I truly believe that tomorrow is built on todays education. If that is the case, open education is more important then ever before with the current state of the world. Sound education is one of the greatest gifts that a person can give or receive. The possibilities for giving that gift are ever increasing as technology becomes more accessible to the world. The thing that really excites me about open education is the idea that anyone can contribute, make a difference, and learn, if they but have the desire.
Education is intimately intertwined into every aspect of everyone’s life. The more I learn about open education the more I “geek out” about it. The concept of learning through service to others would have revolutionized my elementary education experience as it is now thrusting my learning forward and my thirst to learn and share deeper.
I would be honored and ecstatic to be able to attend the Open Education Conference for 2009 in Vancouver. I will bring excitement and enthusiasm for open education, plenty of questions, and an unquenchable desire to learn and contribute. I have been working with a professor at Brigham Young University Idaho on some testing ideas to make tests a better feedback tool for the student and the teacher. Also, throughout my higher education experience I have been frustrated with the use of technology in learning. This frustration comes both from forced web technology use that distracts from real learning and the disregard of web tools that could revolutionize outcomes of students learning and experience. I think the hardest thing is getting others to realize the potential of open education. Once that is understood and the fire is lit, the rest will happen naturally. I look forward to learning more about what I can do to make the world and my university a better place and how I can spread the fire for open education.
For over a year now I have had the idea and the desire of creating a website reviewing website designs and their usability to help improve my own understanding of good design and usability practices. I could have just done it on my own and written it down in a notebook but that’s nearly as fun as creating a site and sharing my thoughts and findings with others. I am currently a student at BYU – Idaho and I just switched my major from Business Management to Computer Information Technology and I have loved every minute of it since.
I am sure that there will be those who agree with my opinions and those who don’t and I am excited about that. This site is all about learning and improving design and usability and I look forward to everyone’s feedback and participation.
I don’t claim to be a design or usability expert by any means. If you don’t agree with what I say then speak up and let me know and lets learn together. The only content on this blog I claim to be my own are the written rewiews unless otherwise noted in the post. All other content such as this gallery WordPress theme, designs of sites reviewed, etc. are not my work but the work of others and all copyrights are retained by their respective creators/owners. Above all, if there are any problems with copyright infringement or you have questions regarding any content on this site please contact me.
Special thanks to
Chris Wallace – Awesome designer and WordPress Guru who made this theme available for free use
Eleven2 – Best web hosting I have used yet and the guys running the place rock!
My wife for encouraging me to do what I love to do… and bring home the bacon. ; )
1. Open “Disk Utility”
Open the Mac OS X utility called “Disk Utility”. It can be found in the “Applications” folder and inside the “Utilities” folder. Or… be cool and use spotlight to open the application.
2. Click “New Image”
3. Name .dmg, image, and set options
- Size: Size of image
- Format: How the image file is constructed (The default will meet most needs)
- Encryption: No need for this if you are creating the image to burn to a disk
- Partitions: Ditto
- Image Format: read/write disk image will meet most needs
4. Click create and find your creation
5. Open image and drag and drop your files into it
6. Eject image once you are done filling
7. Now the .dmg can be burned to a disk or you can just keep it. Double click the .dmg to mount the image.
Creating a .dmg image file from a disk is easy and useful if you would like to make copies or backups of a disk in Mac OS X.
1. Insert Disk into drive
2. Open “Disk Utility” application
3. Select Disk to image and click “New Image”
4. Name file and select location to save
5. All done! Now you can go register for MacWorld Expo or WWDC. ; )