The Brodosi Family Enjoying Cozumel

David Brodosi and Family standing by ship in Cozumel
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The Joys of Cozumel – David Brodosi

Cozumel, Mexico, is one of the most striking places on earth when it comes to breathtaking sights, exotic activities, and plenty of fun for the whole family. The island is a famous cruise ship port stop in the Caribbean sea and is mostly famous for its untapped nature, scuba diving spots, and Mayan ruins. Nature and outdoors activities make Cozumel an ideal spot for family fun, once-in-a-lifetime photography sessions, and ancient wonder. If you are traveling to Cozumel, here are some things you should see and do.

 

– Meet Some Dolphins!

Cozumel is a major ‘hot spot’ for the world’s smartest ocean creature. These clever little water mammals are incredibly social, and visitors of Cozumel can have the chance to swim with, photograph, and experience these majestic creatures on the island through multiple nature preservation groups. Dolphin Discovery Cozumel is one such family-friendly activity where the whole family can get together and enjoy interacting with Dolphins in their natural habitat. This is an excellent experience for those families who want to get outdoors, and experience the local wildlife in a fun way. David Brodosi

David David Brodosi sitting in the beach in Cozumel Mexico
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– Explore Ancient Ruins.

The Mayan people made Cozumel their home for many generations. On the island, visitors will have the ability to experience, photograph, and explore ancient Mayan ruins up close and personally. San Gervasio is one such archeological site that has existed on the island since before the Colombian exploration era. The site was once a temple to the ancient Mayan fertility goddess Ixchel. Mayan women would travel from all over to this site to make offerings, and the site itself is still remarkably whole. This is also a great site to see wild iguanas for those interested in wildlife photography! David Brodosi

– Immerse Yourself In Mayan History.

Aside from the white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, Cozumel is steeped in ancient and rich history. Kun Che Park is a theme park that the entire family can enjoy, and will transport you back in time to the lands of the ancient Maya. Visitors will get to taste traditional cuisine, visit ancient ruins, explore the vast jungles of the island, and experience the exotic dances, artforms, and garments of this otherworldly culture. For families, or even individuals looking for a once in a lifetime experience, Kun Che Park is a great daytime activity for all ages! David Brodosi

David Brodosi with his family in Cozumel Mexico island
David Brodosi and Family traveling the world

– Final Thoughts.

The island of Cozumel is far more than just a stop on a cruise package. It is more than the stunning beaches, and scuba diving destinations. It is the home to an ancient culture and is steeped in rich historic foods, stories, legends, and fun. The island of Cozumel is truly an experience that everyone who is traveling should try and have at least once. So, the next time you find yourself shopping for cruise packages or flights, consider ones that make a stop in Cozumel. This island will take your breath away. – David Brodosi

David Brodosi and family on the beach in Cozumel Mexico soaking up the sun.
David Brodosi

We are a family of travel enthusiasts, we are blessed with a multitude of experiences, interests, and beliefs. We share the world and life with everyone. We also love our jobs – with all our passions, our challenges, our successes, and our failures. We enjoy meeting new people, and sharing our experiences and passions with them. We are always in contact with new people, and that is the most special part. – David Brodosi

David Brodosi and family traveling by ship to cozumel mexico
David Brodosi

My family and I just returned from a cruise to Cozumel Mexico. Traveling with my wife and two teenage boys is an awesome experience. We enjoyed exploring the island, traveling to exotic places on the island, and enjoying the outdoors. We took lots of photographs of our adventures and the natural beauty of Mexico. Our group went for this trip in December 2017 after one year at Disneyland California Resort and Disney World Walt Magic Kingdom Florida Park where we spent 2 days per week doing activities around Los Angeles area parks including LA- Long Beach Blvd., Sunset Strip, Burbank/ West Hollywood Mall, Culver City, Pacific Coast Highway, Southern Lagoon, Santa Monica Pier (on Thursday morning) then Orange County Museum District & Griffith Observatory Preserve before heading down to Miami – David Brodosi

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David Brodosi is an experienced team leader with a demonstrated history of success in the higher education industry. David Brodosi provides guidance on tech strategies and trends for state-of-the-art classrooms, course development, and faculty design support services. Mr Brodosi is recognized as a thought leader regarding the intersection of AV/IT, collaboration technology that supports his organization’s mission to deliver world-class research and tech solutions for higher education institutions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throwback Thursday- Anchorage Alaska

