Chad M. Gesser is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Owensboro Community and Technical College. He teaches first and second year courses, using a lot of technology in the classroom and with students. He also engages in a wide array of endeavors; currently dabbling with sound design/DJing. You can find out more about Chad at http://sites.google.com/site/chadgesser/, and check some of his creative work at http://www.djprofg.com.
Here are Chad’s first five…
"Jumping into my first five in the morning usually starts with my email. I like to stay on top of email primarily to respond to students or colleagues needing assistance. My next stop would likely be my Twitter feed. Here I too respond, but I also organize my Twitter feed via lists. I’ve created one of the more extensive Sociology Twitter lists. I review that list to see what colleagues and organizations are sharing. This can sometimes extend interaction with colleagues, or take me on a sociological adventure by clicking links, reading content, examining visualizations of data, and/or saving content to use later on with my students in class."
"I use the music software program Ableton for my sound design, production, and DJ hobby. I have developed a Twitter list for my related Ableton interests. I find tips, tricks, tutorials, new tracks and plugins to use for my DJ hobby by running through this list. I have a similar Music list that I curate. I like to peer into the world of a variety of musicians, producers, DJs, and like minded creative people."
"From here I’m likely to jump into my Google Reader application. I don’t have one particular website I like to review in the morning. I have several areas of interests that take the form of “folders of RSS feeds”. Each folder contains anywhere from 5-60 website feeds. The folder titles that I view most frequently are Ableton, Android (I’m a big mobile user), Artsy, DJ, EDM, Education, Google, Learning, Soc and Data Blogs, and Tech News."
"Most recently I have found myself enjoying and being inspired by several websites in my Artsy folder. A few that I currently enjoy and that provide inspiration are Beautiful/Decay (http://beautifuldecay.com/), Behance (http://www.behance.net/), Colossal (http://www.thisiscolossal.com/), and Open Culture (http://www.openculture.com/).”
"Overall my first five might vary from day to day, but as you can see there are general themes. As a sociologist, that’s not surprising."
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