Teaching to a Screenful of Students

It's different, to say the least. That's me, teaching to a class of 25 students in real-time, using Zoom. Who knew that an old desk could be used as a teaching podium. Today was Day 4. and I've made a tech mistake each of the first four days. Here's a recap of those mistakes: on … Continue reading Teaching to a Screenful of Students

Why Are There Always a Few?

I start teaching my summer course on Tuesday, and I have two sections of 25 students each. I sent the students their first email about the course this past Tuesday, providing them with information on how to register for the online component of the course as well making them aware that they have two assignments … Continue reading Why Are There Always a Few?

If This Is True, Then I Should Be the King of Brainstorming

I've written more than a few posts about some of my embarrassing moments (I have so many to choose from): Lobster Man Strikes Again Another One of Life’s Embarrassing Moments Embarrassing Stories – A Wonderful Way to Get to Know One Another? Another Benefit of Sharing Embarrassing Moments Add One More to Life’s Embarrassing Moments Well, That Was Embarrassing… The … Continue reading If This Is True, Then I Should Be the King of Brainstorming

Music Monday: College Marching Bands – Fails and Perfection

The routines that college marching bands use are often quite intricate, and even the slighest misstep could throw everything off. So it's no surprise that at some point there is going to be a collision of some sort. Here are a few such fails: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpiINv1WeBg   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHHe9grrOCs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlZRlDxJ4t0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1FnHcMDBlU Fortunately, such failures seem to be … Continue reading Music Monday: College Marching Bands – Fails and Perfection

Thank Goodness for Technology, but…

After we had our first videoconference call with a doctor today, it struck me how important a role technology has played in the pandemic. Here is a list of tasks that I used to do in person and then in a blink of an eye they were all being done online: teach go to church … Continue reading Thank Goodness for Technology, but…

Villanova’s Wonderful Virtual Graduation

It was, no doubt, a strange way to end four years of college for this year's graduates. With formal commencement exercises canceled, Villanova put on a virtual graduation ceremony. And it was wonderful. Here are some screenshots of the ceremony which was broadcast live yesterday afternoon. The top photo is of our President, Father Peter … Continue reading Villanova’s Wonderful Virtual Graduation

Thank You, Villanova

It is a challenging time for higher education, with most schools having closed their campuses this Spring and switched to an online teaching format. In addition, many schools have canceled all on-campus events for this summer. And there is tremendous uncertainty as to what will happen come the Fall semester. My employer, Villanova University, has … Continue reading Thank You, Villanova

Well, That Was Humbling…

I generally consider myself relatively tech-savvy; I try to keep up with the latest systems, developments, tools, and gadgets, I try new technologies when they come along, and I feel I pick up new technologies fairly quickly. But as it turns out, when it comes to digital technologies, I'm in the worst stage of competence … Continue reading Well, That Was Humbling…

This Was One of the Coolest Toys I Had as a Kid

This post was inspired by fellow blogger Michael Kuch, who asked his readers today to respond to a series of questions as a way to get to know each other. One of the questions was "Your Favorite Toy as a Child". My kneejerk response was "Matchbox" toy cars, probably influenced by Michael's answer of Hot … Continue reading This Was One of the Coolest Toys I Had as a Kid

Everything in My Life Has Led to This Moment

Steve Jobs famously said in his Stanford graduation speech: "You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let … Continue reading Everything in My Life Has Led to This Moment