Archive for December, 2009

Saturday, 19th December, 2009

Hardware | eLearning Infusion

I came across a former colleague’s website via linkedin recently. Apart from giving thought to the usefulness of social networking sites, this looks like a handy resource. Nick has posts on this site about all sorts of tech things and many, for instance efolios, are handy references. A practical example below are some tips on presentation tools I didn’t know about.

We briefly discussed the merits of using Powerpoint vs. Keynote we did not even get on to discussing the Web 2.0 options like SlideRocket or 280 Slides and the general conclusion was that Powerpoint was the preferred option due to its superior presentation options. This included the ability to view presenter notes, timer and slide previews on one display and the slides only on a second display.I came away slightly disappointed as I would rather not use Powerpoint and much prefer Keynote. I decided to investigate this and I am pleased to report that all of these options are also available in Keynote. Very simple really, I don’t know why I have not noticed them before!Here’s where:Go to the Keynote preferences and click the Presenter Display tab. Select the desired options from the list.To preview and edit how this will look on your screen, click Edit Presenter Layout… and follow the instructions.

His main emphasis is elementary, but this does not stop posts being interesting or relevant

Also some interesting things about SOLO taxonomy that might have some play

via Hardware | eLearning Infusion.

Thursday, 17th December, 2009

Net Gen Skeptic

Reference relating to technological determinism via NetGen Skeptic

They conclude that educational policy makers in universities and government should be cautious about “adopting technological determinist arguments that suggest that universities simply have to adapt to a changing student population who are described as a single group with definite and known characteristics.”

via Net Gen Skeptic.

Monday, 14th December, 2009

Flickr and Iphoto

It seems that Iphoto and Flickr work together in the same way that Picasa does for uploading photos to web albums. Now that I have enough HDD space to keep photos, it might be useful to work out how to take advantage of this.

At the moment I have signed in with a Yahoo account that I have. I should look at:

  1. Setting up an account with a school address
  2. Looking through the rules for sharing and permissions. If necessary looking at an address list
  3. Checking any size or upload restrictions
  4. How to embed in edublogs and or wordpress

Looks like this should be handy for exemplars and stuff

Friday, 11th December, 2009

Google docs issues

Google docs seems to be having some issues. One document in particular seems to not open

This has happened in a slightly different way before a couple of days ago. I will need to spend some time trying to find why this happens.

Friday, 4th December, 2009

Google docs update

I have been trying to think of the best way t share the googledocs notes form my classes. I note that it is possible to publish these as a webpage that will regularly update. I have done this  for each class and put a link onto the class pages for people to access.

If I have got this right, anyone can view this, but not edit it.

I should let some people know to test this.

On another matter, delicious keeps me notified of some links which work well. It would be good to selectively expand this network. I wonder how.

Tuesday, 1st December, 2009

Overdoing it and inventory

A thought to reflect on.

I am using docs for all my classes – good and consistent but I am worried I spend to much of my time away from the students – how to check this and what action to take.

On another note, I am also spending a lot of time searching for stuff. I think an inventory would help and should think about the best way to support this.

I think the most effective thing will be a paper list on the wall, but this should be editable (so on a computer) and it would be handy to make it online and be able to have many input things.

Here is what a google docs would look like:

(if wordpress lets me, that is…) – it doesn’t