As a result of the Jisc TechDis service closing the TechDis Sandpit will no longer exist.
The TechDis sandpit has played an important role in providing practitioners with the power to demonstrate potential and persuade IT teams to install toolkits on local servers.
TechDis are keen that organisations or individuals new to Xerte Toolkits know how they can now get started with Xerte and grow into fully fledged installations. The main options available are listed below:
Anthony Beal's insight:
Alistair McNaught discusses the options for setting up Xerte for teachers and institutions
Google Docs and Google Drive don't offer the option to find public files, but you can do that using Google search. Now that the Google Docs robots.txt file allows search engines to index most of the public files, you should be able to find them, assuming that there are some links that point to them.
Search engines only index the files that are "public on the Web". By default, files are private, but you can change the visibility from the "Share" box.
Here are some useful queries that let you find public Google Drive/Docs files (you can append some keywords to the queries):
"I’m currently teaching a first year module on Open Source Software, one of the requirements for which is students write their findings up as blog posts. For that reason I thought it might be useful to be able to keep track of how much my students have been writing. Given there are 80 students on the module, some automation here would also be useful!"
Not long after educational providers and students alike clocked on to the fast-rising and game-changing trend of free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) programmes, it quickly expanded to factor in the option of paid MOOCs, otherwise known as MOOC+....
"At the top of my list these days is an app called TouchCast.
How many times have you watched a video where they point out a great resource only to say that you’ll come back to it later and never do? Or, have you ever shared a great resource and wanted to provide a variety of links for someone to choose from to extend their knowledge? It’s happened to me lots of times, and either I forget the links, or get distracted with something else whilst switching from one app to the other. TouchCast solves these issues by creating an app that merges the power of videos and the web into one."
Anthony Beal's insight:
Potentially an excellent app for video projects. Pull in other videos, live polls, web pages, charts etc. to allow interaction with your video.
"Last year I started working with iBooks Author and made my first iBook to use in class. A year later, I now have about 8 iBooks under my belt. At the Apple Distinguished Educator Institute 2013 in Cork I was lucky enough to spend two times a whole hour with people from the Duarte team (the people behind some great iBook Author Text Books and The Inconvenient Truth Slideshow). Below I will share some tips and tricks that have helped me through the writing and designing process."
"WELLESLEY, Mass., Oct. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Teaching faculty at institutions of higher education remain largely unaware of open educational resources (OER), but the potential exists for much wider adoption, according to a new report from Babson Survey Research Group (BSRG) and Pearson."
"It’s hard to deny the huge role mobile apps play in our everyday lives. We use them to record our TV programmes, keep in touch with friend, read books and news…this list is endless...
...I want to find out how you’re using mobile apps in teaching and learning to enhance the student experience. My team is inviting staff from across the sector to tell us what they’re doing and how it benefits their learners... "
Anthony Beal's insight:
Tracey Duffy at Jisc wants to hear about your experiences using mobile apps
Jisc Digital Media releases the final episode in a series of three media morsels covering topics surrounding digital media in e-learning. This morsel covers aspects of flipping the classroom using online video. It showcases some examples of web technologies that allow academic staff to build a complete resource or learning object around this content enabling students to assess their knowledge and for tutors to gain beneficial feedback before seeing them in the lecture hall or classroom.
"Dropbox and Evernote are both cloud computing services therefore an initial source of information you may wish to consult is the JISC Legal Cloud Computing Toolkit. The toolkit includes an introductory video, an Overview, and User Guides for (1) IT, (2) Senior Management and Policy Makers, (3) Users and a further User Guide on contracts, SLAs and Terms and Conditions of Use."
Listly List - Book Creator apps for the iPad - Scribble Press - $3.99, Shutterfly Photo Story- FREE, Picturebook - FREE, Bamboo Paper - FREE, Picturebook: School Edition - $3.99, StoryBuddy 2 - $2.99, Paper by FiftyThree - FREE, Mooklet - FREE, My Story - $3.99, Express Books - FREE, TinyTap - FREE, Book Creator- $4.99, Scribble My Story - FREE, StoryKit - FREE, and Story Creator - FREE