A Love Affair With Books

My friends at Joyful Jubilant Learning are in the midst of their 4th annual "A Love Affair With Books" and there are a library full of inspiring and thought provoking books. Some classics, some hot-off-the-press, I've often printed out the list and gone to the bookstore (and I may do the same this year).I was fortunate to be able to review Jeff Jarvis' What … [Read more...]

Lunch n Learn with Kami Huyse

I've been an avid reader of Kami Huyse and Communication Overtones, for a long time. A short time ago, I found The Strategist and Social Media presentation showcased on SlideShare and I've been rerunning it in my mind and on my browser ever since. The Strategist And Social Media TeleseminarView more presentations from Kami Huyse. There are so many good bites in this … [Read more...]

But … That’s What You Get Paid to Do!

When I worked in minor league baseball in the late 80's, an old-time pitching coach and I were staying warm in the Salinas Valley chill in the press box during batting practice. The music was loud, but the coffee was hot. BP was a favorite time of day for me. It was the intermission between my day job of selling (seats, promotions, ads, etc.) and my night job of putting on … [Read more...]

ConverSnaps #3 – The Art of Conversation

Conversation is a misplaced art. Many think that the online conversphere is part of what's killing it (I am not one of those). Some think that listening is the key (I am one of those). This morning, Ginger Johnson and I discussed some of these in our weekly Tuesday morning BlogTalkRadio show. In an oddity of definition, our old 1828 Webster's Dictionary defines … [Read more...]

Co-Working Townhall Meeting at Impromptu Studios (3/25)

Many know that when I'm in town, I'm often officing at Panera U in West Des Moines. It's one of the best co-working spots in the area.  Another fast-growing and forward-thinking spot is Impromptu Studios in Downtown Des Moines, right off MLK (map).On Thursday night (3/25) at 7 PM, there will be a "townhall" meeting for those looking for more info on the co-working … [Read more...]

My Online Magazine Rack: MyAlltop.com

I've been watching and using Alltop.com in some fashion since it's release, I really didn't become a huge fan until just recently with the release of MyAlltop.com I've just begun putting my feeds together at http://my.alltop.com/mikesansoneI'm hoping that I can soon organize them in a different way and maybe even grab the OPML or RSS for my individual … [Read more...]

Times, They are Changing. So are the Tools — Free

It's been an amazingly busy week. But that's fine with me. I didn't see the episode of 24 on television this week. Of course, the same will hold true next week.  I've cancelled my cable.  I now watch what I want, when I want on services like Hulu. FreeI wasn't able to watch any of the selections on Sunday. But I caught up with my morning issue of … [Read more...]

Slide: It’s About the Talk, Not the Tech

Tools change, human nature -- not so much. We are societal beings. We long for connection. Tools come and go. Remember the rotary dial phone?  The telegram? The tools we use today will change and improve -- in order that we can make more and deeper connections with others. It's about the talk, not the tech. Make Connections. Photo on Flickr by … [Read more...]

Attending both ASCD and SXSW conferences – Virtually

I'm sad to say I won't be in person at either the ASCD or SXSW conferences this year due to scheduling conflicts. However, I'm excited that I will be able to glean some knowledge from those sharing their experiences at each event.Twitter Search - by using hashtags in front of ASCD09 or SXSW09 (and just in case, ASCD and SXSW),  I can subscribe to the RSS feed … [Read more...]

Sixth Sense: One Reason Every Student Will have a Cell Phone soon.

This is an amazing showcase of a tool I hope will soon be available. The possibilities of use (learning, traveling, shopping, real-time research) are endless really. Watch the TED video on the Sixth Sense (I so want one!): Yet another reason we must: Teach Digitally Literacy in classrooms and boardrooms Learn to use Google as a "find" engine rather than a … [Read more...]