Sunday, May 29, 2005

Using Cool Tools for e-learning
This is an online event that will take place on June 8-10. It is FREE but you need to register. By participating, you can become aware of a range of online tools for e-learning including using blogs and wikis, creating digital stories, audioblogging, using e-portfolios, podcasting and using onlines games and quizzes.

Developing Quality Online Materials: The Flexible Learning Toolbox experience
This report provides some very useful information on lessons learnt when designing the flexible learning toolboxes. This information is applicable to anyone designing online learning programs.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Conference Blog - Towards a learning society:
This website is a blog created from the European Conference on "Towards a Learning Society". I particularly enjoyed the following quotes:
"During the session, one of the speakers joked that changing a school is like moving a cemetary - it's a lot of hard work without much help from inside"
"The technology which we face now in higher education forces us back to our roots: discussion with the learners, interaction between content, teacher and student, dialogue and discussion for learning..."
I might have to try blogging my next conference - It does seem to be becoming a regular activity for some people.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Seven Principles of Effective Teaching:
This website sets out seven principles for effective online instruction. It draws upon seven general principles of good teaching and then applies these to the online environment. It reminds that good online teaching is good teaching irrespective of the technology.

Friday, May 13, 2005

In Australia, we have come to know 'toolbox' to refer to a suite of online learning resources. This siet from the UK has quite a different use of the term toolbox. The site provides links to a range of software selected for their use by post secondary educators. Categories include assessment, mobile learning, networking and whiteboards.

Your Brain and Learning - Five Tips
This site has five tips for enhancing your own learning drawing upon research into the brain. Some are obvious but I found some of the points made interesting. I particularly liked the example of relating calculus and music for the benefit of learners who are gifted in music but not good at calculus.

mLearnopedia: Mobile Learning Resource
This website has a wealth of material on mobile learning. It also has links to a lot of other resources. I have only had a quick look and will need some more time to fully review the resources on this site.

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Online Collaboration
This site has a lot of material for anyone interested in online collaboration and web conferencing. It also has an RSS feed and so you can get the latest information about web conferencing tools delivered to your RSS reader.

TechDis - The use of Hot Potatoes with Personal Digital Assistants - PDAs
I liked this article because it discussed a failed experiment. It is often more important to share why something didn't work than to always talk about the things that work. This article described the problems encountered in trying to use Hot Potatoes, a quiz program, on PDAs.

TechDis - Using PDAs with learners
This is a very practical description of how a UK teacher is using PDAs in education. The use of video and sound is described as "one of their better functions".

Copyright Kitchen
This resource is from the Australian Flexible Learning Framework and provides useful information on copyright for anyone in the vocational education and training sector (and anyone I expect in Education). The kitchen analogy is used well with recipes and cookbook.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Using Bloglines (or How to keep up with dozens of blogs veryday)
If you are not convinced of the value of using a newsreader to keep track of lots of webpages, here is an article that provides information about using Bloglines, a newsreader. It is complete with lots of screen captures.

Camera phone saves man from deadly spider
I work in first aid training and so this article caught my attention. It tells how a man's life was saved by taking a photo of a deadly spider and sending it off to a zoo for identification. The appropriate anti-venom could then be administered. An interesting use of mobile phones.

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