we see e-mail as merely a replacement for the postal system?
  • What about Instant Messaging systems and mobile messaging such as Mxit. What about twitter?  Are all of these just faster e-mail?
  • Do you see Sharepoint as just another way of sharing documents? What about so-called Learning Management Systems such as moodle or blackboard?
  • Is YouTube just a convenient place to find some nice videos?
  • Do you use Facebook as a noticeboard or just another e-mail system?

Do you think these technologies have a place in education? Do you use it for something more than just “a faster horse” (replace faster with cheaper, more convenient, … and it still works).

I do believe that the proper use of “new” technologies can help creating a better learning experience, that is enhance the learning opportunities that we created for our students. Do I have all the answers? Unfortunately no…

Therefore, do help me and leave your comments, ideas, and suggestions in the comments below.