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Project Visions: iGoverness – Part 4: Back to Basics

Part 4 of our feature on improving our education system using modern technology and the iGoverness idea comes straight from Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. If you have not read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 yet, please go back and read them so that you know the motivations for the following article.

When originally envisioning this vast project, I had the idea that I wanted to use my son as the first student for this process. He will still be going to school as a normal child would, but I would like to provide him an extra tutor for anything I can think of that he would need later in life. In effect, this would help me mature this project along with my son’s knowledge, thereby helping to flesh out the majority of the program as time goes on.

I began thinking about the timeline of the overall project, and when I would want to get started. As I was watching my 2 year old son sitting at my computer chair, engrossed in Sesame Street’s website, watching Big Bird asking him to click on the objects that start with the letter “B”, I realised that there is a lot of things we need to do before he could be able to truly navigate any interface, let alone a program that is going to help teach him for the rest of his life.

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60 Days, 60(+) Posts

It’s been 50 days since I started my 60 Days, 60(+) Posts initiative, and I’d like to report that it has been a success. I came in 10 days early for my 60th post. While I’m not stopping here, I thought it would be a good time to do a roundup of those posts that I’ve found most interesting in the past 60.

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Project Visions: Independence

While not a traditional “project”, the notion of financial independence is a goal that many people strive for.

Since high school, I’ve always known that I really dislike working for another person, and have always wanted to strike out on my own. Now, I don’t know if I really have the drive and nature that it takes to be an entrepreneur, I know that I at least have a few good ideas that could help me along in the trip.

Blogging
How do other people in the modern world achieve this goal? Well, there are quite a few people who write blogs with over 100,000 unique visitors a day, and are able to make a living from the ad revenue. I, on the other hand, have close to 20 hits a day, and make about $0.02 from ad revenue. I have no delusions that I’ll become some really successful blogger of my time, but every penny counts. OK, so strike that idea.

Writing
Next we have the notion that I could be a writer. While I have written over 10,000 words in one of my novels, I have neither the structure nor the drive to see this through. I really, really believe in the stories that my work conveys, but I am having a very hard time forcing myself to put the rubber to the road. This would be my most preferred method of independence, as I could do what I love and still bring home the money that my family needed to survive.

Most likely, another method would bring me to this goal, and writing would be what I would do in my spare time.

Freelancing
I have tried this in one form or another over the past few years, without any magnificent results. I am not disciplined enough at this point in my life to really be able to provide a worth while service to a paying customer. It pains me to say it, but that is the truth.

This stems back to my adoption of Getting Things Done. I have a system (now moved to GTDAgenda), and I use it every day, but I have not put my full attentions into it and find myself wandering around aimlessly sometimes.

I have also bought and paid for the materials (php|architect’s Zend PHP 5 Certification Study Guide)
for me to get my Zend PHP Certification. Though I have read through about half of the textbook, I am nowhere near ready to take the exam. I have set the goal for myself to take the exam by the end of 2008. I fully intend to stick to this goal.

The Startup Spirit
It seems as though the best option for me is to learn about business modeling and creation, and do something that would challenge my intellect. Drawing up a business plan is no small feat, and I need to learn all the ins and outs of venture capital.

This is another whole set of problems. What idea should I start with? What will I do in the next 6 months while I get all of the plans laid down? Well, I haven’t gone past the brainstorming phase at this point, and I will have to do some marketing research to see which idea is most financially viable.

So, basically, I need to get a job. These all might be pipe dreams of mine, but at least I have dreams. I need to work with some structure in order to build up my work-a-day skills.

Project Visions: Prospect County

I am going to go ahead today and introduce a new Project Vision, rather than continuing on with the iGoverness vision. I will come back to the iGoverness project, but at this point, I’m going to let it stagnate a bit more before I start writing again about it.

So, today we are going to look at a project that came to me while thinking of different video game types that I would be interested in playing.