Throwback Thursday to Anchorage Alaska!! Hanging with friends in downtown Anchorage Alaska Back in early 2k. Waiting for the Iditarod race to start! Cheers, David Brodosi #Throwback #throwbackchallenge #Alaska #iditarod #traveling #friends #family #brodosi https://www.instagram.com/p/CAdOdtkJItF/?igshid=1njz3y45iej9j

David Brodosi in downtown Anchorage Alaska.
David Brodosi in Anchorage Alaska.

David brodosi in Anchorage Alaska with family

David Brodosi in Anchorage Alaska.
David Brodosi in Anchorage Alaska by the sea
David Brodosi in Anchorage Alaska.

David Brodosi in Anchorage Alaska with friends

David Brodosi in Anchorage Alaska.
David Brodosi in Anchorage Alaska.
David Brodosi traveling to Anchorage Alaska.
David Brodosi traveling to Anchorage Alaska.

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Nature & Travel Photographer | David Brodosi is an amateur nature and travel photographer whose work showcases animals in natural landscapes – Photos of David Brodosi family, travel, outdoors, photography, adventure, wanderlust, nature, #brodosi David Brodosi is a senior-level specialist that leads strategic technological innovations and operations for teaching, learning, and instructional design at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. David Brodosi serves as a point of connection between teaching, pedagogy, and the use of current and emerging technologies across classrooms, online courses, active learning labs, and other learning environments.
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Alyeska, Alaska

David Brodosi traveling to Alaska, nature photosOur trip to Alaska was hands-down one of my favorite ski trips ever. We knew it was going to be beautiful, but it just took our breath away. It was basically 360-degree scenic views at every turn! My friend Sean and others take an annual ski trip around the first of the year.  This year our travels took us to Alyeska, Alaska. – David Brodosi

We planned to start out in Anchorage to check out the local scene, then load everyone up and head to Girdwood.  Traveling along you see the ocean on one side a large mountain on the other. Alyeska is a skiing resort in the wintertime and a mountain bike/general outdoor resort during the summertime. It’s located about 45-60 minutes south of Anchorage. We decided to stay in this area so that we could break up our drive between Homer and Talkeetna.

You want to experience all that Alaska has to offer, but you don’t have much time, or maybe you don’t want to venture too far outside of Anchorage. That’s okay. You’ve made it to the 49th state and you’re going to have an unforgettable time regardless – it’s hard not to in Alaska. But to guarantee a memorable stay like no other, take a short (like, super short) drive outside of Anchorage and turn off into Girdwood. Why Girdwood, you ask? The Alyeska Resort is waiting to show you it all. – David Brodosi David Brodosi traveling with friends to Alaska for Iditarod Race

Alyeska is located just 40 miles south of the Anchorage airport, providing skiers and snowboarders with convenient access once they’ve arrived in. Alyeska provides skiers and snowboarders with 73 trails spread out on more than 1,400 acres. The 60-passenger aerial tram, high-speed quad, and seven other chairlifts, including two magic carpets ensure there’s no waiting on lift lines—not that crowds are usually a problem in Alyeska.

Averaging 649 inches of powder annually, Alyeska offers some of the world’s deepest snow conditions. That said, the temperatures aren’t necessarily as cold as you might think. January is typically the coldest winter month, with averages around 20 degrees Fahrenheit, but by March averages are around 32 degrees. Because Alaska experiences more daylight during the winter months than the rest of the United States—due to its proximity to the North Pole—Alyeska offers night skiing on the weekends from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. – David Brodosi

David Brodosi traveling with friends to Alaska for Iditarod Race
David Brodosi

The resort’s trails are well divided to accommodate a variety of skiers and riders. About 11 percent of Alyeska is designated beginner, while 52 percent is marked as intermediate and 37 percent for experts. Terrain park enthusiasts have two parks to choose from, as well as a 400-foot-long Superpipe. Snowcat and heli-skiing tours are also available. –David Brodosi

 

 

 

