Tuesday, January 31, 2006

wwwtools for teachers:
A website of links about handheld computing, with the following introduction:
"Handheld computers find themselves in an interesting position along the hardware continuum - somewhat more mature, powerful and fully-featured than the mobile phones we looked at last time round, yet less like a desktop computer than the notebooks and laptops, they seem poised to finally take their place as uniquely versatile tools for education. Rob Reynolds identifies ' Handheld Convergence' among Technology Trends for the New Year (FutureMeter: January 02, 2006), with high hopes that Macromedia's Flash Lite 2.0 technology will facilitate the distribution of Rich Internet Applications such as simulations and quizzes to handheld devices. The conclusion must be that in 2006 there should be expanding opportunities for providing educational content on handhelds.
In this edition of WWWTools for Education, we look at past and present uses of handheld computers in educational environments, with some indications of directions for the future."

Australian Flexible Learning Framework – Flex e-News
This issue of the Flexible learning newsletter lists the funding opportunities currently available within the Framework, including Industry Engagement, Learnscope, Networks, E-learning for creative community partnerships, new practices and flexible learning toolboxes.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Bloglines | lecornu's Blogs
I have just reviewed the weblogs that I get through my bloglines news reader. I have gone from almost 90 feeds to about 60 feeds. This is much more manageable then what I have previously. The above link takes you to the weblogs that I read regularly. If you haven' got a Bloglines account, I strongly recommend Bloglines as a news reader.

For the last couple of weeks, I have been playing around with del.icio.us. I have known about this for a long time but wasn't totally convinced of its value to me. For those that don't know, this is a site for sharing bookmarks. I have decided to add to the site any web page that I find and think might be useful but ones where I don' want to post a full entry in my weblog. The baove links takes you to the webpage of the links I have created to date. Great site to sort for websites that might help you with your web research.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

This is a Firefox extension that looks interesting. After install it (and restarting Firefox), it will display a number of options when you select a word. For example, you can search Google using the highlighted word, check a Wikipedia entry etc.

The Myth about Online Course Development
A challenging article for anyone who plans the development of online learning in their organisations. It includes this great paragraph as one of the key questions to be asked:
"Do we confuse providing content with creating a learning environment or delivering a course? When putting a course online, an institution may be tempted to focus on the content. But institutions should be clear about what defines a course. If a course is simply the equivalent of its content, why are courses not defined by books rather than classrooms and faculty? A course involves content, to be sure, but it also involves interaction, dialogue, mentoring, and coaching. Clearly, content can be hosted on the Web, but how will interaction be handled? What technical infrastructure will facilitate communication and collaboration? And what pedagogical approaches will draw students in, motivating them to learn more? How an institution defines a course may well determine its success with online learning."

Sunday, January 22, 2006

OpenOffice.org: Home
I received an Email during the week asking how I created Flash versions of my presentations on my website. It was quite simple - I used Open Office. I found that I loaded my presentations into Open Office and then selected Save as Flash files. It worked well and saved me a lot of time and created files which were a lot smaller than the original PowerPoint files.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

50 RSS Ideas for Educators
I have had a quick look at this and said Wow!. I just need some time to sit down and fully explore the ideas in this article. Lots of great ideas and websites.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Wiki for Library Staff
This website was used for a workshop conducted by Tom Foster and Alan Levine for library staff of the Maricopa Community College. It provides links to a great number of sites about web technoogies (blogs, wikis etc). It is also a great example of using a wiki for professional development.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

H2O Playlist: About H2O
Using this tool, you can create lists of resources around a topic. It also seems possible to identify activities that a learner could undertake on the topic. It is also a great place to find resources and ideas related to a topic that you might be teaching. It is also possible to take an existing list of resources and modify and create a new list. Worth exploring.

OUseful Info: USB Study Stick:
A neat idea in a number of contexts: "However, with the increasing availability of cheap USB memory sticks, and the rise of portable applications, I can't help but wonder why we aren't encouraging students to adopt portable working solutions and providing them with (customised) portable application variants?" As long as the IT department doesn't lock down the computers to prevent using a USB drive.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Internet Archive: Open Educational Resources (Beta)
The Open Educational Resources Archive is a collection of educational content including coursework, study guides, exercises, and recorded lectures. It is meant for students, teachers, and self-learners at all levels. This looks interesting if you are looking for learning resources in academic areas.

Monday, January 09, 2006

SoftwareFor.org: Free Software for You
This website is subtitled: Software for Starving Students (SSS). You could follow the instructions and transfer the whole CD to your computer or you could go to the full list of included packages and download what you already don't have. Whichever way you look at it, it is a great list of free software to cover a wide range of needs.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

A Tale of Two Fish - a photoset on Flickr
Amazing. This is one of the simplest and easiest explanation of copyright and creative common licenses, told through a set of photos stored in flickr. Select slideshow to view the presentation. Thanks to Leigh Blackall.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Learning, Knowledge & Technology
I have just uploaded to my website all my 2005 presentations at various conferences. To access the presentations, select 'recent papers' on left hand side. All presentations have been loaded as Shockwave files, because they are considerabley smaller than if I had loaded as PDF or PowerPoint files. Let em know if you have any difficulty accessing the files in this format.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Crash course in learning theory
A great posting to the "Creating Passionate Users" weblog. I really liked the use of diagrams to illustrate the ideas being discussed. There are lots of comments on this posting, shoiwng that it has generated considerbale interest across the Internet.

Monday, January 02, 2006

kmwiki � home
A wiki containing lots of links to Knowledge Management. The link to this website was provided in a post on Denham Grey's blog reflecting on 2005. I was particularly interested in his reflection:
"There is an under-current in business that respects the KM basics of relationship, trust, community, networking and connections. Not sure if the web.20 meme will be strong enough to revive commercial interest in KM - certainly it will not be called knowledge management - but I sense business folks are seeing value in new affordances for web collaboration, are more aware of the possible benefits of virtual knowledge work, need improved business intelligence services and see the younger generation so 'at home' on the net."
This reflects a much wider dissatisfaction with Knowledge Management as a specific field but recognising that its components are important to good business practice.

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