FRESH OFF A DAY-LONG session with web-savvy students, I'm looking at how to explain the roadmap I use to view the world of emerging trends. Straightaway, I don't know if my route is worth following.
A lot of what I do involves falling into rabbit holes. I've dug and dug into social bookmarks, followed streams of consciousness on Twitter, and occasionally showed the discipline to read the hundreds of pages that drop onto my Kindle every week.
By my own admission, I need more clever listening because even reading 2000 words per minute, I fall behind on a weekly basis.
Nonetheless, I think my strategy is sound. I start with watchlists that include terms I need to explore or hashtags on Twitter that I should follow. I constantly review reading lists, trying to find precise chapters and paragraphs that deliver the greatest meaning. And I spend time to poke around the landing zones (i.e., the company websites or personal blog pages) of trust agents worth following.
Some of this process respects serendipity. That means I get to flick through stacks of interesting photos on Flickr and Google Plus. I also permit myself time to view a few exceptional video clips on Vimeo every day.
The insider's tip I should reveal is this--you need to spend some time every day in deep thought, perhaps arising after reading a minimum of 80 pages in a standard book. That deep immersion, away from a computer screen, takes a reader to a special mental place. That's what I'm going to do now.
IF YOU CLICK on the screenshot of the dark bedroom window, you'll see the start of six minutes of film-making that made me cry.
It's the same six minutes that 80,000 people admit made them cry too. The snippet is from Up, the Academy-award nominated feature film from Disney Pixar.
Direct link to http://traffic.libsyn.com/underway/six-minutes-up.mp4
PART OF THE CREATIVE multimedia degree programme running at the Limerick Institute of Technology involves formative assessments during several modules.
I conduct a series of team interviews in the campaign phase of the PR module when I offer qualitative feedback to students about client briefs, treatments, storyboards, use of project management software and time-keeping. I use formative assessments to determine whether I should change my approach as a lecturer. On several occasions, Feedback from formative assessments has helped me modify the emphasis I place on learning objectives. When I worked as an Air Force instructor pilot, formative assessment was essential because of the need to address student pilot performance. In my current practise, feedback also helps improve performance while simultaneously improving the content I deliver.
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IN AN LIT-ET CLASS, WE LISTENED to Jeff Jarvis, author and cancer survivor, as he talked about various facets of privacy. His survival story is compelling enough but his open-minded use of the internet deserves equal attention.
When I see farmers' fields in County Tipperary, I often think about where the crops are headed. A field of oats suggests a special story. They have a lower summer heat requirement and greater tolerance of rain than other cereals, such as wheat, rye or barley, so are particularly important in areas with cool, wet summers, such as Ireland. I watch farmers plant oats in both the autumn and in the spring. And I enjoy the by-product at places like Inch House where oats grown out front of the house make black pudding in the kitchen. This is a common local story and it should be shared.
WE SPEND SEVERAL HOURS unpacking the concept of "immersive experiences" in the Media Writing module at LIT-Clonmel. It's part of a creative multimedia degree.
I like how Tom Hanks and Stephen Spielberg approach the topic so I try to find samples of their work to use in the third level curriculum. I've watched Band of Brothers several times because "immersion" runs through the characters of that award-winning mini series. I plan to show some of the behind-the-scenes discussions of how the actors got in character and how the directors ensured the success of the production by their strict focus on authenticity. The video below the break should effectively make the point.
DICK O'BRIEN REPORTS on "10 technologies that could change your business" and I want to bring his five page article from Computers in Business into the Emerging Technologies and Trends module I teach at Limerick Institute of Technology.
I've already made "tablets and creativity" a major thread of discussion in the module and that corresponds to Dick's third technlogy (i.e., mobile devices). He also cites near field communications, cloud computing, long term evolution, green technology, 3D, nanotechnology, sensor arrays, motion control and HTML5. I'm interested in hearing from fourth year students how many of these emerging technologies will be part of a creative's work flow in the year 2020.
Dick O'Brien -- "10 Technologies that could change your business" in Computers in Business, October 2, 2011.
Many of our third level students are nonplussed by their first view of the G+ ecosystem because when they sign up and look at what's there, they often see just themselves. You have to build your Circles before you can see a result. I've made a short five minute YouTube video that shows a little activity inside Google Plus as I tap and scroll through my circles. You can play the clip inline below the break.
PEW INTERNET RESEARCH offers data gathered in the United States that says 18-24 year olds send or receive an average of 109.5 text messages per day.
That seems like a very high number to me. Further data puts the mean text point at 10 messages per day--more believeable.