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Great Teacher’s Conference Keynote

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On 11/10/18 at 8:55am, I attended the Great Teacher’s Conference Opening Keynote at the Rizzo Center in Chapel Hill, NC presented by Wake Technical Community College

Great Teacher’s Conference Keynote

3rd annual Kelly markson, caralyn house, meghan macintyre, alison consol,  lead coordinator from RTP Campus.

After a short Intro with our group facilitators and team members, we began the discovery process. We paired up with one another based on our years of experience. We began by creating a line with members at one end (half a year) and in the other end with the longest teachers (27.5 years!). We then paired up. Rather than folding the line in half, in a method similar to DNA replication, the line split and moved in opposite directions around the room, meeting again on the far side of the room. Both halves of the line met in a handshake, reconnecting to learn about one another. My partner was Mark DeCain.


Mark DeCain, Assistant Professor at Wake Technical Community College
Mark DeCain

After getting to know one another, we then had to introduce each other in a fashion similar to a tweet format in 160 characters.

Mark has my same birthday. His tweet intro was “Tinkerer, Father, Insatiably Curious.” My introduction was “Father, Standard Nerd, No Hobbies”. We later Learned that our partners would then be our lunch dates.

 

We are a very diverse group on individuals, and have a lot to learn about one another over the next two days. We were encouraged to turn off and put away our cell phones, and to visit the reading library at the back of the classroom. We were also further encouraged to take notes between sessions in addition to the materials in session.

Learn from one another.

We’ll have a final examination at the end, and we’ll want to jot down “which things make a great teacher” so you can use that to complete your final exam

Great Teachers

David Godfrey started in the 1970. He did not know how to teach effectively and he has built a program like this to learn more. It is all over the nation, and has been adapted to an international movement. The Council of Excellence was charged by Bryan Ryan to “increase excellence” at the college. The Great Teachers Conference was an existing item that they visited in 2016 and found how excellent the idea was. This is the third annual seminar, and is funded moving forward for several years. This “energizes faculty” as noted by dr. Gayle Green.

Teaching is difficult and you’ll only learn as set of working best practices from one another. This conference is for teachers only, those down in the trenches. Experts are not invited. They are not welcome here. The keynote today is not a single idea. The power is in diversity. We’ll be kicking around outside of our departments. We have Professional Development to learn different ideas, but we can use this opportunity to get to know a larger more diverse group of people within the school, and get to know them better.

You Are Encouraged To Write Thank You Letters.

While we are here, we have been encouraged to think deeply about our situation, our performance in the classroom, what we’ve learned while we’re here, and what we’ll be able to bring back to the classroom. We are also encouraged- if we feel the spirit- to write letters if we like it. It can be forwarded on, compiled, etc. to the powers that be which make this a reality. They appreciate the feedback and this really keeps the conference going.

Less is more.

The following was given to us from Jason Whitehead

“There is no pre-planned agenda. It is made as simple as possible so that we can have a flowing agenda. There is no “this is what you need” keynote. It has to be uncovered as you go. We’ll let you know where to go and what you’ll do. Food is here, rooms are here. How can we teach a little bit made well? If we all increase a small amount each week, we’ll do better.

“This seminar is about you, and every one of us has their own flavors. Pick and choose. Today we’ll share our innovations, lunch will follow at 11:30 in Debose Hall, and then back here at 12:30pm. Tonight we’ll be working on tricks of the trade, but for now, lets live in the moment.

We come from different parts of the college, but we can share ideas, stealing like a ninja. Adjust ideas to share in your class. There is NO need for humble apologies. We’ll run in 10 minute increments, so be ready to talk and listen.”

 

Our Commandments:

  • Thou shalt provide equal time- if you drone on, shut up. You can always continue conversations with others. Talk often, but do not dominate.
  • No whining, griping, or telling war stories. Whining is complaining, griping is when two people are complaining together. War Stories are told trying to outdo one another.
  • Thou shalt mutually enforce these commandments. We police ourselves. Don’t take things personally.

