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  • Paul Hurst 9:47 am on October 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , ceo, , died, email, illness, , , , , obituary, , praise, stanford, statement, , steven, technology, thought   

    The technology world is remembering the life of… 

    The technology world is remembering the life of one of it’s giants today.  Steve Jobs, former CEO of Apple Inc. has died at the age of fifty-six.

    Renowned for his ruthless and unwavering determination, Jobs had been battling through ill health since 2003 but in true typical fashion, he worked on, only stepping down as boss on the 24th August this year.

    I only dealt with Steve Jobs once.  Soon after the launch of the iPad,  I emailed him to say how happy I was with the product and how useful it was with my day to day work.  Steve Jobs was well known for replying (albeit briefly) to emails that were sent to his work address.  On this occasion, I didn’t expect a reply given that no question had been asked or suggestion made.  As it turned out, I did receive a very public reply as a few weeks later, Steve quoted some sections of my email during his TV interview at the ‘All Thing Digital’ event.

    Steve’s comments reminded me that it’s often important to give positive feedback, we’re quite used to complaining but it’s equally important to make sure we don’t let moments of thanks or praise pass by too.  Often a little ‘thank-you’ or ‘well done’ give us all a better perspective on both successful and unsuccessful endeavours that we find ourselves dealing with day by day.  The Bible says ‘Don’t grow weary of doing good’ (Gal 6:9), and no matter how successful or confident we are, we can all lose sight of what we may be achieving from time to time, thats where some simple reassurances can make a big difference.

    Steve Jobs also had quite a shrewd and philosophical view of life, and death.  In 2005, during his Stanford Commencement Speech, Jobs addressed his own mortality.

    “No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

    Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

    Steve clearly lived by this principle, today he gains a degree of immortality with what he leaves behind. We all do well to remember that his life is one lived and used to the fullest.

     
  • Paul Hurst 10:41 am on May 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bebo, education, , learning, , new, podcasting, radio, schools, , technology,   

    Social Media and Schools 

    Just delivered a presentation to students and staff from Accrington Academy.  Its focus was the use of mobile technology within the classroom and an ever increasing aspect of this centers around the use of Social Media and Networking applications too.

    It’s well known that a large percentage of users for the social networking websites are still at school.  Bebo and Myspace are now giving way to Facebook which offers us an insight into how young people communicate and want to stay in touch.  It also shows how young people choose to consume information when presented with a variety of options but could these technologies be used in a productive way to alter how people learn and interact with their schools?

    I have been involved in promoting radio as an educational resource for a number of years.  Its immediacy and hands-on development make it ideal as an engaging way of allowing students of all ages to research, develop and deliver content which has a purpose not just for an audience but the production team behind it.  These podcasts are now delivered in classrooms alongside more traditional methods of learning and its a similar approach to new flexible technologies which will only grow in importance during the coming months and years.

    Over the next few weeks, I’m going to blog about the ways in which I’m using new media and new technology.  Breaking it out of ICT lessons and effecting how young people are learning new things by using new technolgies.

     
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