Monday, January 15, 2007

Old ladies pass up bingo for cell phones....

My friend, Michelle Miller has this post on her blog from yesterday.

WonderBranding: Marketing to Women: The First Wave of Boomer Tech?

Essentially, it serves to remind us that females over 40 are one of our fastest growing groups of tech users, whether we are talking cell phones, PDAs or computers.  If you are one of these folks or if you are planning to teach to this group, you have chosen a great group to serve.  Not to demean other groups, but it's been my personal opinion that this category of users seem to relish the learning more than some other groups.  That is not to say that others don't enjoy learning but this collective shouts it from the rooftops when they finally "get it".

My Mom, who will be 80 on her next birthday, has already called me this morning to tell me how much she enjoyed using my brother's laptop (he was visiting her this weekend).  Her only complaint was that she has not yet learned the knack of using a scroll pad instead of a mouse.  From my background, I know there are work-arounds for that.  What did she like best....the portability of the computer games she likes to play.....who'd a think it.

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Sunday, January 14, 2007


So, the new year begins. It's already January 15, and aside from several things I worked on during the holidays, it's time to get the machinery cranked back up and working. I am now hosting the RebuildingIndianola blog on my own server, and I have upgraded nearly everything at Elderville (still need to manually upgrade the WordPress blog...maybe I'll get to that soon), most of the videos have been moved over to GoogleVideo, the new Brannan & Brannan Wind Farm is coming together nicely, and BranninniGlassWerx is...well, slow right now...too much to do.

The family is all healthy, and I am still positioned somewhere between my Mom and lots of grand kids and great grand kids in this generational sandwich.

I'm taking a semester out of school this spring (Master of Educational Technology at University of Texas at Brownsville), so I can devote some energy to Knowplace. Knowplace will host the Knowtips Conference and the Canadian MoodleMoot this spring as well as be co-host for the WiAOC (Webheads in Action On-line Convergence), so I felt a need to focus on areas other than my formal studies.

I'm also signed up for a couple of the EVOnline sessions that start today. In fact, that was part of the reason for this post. Toward the end of last year I created a short "Self-Introduction" video that I thought I would display here instead of writing a long drawn-out discourse on who I am for each learning session or training I sign up for. Now I can just refer folks to this post and you can get to know me without having to re-write my bio each time I take a new class.

And with that, Ill post the video and sign out of this post. I'll be putting additional work related post here in the coming days, so put me on your social network.

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Friday, December 15, 2006

Taming a Glass Tiger

An educational video of me creating a blown glass piece created from glass murrinni.

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