Booked Until Mid January …

Though good literature is timeless and much nonfiction is time-dependent, it would appear that my backlog of pleasure reading is in need of more time than the hour or so I devote to reading before falling […]


I can be amazingly productive and creative when I have protected time and when I disconnect from the computer! Surrounding oneself with bright, playful younger team members in Dr. Simpson’s Neighborhood can result in major learning […]

Applying Modern Workplace Learning Lessons

Throughout my almost four decades of teaching I have tried to build bridges. Bridges across the Kindergarten to Higher Education divide. Bridges among different global communities. Bridges between academic and corporate cultures. I’m now in the 2nd […]

What are you reading today? What have you learned today? (Part 1)

I’m proctoring my first two exams of the academic year (Statistics and Experimental Design) so I have a protected five hour block for reading and for writing. I’ll have another such window of opportunity while my wife is […]

My Top Learning Tools (2016)

I’ve successfully loaded the Sierra OS upgrade to my Macs and determined which of my apps still:) work. It’s time to cast my ballot in Jane Hart’s 10th international survey about favorite learning tools. You can find […]


  It’s the first week of a new semester and I’m preparing for my PSY303 Experimental Social Psychology class.  I’ve written extensively in the past about teaching such a course. As I wind down (or wind up), […]

What are YOUR favorite technology learning tools?

What are your favorite technology learning tools? Now (until September 23) is a good time to send your recommendations to Jane Hart (see this link) as she for the 10th year finishes compiling recommendations made by […]

And So It Begins….

I usually arrive on campus to an empty parking lot. Today was no exception despite the road construction, school buses, and famous Waukesha trains. The construction workers are already hard at work completing the new science […]

Defining, Refining, and Protecting the Carroll Experience

In some ways I wish that my retired colleagues had been present at the September 1, 2016  College of Arts and Sciences Strategic Planning Retreat. I’ve always felt that emeritus faculty (and alumni) are neglected resources […]

Welcome Back into My Life, Carroll!

I’m sitting in my office going through the usual re-entry rituals at the beginning of my almost 39th year of teaching here. My friend and colleague, Phil Krejcarek teasingly reminded me yesterday that he started a […]

Rediscovering Apps Buried on My Laptop

In preparation for contributing my suggestions to Jane Hart for her “Top 100 Tools for Learning” list  I am systematically examining (and in many cases rediscovering:)) apps on my MacBook Pro.  Jane will be organizing her report into […]

Musings about the Teaching of Statistics: The Best of Curious David

Below is a first draft outline of an ebook I am contemplating writing. I share it at this time welcoming feedback. I shall use this draft as part as a review for my PSY205 students. Here is a brief […]

Reflections on Writing Books With Carroll Undergraduates

One of my (many) failings as a professor has been underestimating what my students can do if sufficiently motivated, provided with a strong foundation of learning and skill sets, and given the time and resources to […]

Opening Pandora’s Box

I’m glancing at a research article “The Pandora Effect: The Power and Peril of Curiosity” by Christopher K. Hsee and Bowen Ruan recently published in the journal Psychological Science. Since my Oberlin undergraduate days I’ve been […]

Exceeding my Expectations: My Students Explore Book Writing

Throughout the 2015-2016 school year, we four undergraduate research assistants in “Dr. Simpson’s Neighborhood” have been familiarizing ourselves with several different learning tools described on Jane Hart’s Top 100 Learning Tools List. As we read about and played with […]

Reconnecting with Carroll Alumni Using LinkedIn Premium

While my undergraduate research students have independently of me been working hard on their ebook project (which they hope to share with me next week), I have been investing some time (and money) exploring different WordPress […]

Revisiting My Tool Box Tool by Tool: Take 5

Twitter: I often learn about a new technology learning tool here through selectively identifying “thought leaders.” I try to reciprocate with something that they might find of interest (@professorDavidS). YouTube: Sometimes I use this tool for […]

Dogs have often proven to be among my best teachers…

Today I am “dog-tired”—it was a three dog night yesterday as we celebrated a birthday with dear friends. Several summers ago I was humbled at how much I have yet to learn about teaching and about learning. A friend […]

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Yes, David: Reading Aloud

  I rediscovered the joys of reading aloud over the Christmas holidays when one of my Grandnieces, Annie, excitedly brought me her “No, David!” book and we giggled and squealed together at David’s “naughtiness.” I have fond memories […]

Thank You, Global Educators, for Your Impact

  A provocative blog piece by Luis Miguel Miñarro, an educator in La Mancha, Spain… We had “interacted” in prior years when he shared with me how he used Animoto  to make a Carnival 2014 video. Now we interact on Linked-in […]

Using Internet Tools to Maximize My Effectiveness Inside and Outside the Classroom

Earlier this morning I had a team meeting with two of my student research assistants before leaving for an off-campus meeting with my Schneider Consulting business partners, Jane and Greg Schneider. I gave these two student assistants […]

Heartfelt thanks to all my teachers I have never personally met—and one in particular

Winding up; winding down. As I shoveled cleaned out  organized books, folders, software, and files in my office today I came across materials from the First-Year Seminar “Pioneering Web 2.0 Learning Tools” I taught to 25 […]

