Author Archives: David Beaty

Final Project – Zen Facelift for One of Our Digital Citizenship Bootcamp Presentations

This course reinforced for me the importance of visual literacy for our students as well as the importance of making visually appealing presentations. I thought for this final project I would transform a previously text-based presentation that was collectively designed … Continue reading

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The new Twitter profile page

  Have you seen the new Twitter profile layout? It looks to me like the people at Twitter have stepped things up in the visual department. They’ve moved up from the older, more text-based profiles to a “big broad image” … Continue reading

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Finding the best tools – Infographic edition

I was in charge of making a poster for our AES Minicourse trip last year. The first thing I did was to visit the minicourse office. The trip coordinator had told us that there were images in her office that … Continue reading

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Dying for Better Presentations

It was a large ballroom. Men were in suits, women in business blazers. Big wine glasses filled with sparkling water. Smaller wine glasses filled with actual wine. Starched white table cloths. Fresh cut flowers on the table. It was a … Continue reading

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Vine is the new Kudzo

(the above is a Vine from Tide that was used during the 2014 Superbowl as a competitor to traditional advertising) If you have ever been to the southern United States you know what Kudzu is. Originally from Asia, the creeping … Continue reading

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The www.aes.ac.in overhaul

The web moves fast, very fast. Websites that were fresh a few years ago now look like they are from the ’90s. (in case you were not sure, in web years that is around the time the pyramids where built) … Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing, Dengue and Design Thinking

Part 1: The Need In 2010 our family moved to India. We had lived in another developing country previously (Kenya) and so it did not seem like much of a stretch. After 6 years in Qatar we were ready for … Continue reading

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It’s not just for the students and teachers: Another perspective on privacy

A colleague of mine recently sent me a link about a Common Sense Media statement about the weak state of data privacy in schools. The main idea behind the statement (summarized here by NPR) is that schools are doing a … Continue reading

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The Power of the Link

The year was 1998. It was my first year in Kenya and I was teaching 7th grade science, HS Physical Science, Auto Mechanics and Computer Applications. I was also working on the tech team. We had a dial-up connection to … Continue reading

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Flappy Bird and hard work

Surely you’ve seen the new number on app, “Flappy Bird”. It’s rise to number one has taken 6 months, and for good reason: it’s hard. VERY hard. It’s that difficulty that makes it so fascinating to me that it has … Continue reading

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