Dee Fink's keynote at #TICONF2015

Dee Fink, giving the opening keynote presentation at the 2015 University of Calgary Conference on Postsecondary Learning and Teaching. The theme of the 2015 conference is Design for Learning: Fostering Deep Learning, Engagement and Critical Thinking.

We hadn't planned to record the keynote, but Dee asked us if we would, so we set something up that morning. The video is usable, but we'll be producing higher quality recordings for future events…

Year one: Calgary

Absolutely fantastic video project by a UCalgary business student. I love that a student can produce something like this as a personal/indie/small-scale project. Fast, cheap, out of control!

Reclaiming Educational Technology: flexible and open

Episode 3 of Reclaiming Educational Technology, looking at the transition from monolithic vendor-provided enterprise solutions to more flexible and adaptive projects. Some of the segments are also used in episodes 1 and 2, but in order for this to work as a standalone piece, needed to be re-included here as well. When I do a longer supercut version, I'll remove the duplicate clips. Reclaiming Educational Technology - episode 3 from UCalgary Taylor Institute on Vimeo. [Read More]

Reclaiming Educational Technology: the business and politics of edtech

During the Reclaim Hackathon at UMW last week, several of us were talking over food and beverages and realized that we had the opportunity to document the current thinking in the “edtech scene”. It's something that we hadn't tried to do explicitly before, but we realized that if we don't do it ourselves we'll be left with the narratives pushed by the Big Business of Edtech Venture Capitalâ„¢. So, David Kernohan and I took it on as a project. [Read More]

vintage Calgary, 1976-1981

I did some googling ((DuckDuckGoing? that's not a thing yet, is it?)) on Michael Betzler, who was the director on the previous skateboarding documentary. Looks like he now is/was director at the olympic media consortium. Before that, he was involved in this bit of awesomeness. I would have been the same age as my son is now, when this footage was shot. Wow. My dad had his insurance agency in the Lougheed Building downtown, so I would have been down there pretty regularly. [Read More]

Quick demo of the Swivl robot camera mount

I picked up a Swivl robot camera mount to kick off our “tech lending library” here in the EDU. It's a pretty interesting piece of kit that will let anyone record a session without having to spend $100K retrofitting a classroom with PTZ cameras and switching boards. Slap this thing onto a desk or tripod, drop your iPhone (or iPad, or Android device) into the slot, plug the microphone cable into the mic jack on your device, and hit record. [Read More]