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Friday, January 11, 2008
I've been thinking about what I would like as my next 'career'. Yes, it's one of those 'what do I want to be when I grow up' moments in my life right now. Might have something to do with the fact that I feel like I'm constantly trudging through muck and mire to get anything accomplished in my current professional life.
And I've decided that I would like to be a 'digital miner'. That's right....no, no, no...not the one with the hard hat and headlight! LOL But rather someone who is able to cull through all the digitial information out there and extract EXACTLY what the client wants.
The ComputerMajors blog did a post about the 10 hottest computer jobs and surprisingly mine wasn't on the list! Wonder why?
What are your thoughts on what a computer job in the near future might be? What would be your ideal job (unless you already have it!), what would it be called, and what would it entail?
PS I'm actually thinking of doing this as a project with my 4th graders and publishing the results. We might actually be 'enlightened' by their perspectives!
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
O.K. So I've been thinking about this for a while and finally decided to put my thoughts to blog.
You know how the web is considered by most to be the 'read/write' web? I don't think that is applicable any more and would like to offer a new paradigm. I think we need to view the web as 'cubed'. Instead of 'read', we should look at 'consume', because, let's face it we don't only 'read' on the web anymore since 'read' implies text. As for 'write', we should look at 'contribute', since again, 'write' implies text and we now have the ability to 'write' images, videos, audio, etc. And we have a new component -- 'collaborate', since so many of the new applications are social in nature and provide the ability to work with others.
So here's my new slogan: 'Web 'Cubed' -- consume, contribute, collaborate'. [And if anyone can figure out how to get the exponent '3' onto a blog, PLEASE let me know!] [Actually I would like to see it 'Web', then the letter 'C', then the exponent '3'. Help!]
What are your thoughts on this?
Sunday, January 6, 2008
And how will I 'reuse' (another 2008 resolution) this activity? Simple! I plan on sharing the photos with my 4th grade classes and having them vote on the ones that should be uploaded. (That's another reason I want to upload only once a week.) We'll be looking at content, layout, color, etc. in preparation for a digital photography unit in the spring.
So what are you waiting for? Head on over and 'join' today! I was #25 to join.
NOTE: It would be WONDERFUL if all of us would tag our photos with Creative Commons licensing allowing us to use these images in the classroom with/by our students (as appropriate). This group could then become another resource for teachers to use for images.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
So I'm following Christine's advice. I'm going to begin with 'reduce' (and at the last glance at my ikeepbookmarks.com I'll need until AT LEAST until June to master that resolution!). And from there I'll move on to 'reuse'.
Yup, 2008 is already looking promising!
So, what word is going to be your 2008 Resolution?
Friday, December 28, 2007
Here's part of my response to the group (interesting to note, no comments were made!)
Let's face it, we have a limited resource -- 24 hours in a day and we need
to decide how we want to allocate our time to meet our needs and wants.
I've noticed that on a 'good day' I'm taking over 2 hours of my time to
check all my e-mail accounts, look at Twitter, read my two Blogline accounts and
various other social network sites. It is becoming more and more like
'work' and I'm NOT liking it.....
I'm also experiencing 'information' overload in terms of all these new,
free, 'gotta have/gotta use' apps. I tend to grab the url and throw it
into my ikeepbookmarks account with the intention of weeding thru it over
the winter break (unfortunately winter break is almost over AND at last count I
had over 130 'tools' in one minor folder alone!).
The French had a saying, 'Les mals du 20eme siecle' which roughly
translates to the ills imposed on individuals due to the times and circumstances
(and supposed 'time saving' devices from the 20th century). I'm convinced
that we are facing the same in this digital age. We have too much coming
at us too fast and are, quite frankly, not able to keep up in a way that
contribute positively to our health and well-being. I see a new profession
resulting from this -- Digital Psychologist.
My goal for the beginning of 2008 is to REDUCE, REUSE, and RECYCLE in terms of my digital experiences.
I mean really, how many online photo- editing websites MUST I use?
How many screen capture programs can I have? How thin must I stretch
myself over all the social networks I belong to? And yes, I can already
here all the arguments about the wealth of knowledge that we are acquiring, but
let's face it guys....it almost feels like we're running from fast food chain to
fast food chain, gobbling everything down. Frankly, I'd rather have dinner
in front of the fire, with friends I can reach out and touch, and savor every
last morsel, and swirl every last drop of wine, leisurely contemplating the
wonders of the snow on the lawn leading down to the lake........aaaahhhhhhhhhhhh
And next time you're offered up a tantilizing new app, try saying 'I'll
pass', then get up, go take a walk outside and let Mother Nature touch your
I'd be curious to hear what others think of this......