Posts for Tag: analog

what’s the reward?

Love the sentiment behind this poster. 

The reward is the process. 

Years ago, when I was learning printing techniques, one of my professors told me to "trust the process." 

Pretty sure there are some analogies to teaching and learning in the digital classroom in both of those statements about the process. 

*image & print by analog research lab

Did you know facebook has a print shop? What started in Palo Alto as a space for artists and employees to practice analog print and design has grown to other facebook outposts. This picture is from a recent pop-up MakerSpace in Dublin, Ireland. 


Got outside my comfort zone and decided to participate in #sketchcue (even though I will not be attending CUE18 in Palm Springs). 

And, I’ve challenged myself even further by attempting the 50 sketches all in analog. Kinda wishing I would have accepted the blog365 challenge, but I don’t want to peak too soon. 

Day 1: arrows 

Day 2: banners 

paperless world

The digital world promised the end to reams and reams of paper. At least, that's what I recall reading years ago. In my undergraduate work, I recall reading an article about the benefits to a paperless world. 

  1. less clutter
  2. cost savings
  3. management efficiencies 
  4. reduced physical space/storage required 
  5. better for the environment

I'm sure that list mentioned numerous other advantages. But, that article was published in the early 1990s. It is now 2018 and the need for paper has not waned. 

I attended a staff meeting earlier today at one of the elementary sites I service. Like other sites, and other staff meetings earlier in the school year, there was a discussion about the amount of paper being used. Specifically, the staff was asked to conserve paper when possible. 

The paper budget seems to go a bit over the line item every year around this time. And, it's been that way since I started teaching in 2003. Even with the addition of thousands of Chromebooks, iPads, and BYOD, the need for paper has not faded. 

I read an interesting article over the weekend. Maybe that's why the idea of a paperless world was stuck in my head. I know...confirmation bias is real. But, I really like this quote about paper and innovation. Seems like for all our tech innovations, paper has still managed to keep one step ahead of the digital world.   

How did paper get here? Where does it go next? For that matter, why is paper – which does its job perfectly well – compelled to keep innovating?

by David J Unger


Gearing up for 2018. I love the speed and the creativity inherent in the digital classroom, but I am always aware that there is power in all things analog.  

Digital for storage and quickness. Analog for fatness and warmth.

—Adrian Belew

*my calendar/journal for 2018. 

People are so into digital recording now they forgot how easy analog recording can be.

—Dave Grohl 


I’ve been thinking a lot about workflow lately. As a TOSA for seven schools, there is a lot to manage: 

  • f2f meetings 
  • in-class demo lessons
  • lesson strategies 
  • site PD sessions 
  • weekly updates with IT
  • school events/assemblies 
  • PTO meetings

Managing these things within a digital calendar seems like it should be easy, right? At least, it should be efficient. However, I keep going back to my analog calendar method. 

This past trimester, I tried to use only digital calendars for managing my work. I really tried to abstain from using an analog method. 

Change your workflow—change your life. 

Only, the Trimester is over. And, now I find that I gravitate back to my pocket notebook when it comes to managing my time. Scheduling can still be done on my Google calendar, but paper just seems easier to manage. 

As much as I love technology, I still need my paper. So, the questions I’ve been asking myself lately: where’s the value in continuing to use a digital calendar, and does using an analog calendar make me a hypocrite?