Closing

Remember, this conference is about you. Our facilitators will be doing the listening and not talking. You cannot listen and talk at the same time. They are listening, teachers should be talking and discussing. Don’t engage the facilitators, focus on the groups and group members.

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Opening Keynote: Enter The Mesh

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At 9:00am on 10/22/2018, I attended the Opening Keynote session: Enter The Mesh, presented by Burr Sutter of Red Hat, at the All Things Open Conference at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, NC

Opening Keynote: Enter The Mesh

As before, Burr remains one of the fastest-talking-Hawaiian-Alabamian I’ve seen.  While I”m not terribly familiar with this software, I deeply appreciated his approach. Using his background to discuss his journey through open source as one similar to a martial arts movie, Burr moved us through a series of skill challenges, areas of growth and training, and mastery techniques required to excel. Using a close understanding of self-discovery, challenges followed by growth and training, he slowly built from an allegory of a talented and motivated individual growing into a seasoned professional into a short training sequeway. From the segueway, he rolled into specifics with Qpid dispatch, Amazon Web Services, and github.com

Service Mesh is also translated as a “service grid” as an infrastructure layer for inter-service communication. Buyanant CEO Willian Morgan explains what Service Mesh is in his article WHAT’S A Service Mesh? AND WHY DO I NEED ONE? Why cloud native applications require Service Mesh.

Below is an explanation of Willian Morgan ‘s Service Mesh.

It’s responsible for the reliable delivery of requests through the complex topology of services that comprise a modern, cloud native application. In practice, the Service Mesh is typically implemented as An array of lightweight network proxies that are deployed alongside application code, without the application needing to be aware.

Service Mesh Features

Service Mesh has the following characteristics:

  • Intermediate layer of inter-application communication
  • Lightweight network proxy
  • Application non-aware
  • Decoupling application retry/timeout, monitoring, tracing, and service discovery

Currently, two popular Service Mesh open source softwares, Istio and Linkerd , can be integrated directly into kubernetes, of which Linkerd has become a member of CNCF.

Understanding Service Mesh

If you use a sentence to explain what Service Mesh is, you can compare it to TCP/IP between applications or microservices, responsible for network calls, current limiting, fuses, and monitoring between services. For writing applications, there is usually no need to care about the TCP/IP layer (such as RESTful applications over the HTTP protocol), and the same use of Service Mesh does not require things between services that were originally implemented through applications or other frameworks. For example, Spring Cloud, OSS, just give it to Service Mesh.

Phil Calçado explains in detail the ins and outs of Service Mesh in his blog, Pattern: Service Mesh :

  1. Connect directly from the most primitive hosts using a network cable
  2. The emergence of the network layer
  3. Control flow integrated into the application
  4. Decompose the control flow outside the application
  5. Integrated service discovery and circuit breakers in the application
  6. There are packages/libraries dedicated to service discovery and circuit breakers, such as Twitter’s Finagle and Facebook’s Proxygen , which are still integrated inside the application.
  7. Open source software for service discovery and circuit breakers such as Netflix OSS , Airbnb’s synapse and nerve
  8. Finally appeared as the middle layer Service Mesh of the microservice

The architecture of Service Mesh is shown below:

Service Mesh runs as a sidecar, transparent to the application, and traffic between all applications passes through it, so control of application traffic can be implemented in the service mesh.

How does Service Mesh work?

Let’s take Linkerd as an example to explain how Service Mesh works. Another implementation principle of Istio as Service Mesh is basically similar to that of linkerd. Subsequent articles will explain how Istio and Linkerd work in kubernetes.

