Duration 00:15:13 Recorded on July 03, 2007
In this show, Susan and Dan are thinking about vacations and take on the theme of technology and leisure. They look at travel, connectivity and learning.
Susan and Dan are thinking about vacations and take on the theme of technology and leisure. They look at travel, connectivity and learning.
Technology and travel: Mapquest, searching accommodations, making reservations, flight arrangements, and so on. Susan tried to book a cruise online and had to call to talk to a customer service representative. Reviews of other people are helpful, comparing prices.
GPS systems in cars or handheld models. Susan's story of camping brother-in-law and his gadgets. When you go on vacation, do you stay connected? Dan considers whether he'll take the laptop. Dan's research: 26% of Americans still check into work when on vacation. Comparison of UK and American colleagues and the differences in how they handle vacations.
Susan goes technology-free for 3 weeks in August. She goes to a place with NO connectivity.
But she picks her campgrounds based on wifi, but that's because she's still teaching online.
Dan says 14% of workers who don't check in still feel guilty. They discuss setting up realistic expectations for students and faculty and the importance of having backup plans. This transitions to Fun Fridays, Susan's kids' project online. They are blogging about their Friday experiences. Interestingly, they were not interested in podcasting.
Technology and entertainment: Dan recently went to Disneyland, to the Small World exhibit. The moving puppets are dated technologically. How do they compare to virtual reality experiences? What would children say? How do 'edutainment' places keep up with rapidly changing technology? Susan suggests we all step back and enjoy what leisure time we have and asks listeners to share their plans and technology gadgets for travel.
The LT Green Room is a podcast for Renewal, Retooling and Conversations about Learning. It is co-hosted by Susan Manning and Dan Balzer and its show topics are often drawn from members of LearningTimes.org, a free online community of education and training professionals from across the globe. The LT Green Room gives listeners (and ourselves) an opportunity to reflect on what they're doing behind the scene that results in an effective learning experience.