The Universe and I – Online Application Edition

5 AM, no sun yet. Coffee not even done. Here I sit working on a cover letter for a position (Major area employer), I probably won’t even get a call for.

How, I hate applying online. The horrors. The enter everything and lose connectivity. Non-loading resumes and cover letters. Trying to remember the address I lived at 10 years ago. So many frustrating things. I understand the logic, but hate doing the online applications. Often it is very time consuming for nothing. A waste of time.

This is not a meaningless, random, or purposeless post. There is motive. I hope that by putting it online,  the universe will grab a hold of it and prove me wrong. Come-on universe, I challenge you. Prove me wrong.

Consider it a prayer, a plea, a challenge to prove me wrong. Regardless of what is called, just make it happen.

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FC Kahuna – Hayling

For no particular reason other than it is a great song and the video reminds me of Ex Machina.

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Projects, Learning, and Transitions.

Excited. After contemplation, I am transitioning into programming and IT (yes I realize these are two different areas). I am hoping to learn more about each area, so that I can make a decision on which to pursue.

Currently, I am attacking it at all angles. Working on:

  • Comptia A+ certification training with Cybrary and Professor Messer I am planning to complete the certification by the end of the year.  Both are good, but I think I prefer Professor Messer’s training delivery over Cybrary.
  • Coding at Codeacademy and Freecodecamp. I like both and am enjoying learning the basics of HTML and CSS. Also Codeacademy offers Java Script, Ruby on Rails, Python, and Command line (Completed!) tutorials.
  • Reading on cyber-security and IT topics.
  • Applying at University of the People for their Associates in Computer Science. A great way to get some low cost training, have structure, and hopefully build a portfolio.
  • Looking to connect with people on similar interests.

In any event, I plan to be busy in my transition from property management to technology. Also, I think my blog posts will be evolving and reflect my developing interest in technology and computers.

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Solution Path

Its funny, how sometimes we are stuck on a problem that seems insurmountable, the answer is apparent after we take a break from it.

For example, I am working on learning HTML and CSS and was stuck on a part of the tutorial. I put the problem down, went to work and about my day. Coming back to the problem 12 hours later, the answer jumped right out at me! Problem solved. Bring on the next one.

Putting down the problem and walking away can be the path to the solution.

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Staying? Going?

October 13, 2014 Leave a comment

It is time to go or at least it feels like it. It can be hard to know when to leave a situation. Of course there are obvious times and conditions. However, often it is less obvious and less clear cut. Obvious equals an easy choice, less obvious equals a more complex choice. Unfortunately obvious is often subjective and particular to a person. Certainly it is more difficult when there are internal difference versus external differences-different sides of the same coin. Examples of external differences are pay, benefits, working conditions, and so on. Whereas internal differences are value differences, changing interests and goals, lack of intellectual stimulation.

Perhaps above all, a few simple questions are required.

  1. Is this where I want to be?
  2. If not, where do I want to be?
  3. How do I get there? Steps?

Wisdom may not come in making the right or wrong choice, but simply in making a choice.

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I Remembered…..

….my WordPress user name and password. OK, guilty, auto entry did the heavy lifting. However, I did remember I had an account and that occasionally I like to write.

Since my last entry I have completed my MS Degree in Performance and Training and Development from Northern Michigan University (NMU). It is a very good feeling to have all requirements completed and projects approved.

Currently,I am working on getting enrolled locally to take courses in computer science and programming. I have been interested in this area for sometime and am excited about the possibilities. For instructional design and performance improvement it will give me a distinguishable set of skills and as well as the chance to pursue new opportunities in different areas.

Excited and ready to embark on this re-boot.

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SAMR Model

February 17, 2014 Leave a comment

Yesterday in my internet travels, I discovered the SAMR model. The Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition Model provides a framework to view how computer technology might impact teaching and learning.

Substitution refers to using computer technology to do the same task as was done prior to its use. For example simply putting recording a training lecture and putting online.

Augmentation refers to using technology to perform common tasks, such as taking the quiz online. Typically will augment non computer technology in teaching and learning.

Modification Represents a step toward greater, more inclusive use of computer technology. Common learning and teaching tasks are accomplished through the use of technology.

Redefinition entails using technology to do tasks that were previously not possible. For example creating a classroom video to post on youtube.com

On a continuum, the model shows the level of computer technology in learning and teaching.

My takeaways from the model are:

  1. It provides an easy useful framework to categorizing learning and training
  2. Modification and Redefinition might allow for deeper learner participation
  3. In general it does not seem dissonant with adult learning theory
  4. M and R will probably increase learner’s acquisition and application of material
  5. Shifts towards M and R will require the teacher/facilitator to have technology skills (basic programming, multimedia, strong understanding of programs online, etc). Technology oriented skills.
  6. M and R integration assume learner’s have some basic computer skills (word processing, web searching, emails, message boards/forums, attachments).
  7. Applicable to online learning/eLearning. I would guess that a considerable amount of eLearning content falls into the S or A categories.
  8. M and R have some power to reshape learning, design, and user experience. S and A will always be around, likely necessary, and are more or less useful.
  9. Highly applicable to training and development.
  10. Useful in areas outside of learning and teaching such as innovation, technology, management, etc.

As I reflect on the model, I’m sure I will see other ways it can be used.

Additional information on the model can be found  at http://www.schrockguide.net/samr.html  or http://www.hippasus.com/rrpweblog/

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