October 20, 2007

21st Century Learners


This is one of the videos that has recently gone viral, and it was actually created as a class project by 200 students in an anthropology class (Sp07) at Kansas State University! (How cool is that?) It's quite a compelling and somewhat provocative look at students today, their learning environments, and the world in which we now live (infused with information and technology). As Professor Wesch explains, it was created as part 2 in a 3-part series on higher education. Part 1 explores how we access, evaluate, and use information.

October 13, 2007

First Homecoming Parade

Lucy & grandma experienced their first UNI homecoming parade today. Afterward, we finally bought a new digital camera--our Sony was having all sorts of problems (battery drain, blurriness, etc.).

One of the great features of the Kodak models is the panorama assistant. You tell the camera if you're taking a panoramic shot left-to-right or right-to-left, then it displays part of the previous shot to help you overlap it with the next one. It will automatically stitch together up to three images right there on the camera--no editing required on the computer. I used that feature for the first time to take the picture below. As you can see, it works pretty well!

October 9, 2007

Woz and Pogue Wear Our Sticker!


The legendary Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer, and David Pogue from the New York Times were the keynote speakers at the ITEC conference this week. I just left David Pogue's fantastic keynote address (really, it was awesome!), and I saw Woz sitting in the front row wearing one of our UNI Instructional Technology stickers! Look closely and you'll see a few others in the background wearing our stickers too. We had a great presence at the conference this year thanks to Dr. Z's idea for the stickers and Magda's design.

October 6, 2007

So many people

So many people... I don't know what to think. Better just suck on my hand.

We enjoyed spending some time with our friends, Mac & Erin, this weekend. They're engaged now! We got to hang out at Travis & Lori's new house too. It's a great place, though Travis should mow his lawn. :-)