As a writer and a consultant, my weekends are often an extension of my regular weekday life. I do tend to use technology more for my obsession with genealogy and for working with digital images and for getting caught up with the happenings of family and friends.
This weekend, I spoke briefly at my monthly genealogy meeting with a young journalist who came to interview and take photos of our "Show and Tell" event where people in our group, show us family artifacts and photographs of genealogy or family history significance. He took a photo of me with my 2nd great grandmother's writing desk (circa 1861) and the scans of her photograph and of her mother who gave her the desk. Ladies then, managed the correspondence of the family and of the local society in which they lived. Today, we write emails and blog to keep in touch and contribute to society. Is there a difference?
After that I attended a graduation party and talked to two college professors about my experiences in distance learning. They teach face-to-face and still can't imagine teaching a distance class and I can't imagine not doing this! I felt very "emerging-technologist"
Today, I am going to work with FotoTagger, which is a personal free tool for management of digital photos which (like Flickr) uses tags to annotate posted photos. Alex Masycheff, product manager of FotoTagger for Cogitum, LC contacted me about this product. The company Web site says that "The employees in the firm are highly qualified specialists and managers, who have considerable experience in the field of information technologies, including software development." Our assignment for the next week of class is to consider new ways educators need to prepare students for the future, so my investigation of this emerging technology fits nicely within those guidelines.
I'd like to have a robot-maid to do the laundry, clean the house and cook the meals? If the Jetsons could have this, why can't I? Well, I don't, so its off to do some of those tasks.