Working the Magic …

“Learn to Handle Data Like Hans Rosling” 

Hans Rosling PDHe doesn’t look like a rock star, does he?

If you have ever seen Hans Rosling present information, you already know why this would be a helpful article.

If you have not had this particular pleasure, prepare to dump your perception of academics as dull and plodding presenters.

Click the title above for a neat article and a link to a video that will show you what all the fuss is about.

This guy knows how to make the sweep of history and scientific processes appear to shift and morph right before our eyes.   His skill in making information visual and accessible is very impressive, to say the least.

If more teachers taught like Rosling, educators would be considered like rock stars and paid accordinglySmile.

Admiring the man’s style in the Heartland ….



A Personal Reflection …

It’s been an interesting weekend . . .  


People who hack someone else’s email accounts and send junk to large numbers of unsuspecting folks ought to be tortured by inserting  very small insects in their bodily orifices for an extremely long period of time while making them wear damp, wet underwear, with a whole stack of old Barry Manilow records playing in the background.

What do you think?   Too harsh?

Feeling just a little righteous anger in the Heartland …


Disclaimer:  Previously posted on Strategic Learning Today.

“There’s An App For That …”

Beautiful Spring day in the Heartland and what are two of my favorite women doing?

The quest complete … now they can “flick their Bics” just like they did at concerts long ago and without burning their hands on a defective Ronson lighter:)

I am very happy for the girls, who are obviously delighted with their accomplishment.    A little whimsy in one’s life is not a bad thing.

However, I am also moved to pose our question for the day:  

How much time do you spend searching for apps for your computer, your smart phone, your tablet?

Follow-up question:  

Is the time spent worth it?

Take your time ~  I’m busy looking for this great new app that allows me to make telephone calls on my smart phone!

Freaking on the technology in the Heartland ….


Appreciating Things ….

Life today is full of marvelous things.

Technology has allowed us to be more available, more connected, and more aware.  We know more about each other, at least on a superficial level, and know more about our world than has ever been possible.

However, with the strides in technology, we have also achieved a stunning increase in personal angst and isolation … curious in the midst of all our connectivity.

Sometimes we take out the frustrations of modern life on our technology and blame the tools for the symptoms.

Here’s some questions to briefly ponder:

Ever misplace your cellphone?

Ever lose a password to an account or website?

Ever failed to pay enough attention to someone who faded from your life?

We often do not appreciate what we have until we do not have it any more.

Ever think about what life was like before the proliferation of  choices in television watching?  (I’m talking three cloned channels.)

Ever watch someone waiting in frustration for someone else to show up? (see question about losing cellphone above)

Ever Google something at the exact moment you needed to know it?

Sometimes we do not appreciate something we have until we remember when we did not have it.

Either way, we need to put more effort into thinking about what we do have today and appreciating it.  Watch out for the abuse and the dark edges, but consider the opportunities that technology provides.

What are you happy to have in your life now that did not used to be possible?

Appreciating a great many  things in the Heartland ….


College Ain’t What It Used To Be . . .

I love Mashable for its eclectic collection of news and opinion about all things technological and social.  A recent posting by Sarah Kessler talked about the results of a survey of college students.  Here’s the interesting points:

Survey Results:

38% of college students surveyed report not being able to go more than 10 minutes without checking some electronic device, such as their laptop, tablet, smart phone, or e-reader.  10 minutes . . .  hmmm . . . . so that’s why my students are often staring at their laps during our class discussions. Continue reading