All posts by idave

West Mountains

I took some video the end of March while driving in the pacific mountains north of Los Angeles. I composed this music, while on the trip, to accompany the video. Composed with sequencing software and my Oxygen 8 MIDI controller.

Photo taken near Banff, Alberta Canada in April 2010

Sand Melodies

This was an interesting piece that just didn’t seem to go anyway. So I gave up and just ended it. I liked the sound, so here it is.

Four Deer Running for It

Four Deer

Four Deer

These deer waited in some trees to the right until they apparent found the appropriate moment to dash across the street in front of us.

This photo took a great deal of post processing, including an initial HDR treatment with PhotoMatix Pro. Then I divided the photo into layers in Photoshop, masked out the animals, and then applied a motion blur on the background to convey more of a sense of motion and speed.



Sunrise Over a Pasture

A scene, for which I turned my truck around and came back.

A scene, for which I turned my truck around and came back.

I spent an hour taking photos across a pasture near here as the sun was rising. On my way back to the house, I spotted this scene, turned my truck around, and grabbed three exposures of it. The photo is post processed with Photomatix Pro (HDR) and some touch ups with Adobe Lightroom. I am especially pleased with this photo.

A Shorter TED™ Style Presentation

PerformingI am often asked to deliver shorter presentations to audiences for banquets or conference closings.

It is not enough time to talk about contemporary literacy, retooling education culture, or decoding our children’s information experience.  However, it is just enough time to tell some stories.

This short presentation features three stories, each dramatizing a point of extreme revelation in my career as an educator. The stories are true, they are funny, the will take the audience back in time — and forward in our understanding the impact of contemporary technology on twenty-first century learning.

  • The Problem
    1. Computers have been present in classrooms since the early 1980s, with a few fortunate schools delving even earlier.
    2. The question that continues to haunt and fascinate us… “How should these technologies be used in classrooms.” “Should they be used to automate teaching? …Or do they suggest something different and wonderful?”
  • Story 1 – 1981 & 1982
    1. My first experience with a personal computer (TRaSh-80).
    2. “Egads!” A machine that you operate by communicating with it.
    3. Pierson Duvall and the magic dust from being a programmer.
  • Story 2 – 1990
    1. Surfing the Internet & the mysterious incantations of the digital ethers.
    2. First time ever – I’m chatting on the Internet & patting myself on the back.
    3. Rain checks & …what happened to geography?
  • Story 3 – 1997
    1. ThinkQuest – Kids teach us to learn on the Web.
    2. Aiming to impress a fifteen year old.
    3. The fifteen year old is a graduate assistant?
    4. The fifteen year old is learning something he’ll carry the rest of his life.
  • Closing
    1. For the first time in history, we are preparing our children for a future we can not clearly describe.
    2. Perhaps the most important question in education that we face today is, “What do our children need to be learning, to be ready for an unpredictable future?”
    3. Finally — We are not afraid…

UCET Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah

What a SightI’ve wanted to present at this conference for many years. It’s one of my favorite states to visit and just drive though (though I’m not doing any driving this trip) and it’s one of those places where a conference with a thousand attendees is impacting on a sizable percentage of the state’s entire education community.

My keynote address is called Teaching & Learning on the Edge of Change. It’s an old presentation that was originally just a review of tech trends and some really outlandish stuff about nanotechnology, quantum computers, and the approaching singularity. Fascinating stuff, but of very little practical value to classroom teachers. So I’ve merged the slides from that presentations to exist within my Telling the New Story structure of looking at how the following aspect of what, why, and where we do what we do:

The market place
What we value (our children)
And what we can point at that is related directly to what happens in classrooms

I am also doing just about every other presentation that is listed on my professional web site. So here are my sessions, and links to the wiki handouts.

Midwest Education Technology Conference — St. Louis

Tablet PCThis is an exceptional annual conference, organized and maintained by the Cooperating Schools Districts, a regional service center in Missouri. There are some amazing presenters and the topics include emerging technologies, predominantly Web 2.0. I will be telling the new story of a changing market place, changing children, and a rapidly changing information landscape that should be entirely reshaping our schools. Among my stories will also be Web 2.0 with some brand new slides that I built while flying here yesterday, and podcast. By the way, it seems that every other presentation is about podcasting here — it continues to be the next big thing.

Here are links to the wiki handouts for my three presentations: