Thursday, April 30, 2009

Inspired Bicycles - Danny MacAskill April 2009

Impressed me not edtech related.
Check out this video on YouTube:

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Apple - Education - Mobile Learning Roadshow

Ok it's Australia but what about UK Apple.


Sent from my iPod

Friday, April 24, 2009


Great synopsis of last weeks Learner Higher CETL M-posium at Manchester Metropolitain University  article by Bob Harrison on Merlin John Online . Great contributors if you ignore my efforts.

TES article on using twitter in classroom

interesting article on twitter in the classroom quoting josie fraser

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Smarter Greener Learning Conference

Huge plug for smarter greener learning conference orgainised by friends at Regional Support Centre Scotland North and East.Great concept and looks like interesting line up

The Smarter Greener Learning Conference will:

  • inform management decision-making by developing an understanding of resource and energy use across the institution
  • disseminate findings from the JISC SUSTE-IT project in a context relevant to strategic managers in education
  • encourage the sharing of good practice in IT and ICT management
Keynotes speakers include:
  • Professor Peter James, Professor of Environmental Management at the University of Bradford
  • Andrew Chamberlain, Manager of the Environment Agency for Universities and Colleges (Scotland)
  • David Somervell, Energy & Sustainability Manager, University of Edinburgh

"Where Do You Learn?": Tweeting to Inform Learning Space Development

Interesting piece from Sheffield Hallam via educause about web 2.0 and student use of learning spaces amongst a wealth of other things worth a good read.

Its key takeways give a taster
these are
  • Emerging technologies and applications can extend traditional approaches to data generation and can be used effectively in institutional planning.
  • Having participants provide real-time information offers valuable behavioral insights in context, rather than relying on information recall.
  • Using a method where data is shared and emerging — as opposed to controlled and presented summatively — enables informed decisions about ongoing projects and developments.

Friday, April 17, 2009

E book on mobile in education and training

free E book from University of Athabasca (Canada’s O U) on Mobile Learning Transforming the Delivery of Education and Training Edited by Mohamed Ally

Some great stuff by Claire Carl and John at London Met John Traxler , Agnes really nice range of examples of whats out there in mobile but its only a small piece of that widening M world worth a read.

ET Seminar Archive reloaded

Hows this for history due to request from Mr Usher we have dragged part of the Becta Expert Technology Seminar archive out of retirement . Some real gems here ignore ones by me

  • +on collaborative Environments

  • +25 technologies to enable flexibility in 25 minutes with Rob (tractor battery ) Englebright

5 and 4 years ago respectively.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Stanford University's iPhone development course free online

I thought this might be of interest to who are interested in learning to develop for the iPhone, particularly those non-corporate folks (e.g. students etc) who are on lower budgets.

Stanford University have just started a new taught iPhone development class
this semester and are putting it all up on iTunesU for free (at the same speed
as the course is taught), and some of the material is available on the
ordinary website.

More details here:

Hopefully this will prove to be a quality addition to Apple's developer
materials. An iPhone/iPod Touch is not essential for the course by the way.

Also, if you're looking at getting into iPhone development and don't have the
budget for the Mac hardware, this page has links to several tutorials enabling
OSX on PC hardware:
Obviously you'll need a legitimate copy of OSX too 

100th twitter follower compared to 100th Facebook friend

I blogged back in October about my adding my 100th Facebook Friend I am just about to add my 100th follower on twitter . Well it just happens to be John Traxler of Wolverhampton Universities Learning Lab.

Twitter took me as it does many users a while to get but my advice is stick with it . Twitter is becoming for many there own Personal Learning Network and Drew Buddie aka Digitalmaverick suggests it is his google . Twitter it appears to me has widened my network made it accross the the education sector . The big impact has been personally in international contacts. Now I know its personal but twitter seems to work for me!

Friday, April 03, 2009

Splash url

thanks to James for this. It loks initially like a very neat url shrotening tool on the fly like other but neater . but what is also coll for you QR code fans it produces them on the fly to :-

for example becomes
as a QR code. Ive shrunk qr code but you easily put it up on a screen at a conference workshop.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

BCS event Boom or Bust: creating digital technologies in turbulent times

Interesting up and coming event . In London 1st 2nd July

Boom or Bust: creating digital technologies in turbulent times

Create 2009 is a 2-day conference about creating innovative interactions, whether digital consumer products, interactive services or interaction paradigms. This is the third year of the 'Create' conference series.

This year, we are particularly interested in submissions from practitioners and academics willing to share frank and open accounts of research and design practice beginning to be shaped or influenced by the global economy and climate considerations. However, we also welcome submissions related to the more traditional themes of this conference. How do we work together as designers and HCI specialists to come up with people-centred design, and how do we work with others to make our designs a reality?