Iditarod Race – If you are planning a winter-time visit, this event is a memory-maker. The ceremonial start in Anchorage is an opportunity to get up-close with these beautiful canine athletes and their handlers while enjoying the party atmosphere and hospitality of Anchorage. Then, plan to take the bus the next day to Willow Lake for the official start of the race. With Denali Mountain in the background and more than a thousand miles of trail in front of them, these teams are raring to go – the air is electric with excited dogs, focused mushers, and adoring fans. There’s nothing else like it! Planning to stay for a week or so? There are many volunteer opportunities and people from all over the world come to participate in the volunteer program. Visit Iditarod.com for a complete listing. – David Brodosi

David Brodosi traveling with friends to Alaska
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David Brodosi is an experienced team leader with a demonstrated history of success in the higher education industry. David Brodosi provides guidance on tech strategies and trends for state-of-the-art classrooms, course development, and faculty design support services. Mr Brodosi is recognized as a thought leader regarding the intersection of AV/IT, collaboration technology that supports his organization’s mission to deliver world-class research and tech solutions for higher education institutions.

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Training Tips from 11 Experts (Including Me) – Experiencing eLearning

TalentLMS asked me and 10 other folks in the learning and development world for tips for improving workplace training and elearning.
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Cheers, David Brodosi

David Brodosi is an experienced team leader with a demonstrated history of success in the higher education industry. David Brodosi provides guidance on tech strategies and trends for state-of-the-art classrooms, course development, and faculty design support services. Mr Brodosi is recognized as a thought leader regarding the intersection of AV/IT, collaboration technology that supports his organization’s mission to deliver world-class research and tech solutions for higher education institutions.

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Stay Home!

Please continue to be and stay safe. This isn’t over yet. Returning to normal operations too quickly could reset the quarantine process, increase the number of deaths and further destroy the economy. We as a society have invested so much already, I would hate to see the past two months in isolation go to waste. -David Brodosi

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Photo of david Brodosi. David Brodosi is a senior-level specialist that leads strategic technological innovations and operations for teaching, learning, and instructional design at the USFSP. David Brodosi serves as a point of connection between teaching, pedagogy, and the use of current and emerging technologies across classrooms, online courses, active learning labs, and other learning environments. Direct oversight of instructional design, videography, AV, and technology services personnel. As the department lead, David ensures that the University’s investments in teaching and learning technologies enable, inform, and serve continuous and innovative fulfillment of the University’s teaching and learning mission.

An Agenda For Research & Design

In today’s age of technology and the immediate access to all types of information, Connected Learning is learning with consideration of one’s personal interests and social environment. It allows the individual learner the opportunity to experience information and learning in a way that is relevant to them. It also ties the educational world and the social world in a way that inspires learning and creates participatory learning, not just a passive student. “To “learn from experience” is to make a backward and forward connection between what we do to things and what we enjoy or suffer from things in consequence. Under such conditions, doing becomes trying; an experiment with the world to find out what it is like; the undergoing becomes instruction— the discovery of the connection of things” (M Ito et al.) As it relates to digital media, Connected learning allows the learner to “connected” to the material in a meaningful way through the use of technology. This technology connects students to knowledge, resources, peer groups, and mentors not possible in years past. Connected learning also bridges the gap between social classes offering those previously without the means or availability to access equal opportunities for learning. “The basic premise of student-centered, engaged learning is that to make a truly equitable and democratic society, we have to begin with a form of instruction that is itself equitable.” ( Ashton, structuring equality) This is what makes connected learning so essential in today’s classrooms.

The research is clear: Learning is irresistible and life-changing when it connects personal interests to meaningful relationships and real-world opportunities. Below are a few videos from the Connected Learning Alliance. The CLA was launched by the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub of the University of California Humanities Research Institute with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning initiative. The Connected Learning Lab at UC Irvine is its current steward.

