Saturday, January 31, 2009

NMC Releases 2009 Horizon Report | nmc

Always worth a read suprise mobile & social media are in there.

Thursday, January 29, 2009


Thanks to Kate of
for this link to the open education disc great resources all in one place worth a look

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Gill Clough Geocacheing wonderwoman

Thats got you embarrassed Gill ;-). Gill Clough of the OU on the world service talikng about geocacheing worth a listen  on digtal planet of course

Fancy looking at things in a bigger way

I like to think I see the bigger picture but this piece really made me think . So just what are the skills required by learners entering secondary school today or even more challenging primary. This excellent piece on the NCSL future is worth a read . Interesting that the IT firms involved are Microsoft, Intel and Cisco the times they are a changing .

Andreas Schleicher head of indicators and analysis at the organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). I suspect knows what he is talking about (no actually does Know).

Have a read and if you feel like it join the debate . article Link

Also have a look at and get involved

A interesting article to read in the midst of a global downturn.

Mac user easy to use what do if your mac wont start

Great little guide now I know mac like PC's are very reliable but just in case you need this low tech but right tech aide memoir.

Friday, January 23, 2009

what do moles watch on the web or there phone well watch moletv of course !

Joking aside this is a great example of using technology and sharing !!!

As part of the Molenet project managed by LSN and funded by the LSC
on of the project has developed into this site allows you upload your own educational video content and allows users to download the material in the most common mobile device friendly formats .The clever think is the content is converted to the various mobile friendly formats directly on the site .

So on have a look and nice thing is no advertising on the site either .

Monday, January 19, 2009

New phone feature baffle users

Interesting report from mobile firm Mfromation featured on the BBC

Main points:

85% of users reporting they were frustrated by the difficulty of getting a
new phone up and working.
In the big sample of the 4,000 people questioned, 95% said they would try more new services if
phones were easier to set up.
Nice quote here "If an application does not work once or twice, they just will not use it or
try again," he said. even more scary some 61% of those questioned said they stopped using an application if they could not get it working straight away.

This mirrors my feeling on websites.

So come on mobile developers get real and get some proper user interfaces and users involved in design and testing. Whats cool for developers isnt always cool for user !!!

This could be a major barrier to Mlearning and one we must overcome !!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Pico projector from Toshiba

Just back from Bett where pico projectors are appearing . Saw a 3M which was exciting but not jaw dropping. Then blagged a look at pre release tosh model not on publc display the ony one in the country ??

flickr pictures below. Its looks like some really cool uses could be found in the education environment .

Friday, January 16, 2009

teachmeet the legend continues

In the APex room at BETT and 250 people are pouring in !! The tweets are flowing as well as the beer. It with the help of twitter flashmeeting be the biggest keynote @ Bett09 .

watch for the camel video on youtube !!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Down for everyone or just me?

Thanks to ian usher for tie useful site.

great programme from South Africa Khanya

Great teacher training type project from SA

have a look anybody done the programme if so let me know.

request for help R U using twitter with Deaf learners

Hi request for help anybody using or interested in using twitter with deaf learners if leave us a comment

Sign Language translator

This is truly amazing the first sign language dictionary thats searchable by gesture. Thanks to Dan from Future Lab for this story. You can search video or real footage for gestures with just web cam and pc. I predict mobile version will be with us not that far in the future.

I have as regular readers know an interest in sign language but this story blew me away truly amazing

Monday, January 12, 2009

Great week bring it On LATWF,BETT09,TMBETT09

Well a whole load of acronyms what are they :-

Learning and Technology World Forum
High profile event involving Government from around the world and a veritable who's who in promoting technology in learning. Link here
I am trying to report on twitter using tag #latwf

British Educational Training and Technology
The largest Edtech show in Europe and some plaudits say the world (anybody want to say different). Its a Olympia in London 14 through till 17th January. From lady bird mice to learning platforms to policy advice its all there . Worth a visit though if you hate it dont blame me . Link here.
twitter reports #bett09

Teachmeet @ BETT09
Simply the best register on the wikki to attend in person or virtually teachmeet are simply the best show and tell anywhere of what real teachers are doing "Right Here right Now!".
twitter reports using #tmbett09

Byt the way follow me on twitter on

Friday, January 09, 2009

Teachmeet the legend continues

Well if your in london next Friday come along to teachmeetbett09 to see some really interesting practice in supporting learning with technology . If your not able to come you can participate remotely .

