September 14, 2011, 3:00 pm
What we do and don’t recall easily is a funny thing. I’ve learned a lot of helpful information, science and teaching-wise, at the conferences I’ve attended, but some sticks in my mind without the help of notes and some doesn’t.
One bit of information I recall most readily is a handy tip I learned from attending GradSTEP (Graduate Student Teaching Event for Professional Development) at Vanderbilt University, literally days after I defended my Ph.D. During one of the sessions, a panelist, very new to the professoriate herself, mentioned that immediately after each class, before she does anything else or even touches her computer, she takes a large 5×8″ sticky note and writes down what did or didn’t work well in that class period. She sticks that to her papers from the class and then uses that note the next time she teaches the course to improve her teaching.
May 5, 2011, 8:00 am
Every now and again, you discover something really useful, quite by accident. That happened to me recently. I was browsing the web, and found something I needed to print out, but the site in question wasn’t particularly printer-friendly.
That didn’t pose any particular problem; getting rid of on-screen clutter, whether for reading or printing purposes, is why I installed Readability, after all.
It was what happened after I loaded the site in Readability that was interesting. The site wasn’t Zotero-compatible before. After I loaded it in Readability, it was.
February 24, 2011, 11:00 am
We’re surrounded by cables, cords and wires. Right now on the desk in front of me I can see seven cables without even bothering to look behind my computer. And many of these cords I take with me wherever I go: USB cables, cell chargers, and headphones (two pairs, in fact). And the only thing worse than carrying all these wires all the time is carrying tangled wires all the time.
Luckily a few years ago I came across a simple way of wrapping cords that leaves them tangle-free. It requires no twist-ties or velcro straps, and it works with all sorts of short wires and cables. And it leaves them neat and portable. I call this method the devil horns technique, because you make a mano cornuto gesture with one hand while you butterfly wrap the cord around your index finger and pinkie with your other hand. I’ve never found a good video demonstration of this wrapping technique, so I’ve created…