Two thoughts.

I was reading my rss feeds and came across two articles that caused me to reflection on technology education. The first article was about technology literacy, the second focused on the why of things. Consider the following two points:

1. ) “Before you can master a device, program or invention, it will be superseded; you will always be a beginner. Get good at it.”

I agree – we should all be fundamentally technologically literate, in doing so, we will be able to adapt and adopt, not just adopt.

2.) There are teachers, and there are those who teach. Teachers are those with a position that requires them to teach. Whereas those who teach, are those who understand what learning is all about, are willing to be a learner, willing to stretch themselves beyond the need to disseminate information, and rather reach out and lift up others for the betterment of souls and society. (That’s my thought, which resulted from reading the article).

BYU and the Honor Code: What a great deal!

The other day as I walked across campus I was overcome with a feeling of gratitude for BYU. BYU is an amazing institution. It is consistently ranked as one of the top universities in the nation – and is well known and respected around the world. Consider the following stats aggregated from College News and Ranking (and a few other places):

For 2010, the U.S. News & World Report ranked BYU as #71 in the country overall.[43] The Princeton Review has ranked BYU the best value for college in 2007,[44] and its library is consistently ranked in the nation’s top ten—#1 in 2004 and #4 in 2007.[45] BYU is also ranked #19 in the U.S. News and World Report’s “Great Schools, Great Prices” lineup, and #12 in lowest student-incurred debt.[46] Due in part to the school’s emphasis on undergraduate research, BYU is ranked #10 nationally for the number of students who go on to earn PhDs, #1 nationally for students who go on to dental school, #6 nationally for students who go on to law school, and #10 nationally for students who go on to medical school.[47] BYU is designated as a research university with high research activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.[48] In 2009, the university’s Marriott School of Management received a #5 ranking by BusinessWeek for its undergraduate programs,[49] and its MBA program was ranked by several sources: #22 ranking by BusinessWeek,[49] #16 by Forbes,[50] and #29 by U.S. News & World Report.[51] Among regional schools the program was ranked #1 by The Wall Street Journal’s most recent ranking (2007);[52] and among business schools worldwide the MBA program was ranked #92 for 2009 by Financial Times.[53] For 2009, the university’s School of Accountancy, which is housed within the Marriott School, received two #3 rankings for its undergraduate program—one by Public Accounting Report and the other by U.S. News & World Report.[54][55] The same two reporting agencies also ranked the school’s MAcc program #3 and #8 in the nation, respectively.

Also, considering BYU’s average tuition is only: $4420 as of 2010 (side note: look at the image below and imagine “trying to stay out of debt” while having to pay an annual tuition of $30,000. I think that’s the reason BYU is ranked as the best valued college in the U.S.. Not only is it significantly less expensive, but it’s academics are top rated. Dare I say, BYU is more than the “best bang for the buck”). Considering this, we as a student body and faculty should express our gratitude for all the saints (and for the church as a whole) for the amount of money that is consecrated to allow us the great opportunity to be here. Hmm… so how do we do that?

As I continued my walk across campus while I was enjoying these sentiments of gratitude, I was also taken back by the lack of respect for the honor code. (For those who are not aware, BYU has an honor code which highlights and supports principals and practices of the LDS church, i.e., wearing modest clothing, abstaining from alcohol and drugs, etc.). The lack of respect I saw came in the form of simple observations having to do with dress and conduct. I am not sure why some students do not take the honor code seriously. I suppose it has something to do with not fully understanding what it means to sign a contract (as this is what BYU students do when they select and are accepted at BYU) to support the honor code. Or perhaps it has to do with an inability to see how the honor code really can bless them (ex., by helping them learn and practice a behavior that will help them be successful in career, marriage, and family).

Not only do I feel saddened by the lack of commitment and respect I have observed some BYU students (and faculty) having for the honor code, but I feel a lack of commitment to and support of the honor code disrespects and takes advantage of all those who have consecrated monies and resources for such a great institution. It is an honor to be a BYU. Perhaps remembering that it is an honor to be here might help us better appreciate and support the honor code?! Finally, I would argue that supporting the honor code is perhaps one of the best ways to show gratitude to BYU, and to all those who have consecrated much to provide us the opportunity to be here.

Brochure Design Inspiration

Brochure design can be mundanely boring, however, it can also be exciting – if you allow your creative juices to flow. That being said, sometimes getting your creative juices to flow you need a little inspiration. Here are a series of brochure designs that might provide that innovative spark you need (note: just bc brochures are traditionally done as gate and z folds, you don’t have to do that. Also, keep in mind the need to express ideas in a clear communicative way. Form over function doesn’t always ring true. Instructional design is a key element of any good design.)




Blogging

I recently read an article regarding microblogging (and blogging in general) that made me think of all the time spent reading and writing on the web. Consider this quote pulled from the site:

It makes me feel like everything I’ve posted over the past four years on Twitter, Jaiku, Friendfeed, Plurk, Pownce, and, yes, Google Buzz, has been an immense waste of time. I was shouting into a vast echo chamber where no one could hear me because they were too busy shouting themselves. All this time I’ve been pumping content into the void like some chatterbox Onan. How humiliating. How demoralizing.

I wonder how much time is lost and or wasted composing and or reading online content. Consider the following: a man or woman returns home after running errands, or from work, etc. The first thing he or she does is rush to their computer to quickly check email and or blog updates. Or how about this example, again a man or woman stays up late reading and writing on the web. So, here’s the question, is the time being well spent? You might answer, “Well, it depends on what is being read, written, etc..” I’d argue, it doesn’t depend on what is being read or written, but rather what is being passed up. For example, if in rushing in the house the man or woman doesn’t take the time to appreciate their home, children, loved ones, take a breath of fresh air, etc., then their digital addiction has become, as stated above, humiliating, and rather demoralizing. Again, as in the second example, if the man or woman is spending time on-line reading blogs, composing blogs, watching videos, etc. rather than reading books to their children, taking care of home improvements, studying literature, actually socially interacting with loved ones (not digital social interaction), then he/she should feel humiliated at forgetting the essence of truly living – interacting with reality, not digi-ality. (Note: this was posted by a Technologist).

Photography and Offset Printing (Lithography)

Since we are starting photography today, I thought I would share a “photography something” Steve (your classmate) shared with me from his RSS feeds. For those who enjoy the surf, these are pretty inspiring. Also, remember when you have questions or need a little photography inspiration, check out the class delicious.

*The following photo’s were taken by Clark Little.

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Also, this was shared with me by one of your classmates, Amy, and although a little “mushy” it’s well done.

Jana + Billy : Engagement from Ryan Southwell on Vimeo.

Also, here is a video I would highly recommend watching regarding OffSet Lithographic printing:

GPS

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Here are some of the things you should know about GPS technology:

What is GPS?
How does it work?
What are the limitations?
When was it developed?
What is geocaching?
What is AGPS?
What is D(Differentiated)GPS?
How does cell phone GPS work?

Speaking of cell phones… here are somethings you should know about cellular technology:

How do cell phones work?
What is the history of cell phones?
Are cell phones truly digital, or are they analog?
What’s the deal with who has the best coverage, and why?
How is data transferred on a cell phone?
What are “cell sites?”
What is “handoff?”
What’s the difference between SMS and MMS – and how do they work? Are they worth what they cost?
What’s the difference between CDMA and GSM?
What’s the difference between 3G and 4G?
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