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Technology is Wonderful–When It Works!

I just spent close to two hours trying to participate in the online session on WikiBooks. It was an exercise in frustration! I was trying to listen and interact on my way home from school, since I’m three hours earlier in Reno than it is in Bloomington. I was using my Kindle Fire on a MiFi (and later on broadband at Starbucks and at home), since my preferred tablet, the iPad, is a nonstarter due to inability to use Adobe Flash, necessary for Breeze. The Fire accommodates Flash, but today it would not stay connected very well. As long as I didn’t try to interact online, i.e., type or respond to surveys, it stayed up passably well, but it died almost every time I tried to do anything beyond passively monitoring the conversation. It worked somewhat better a couple of weeks ago, so I’m not sure if the connection today was more tenuous, or if something else was going on. Anyway, I guess tablets (at least mine) are not yet ready for primetime. Too bad, since even my laptop is more than I want to deal with in the car (with someone else driving, of course). I suppose my options are to stay at work to participate in weekday sessions, break out the laptop in the car and at Starbucks (the Fire repeatedly lost the connection there on AT&T broadband and at home on my cable broadband too, not just on the MiFi), or opt out of the live sessions and go for the “Memorex.” Happily, the sessions are recorded, so I can go back and review what I missed. SIGH!

BTW, I wasn’t being rude, Cyndi. I did try to respond to your greeting, but the connection died every time I attempted to respond.

Well, I know I must get busy with the postings for the class, and those are coming. It’s been a busy couple of weeks. But…NO EXCUSES!


Great Class–Summaries Done (For Now)

It was a good day.  I finished up my week two summary and got it posted–later than I had planned, but it’s done!  After being the “summarizer” for the first two weeks of the class, I’ve only got week five left to summarize.

I’ve still got a lot to learn about OnCourse, the Indiana University course management system.  I posted my week two summary, but it lost all its formatting, including bolding, italics, and hyperlinks when I pasted my MSWord document into the forum window.  I went back into the forum and added a post with the MSWord document attached.  All my original formatting is there.

I really am enjoying the class and the readings are very interesting.  I was very glad that the class was allowed to go on. Thanks, Dr. Frick!  Ever since I read Dr. Bonk’s book,  The World is Open:  How Web Technology  Is Revolutionizing Education last spring and found out he taught a class on it, I had wanted to be involved.  It’s great!

Now that report cards are out and MAP testing is over at school, and my first two weeks of summaries are done, I will be more faithful about posting here and replying to the posts, summaries, and emails of my classmates.

By the way, Ruth is my wife of over 37 years.  She’s a veteran teacher who taught all over the world during my  military career.

Please check back regularly.  It’s late in Reno, almost 11PM, but even later (almost 2AM) in Bloomington!  I must go to bed!


Changed It!

The theme “Dark Wood” was too–dark!  This one seems more–me!


I’m Mike Keesling, a school administrator and teacher in Nevada and I’ve begun this blog in partial fulfillment of a requirement for my Indiana University R685 class, The World is Open with Web Technology.  Teaching is a second career for me; my first was as a United States Air Force Officer.  I will be updating this blog frequently, so please check back often for updates.

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