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Robert Talbert
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Attended Dickson County High School
Lives in Allendale, MI
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Have to get my groove on to grade all these final timed assessments. 
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I get the sense around the twitterverse that many of my ed-tech friends are excited about this online freshman academy program. But I'm left with more questions than anything: What's the instructional model? How will students learn how to construct their own knowledge? How will they be assessed on what they've learned? Will this model make a dent in first-year retention issues? I thought we learned from the MOOC-mania of 2012 that it's not enough just to take a traditional educational model and put it online. So I'll reserve judgment until we have the details.
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I'll be interested to see how other schools view these courses. For instance, could a student complete these Freshman year course at ASU and then fully transfer the to the University of Arizona? That would be telling if so. 
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Adding Tasks will save you time

The average tasks takes: 33 seconds x 30 tasks = 990 seconds = 16 minutes and 30 seconds of your day spent administrating tasks.
#productivity   #taskmanagement   #todoist  
In the long run… Adding tasks will save you time… here’s why…
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+Alice Keeler has an amazing knack for using Google products to do mind-blowingly useful things you had no idea you could do. Like doing an "OK Google" voice search from an empty Chrome tab.  
If you are using Google Chrome you can go into your settings and turn on voice searching. I love this feature because it makes it easy for myself and my students to search for answers in the moment...
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I use the voice "search" on my Android phone mainly to add tasks to +Todoist using voice-to-text. I'm wondering if the voice search in Chrome could be made to do the same thing. 
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This is neat, but if you're a student, why not just spend $50 more and get a full-on Chromebook that doesn't require finding a TV and keyboard to use? Still, I could totally see buying one of these to use at home on our big TV with the kids. 
 
Google's Chromebit could be a gamechanger for the classroom.
Meet the Chromebit: A full-fledged computer that looks like a glorified USB drive
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"If you are a professor with access to SMC..."
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Hi, I have a student who is wanting to plot a partially ordered set. It has 66 nodes in it, and so far it looks like what you see below -- obviously he wants to spread it out so the nodes and directed edges are more visible. I'm not sure how to do that. Any thoughts from the group?  
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The figsize option should help here. Also, I recommend drawing all posets using dot2tex and tikz (which can be automated from Sage but requires the dot2tex optional spkg).
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Pretty inspiring. Makes me wonder how to replicate this ethos in my own classes. 
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I had the privilege of attending MIT. The hacker ethos is absolute truth. I learned far more, and far more practical things, from my peers than from the professors. Of course, the professors set us up with that opportunity, but we took things far beyond their initial efforts. We reached the point where we could invent the questions unaided. That is the ultimate victory for an educational institution.

Other institutions are not like that. I've been involved with several other fine universities and they do not compare. Where else can you install and program a Tetris game using office lights in windows on the side of a school building without getting arrested, much less complimented? For the same reason, MIT has nothing to fear from MOOCs. In fact MIT is pioneering online courses with Open CourseWare. No mere courses can capture the true experience of an MIT education.

In some years, I teach an advanced algebra class for first year students, and I do succeed in making them learn from peers and ask questions on their own. But I can't really take credit for that, since the students in that class are spectacular (top 2% of scorers in the Canada-wide pre-college high school math contest). In teaching, as in many other phenomena, initial conditions are everything. 
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I love my Aeropress: Simple design, environmentally friendly, travel-ready, and once you experiment with it for a while you can make consistently great coffee anywhere there is hot water. 
Coffee aficionados say the simple, syringe-like device makes exceptional espresso and allows for countless variations on the perfect cup. Not surprising, given that its inventor is a serial tinkerer.
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I've been beta testing this for a few weeks. Very nice update.
 
Here's what's new in Todoist 10 for iOS!
Wondering what's different in the all new Todoist 10 for iOS? Taylor goes hands-on with the redesigned app and shows off what's new and different!
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I started using it a few weeks ago when you mentioned it. I like it a lot.
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It's Sports Day at Harrison's school, and he's supposed to wear gear from his favorite sports team. +Vincent Knight​ and +Paul Harper​ I thought you'd enjoy this. 
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The venue for my discrete structures students' poster session, coming up in a couple of weeks. It's a "LearnLab" designed by Steelcase, a fine Grand Rapids-based company. I really want one of these as my regular classroom!
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that photosphere makes the room look tiny!  It is in fact larger than in this image.
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We're happier when we spend money on experiences rather than material goods, because experiences become part of us and material goods don't. #wisdom
You don't have infinite money. Spend it on stuff that research says makes you happy.
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I think this research might be incomplete (or simply reported inaccurately) I remember previous research describing that when you compare perceived happiness from your own experiences (a vacation trip) or from buying things to improving other people's lives (e.g. a donation or buying a gift for someone else), the selfish act has a greater effect in reported happiness.
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Education
  • Dickson County High School
    1985 - 1988
  • Tennessee Technological University
    Mathematics, 1988 - 1992
  • Vanderbilt University
    Mathematics, 1992 - 1997
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Mathematics, technology, education, family, faith, music, enjoying life.
Introduction
I'm a professor in the Mathematics Department at Grand Valley State University in Allendale/Grand Rapids, Michigan. I teach courses for mathematics majors, preservice mathematics instructors, engineers, and computer scientists. I'm also the department tech guy. Prior to coming here in 2011, I was at Franklin College in Indiana from 2001--2011 and at Bethel College in Indiana from 1997--2001. 

I received my PhD in mathematics from Vanderbilt University in 1997 in the areas of algebraic topology and homological algebra. My advisor was Efstratios Prassidis. My dissertation dealt with algebraic equivalences between two different kinds of homology theories. These days, my interests lie in algebra, cryptography, mathematics education, and engineering education. I'm especially interested in educational technology and how technology can support active learning environments in the university classroom. 

I live in Allendale with my wife, three kids (ages 3, 6, and 8) and our cat. We're Christians of the Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod persuasion. We're living the good life, with the beautiful beaches along Lake Michigan just 15 minutes west and a vibrant small city 15 minutes east, and a very cool job at one of the best public universities in the country in the middle. 
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Dad of three awesome kids. Husband to one awesome wife. Was an extra in "Ernest Goes to Camp".
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Mathematics professor
Employment
  • Grand Valley State University
    Associate Professor of Mathematics, 2011 - present
  • Franklin College
    Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computing Science, 2001 - 2011
  • Bethel College
    Assistant Professor of Mathematics, 1997 - 2001
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Allendale, MI
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Hudsonville, MI - White Bluff, TN USA - Bargersville, IN USA - Nashville, TN - South Bend, IN - Cookeville, TN - Whiteland, IN
I've eaten here twice, once with a group from work and once with my family. Service each time was a bit on the slow side but friendly, at least. Food on the first visit was pretty good -- I had the turkey pita which was very tasty, but the wait staff forgot the side of chipotle mayo that was supposed to come with it. On the second visit I had the southwest chicken wrap which was bland and dry; my wife had the fajita wrap which had the opposite problem, so much liquid in the fajita that it was almost impossible to eat without sliming yourself. Overall I wasn't impressed with the food. I'd like to like Main St. Pub more, since I live and work in Allendale and it's one of the few nice sit-down places we have here, but they just really need to step up their game. This place could seriously benefit from a little competition. Put in a Chili's or a Friday's next door to this place and you'll have basically the same kind of dining experience but with better food.
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Best pizza in Hudsonville/Jenison area. I'm partial to the Hawaiian pizza, which has a delicious mix of sweet/salty in the ham and pineapple. My wife likes the deluxe. My kids could live off the breadsticks. Overall outstanding food at a decent price with good service.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
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