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Robert Talbert
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Attended Dickson County High School
Lives in Allendale, MI
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If there is anybody here with experience applying SBSG to medical or other health-related courses, there is a person on the POD network mailing list who was asking for such people. She is facilitating an SBSG faculty learning community at her institution (Wayne State University School of Medicine, in Detroit) this fall. Shoot me an email if interested.

I was kind of surprised and gratified that the person actually used the abbreviation "SBSG" in her POD network post. I think we're shaping the conversation in some way around here. 
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Google Photos made up this great 1-minute movie from our vacation photos and video. Very impressed with the extra layer of creativity that this app puts on my media. 
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Believe it or not, most of those are not filtered. The water in the upper great lakes is actually that blue. But -- these were all from my phone (including video) and I put a filter on a couple of them manually.
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Also finished up the nearly-final version of the syllabus for Discrete Structures 1 and 2 today. Here is the syllabus for Discrete 1. The SBSG system starts on page 3. 
Performance Tracers (debug users only). 36.573 Start Calling startPreProcess: LegacyDocsHttpForwardingProcessor 3 36.576 Start | [AfterLockServiceFilter] Before 16 36.592 Done 16 ms | [AfterLockServiceFilter] Before 0 36.592 Done 19 ms Calling startPreProcess: LegacyDocsHttpForwardingProcessor 0 ...
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New at Casting Out Nines: There's an article in The Atlantic this morning that has the distinction of getting more ideas wrong in a small space than any article I've seen in quite some time. This is part 1 of an $n$-part refutation of the points made in the article, which combine a lack of understanding of basic terms, a willful neglect of research, and a vise-grip on tradition that is really quite breathtaking when you look at it. 
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New at CO9s: I need YOU, yes YOU to be in my book if you are a college or university professor using flipped learning. Details within. 
If you use flipped learning in your class and would like to have your course featured in my book, read this post.
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Going through some photos from last month -- found this one from a bike trip on the Kent Trails, south of downtown Grand Rapids. Pedestrian/bike bridge over the Grand River. 
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Google is ending support for Chrome apps on all non-ChromeOS systems. I can't decide whether this is smart or outrageous. 
New apps will be available only on Chromebooks by the end of this year, and will stop loading on non-Chrome OS machines in 2018.
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The Flip is fun. I love my Dell Chromebook, which I guess is medium-high end. It's now my main computer. Battery life is fabulous!
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Inspired by/based on +Kate Owens' awesome SBSG FAQ she posted last week, I made up my own that I will use with my Discrete Structures classes this semester. It's a bit different than Kate's because my syllabus covers some of the details. I'll try to post that syllabus later.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XbMyrKxVaDmRki1bVYOxCGHs5AKSA1JVkoNSSWluMek/edit?usp=sharing 
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One of the things I really like about the EMRF rubric is it seems a lot faster for me to grade things (overall). I think [number of things graded] has increased, but [avg. time to grade an item] has decreased. Most of the time these things balance each other out.
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When I was a young pup in grad school studying category theory I loved mathematical notation. Now, as someone who teaches math, I agree that it sucks for the same reasons as laid out in this article.

I'm not sure lambda calculus is the answer; I'd like to replace mathematical notation with Sage or Python code, personally, so (1) it can be used in a text/online environment without exotic plugins and (2) you can copy/paste into +SageMathCloud or a Jupyter notebook and execute it.
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I think it is hopeless. +Christopher Drupieski​ had the right of it.

Notation is just another form of language. If the history and current state of English can teach us anything, it is that a language will constantly evolve, and will always have confusing parts.

Ain't no way round it.
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Android apps running on Chromebooks is a big deal.
 
Google Demos Why Bringing Android Apps to Chromebook Is So Disruptive
/by +Paul Thurrott  #chromeos   #android  

"A few weeks back, Google announced that it would bring its Android app and Google Play Store ecosystems to Chromebook, dramatically improving the portable PC alternative. Now, the firm has released a video showing how these two platforms will work together. And this is bad news for Windows.

And as I expected, this Peanut Butter Cup pairing of two previously separate platforms—“two great tastes that go together”—is going to be disruptive."
A few weeks back, Google announced that it would bring its Android app and Google Play Store ecosystems to Chromebook, dramatically improving the portable PC alternative. Now, we can see how these two platforms will work together.
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New at the blog: How I got into flipped learning back in the day. This is most of the preface of the book I'm writing. I'll be posting other excerpts from the book throughout the summer. 
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Hey folks, hope your semester has wound down well and your summer is getting off to a good start. I'm trying to track down an article that was mentioned in a post here a while back, titled "A call to action: Transforming grading practices" by Keith Erickson. Google Scholar points me to here: http://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ916325 which then points me to the Principal Leadership magazine, but their "archive" only goes back to 2014 (?) and the article was published in 2011. Sort of hoping that one of you will have it sitting on your hard drive and don't mind sharing it. 
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That's the one. Awesome, thanks.
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Mathematics professor
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  • 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
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Math professor at Grand Valley State University. Catholic, Dad, writer, cat herder. My views != GVSU's
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".
Education
  • Dickson County High School
    1985 - 1988
  • Tennessee Technological University
    Mathematics, 1988 - 1992
  • Vanderbilt University
    Mathematics, 1992 - 1997
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Stopped off here on a whim, on a family vacation to the UP last year (2015) and it unexpectedly became one of the highlights of the whole trip. The setting is beautiful. The bears are very well-taken care of and there are just _so many_ of them, and you can get up close and personal to all of them. Especially the cubs, which you can feed (under close supervision, because even a cub can mess you up if you handle it badly) -- and feeding a bear cub is a life experience for everybody. Definitely going out of our way to get back there this year.
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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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This is just an old-fashioned tourist trap without a lot of glitz (just some corny optical illusions) but somehow my kids had a blast here anyway. The setting is beautiful, the zip lines are awesome, and the garden maze on the other side of the parking lot was a highlight. If you're in the UP you really have to go here.
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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.
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