I finally got a set of Apple's AirPods. Everyone was telling me that the reason Apple's regular earbuds never stay in my ears is because of the wire. I bought fuzzy earbud covers and that helped. But with the AirPods, even with the fuzzy covers they fall out of my ear (well my right ear mostly). Now I am going to try something called 'Earhoox' which supposedly will make them stay in my ears.
There were several comments about this product on the NYCIST email group and I decided to look into it more. It seems like a really sensible solution. Some of the online reviews mentioned that the stickiness of the product was inconsistent from surface to surface. I wouldn't expect it to work perfectly on every surface and I am curious to see how it works on just a regular painted wall.
I'm test driving two home budgeting apps - You Need a Budget (YNAB) and Mint. I am leaning towards Mint because it is owned by Intuit whom I already use for other services and their mobile app has Touch ID and a pretty nice interface design. YNAB seems to have some depth in the right places and some simplicity in others.
I'm going to start writing about my explorations and curiosities around VR - the programs, games, and experience that I think are interesting and engaging.
On weekdays that I don't have something new to share, I'll default to the daily format (like today).
I had my first experience using a contemporary virtual reality setup last week. I had tried the cardboard style "insert your smartphone" things before and was not really that impressed by the experience after moving past the initial novelty. However, using the HTC Vive (which is on the same class of tools as the Oculus Rift), really got me thinking about VR. Not because I think VR can replace any human interactions or even be better. What's interesting to me is that it is immersive and it is different. I'm going to do some more playing around over the next few weeks. In the meantime, you can read
Moving forward I am going to try to only create SVG images for things I use in web and in EE. Scaling without pixelating makes a huge difference.
Last week I saw this tweet from Keri-Lee Beasley. I favorited it and then I forwarded it to my email so I could remember to check back on it. This week (and the next couple of weeks) I am going to check them all out and see if there are any ideas that transfer across design tools (it looks like there are).
Camp is special. I loved leading outdoor trips during my undergraduate experience (COOP at Columbia University) and then working at Keewaydin Dunmore in Vermont for many years as a staffman and trip leader. In the last two weeks, I was at two separate events that I can playfully describe as ‘grown-up nerd camps.’ The first was the Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) Academy in Houston. Teachers and leaders from across the United States gathered together to share best practices and create experiences around the Apple technologies that we find useful in schools.
The second was Global Online Academy’s Summer Institute on Bainbridge Island, WA. Steve (Blending Leadership co-author) and I facilitated a 2-day workshop within the larger program for school leaders from a variety of independent schools and organizations across the globe. We used much of our previous thinking, now iterated upon and developed further, from the book to frame the activities. This also meant that we planned to iterate and adapt based on the developing actual, real-time needs and interests of those in the room. This can be difficult from a planning perspective, and I gave Steve two new constraints that I was interested in testing at this event. First, we would not use/reuse any pre-packaged or previously used visuals. Second, we would keep the amount of visual ‘slides’ to just a few (average of less than 1 per 30 minutes of workshop time).
Below are the slides that were generated during this workshop.
The other Canvas courses I have used in support of my courses have both had instructional designers behind the scenes organizing content and making things look good. Last week I had to start designing a course from scratch. Luckily, a lot of the elements could be copied and pasted right from the html view from other pages.
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