In the article by Mizuko Ito, she suggests that “Connected learning is socially embedded, interest-driven, and oriented toward expanding educational, economic or political opportunity. It is realized when a young person is able to pursue a personal interest or passion with the support of friends and caring adults and is, in turn, able to link this learning and interest to academic achievement, career success, or civic engagement.” (M. Ito et al) In previous weeks we saw that computers were much more than a tool to facilitate passive learning. They were a portal to a new world and created a sub-culture that could not be ignored. David Buckingham perhaps summed it up best when he said, “In most children’s leisure-time experiences, computers are much more than devices for information retrieval: they convey images and fantasies, provide opportunities for imaginative self-expression and play, and serve as a medium through which intimate personal relationships are conducted. Recognizing this certainly means broadening our conception of technology – not least in education: information and communications technologies (ICTs) are clearly no longer just a matter of desktop computers, or indeed necessarily of computers at all. We need to acknowledge the fact that digital media are cultural forms that are inextricably connected with other visual and audio-visual media.” (Buckingham –digital media literacies) Again, it is here that we see the very essence of connected learning concepts. Technology has become part of who we are and must be considered part of our learning experience, not just a tool we can use if and when we need to. The ability to participate in learning has become a key factor in the success of this new culture and leads students to gravitate towards learning they can live, not just information they are asked to remember.

Participatory Learning is a concept that has been around for years and shares similarities to the Connected Learning Theory. As participatory learning requires the active participation of its members, so Connected Learning engages learners actively through participation and interactions. Of the key principles of participatory learning, the right to participate and the use of local knowledge and diversity are some of the same building blocks of Connected Learning. In fact, “Since the current generation of a college student has no memory of the historical moment before the advent of the Internet, we are suggesting that participatory learning as a practice is no longer exotic or new but a commonplace way of socializing and learning.” (C. Davidson) Therefore, participatory learning cannot be ignored when it comes to this generation of learners. How then does this affect the standard classroom? And where does participatory learning fit into the ever-expanding world of digital media technology?

Forty years ago learning was about studying, testing, and graduating. One chose a career path, studied the career, and then entered into the workforce. Today though, since information is growing at such a fast pace, the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful have grown too. “One of the most persuasive factors is the shrinking half-life of knowledge. “The “half-life of knowledge” is the time span from when knowledge is gained to when it becomes obsolete. Half of what is known today was not known 10 years ago. The amount of knowledge in the world has doubled in the past 10 years and is doubling every 18 months according to the American Society of Training and Documentation (ASTD). To combat the shrinking half-life of knowledge, organizations have been forced to develop new methods of deploying instruction.” (Siemens) This is what makes connected learning so vital in today’s world. Thomas and Brown discussed this very concept in their article, “Learning for a world of constant change,” The suggested that information is growing at such a fast pace that educators can barely keep up with teaching new content as it changes daily. Therefore, students, must become learners over and over again every class, and at every learning moment that is experienced differently than the last.“For more than a century, educators have strived to customize education to the learner. Connected Learning leverages the advances of the digital age to make that dream a reality—connecting academics to interests, learners to inspiring peers and mentors, and educational goals to the higher-order skills the new economy rewards. Six principles….define it and allow every young person to experience learning that is social, participatory, interest-driven and relevant to the opportunities of our time” (Educator Innovator – https://educatorinnovator.org/ why-connected-learning/)
References

Ito, Mizuko & Gutierrez, Kris & Livingstone, Sonia & Penuel,
Bill & Rhodes, Jean & Salen, Katie & Schor, Juliet & Sefton-
Green, Julian & Craig Watkins, S. (2013). Connected
learning: An agenda for research and design.

Davidson, Cathy N., et al. The Future of Learning Institutions
in a Digital Age. MIT Press, 2009.

Macbeth, Sarah. “About Participatory Methods.” About
Participatory Methods | Participatory Methods,
http://www.participatorymethods.org/page/about-participatory-
methods.

Siemens, George. “Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the
Digital Age.” International Journal of Instructional Technology
and Distance Learning (ITDL), Jan. 2005, pp. 42–58.,
er.dut.ac.za/handle/123456789/69.

David Brodosi

a photo of David Brodosi and family on a boat
David Brodosi and family

David Brodosi is a senior-level specialist that leads strategic technological innovations and operations for teaching, learning, and instructional design at the USFSP. David Brodosi serves as a point of connection between teaching, pedagogy, and the use of current and emerging technologies across classrooms, online courses, active learning labs, and other learning environments. Direct oversight of instructional design, videography, AV, and technology services personnel. As the department lead, David ensures that the University’s investments in teaching and learning technologies enable, inform, and serve continuous and innovative fulfillment of the University’s teaching and learning mission.

