Discover Your Inner Geek!

Podcasting & Video

This GEEK stuff has really got my attention now. I came back from the video session yesterday and told everyone I could, with confidence, that two years down the line SGS will be using this technology to deliver a broad range of service to grad students and administrators alike – and the best part of it is that I get to be involved up to my ears.

Cheryl give me my GEEK diploma right now – cause I have seen the light.

I went through the podcast material rather quickly. Some of it was way too much text. Should have been in audio and I could have listened to it. However I have down loaded my personal kit on podcasting because even though we here at SGS are a year or two away from putting up our own podcasts – Audacity was just what I was looking for – for some personal applications. But hey – call it off-the-job training.

VIDEO week was a real eye opener too. A Vision of Student Life was quite rivetting example of what can be done relatively low tech. I passed it on and in return was directed to videos shot on people’s cell phones (I have to upgrade my cell now)

That’s when I saw the light. I realized that I didn’t have to have tons of expensive audio tech gear, or have to know everything, let alone do everything. Its already happening and I’m waking up on how to tap into it – or at least to start looking.

Perhaps someone can clear up a question I have though. Why is it that I could view A Vision of Students Today but was blocked from viewing the Class of 2008? When I try to run that video a pop up appears that certain plug-ins are blocked and I’m blocked from manually installing — as far as I know at least. HELP?????

Podcasts and audiobooks on my Itouch

When I first got my Itouch I wanted to try all kinds of things to see what I could do with that wonderful little piece of technology. I downloaded apps and read my email on a screen that was in reality much too small for me to read anything!

Then I discovered podcasts on itunes. Because I am cheap, I wanted some free ones to try out. So, I downloaded a series of interviews of Eckhart Tolle and listened to them on my daily Go train ride. The train and the other people faded away and it was just the voice – in this case a very quiet, peaceful voice. It was, for me, very impactful. I moved on to audio books for my train commutes. Although I’d get easily distracted reading a book, listening to a book was quite absorbing.

So I think for the right topic and circumstances audio learning can be quite effective, or at least it was for me. As long as the topic is something I am interested in and it holds my attention, I don’t need to see the speaker or pictures. In a way, it’s like the art of storytelling. If the storyteller is really good, listeners are mesmerized.