Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Thanks to Leon Cynch for sending this link to me from http://www.deontee.com/about/
47 great twitter tools
I also love the playmobile figure browsing twitter.
Also you might like to look at http://everythingtwitter.com/ great stuff on both sites.
Is Twitter a technology that is emerging by stealth. In recent months I've seen:-
- Teachers asking for ideas for teaching classes
- Travellers asking for restaurant and things to do ideas
- Conference attendees broadcasting thoughts ideas
- Conference presenters asking questions of the audience in the room and in the wider world via Twitter
- Bloggers getting ideas from twitter
- Facebook users using it to update status and Twitter at the same time
Google is still the search engine of the masses but for specialist questions amongst a circle of friends (followers in Twitter terms) Twitter is a very powerful tool that is creeping up in its use.
You may only have 160 characters but it encourages short targeted questions
See you on Twitter ;-)
Monday, October 27, 2008
Credit to Ollie Bray http://olliebray.typepad.com/ for putting this out via twitter. It's works on
the touch to.
Great news if your interested in using the tool for:
- outdoor pursuits
Saturday, October 25, 2008
I pushed them at Mlearn on my papers on the fly session Ive blogged them Ive bluddgendon people to help support them. So on just go and have a look http://teachmeet.pbwiki.com/
Think underground the teaching equivalent of guerrilla gardening with some people that ive met once and kept in touch with via Twitter my twitter
In fact teachmeet isn't precious about the idea the whole thing could work in your college your area or even your class people have all got things there passionate about and want to share.
My email signature has a strap line "One can resist the invasion of an army but one cannot resist the invasion of ideas" Victor Hugo.
Teachmeet be inspired but be at one virtually or in person !!
Posted by andy black at 8:48 pm
Friday, October 24, 2008
you will find loads of stuff from using blogger, producing podcasts, second life, RSS feeds how to use itunes to get podcasts.
Well deserved and a train resource he has made free to all
Posted by andy black at 5:05 pm
Read interesting comment from Rory Cellan-Jones at
Posted by andy black at 10:09 am
the answers from young people they asked as to classroom technology is enlightening worth a read.
Posted by andy black at 9:21 am
Thursday, October 23, 2008
the fact it works offline is the keypoint
Posted by andy black at 8:23 pm
Lisa is one of those great people work to promtoe learninh note I didnt add the "e" working for the JISC RSC's.
She described my networking at a recent event handheld learning as furious Ooh!! maybe I better calm down a bit !!
Great blog worth a look loved the Coast to Coast video as a keen cyclist myself
Posted by andy black at 5:38 pm
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008
This is a relatively new project funded under Best Practice innovation grant with some interesting aims outcomes :-
Objectives and Outcomes:http://wordpress.btc.ctc.edu/mlearning/about
1. Improve access to
course materials by providing instructors and students with a handheld
device, such as an iPod Touch, which can be used to access content
anywhere there is a wireless Internet connection.
2. Reduce production of
printed materials to develop a more sustainable instructional delivery
3. Provide tools to
generate increased instructor/student and student/student interaction
using more learner-centered pedagogy.
4. Develop and publish
replicable implementation model to be promoted internally and within
the SBCTC system.
5. Promote creation and
distribution of Open Educational Resources by modeling the process for
6. Discover and document
how students are using these devices personally, so we are better able
to address future learning needs and interests.
Posted by andy black at 10:23 pm
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Subject: News Centre : Department for Children, Schools and FamiliesA interesting time to live in Suffolk and Oldham http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2008_0234
Posted by andy black at 11:25 pm
The European funded MUVEnation project has just
launched ‘Teaching and learning with MUVEs’. This is a one
year postgraduate programme, delivered online, for future and
in-service teachers who want to use innovative methods and tools to
address learners motivation and participation issues in compulsory
education. What impact can 3D virtual worlds, such as Second Life,
really have on our learning and teaching settings?
course is free, but there are only 80 places. Participants will receive
a formal letter or certificate of completion from their assigned
institution For a full overview of the programme description and
objectives please visit. We have four levels of participation - from
the full course to those who are more experienced and would like simply
to observe and participate in discussions
programme will be taking place in Italy, United Kingdom, Germany,
Spain, Belgium and France. If you are interested in participating then
please see the registration details here on the site, the closing days
for applications is the last week in October.
We look forward to hearing from you,
The MUVEnation team
Posted by andy black at 1:21 pm
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Well just look at this ipod touched docked into a docking station
concept at moment but intersting.
Posted by andy black at 8:34 am
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
The telling quote is"We're very excited about these changes because it makes iGoogle a more
useful homepage and a better platform for developers. And this is just
the beginning: expect to see more canvas gadgets created by developers
and more new features on iGoogle soon.
so is it linked to chrome and other recent developments.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Read the text below I have idea for British Sign Language resources on mobile devices anybody fancy chipping in with ideas to make it happen..read about it below text is from the website
4iP is keen to get proposals from as wide a range of people and companies as possible. Nobody is too small, nobody too big.
In short, 4iP is looking to support great ideas for websites, games and
mobile services which will help people improve their lives. If you want
to learn more about the kind of ideas 4iP is seeking you can read our guidelines.
If you have a proposal ready to go, please set up your account and get cracking.
We aim to get back to you within twenty eight days with our initial thoughts - you can always log in here to check the status of your proposal(s).
Posted by andy black at 8:05 pm
Thanks for you comment and even more for giving a blog link interested yes very so if you interested a real mobile learning with real people in a tertiary work based learning context you got to follow Toms work!!
plus hes got another he didnt tell me about so have that to will add them to my blog roll later.
All in all top event handheld learning top event and meal out last night was great !!
Friday, October 10, 2008
Excuse the lack of long post but just got say Mlearn2008 was the best conference I've attended in a while . why well here's my feedback
1) Quality of papers without doubt high quality throughout
2) Keynotes not on duff one amongst them and interesting mix of commercial, policy focused and awesomely academic.
3) Exhibitors only a few but quality people
4) Social activity two great evening socials
5) Attendees really great mix those awesome South Africans, New Zealanders (Selena Chan and Thomas Cochrane blew my head off !!) those Awesome Aussie and a real great mix of other people from around the world.
6) Dr Chris Dennett and his working like devils with rfid and bluetooth stuff. The first education conference in the world to use rfid to inform its audience throughout . example of one clip sent to my phone
I will blog it loads but just to tired now
well done organising committee anyone fancy Florida next year !!!
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Went to the Molenet dissemination conference on the 18th September get a very bland report here Iam assurred video and more etailed reports will follow. Keypoint apart from great stuff done by colleges is that more money is up for grabs next year details here
Mlearn2008 starts next week well worth a look details here some really interesting slots a distinctly international flavour .
Then week after next at the brewery in London Handheld Learning 2008 including a great FREE day on the Monday . Nicely titled a Handheld Learning Festival day
Its going to be great but exhausting !!!
I have had a loan of a OLPC thanks Seb and have had some fun with it. But I wasnt convinced but maybe I have been to hard and tainted by my long expereice of suing PC's Mac and some of the more ecent UMPC's .
So maybe I am wrong
have a read off to eat humble pie ;-)))
Posted by andy black at 10:25 pm
This conference coming up in early november looks just the best. Ive got to give a huge plug to this one administered on behalf of JISC by Geoff Minshull and Judith Mole of Directlearn the best online conference team this side of Ursa Minor .
The line is pretty excellent yet another chance to see John (Giant) Davitt sickinlgy I suspect he has good online as he is live. The rest of the programme is great view it here .
Added the conference link in my sidebar . Sadly nobody asks me to do online events anymore ;-)
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