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I had way, way too much fun (as if there is really such a measurement) with my presentation yesterday for the ITC 2011 conference here in Florida. On the beach. Under the sun.

Maybe it was because this was all brand new material- or just it was because I got to talk about my favorite subject, photography.

I called this “Through The Lens” and you can find the various bits and links and slides and audio at

The things I tried to aim for were some really weak metaphor comparisons between both mechanics of cameras (aperture as being breadth of attention, shutter speed as time spent, iso as sensitivity) and the artistic ends (snapshots versus good photos, cropping, composition) etc and learning. I tossed in the notion of context via reference to the brilliant column by Errol Morris Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire — which sadly, is now tucked safely inide the paywall of the New York Times (may their plan go down in flames, please).

The other side of this was my piece on how on gets better at doing things– you do them. You get to be better at photography by doing the 10,000 hours at at (and no, Gladwell is not the source, only a referrer).

And really, at the end, the slides that only emerged at midnight the night before, is the piece we do not spend a whole of of ed tech attention to- the most powerful force in the learningsphere- motivation. Not posters or incentives- that deep seated drive that makes one want to go beyond average, to become better at X, to figure out what they want to/should learn that they are not aware of now.

I only resorted to one dog photo too, as duly noted by the eloquent EDUHULK

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and this really was merely to present the concept of aperture priority.

Thanks ITC for letting me take the stage to show and talk about the power of photography.

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An early 90s builder of the web and blogging Alan Levine barks at on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person.


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