Go one join those giants  (humble ones) that make teachmeet so special !!

Microsoft,Apple Now Palm

Palm that US heavyweight of the mobile market (in years gone by) in the US has updated its operating systems further signs that US mobile market is growing in importance even in the recession racked US.

Microsoft,Apple Now Palm

Palm that US heavyweight of the mobile market (in years gone by)  in the US has updated its operating systems further signs that US mobile market is growing in importance even in the recession racked US.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

News coverage of Molenet funded project at Ludlow College

Little story shame the grant funded by the Learning and Skills Council and dispensed by the Learning and Skills Network didnt get a name check

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Top 50 educational apps for the iphone

One persons view I love google earth and twitterfon but what others have you found let me konw??

Monday, January 05, 2009

Random 7 neme

Well Steve Wheeler suckered me with this

I have to follow these rules

  • Link your original tagger(s), and list these rules on your blog.

  • Share seven facts about yourself in the post - some random, some weird.

  • Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.

  • Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs and/or Twitter.
Here are 7 things about me you probably didn't know (or were too scared to ask):

1) Nearly drowned at 4 my elder brother grabbed my arm as I went under for the last time

2) I didn't learn to ride a bike till 23 inspired by failing my driving test I am now a biking zealot, I proposed to my wife on a bike

3) I personally hired a Soviet built MI8 helicopter to visit Karakoram palace of Ghengis Khan in 1991 from the

capital Ulan Bator. In the days when things like this werent easy

4) Hitched across Australia north to South

5) Have camped in minus 18 Celsius for over 10 days in one trip

6) arrived in Russia on the trans Mongolian the day the 1991 August coup happened from Outer Mongolia and got off the train in Moscow the day it was defeated

7) Interested in Neolithic period well ok obsessed !!

8) spent more time in Ladakh in india Himalaya then anywhere else but England.

ok is eight but I got into confessing !

I tag Geoff Stead , Leon Cynch, Derek Robertson, Rob Englebright ,Steve Beard, Tom Barret, Claire McCallum to follow the challenge.

see Joe Wilson got collared to by Laurie

Sunday, January 04, 2009

An anthropological introduction to YouTube

A while ago I posted on the pew story on the internet replacing newspapers for adult and even surpassing TV for young people. Original post I made is here
I as a post script posed the question what is television any more which Terry Freedman commented he liked the question . The video below goes some way to answer the question .

This link came from regular Blog contributor Bob Harrison and links nicely with earlier post .Watch video of the presentation by Mike Wesch University of Kansas to Library of Congress. Great piece of work worth a look. Youtube is a insight into one future of broadcast media.

Mike Also produced the machine is watching us video which Ive blogged before.

I want to be one of his students

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Homework is fun on an iPod touch

Nice to see this Australian work using the Ipod touch my mobile
favourite at the moment (subject to change )
link here

Friday, January 02, 2009

storage storage and backup

The historians I know are concerned the amount of digtal artefacts (photos) stored on standalone home computers.
I put photo's on Flickr and store them on a extra portable hard drives. but if your storage of photos on facebook got chopped how much would you lose or future historian lose.

Great blog post on this subject from Gina Minks linking to Brian Hendersons blog

I came across the EMC Academic Alliance read there white papers on Digital Universe
and »Managing Storage »

only on UK institution is a mmeber Glasgow Caledonian University but I will look into it. There comment on developing a generic storage currciculm might be of increasing importance to us all.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

D2L Launches Mobile Learning Environment -- Campus Technology

A sign of maturing mlearning launch of application that works with
a learning platform.

one must remember how succesful blackberry in US education market . A
development to watch.

Happy New Year prediction

Mobile is already here (last years prediction) this years one is location,location . The integration of GPS is the utility thats time has come.

  • context
  • location