Posts Tagged ‘Bamboo Tablet

27
Aug
09

First Week of School

Emergency Brain Dump:

So I’m back to school again, taking and teaching classes.  I’m a little sad that this will probably be my last year of college for awhile (but not THAT sad… lol).  If anybody who checks this out isn’t aware, I’m hoping to finish my Master’s talk in September, which means I could graduate in December.  Depending on the job market though, I may stick around for the Spring semester also.

This semester, I’m teaching MA 111, Contemporary Mathematics.  Today we learned about preference ballots and preference schedules by filling out ballots ranking ice cream flavors, sports, reading materials, etc. and then grouping up to tabulate the results in a preference table.  I haven’t had that much fun in a class in quite awhile!  Especially since I managed to forget the scissors and got to watch my students try to tear their ballots apart.  =)  So I think this class will be a really fun one to teach, but I’m also a little unnerved.  I have spent the last several semesters teaching a heavily coordinated course, and now there are almost no preset expectations (other than having an exam here and there).  Who knew freedom could be so daunting?  If anyone has any good voting theory resources, I’d love to see them.

As for my classes, I listened to some sage advice from my Math & Tech cult leader, and I’m taking a couple of Stats classes.  I haven’t taken any of these since community college – so it’s a bit of an adventure.  One of them is even a huge lecture class… my biggest class the past two years has been 15 people!  Anyhow, I’m pretty excited about these classes, just because I think I’m ready for a bit of a change of pace from the usual grad math classes.  Who knows, maybe I’ll change my major and stick around for another decade?!?!  (Just kidding, Mom!)

I’ve also started using Microsoft OneNote (comes with Office 2007) and my Wacom Bamboo USB Tablet to take my lecture notes in class.  It’s working really well so far, though I’m having a bit of trouble getting the “Tags” function to tag and highlight exactly what I want.  But my handwriting is getting better on the tablet, and I’m thrilled that I can drag things from the internet (like syllabi and powerpoints from my teachers’ websites) into OneNote and then write all over them.  It also has the best auto save I’ve ever seen!

And as a general interest aside – I aparently have a giant head.  I knew it was on the big side, but it didn’t feel truly giant until I tried to order a roller derby helmet… I think someone should do a study of the average head size of American adults, so I can know if my cranium is really catastrophically huge (or if they just make helmets smallish).

Brain Dump Complete.