Friday, January 21, 2011
Zoho and SlideSix came to pass. My Digital Portfolio is contained on Google Sites and I used the HTML tool to embed several artifacts for easy viewing. I have a come a long way from the early days and fumbling with online word processing applications.
Dell.Com and keep saving it, they give-up and send you a coupon. I received one from Dell for 45% off and I used other e-coupons to knock the price down even further. And since I'm handing-out free advice, get a surge protector with battery backup!
Well, the MEIT Program to date can not be covered in a single blog. I am pleased with my Digital Portfolio and it will provide a more exhaustive and detailed redux of each course. But now I must look forward and plan a culminating project which challenges and extends my learning.
I spent a half day at Operation FreshStart and enjoyed meeting the counselors and teachers. Sadly, their needs are more basic and technology skills are not on the critical path. Still, I met new people and look forward to volunteering time to help them with at-risk youth. I thought about my fallback position for work with the Hoofer Sailing Club. But, where is the challenge since I already created a wiki for them last summer? I decided that I need to truly challenge myself by building a Web-site from scratch.
Engineering and Architecture:
Frank Lloyd Wright was a visionary architect who tipped the world on its side with buildings that defied established norms and heightened the felt experience of enveloped space. Wright, to this day, is seen as a great architect but what is seldom understood is that he had a firm grasp of engineering materials. Cantilevering, as seen in Falling Water, and the open space of the Johnson Wax Headquarters were all made possible by technological advances in building materials. Wright understood the technological limits and pushed his creations to the edge. By the same token, I need to understand the engineering that goes into Web-site creation so that I employ and extend the technology to its greatest use.
Rounding-out my technology tools:
Adobe Dreamweaver using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) along with tools such as Photoshop and Flash are widely used by site developers. The Adobe Suite of products has great market penetration in business and education and many organizations rely solely on the Adobe tools. Working with them will help me see new possibilities for extending their use in education. I have been spoiled with all of the free Web 2.0 applications but I am leery of their sustainability in the long run. To be quite 'frank', the business models rely on advertisers and the gleaning of marketing information and this is of great concern for many organizations. If it seems too good to be true, then what is the catch going to be?
Students, employers and even myself will benefit as I acquire the skills which permit me to design and develop educational experiences that are not tied to applications which may or may not be available from one year to the next. So, excuse me while I roll-up my sleeves and get to work building a Web-site. The first one may not be a work of architecture, but even Frank Lloyd Wright had to start somewhere.