  1. Linkerd routes the service request to the destination address, and determines whether it is a service in the production environment, the test environment, or the staging environment according to the parameters in it (the service may be deployed in these three environments at the same time), is it routed to the local environment or the public cloud environment? All of these routing information can be dynamically configured, either globally or individually.
  2. When Linkerd confirms the destination address, it sends traffic to the corresponding service discovery endpoint, which is the service in kubernetes, and then the service forwards the service to the backend instance.
  3. Linkerd selects the fastest-responsive instance of all instances of the application based on the delay in which it observed the most recent request.
  4. Linkerd sends the request to the instance, recording both the response type and the delayed data.
  5. If the instance hangs, does not respond, or the process does not work, Linkerd will send the request to another instance and try again.
  6. If the instance continues to return error, Linkerd will remove the instance from the load balancing pool and periodically retry later.
  7. If the requested deadline has passed, Linkerd actively fails the request instead of trying to add the load again.
  8. Linkerd captures all aspects of the above behavior in the form of metric and distributed traces that are sent to the centralized metric system.

Why use Service Mesh?

Service Mesh didn’t bring us new features. It was used to solve problems that other tools have solved, but this time it was implemented in Cloud Native’s kubernetes environment.

In the traditional MVC three-tier web application architecture, the communication between services is not complicated, and it can be managed within the application itself. However, in the case of today’s complex large websites, the single application is decomposed into many micros. Services, service dependencies and communication are complex, with the “Fat Client” libraries like Finagle developed by Twitter , Hystrix by Netflix, and Stubby by Google. These are the early Service Mesh, but they are all suitable for specific The environment and the specific development language are not supported as platform-level Service Mesh.

Under the Cloud Native architecture, the use of containers gives more possibilities for heterogeneous applications, and the kubernetes enhanced applications have the ability to scale horizontally, allowing users to quickly compile applications with complex environments and complex dependencies, while developers Focus on program development without undue attention to the cumbersome things of application monitoring, scalability, service discovery, and distributed tracking, giving developers more creativity.

 

  

Additional Backup Slides To Keep Us Motivated

    

deck available  bit.ly/ato2018

 

Excellence In Higher Education Virtual Conference Opening Keynote: The Velocity of Education Technology – The Only Constant is You

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On 9/24/18 at 10am, I attended the Excellence In Higher Education Virtual Conference Opening Keynote: The Velocity of Education Technology – The Only Constant is You presented by Barbara Waxer.

Excellence In Higher Education Virtual Conference Opening Keynote: The Velocity of Education Technology – The Only Constant is You

The keynote opened with some nice reminders, a generous greeting to us all, and a note about the presenters, including Wake Technical Community College as well as several other prestigious colleges and universities.

Workloads for most faculty are overloads. Many see themselves as Triathletes. What do you think is heaviest burden: learning tools, teaching, research, learning? etc. I felt that the curriculum development, research, and service aspects were the most difficult. I know the materials well, and learning the tools is easy enough. Don’t cave. In the world of faculty development, the success rate depends of faculty which regularly participate in faculty development. It is pedagogy unbound, and it is really neither a requirement or a free decision. Teaching and learning are integrated. Teaching and learning aren’t going away. It is transformative. It empowers students and individualized learning. here is also success. What is the success metric? Especially for higher education. It seems as though it is increasing resources for teacher training. One hallmark is having mentors and trainers available to invest in your instructors. from 2013-2018, there are tons of increases in 1-minute activities. So how many daily video views each day? 22 billion. 75% of workers in large businesses interact with video 3+ times per day. Think in the politics of reality. In the end it doesn’t matter what we see, because the content creators see something different: money. Maybe we approach new tech with the wrong questions. How can I do what I already do with this? Here we have the information music. Sousa hated new things and music in players. He could never conceptualize non-live music. Edison was very insistent that DC current would be the best. Steve Ballmer pushed out the iphone, and we know how that went. So how do most people see new technology? Most people saw this as a mixed bag in the chat. From here, we moved in to the world of AR,VR, and MR. We see augmented reality, Virtual Reality, mixed reality. AR is interesting, and has some adjustments, but we see a lot of people using. VR is tough and its been around for quite some time. Mixed Reality should be next, but it will certainly be intersting to see this happening. How will we see students doing homework using MR? We already see the statcast technology in baseball, in the olympics, etc. the essence of doppler radar + high-end optics used in baseball. Doppler tracks at 200,000 frames per seconds. If this is happening in the commercial world, how will this work in the education world? I suppose it will depend on the knowledge society you use. How can we begin to manage the network? Many of us began with chain or pyramid groups for knowledge gain and understanding. That has all gone out the window now. We have data moving to info, knowledge, and wisdom. When we talk about AR and VR, we have to give props and knowledge to medical who’ve gone to the next level with those They’re using this technology in current medical school to show how the body is working. This is not a television show, but AR display. Its a far easier way to get to know the body and organs, and we like much more knowledgeable doctors, don’t we? They’re using it in NZ to show fire safety accellerants in action So, how might it work in an online environment? How might something like this work in your school? NIST uses it as a fire safety approach. It really is overwhelming. What are the factors that really allow instructors to make that shift? Can it be more than an entire overhaul? Can we add a more contextual experience Have you ever been an online student? Only two 4’s were in the entire goup. The metric gives us a flavor to see what the trend is. Those who take online training tend to take it again.

