I listened to about 3 hours of Canadian radio on my two drives between Calgary International Airport and Banff. I found two great stations - x92.9 and 93.7 - that I happily toggled between. A catchy song played on 92.9 and I had now way to write down the name of the song or the artist, but I did dictate one of the lyrics into my phone. When I got home, I posted a message on Twitter asking about it and was delighted to get a response almost immediately. I then bought the album.
This was a really easy engagement that connected the listener, the artist, and the mediator in mutually beneficial ways. I got to listen to a song I liked and discover additional great music, the artist benefited from a purchase of their work, and the station modeled the attention they are paying to listeners.
In the video below, I use some of the new features in Explain Everything to create a title slide for a presentation I am working on for next week. I use the Draw Fill tool, the shape recognition, and the option to display taps and gestures. I also use the inspector to do some ungrouping and duplicating.
Banff National Park is a beautiful place, but I was even more impressed with the level of conversation taking place at the uLead conference I was attending. It is now on my 'can't miss' list of events. Below are a few more of the photos I took with my iPhone.
Here is a gallery of the notes I took during a terrific event in Banff (Alberta, CA) this week. The last one was simply a debate about whether or not to have a third piece of cake after lunch.
Steve shared with me an article about an effort being led by the entrepreneur Sean Parker to make research and data sharing more accessible and efficient to leading institutions doing cancer research, specifically immunotherapy. It's a great non-edu example of making a move to unlock shared knowledge without needing to try and invent something completely new. It is yet to be seen how Mr. Parker's new institute will advance cancer research, but it certainly is an effort that resonates with our third belief.
Below is a s brief silent tour of a hike I took today near a conference hotel in Banff (Alberta, CA).
It was an interesting experience going to an 'industry' event about education and technology, with very few educators and educational technologists leading the conversations (except maybe for those who have taken an entrepreneurial step out of the classroom). One entrepreneur, the founder of Kickboard, made a really nice comment about how instead of entrepreneurs trying to solve national or global problems, try to focus on a kind of micro-entrepreneurship within locales and communities. Maybe it is possible to start a 'small business' and test it at scale (or at least the design process) after a short time of research, feedback, and success (to whatever degree that can be measured). Also Bill Gates spoke, and I took some notes.
The results of a group brainstorm during a session at ATLIS 2016. The original napkin sketch by my table mates, and the resulting hamburger.
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