Thursday, May 28, 2009

What's All the Buzz? Web 2.0 Presentation

Just posting the Web 2.0 presentation, feel free to use parts of it or the whole (Creative Commons).
What is Web 2.0? There are several facets to this answer the main aspect being: in the past the internet had very few "authors" now WE as a collective have the capability to write/share/create on the web thanks to the multitude of web applications being developed (blogger, flickr, youtube, etc). Also in the past we had to buy software and load it onto a single computer, web applications allow us to use them from any computer...and many cost nothing!
Please ask questions or leave comments about this Web 2.0 presentation .
I have presented it at the American Association of Collegiate Independent Study conference 09 and the MNSCU ITeach 09 conference, as well as multiple groups at Central Lakes College, MN.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

ITC eLearning 09

Instructional Technology Council Conference, eLearning 2009.
My 2nd time at this conference and once again the best group to connect with if you are interested in online learning and teaching with technology. ITC had excellent keynote speakers this year that were chock full of new info and were flat-out good presenters, see Bryan Alexander and Brian Lamb. Plus it was engaging and fun to have Minnesota's own Barry Dahl throw down the gauntlet in the Grand Debate: Topic – Virtual Worlds are the Second Life for Online Education. Barry was on the snarky, negative side.

Other highlights for me: Being fully integrated with twitter-chatter and back-channel during the conference.

CLC instructor Jackie Lindquist awarded an outstanding elearning educator award.

Having a long-time instructor new to teaching with technology attend and comment, "I have not been this inspired in such a longtime, I am excited to be a teacher again" (!!!!! a major highlight).

I was able to meet-up with a former art student/family friend and catch-up.

Spend time with my mentor now working in Beaverton, OR.

And finally, it was a privilage to be a presenter at this conference--
Remix Culture Appreciation
(aka Art Appreciation)
More people are advocating the use of creative commons
instead of copyright. Michael Amick will explore the history of
reusing and remixing prior-created material and how it is valid
and valuable from a visual arts perspective. He will explore the
“myth of originality” and discuss why artists and designers are
instructed to “borrow” from previously-created work. Imagery
will be the main aspect of this presentation, with the latest art,
music and video creations of current remix culture.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Portland OR Art Museum

In Feb, 2009 I was able to visit the Portland Art Museum. As blogged previously, I typically find great joy in the chance to visit and see high quality art. But my visit was very uninspired, I was shocked and disappointed in myself, not so much the museum. Things got off the a rough start in the contemporary, modern art building. I am always the 1st to advocate for and explain modern art and discuss why certain pieces are considered great art. Why didn't I like anything? I had a real hard time with the collection in this entire building, it had pieces from all the right artist and all the right movements but it was overwhelmingly filled with 2nd and 3rd rate examples from modern movements and famous artists.

At last, after walking though nearly all the galleries I finally found a great piece from an area of art history that typically does not rivet my attention. But was glad to experience the thrill of Nature's Fan by William Adolphe Bouguereau 1881. An amazing use of light and value contrasts.