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Education Can’t Be Business As Usual December 1, 2010

Posted by Matsu in Education, History, News and politics.
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The world has changed since publicly funded education was created to prepare children by developing skills needed to earn a living and be a contributing member of society. Those changes have been slow and subtle for a very long time. Then, the technology revolution occurred. That changed everything.

There are fundamental differences in how children learn and play today — it is actually different than children of only 20 years ago. Because of those differences, we must reevaluate the educational model — it needs to be radically overhauled in order to be relevant both now and in the future.

The above video does a great job of highlighting some of the differences in how children learn today and how the outdated educational process is no longer an effective model for reaching our educational goals. Education is more important now than it ever has been. So, let’s not just do it, let’s do it right.

Watch the video and seriously consider what it says. Agree or disagree, let me know what you think — leave me a comment.


I’m published, sort of… March 1, 2009

Posted by Matsu in Education, Photography.
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video-production-handbookYes, there is a real book that has been published and I have my creative work inside, but it’s not quite what you may think. I did not author the book, but I did have some of my photos included. Let me explain how this happened.

A couple of years ago (give or take six months) a friend of mine asked if he could use some of my Ichthus photos in a textbook he was writing on television broadcasting. I agreed to let him use any of my photos as long as he gave me credit. I did not think much about it until one day, out of the blue, that same friend announced that he just received his first copy of the new book. The title, “Video Production Handbook,” was authored by Jim Owens and Gerald Millerson. Jim was very kind in giving me photo credits for the half-dozen photos he used and generously provided me with a free copy of the book. (Thanks, Jim!)

Yup, my photos are in there. And, I’m mentioned in the author’s acknowledgments in the beginning of the book, as well as listing my name with each photo. Cool!

I also accidentally discovered that the book has been scanned into Google books so you can see the contents here.

Form your own opinions – be an eye witness November 30, 2008

Posted by Matsu in Business, Education, Information Technology, News, News and politics, Technology, Web.
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One of the more remarkable benefits of modern technology, especially video on demand and live video over the Internet, is the ability to hear and see the news event first hand so we can formulate an educated opinion. We are no longer hostage to a single (or group) of reporters trying (but failing) to give an unbiased overview of a speech or public event. In today’s media rich world everything is recorded and most of that content winds its way to the Internet. Much of it on YouTube. That, I think, is a remarkable thing that promotes opportunities for people everywhere to be truly informed and less influenced by any particular news organization.

What reminded me of this emerging fact is a video I just stumbled across through a post in Twitter. It’s a speech by Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google, at a keynote session of a New America Foundation conference. Schmidt gives a review of where we are and were we can go of we put our minds to it. Being the head of one of the most progressive and successful Internet companies should at least cause us to wonder what he might have to say, but having heard most of it (before pausing to write this post) I can say that it will certainly make you think. I don’t say I agree with everything he says, but he has some provocative ideas and promotes a positive future.

YouTube Video of Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, keynote address at the New America Foundation (Nov. 2008)

Fuel shortage drives increase in telework October 3, 2008

Posted by Matsu in Business, Education, Information Technology, Management, Technology, Uncategorized, Web.
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Working at home

Working at home

Teleworking, the term used to describe working from home through the use of technology, is on the rise in the hardest hit areas of the country. The recent severe gas shortages in Atlanta, Nashville, and Charlotte has caused employers and employees to take a long hard look at ways to avoid the daily commute while maintaining or even increasing productivity.

An article in Network World talks about this workplace phenomenon, including the benefits and pitfalls of adopting telecommuting or teleworking policies. Before you jump in and start providing your employees with the option of working from home you might want to think through the problems and create some clear policies to address potential problems before they arise. To get you started, you should read this TAI article listing the Pros and Cons of teleworking.

If you are serious about starting a teleworking policy for your employees, then you might want to read this post that gives advice on the things that OSHA says you must address before you launch that new work-from-home program. It also includes a boiler-plate agreement that will help you get started on building your own policy.

Also, as you consider the affect that teleworking may have on those who stay home (and their productivity) don’t forget about those workers who still go to the office… here’s an article about that problem.

When do you read? August 29, 2008

Posted by Matsu in Education, Random, Uncategorized, Web.

I love books. I love to read. If you are like me, you read a lot. So, how do you get all the reading in you want? I never feel like I ever get close to reading everything I want to read. 

If you know me or work with me, you know that my office (and outside my office) is full of books, magazines, printed copes of articles or blog posts I’ve found on the Internet and much more. I can’t possibly read it all, but I also can’t just get rid of it without reading it. Otherwise, I’d be giving up the opportunity to learn and grow and become better equipped to do my job.

Because of my heavy meeting schedule at work (during the day) I tend to do most of my reading after I get home — nights and weekends. Often, I find myself reading well into the night, well past what could be considered a healthy person’s bed time. 

In addition to reading a home during the evenings and on the weekends, I also like to always have something with me to read if I have to wait for something (like in the dentist office or waiting for my son’s physical therapy appointment to be over). I read anywhere and everywhere at any time. Still, it’s not enough. I just can’t obsorb all of the information I need or want.

Welcome to the information age where one can’t possibliy ready everything and learn all that is availalbe to one that tries to keep their knowledge current and relevent.

My homework got lost in India June 26, 2008

Posted by Matsu in Education, Information Technology, News and politics, Web.

Most of you have heard about all of the technology work and call center work from Western countries moving to India over the past decade. But wait, there’s more! Outsourcing has moved to an all new level. Now you can outsource your programming homework to a person in India. (I sure hope my son is not reading this post.)

A recent Slashdot post pointed readers to this story about students who have been outsourcing their coding homework to people in India. I suppose it was just a matter of time. After all, school papers on all sorts of topics have been available for sale on the Internet for a long time, and a lot of global corporations have been outsourcing their software development to India, why not combine the two?

This is not much different than having your roommate do your homework (for a small fee). With the time differences you can literally send your homework assignment to your “homework buddy” in India before you go to bed and while you sleep the programming homework will be written so when you wake up, you are done!

How many more ways can a person cheat? As long as people are creative, there will always be some new trick. This is just a little more high-tech and international than most.

I wonder if someone in India can write my departmental annual report for me…