Prospect County
Prospect County would be a Massively Multiplayer Online game. I know that the saturation in this market is beyond a level where a startup could get into the growing market, but I just want to put this idea out there. Continue reading

Changes

I’ve decided to make a few changes about how I am presenting posts here on this blog. As it stands now, everything is just pretty much random, without any kind of schedule. This definitely feels sloppy to me.

So, I’m going to be changing things up with the content to try to get myself into the writing mood in a new way. I’ve already been chugging along with the 60 Days, 60(+) Posts initiative, and will be reaching that point a bit earlier than expected. I want to see how many posts I can do in 60 days, and the easiest way to do that, in my opinion, is to do a different category post for each day of the week.

Right now, I’m featuring a Project Vision of the iGoverness idea. I have 6 or 7 other project ideas that will span 3 or 4 posts of about 1000 words each when they are featured. This is by far the largest category that I will be writing in.

Also, I have been writing quite a few Entertainment articles lately. I am messing with a bit of re-categorization with these posts, so that I can better present my opinions of the TV Shows, Movies and Video Games.

And finally, I have been doing Software Spotlights on the software that I use on a daily basis. I have quite a few more of these, as I use Windows, Mac OS X and Linux every day, and each has its own program set. Expect to see a large number of posts in this category.

So, I am toying with, and implementing a new release structure based on the days of the week:

  • Monday – Project Visions
  • Tuesday – Software Spotlight
  • Wednesday – Project Visions
  • Thursday – Entertainment: TV Shows
  • Friday – Project Visions
  • Saturday – Software Spotlight
  • Sunday – Entertainment: Movies

This is just a tentative schedule at this point, but one that I hope to stick to for a long time coming. Because of the sheer size of the Project Visions category, it will be featured 3 times a week.

The Entertainment: Movies category will be done on Sunday, as almost weekly we are treated to dinner and a movie by my father and stepmother. I would like to make this a mainstay, as we do see a lot of movies in our day-to-day life.

This accounts for one post a day, which should be a fine pace. Any other posts will be done in the mean time, and I fully expect to have 2 posts a day almost regularly.

So, with this restructuring in mind, I will be posting the third installment of the iGoverness idea today, and the fourth on Monday. I invite you to weigh in on this idea, and let me know what you think.

Project Visions: iGoverness – Part 2

Part 2 of our feature on improving our education system using modern technology and the iGoverness idea comes straight from Part 1. If you have not read Part 1 yet, please go back and read it so that you know the motivations for the following article.

Where the Modern Education System Fails
Surely, the modern education system and the standards that are followed have an immense value to living in the current conditions that the United States has to offer. But, as with all standardized systems, there are problems inherent to the way it works.

The first idea we are going to touch on consists of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) initiative. Now, this initiative is certainly admirable, but it tends to change the dynamic of the economic system as a tertiary cascading effect as much as it does the way we teach our children. Continue reading

Project Visions: iGoverness – Part 1

Hot on the heals of my new post initiative, Software Spotlight, I would like to introduce a new featured article segment that will be appearing for a few weeks while I flesh out some ideas that I have for some software products. Each and every one of these “Project Visions” has an origin story, some details fleshed out, and some commentary about how/if the project is possible. Please enjoy what I have to write, and if you feel so inclined, leave me feedback about the ideas for each.

iGoverness
So, just what, exactly is iGoverness? iGoverness is a project that I outlined about a year ago, which has received no further attention past the early brainstorming phase.

In order to understand what iGoverness is, why don’t we take a look at the definition of a governess:

A governess is a female employee of a family who teaches children within their home. In contrast to a nanny (formerly called a nurse) or a babysitter, she concentrates on teaching children, not their physical needs. Her charges are of school age, not babies. [source: Wikipedia]

So, iGoverness is a project aimed at bringing that personal one-to-one relationship of a governess to a pupil into the modern age, using modern technology. Continue reading