 

Social Impact of Technology

A64kNVfGj_VH4UAs we consider the readings from yesterday we see that they each take a different approach to the social impact of technology. Further investigation this today revealed similar perspectives on the technology revolution and its effects on our society. As a whole, these articles take a cautious approach to technology, and it’s artifacts and introduces a bigger picture when it comes to how technology controls our lives. The theories suggested seem to imply that we must not be glamorized by the ease and expediency of technology lest we run the risk of allowing those in positions of power to control our everyday lives further. Below I have highlighted several articles I researched this week and discuss how these connect with our previous readings.

First, the 14th International Scientific Conference eLearning and Software for Education in April of 2018 presented the article, Visions of Robots, Networks, and Artificial Intelligence: Europeans’ Attitudes Towards Digitisation and Automation in Daily Life. This research explored public perspectives and attitudes towards robots and technology in our society. It found that more than 70% of those surveyed believed that robots steal human jobs. However, 80% agreed that “robots are necessary as they can do jobs that are too hard or too dangerous for people.”(Cosima RUGHINIŞ, Raisa ZAMFIRESCU 2018). Unfortunately, 44% of those employed feel that robots threatened their current job which highlights the genuine social impact of technology. This article then, shares an authentic perspective society has on the impact of technology and suggests we must strike a balance between our needs and wants when it comes to technology.

Second, let us consider the article by P. Brey’s titled, “The Technological Construction of Social Power” This article suggests that technology both enhances and creates social power both intrinsically and derived from its artifacts. Said more simply, technology allows those in power to create a new power and or increase the speed and efficiency of their current power. This impressive display of control creates a behind the scenes view of technology which is not fully comprehended by the average citizen. We walk over to a computer, turn it on and do a Google search for restaurants, or access an ATM for money. What we do not consider is the ways technology truly impacts our social power, or how others use their social power to control us.

The Ecological Approach to Visual Perception possesses an exciting perspective as pertains to technology. In Chapter 8, author James Gibson describes the theory of affordances. This theory, in basic terms, suggests that all things offer benefits to animals/humans; and that these benefits can be perceived differently depending on who is using or encountering them. Using this theory when considering what technology affords society is unique. Suggesting that technology is in the eye of the beholder, while not a new concept, provides some individuality to this topic. Moreover, understanding that society does not possess a universal view of technology’s power and function implies more work needs to be done to educate people about the purpose and progression of technology.

Collectively, these articles combined with last week’s readings introduce a series of societal impacts of technology that not many have considered. From the fundamental human laborer perspective of Karl Marx to the political qualities suggested by Layndon Winners, there is no escaping the ever-growing impacts of technology. This is no doubt a cautionary tale for both the user and the creators of technology. Society, while admitting the necessity and benefits of technology must use it’s power carefully and in consideration of its impacts on society as a whole.

References

Brey, P. (2008). The Technological Construction of Social Power. SOCIAL EPISTEMOLOGY, (1). 71.

Gibson, J. J. (2015). The ecological approach to visual perception. [electronic resource]. London ; New York : Routledge, 2015.

RUGHINIŞ, C. c., ZAMFIRESCU, R. r., & NEAGOE, A. a. (2018). Visions of Robots, Networks and Artificial Intelligence: Europeans’ Attitudes Towards Digitisation and Automation in Daily Life. Elearning & Software For Education, 2114-119. doi:10.12753/2066-026X-18-086

The Social Shaping of Technology, 2nd Ed. (2000). Journal of Economic Literature, (1).

David Brodosi

a photo of David Brodosi and family on a boat
David Brodosi and family

David Brodosi is a senior-level specialist that leads strategic technological innovations and operations for teaching, learning, and instructional design at the USFSP. David Brodosi serves as a point of connection between teaching, pedagogy, and the use of current and emerging technologies across classrooms, online courses, active learning labs, and other learning environments. Direct oversight of instructional design, videography, AV, and technology services personnel. As the department lead, David ensures that the University’s investments in teaching and learning technologies enable, inform, and serve continuous and innovative fulfillment of the University’s teaching and learning mission.

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