Let’s talk millenials.

AI Art is rising. There were some examples of chAIr, and others but not that great.

Blockchain, however is big business.

Welcome to blockchain. Blockchain is an online storage system- a distributed ledger which is supposedly hack-proof. It may be the way for ledgers and ownership moving forward. Even in New Mexico, Central New Mexico Community College will all be blockchain digital assets moving forward. Extended reality When you are immersed in MR for so long, that you have behaviors which are populating the virtual world. We’ll have the metaverse. What could that possibly be like? We still have the accent from the analog environment. Critical Thinking is still a big part of our classrooms. Often, we start with a simple question: How do we know that? Top 10 Skills for learning in 2020. In this list, how much will be driven by technology and how much by us? Which number are critical in your classroom. Who’s developing all these skills in 2020? One of the top thinkers and influencers are saying YES, games and tech are fun, but the moral and ethical comes from the instructors questions: how can we use those to solve bigger problems like security, hunger, poverty, inequality. Maya angelou quote was well placed here, I felt:   As teachers, the biggest lessons we seem to learn are those taught to us by our students. We see our actions, but it is their reactions which show us the room for improvement and increased understanding.  
Barbara WaxerBarbara Waxer thrives when developing best practices for users and creators of digital content and is a dedicated Creative Commons maven. She is currently a tech writer at Sandia National Laboratories and an adjunct instructor in the Media Arts Department at Santa Fe Community College. She has authored over two dozen textbooks and eLearning products on copyright, online media, and Adobe and Microsoft software. Her text Internet Surf and Turf: The Essential Guide to Copyright, Fair Use, and Finding Media, won the TEXTY Textbook Excellence Award and the New England Book Show Award. For that book, Barbara wrangled University of New Mexico School of Law Professor Marsha Baum as her subject matter expert and Master of the Pun partner. Barbara Waxer has an MA in Computer Resources and Information Management from Webster University, a BA in Chinese from Michigan State University and a Mandarin Language Certificate from National Taiwan Normal University. A native Detroiter, she lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Opening Keynote: Bring In The Cavalry: Design in Open Source

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At 9:45am on 10/28/2017, I attended the 1-day Opening Keynote session: Bring In The Cavalry: Design in Open Source, presented by Una Kravets of the Bustle Digital Group, at the All Things Open Coference at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, NC

Opening Keynote: Bring In The Cavalry: Design in Open Source

How  important is design in open source

How  important is design in open source? Its a good question since many people seem focused on the creation and updating of the service. The users in many cases are not involved with simple concerns such as “Does it work”, they often wonder if it works as well as it can, whether it is intuitive, or whether it can be done simply and effectivley.

So how do general populations feel?

  • 69% design is key
  • 27% a little could be nice
  • 4% meh. Just has to work.

How many people at this opening keynote of 2,000 people were paid to design the look and feel of end-user materials? Only 2 people in the room were paid to design the look and feel. There were no full time independent designers.

This is a 2-part problem.