On “Flow,” “Presence,” “Self-Actualization” and Constructive Mania

  I seem to be having an unusually productive day today. I am in a state of “Flow, “Presence,—self-actualization? I seem to be fully charged even though Leo the Great and I went outside at 2:00 a.m. […]

Curious David Revisits His Global Outreach Attempts

It’s past time for a more systematic global outreach by me and my students. Today I met briefly with some visitors from China. I wished them a Happy New Year of the Monkey. Then I began […]

Rediscovering VoiceThread

    I continue to be alerted to so many good ideas via my the personal learning resources on my twitter feed. Today I was reminded of the valuable potential of a learning tool I abandoned  and  hadn’t […]

Teaching Tools: SPSS, InStat, StarQuiz, Camtasia, and Research Randomizer.

  I am moving towards requiring that all my students demonstrate to me minimal mastery of the use of the technology-based teaching and learning tools I introduce into the classroom (e.g. Quizlet,  Starquiz). My esteemed student […]

15 Minutes in My Digital Life As a Professor

I’ve been so busy lately that yesterday I almost didn’t have time to change out of my academic regalia before beginning my PSY205 Statistics and Experimental Design course. Thanks to Jenny Percy for capturing this “precious moment”. My social […]

A Student-Generated WordPress Tutorial for My Carroll Students

Recently there has been a campus-wide discussion about the need to include writing experiences across the curriculum and across a student’s learning years here. I’ve become a strong believer in giving students opportunities to use blogging […]

Changes: How much tinkering should one do with a course that seems to work well?

Carroll has become a special place to me. I have been influenced greatly by its students, faculty, staff, administration, and alumni. By its traditions, theater productions and its music. There are lots of changes these days […]

Winding Up—Winding Down

With baseball season approaching (and a vague but definite retirement date in sight of no later than May, 2019), it is time to focus on accomplishing a number of things in the near future. One goal […]

What Do my Students Do in My Absence (Part 2): Lizzy and Tia’s Take on Voila

Voila is a great screen casting software that can be downloaded on your iMac, iPhone, and iPad. Since Evernote is getting rid of the software, Skitch, this new feature was created in place of it with […]

What do my research students do in my absence? Exploring Camtasia

Despite the semester only being a month old, I have been unusually busy with other Carroll matters at times when I ordinarily would be working side-by-side with my research assistants. Fortunately, they are reliable, competent, and […]

A Student’s Guide to Arianna’s Experience

We are currently examining different content curation services as to their strengths, weaknesses, ease of use, and usefulness to students. A very good guide to content curation developed by others can be found here: is […]

What Good Books Have You Read This Year?

“What good books have you read this year?” recently asked my former student and fellow bibliophile, Susan Gusho recently on FaceBook. Susan, who like so many former students, continues to influence me in what I read […]

Why Twitter is Rising in Importance in My Personal Learning Program

It’s my research day. I just helped Leo the Great Pyr onto his Central Bark Doggie Day Care bus and had a team meeting with Lizzy and Alison, two of my student research assistants. Before I gave […]

Banishing Computer Clutter (Part 1)

I am about to go through all the different applications that I have on this Mac and attempt to winnow them. Then, I need to do the same for all my other machines. Yes, I have done this […]

Revisiting Mac Dictation Software — and Giving Thanks for Friendships

Across the years I have tried dictation software with mixed results. Oddly enough I was testing this kind of teaching/learning tool  (but in the company of a different dog) six years ago on this date! Here are […]

Revisiting Curation Software: A Student Guide to the Basics of

Dog tired as I try to bring the semester to a soft landing, I rely more and more on my student assistants to provide support in my research efforts. I invited student research assistants Alison and […]

Leveraging My Technology Learning Tools

I am sandwiching in (actually eating donuts!) some brief writing time between my two labs for Statistics and Experimental Design (PSY205). The students seem to have indeed come in prepared, having looked at the screen cast […]

“Don’t be who ISIS wants you to be”: Bloggers on Paris and Beirut

Others can better express these things than I. Hence, the repost of these important ideas: Bloggers in France, Lebanon, and beyond share their stories, analyses, and art after a week of violence. Source: “Don’t be who […]

A Student Guide to EverNote’s Skitch Feature

A new learning tool that Dr. Simpson introduced us to recently is Skitch. From what we have discovered so exploring the capabilities of this app it is very useful for easily creating visual aids. You can take a screenshot or upload […]

Glassy-Eyed from Bombardment by Buzzwords

Just finished reading an eclectic, creative book from the Bloombury Literary Studies  “Object Lessons” series by colleague John Garrison about Glass. I always enjoy reading things written by individuals who write better than I, see things which I […]

What Technology Learning Tools Should an Undergraduate Know? Alison Explores LinkedIn

Rapidly growing and expanding, LinkedIn is a social network for professional collaboration that facilitates connecting with classmates, faculty, and colleagues. Users create an online profile and can provide as much information about themselves as they see pertinent. To this profile, […]

Controlling my APPetite…

  Too many APPS. Too little time to master them. I’ve struggled with this issue before. Here (read me) and here and here and here:). I decided to consult with some members of what Howard Gardiner […]