Search Activity Correlation

I looked at my Google search history today.  Google tracks each search that you make when logged in with your Google account and it can be a handy way to go back to previous searches, but it is much more powerful than that.
The Google search history can be found when you are logged into your Google account.  Simply click the history tab at the top and view the previous searches you have issued.  It really gets interesting when you look at the metrics that Google is collecting on your search habits.
I wondered if my search history is directly correlated with my productivity.  If so, my most productive times are at 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM with the surrounding times slightly less productive.  I have frequently said that I gear up from Monday and peak at Thursday but then start to die down on Friday.  The search activity shows that, for the most part, this is true except that I do a little bit more searching on Mondays than I do on Tuesdays.
If this little bit of information can give me insight on my productivity habits, how much more can it offer others and how much more valuable could it be when combined with other metrics and data on how I operate on a day to day basis.  I am eager to learn more about my habits and how to be more productive.  Some of my students are reviewing their search history and we are going to do an in-class exercise to examine our own online habits.  I also plan to look at our technology use and compare it to the time we spend away from technology because sometimes you are most effective when you are not using or distracted by technology.
Search Activity

Upcoming Articles and Presentations

There are quite a few upcoming things on the agenda. My article”Implementation to Instruction – Is teaching next in your career” will be published in the June 2007 issue of Certification Magazine. This article is on how IT professionals can move into a teaching career. I am currently working on the next publication titled “Up to Date –
Earning the Certs the Market Demands” for the September issue. I will be interviewing Lisa Spieth, president of LSRCS, on the certifications that are most valuable in the market today.

Shinbokucon will be held on April 29. I will be presenting on “The Culture and Impact of Groups in Japanese Society”. The discussion will center around how groups are such an essential and often misinterpreted part of Japanese culture. I will also talk about how groups have shaped the culture I see today and give some insight on
how to understand the Japanese group perspective.

I appreciate any feedback you may have on my articles once they are published. Also, if you are able to make it to Shinbokucon, please look up my presentation. I am available to chat in person afterwards and the event should be fun.

Transitions

Today is my last day teaching at Remington College.  I was asked not to tell the students until today.  It is sad leaving because I really enjoy what I do but I need to work in a place where I can grow more.  Starting Monday, I will be working for Jurinnov to manage information technology, software development, and information security.  This job involves more responsibility and I perceive it to be quite a challenge.  Jurinnov does computer forensics and data discovery for litigation.  I am quite excited about the opportunity.  I am also excited about the possibility to travel since the company is global.  I will also be working downtown.  I have never worked in the city before.  All my previous jobs have been in the burbs or in small towns like Kent.  This will be another new experience for me.  I have to admit that I am a little nervous as well.I will not be leaving teaching completely.  I am an Adjunct Professor at LCCC (Lorain County Community College).  I went to the orientation last night where I met a few of my new co-workers.  I will be teaching a Saturday class this semester.  My schedule will be a little busier but I believe it is worth it.  With both jobs, I will be able to still teach but also grow as a technologist and leader.

Teaching 2 classes at the same time

Professor Hale was out last week so I was teaching his class in addition to my own.  I actually enjoy teaching programming but teaching two classes at the same time can be stressful.  I had an odd experience on Monday.  Three of the students said that they were going to leave early and I thought they were joking.  I was about to cover some new material that day so it was certainly not a day anyone would want to miss.  They did leave 30 minutes after class began.  I thought it was extremely rude.  The next day they said they did not understand and expected me to go over the material again for them.  I told them they needed to schedule tutoring time because I was not about to penalize everyone else for their laziness. 

New Quarter Starting

A new quarter is starting on Monday.  I will be teaching Programming 1, Career Development and Packaged Applications.  I was going to get some things from a coworker that have to deal with my Packaged Applications class but I have not went into work in the last few days.  I guess I will have to structure my syllabus without looking at his information first.  My plan is to give them a syllabus but to hand out the assignment list later so that I will have more time to prepare it.