Monthly Archives: November 2008
This young lad seems to be getting a lot of attention today. Even though I’ve never met him he seems to embody a lot of what I say on this blog about tech savvy teens.
Ok, I’m biased with the Limerick connection, and I wonder about 14 year olds reading Stephen Hawking.
On the other hand, he’s got his own, blog, own domain name, records/mixes and uploads vids of himself and his drum-playing on youtube, knows how to migrate through email accounts, knows what CSS is, buys himself an iphone (mega sympathies on the theft, hope whoever nicked it feels guilty everytime s/he uses it).
And he’s got a whole lot of other extra-curricular stuff going on to – traveling to particpate in debates, the Young Scientist exhibition, appearing on the late late as a guest, writes James Bond short stories, appreciates the brilliance of Amadeus (“an awesome movie”, I couldn’t agree more),
In his own words – “Normal service and all that…”.
I’m in awe. Fair play to ya, man 🙂
Haven’t the foggiest how I stumbled across this but it’s interesting and builds on the recent posts in here.
(the creator, Aurcaen, doesn’t seem to like embeds)
I love the maze example. The typical, expected, tried and tested method of getting through a maze are ditched and instead the as-the-bird-flies method is chosen and why not? After all, where is the rule that says this isn’t allowed? And you get to knock down a few walls on the way!
Do students believe everything they see / read? I’m not convinced it’s as black-and-white as this. I think many do form their own opinions but they might struggle to discuss and critiques them in the depth to which their instructors would like them to.
Where did the syntax for text messaging come from? Who originated it? Something I hadn’t thought about but you must admit it’s a creative solution to the challenge of getting a message across using as few characters as possible and so save some cents.
All in all, the vid points out the fact that students are forging ahead in preparing themselves for their future. We, in education, have a role to play. By not embracing modern technology, innovative communication methods, allowing students to practice the softer skills of negotiation, interactivity, managing company culture, etc, we might be depriving them of something valuable in that future.
IS it scaremongering or should we sit up and listen?
Deloitte loked at over 100 Irish websites and has found many of them to be lacking in adeuate security, leading to possibilities of fraud and identity theft.
- 100 websites is not a lot. How many Irish-based websites are there out there selling products and services. How representative are the choosen 100+ of the entirety?
- Just over half of these 100 had poor encryption for customer payment details. Would the average person recognise poor encryption and decide to take their custom elsewhere? Maybe they would, maybe they wouldn’t.
- 90,000 people in Ireland have fallen victim to identity fraud. Yes, its a high figure, no argument there. How many were repeat cases? How exactly did they happen – customer carelessness or clever stunts by fraudsters?
The lesson – you walk into a shop and it doesnt feel right, would you use your credit card there? Probably not. The same should apply online. As etailers build up a reputation for themselves they attract more and more customers who feel they can be trusted. If you’ve never heard of the organisation, would you want to be their first customer? This is particularly so if their “terms & conditions” are hidden away in some obscure corner of the site and they dont have any obvious security measures in place.
It’s all common sense really, isn’t it?
Or is it a case of common sense not being very common?
Organisational culture is a slippery thing. It consists of unwritten rules and norms that employees have to absorb sub-consciously by osmosis. So how then do you teach it to students? You point them in the direction of Dilbert.
I’ve been a Dilbert fan for many years. Scott Adams seems to have the knack of putting his finger on exactly those little nuggets of wisdom, often politically / socially (and a whole host of otherwise) incorrect, that are not to be found in any textbook.
Take this one on Project Mgt. How many real-world projects does it represent? Is there a better way to get across the fact that project management is all about people management. It gets the point across very fast in a way that both informs and brings a smile.
Dilbert is required reading.
A good friend turned 40 recently and decided to be philosophical about it and adopt the “life begins at 40…” idea. Is she right? Or does it all matter in the slightest, and you’re only as old as you feel? Are you a digital native and clicking buttons before you could hold a pen? Or are you a digital migrant that had to be dragged kicking and screaming into the digital age? Or does it matter a jot?
Here’s something I found on Brazen Careerist. Being who I am I figured I’d give it a shot.
Do you have your own web page? (1 point) Assuming this blog counts that’s 1 point.
Have you made a web page for someone else? (2 points) Actually I have, 3 points.
Do you IM your friends? (1 point) Indeed I do, 4 points
Do you text your friends? (2 points) Uh oh, what’s the difference between texting and IM? I’ll give myself another point, 5 points.
Do you watch videos on YouTube? (1 point) A wonderful means of distraction, education and amusement, 6 points
Do you remix video files from the Internet? (2 points) Nope, this one I don’t do (yet), 6 points
Have you paid for and downloaded music from the Internet? (1 point) Yup, 7 points
Do you know where to download free (illegal) music from the Internet? (2 points) if it wasn’t for my internet-sussed students I’d probably be answering no to this one, 9 points
Do you blog for professional reasons? (1 point) er, um, 9.5 points
Do you blog as a way to keep an online diary? (2 points) 11.5 points
Have you visited MySpace at least five times? (1 point) yes, 12.5 points
Do you communicate with friends on Facebook? (2 points) keeps me sane, 14.5 points
Do you use email to communicate with your parents? (1 point) nope, my folks took 10 years to master the vcr, emailing is just too much when there’s a telephone handy.14.5 points
Did you text to communicate with your parents? (2 points) see last comment, 14.5 points
Do you take photos with your phone? (1 point) I stopped about 2 years ago when the phone software corrupted and swallowed all the pics I had on it, 14.5 points
Do you share your photos from your phone with your friends? (2 points) see last comment, 14.5 points
0-1 point – Baby Boomer
2-6 points – Generation Jones
6- 12 points – Generation X
12 or over – Generation Y
So, I’m a Generation Y. Excuse while I go Google that to see what exactly it is I am……