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Educational Technology

Podcasts in my Queue

I have been a heavy podcast listener since around 2003/2004. I started by listening to former MTV VJ, Adam Curry’s, Daily Source Code. Since then, not a day has gone by without some podcast listening.

Here is a list of what is in my queue and why it is there:

screenshot of my podcast player

Screenshot of my podcast player

  • DTNS – Tom Merrit’s Daily Tech News Show (DTNS) is my …uh …daily tech news show. I listen to this show every morning as I am getting ready for work. It is an easy way to keep up with all the tech news worth knowing.
  • Security Now – This podcast has been in my queue for years. It is probably my favorite podcast because it dives deep into privacy and security – two things that really matter to me.
  • Teaching in HigherEd – Although I am not “teaching in higher ed” I find a lot of the things that Professor Bonni Stachowiak discusses with her guests applies directly to adult learning. This podcast is the one that most aligns with my job. Bonni has the best guests on this show. I highly recommend it if you are interested in adult learning and educational technology. I wrote about this show before here.
  • The Linux Action Show! and LINUX Unplugged – These two shows satisfy my weekly Linux nerd needs. Chris and his co-hosts and virtual Linux User Group provide tons of great Linux and free software news and entertainment.
  • The eLearning Coach Podcast – Connie Malamed’s wonderful show has tons of information useful to me as an instructional designer. If you have a job where you make or give training, this is a show for you. All of the guests on this show are the well-known learning professionals from around the web. You will learn TONS from listening to this show.
  • The Ihnatko Almanac – This is the outlet for Chicago Sun Times columnist, Andy Ihnatko. Dan Benjamin joins Andy for stories and miscellaneous musings. Andy is hilarious and his views on life are classic. This podcast does not seem to have any strict release schedule but when I see it pop up in my queue it jumps over pretty much everything else. By the way, Andy’s writing is fantastic. I wrote about his writing style previously.
  • Mac Power Users – Even though I have reduced my Mac usage to less than 1% of my total computer usage (Linux all the way – woohoo!!!), I still love listening to Katie Floyd and David Sparks talk about the interesting way they are using computers in their respective law practices and in their creative lives. If you use a Mac, I highly recommend giving this show a listen. I found out about this show about one year after they started recording. After I listened to the first show, I went back and listened to everything from episode 1. These guys are serious Mac power users.

That is my queue. I hope you find some of these podcasts as entertaining as I do.

Share your podcast recommendations in the comments!

Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast

For the last 7 years I have had anywhere from a 60-minute to 4-hour round-trip commute. How do I constructively spend my drive time? Podcasts.

Finding my recent favorite podcast was a fluke. I heard the host, Bonni Stachowiak, on one of my regular podcasts, Mac Power Users. She impressed me as being both equally smart and cool. I decided to check out her podcast …I am soooo glad that I did.

Professor Stachowiak teaches college business classes in California. Her podcast is titled, Teaching in Higher Ed. It deals with adult learning, productivity, educational technology, and mindfulness.

After I listened to the first few episodes, I immediately downloaded every single episode and put her in my #1 listening spot until I caught up to real-time. Yes, it’s that good.

The thing that makes Dr. Bonni great is her positive attitude and her spectacular guests from the field of higher education.

Some of my favorite episodes:

Coursera: Programming for Everybody (Python)

Certificate of Completion - Programming for Everybody

Certificate of Completion – Programming for Everybody

I managed to get a lot done this summer. One of my two major projects (I’ll save the 2nd one for its own post) was to take a computer programming course. I took the University of Michigan’s Programming for Everybody (Python) course.

This 10-week course is designed to teach the basics of programming computers. I took this course through Coursera, the site that is the home to many massive open online courses.

Here’s what I liked about it:

  • professor wrote the book we used
  • got to learn all about foundation ideas of programming (many of which I learned a long time ago then promptly forgot)
  • some of the homework problems challenged my brain
  • cool educational technology combining slides, video, drawing, and screencasting helped in making the programming easier to understand
  • nice use of humor
  • all course materials were licensed through Creative Commons (CC-BY)
  • textbook was free
  • cool online auto-grader for coding homework assignments
  • aimed at beginner programmers
  • lecture videos were available at Coursera and within the iBooks version of the text

Now that I have taken this course, I plan to take another Python programming class. I am eyeing the course offered by MITx, Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python, 6.00.1x. With work and my other college classes I don’t know if I’ll have enough time to take it this fall, but I hope to take it in the spring or next summer.

As an educational technology nerd, I really enjoyed taking this class. It was cool to see how the instructor used the different edtech tools to deliver, grade, and collaborate on this class.

I give Professor Charles Severance and his class an A.

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ISO/RTO Tech Demo Links

Edited on July 26, 2015 to specify which items I did not cover in the presentation.

I presented a short talk on educational technology at the annual ISO/RTO training working group meeting.
Here are links to the sites that I discussed:

* not covered in the presentation due to time constraints

One topic that I didn’t get to that deserves way more attention is Markdown. It is my plain text holy grail. Type one place, then use tools to magically convert from txt to pdf, html, docx, presentation, LaTeX, etc.
Here are some links about it.