  1. Many people have an outdated problem with what design and development is.
  2. People are unaware of how to meld and create a time when open source develpers can be designers.

Design is mathematical and measureable. Design systems drive growth, it is not a silver bullet solution.

Gain Inspiration (specifically the ideas of empathising with users, understand their uses and methods, observe their current uses as well as what they are looking for, consider things from their Point Of View), define the problem(s), ideate on workable solutions, prototype and create working versions (paper form, drawings, wireframes,models), and then test these, knowing it may require adjustments and changes in an Agile methodology.

Every employee in an example she showed had a 3 month training in the product lifecycle system— specifically how to inject design into every step of the process to improve the product or item.

 

What Does This Mean For Us?

In the opensource community, we work mainly on the last 2 steps—prototyping and testing. But, when you do not take or promote time for the first three steps, you limit the creative scope of what can be done and improved up.

Design systems are a clear and consistent way to make an item more performance-based, more streamlined, cheaper, easier to understand and connect with. reduce problems, errors, and miscommunications.

 

Design Defends the user

Designers see how we can be inclusive and give them the best uses possible. FIrst, ensuring accessibility. Begin with accessibility, documentation, ease of use. how easy is it to get started? How easy to build upon once started? How easy is the documentation to get started anyway?

 

Design Is What Drives Adoption

design drives adoption and increases use. The iPhone is a more popular interface for users. While it is more expensive, less effective, etc. However, the experience is almost always a more smooth and easier approach. Because more people feel that the iPhone is a more user-friendly experience, it is an industry standard even though the Android items are cheaper, have more usability available, and are available for user adjustments.

Sass is another easy way to process. It is the most popular because it conforms to people’s needs. You can write an existing css file with SASS mixed in so that you didn’t have to rewrite. Design is not visual, its how your product works. Its experience.

Design is delightlful

It helps us, Learn more about it at:

We Need Design

It is use, workflow, from every angle it is about the user. Its psychological, mathematical, silly and fun. We need more designers. If you’re one, we need you.

We need to bring in the cavalry.

while you may think its you, its not just you’ ideate, bring in the process. be open, welcoming, and understand their experience is different than yours. Designing opensource is a chicken egg problem. It the design not here because the developers run the show, or do the developers run the show because not enough design was brought to bear.

We can bring in more, teach each other and make a more diverse community available.

NDLW Closing Keynote: Planning Course Modules: Integrating Backwards Design

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At 12:00pm On 11/11/16 I attended the NDLW Closing Keynote: Planning Course Modules: Integrating Backwards Design presented by Dr. Ryan Rucker at the 2016 USCA NDLW Virtual Conference.

NDLW Closing Keynote: Planning Course Modules: Integrating Backwards Design

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In the closing keynote to this successful online conference, Dr. Ryan Rucker returned with another fine presentation. In his discussion he outlined a path to planning your course modules using a reversed series of approaches in order to ensure that all materials and methods would meet the needs of your school as well as those of your team. The slides here were a little hard to follow, but the presentation itself was very good.

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Devising a plan to build a quality driven course can be a daunting task. Should you as a teacher begin with learning objectives, lectures, readings, assignments, assessments, etc.? Its a difficult question, and everyone has their own preferred methods. Dr. Rucker went on to explain that one of the best resources to help aid in this process is the use of an instructional designer. Some issues arise when the instructional designer tries to re-integrate the curriculum without being an expert. This causes friction, and it is not normally expressed until the pressure cooker is ready to explode or already has.

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Many instructional designers choose to implement a model called backwards design. This model was explained and iterated upon in the Keynote. For some teachers, I could see how this could help them to properly plan each course module/week in your online course. As our courses are already built and updated regularly, this material is somewhat old hat.

Marsha Mills and Tyler Dockery already covered this extensively when building out the new portfolio class. Beginning with the end goal in mind, we simply worked backwards. I thought this was a good resource for some teachers, but I think in terms of necessities, I guess we’re already ahead of the curve on this.