"The 2012 JISC Online conference (#jiscel12) officially kicks off today! But it has already got off in great style with a pre-conference week of activities. Part of this was a really innovative opening session led by Rob Englebright looking at the history of learning technology, which turned out to be a really lively and sparky session, with a huge number of contributions via microphone and text chat.
The idea was simple: Rob had set up a timeline so that people could insert technologies which had really changed their worlds, together with some notes about what was special about these. While some might have reservations about the focus on technology, it really worked for me."
Skype, the free, ubiquitous VOIP downloadable, offers some unique opportunities for tech-savvy teachers to get their students learning in exciting new ways. It might prove a buggy affair depending on the version, but all the same the service still makes for a phenomenal classroom tool. Read on to find out how you can put this cool tool to work in your classroom.
"...Amazon is also launching its Kindle Owners’ Lending Library in Europe which entitles subscribers to its Prime service to borrow a book a month for free. Many of the books in the library use Kindle Direct Publishing, which allows authors to avoid traditional publishers for e-books.Tech Crunch explains how the library will operate...
"Recently I have been working on developing a badging system for the online courses we run at the JISC RSC Scotland, using the Mozilla Open Badges Infrastructure (OBI). This has required a bit of thought but before going into what I have been considering, it would probably be worth describing our approach to our courses and how we currently recognise participant achievement."
...This is a good example of collaborative work in the digital age. What drove this to success was not just the app’s design but mostly the planning the teachers did before embarking on the project. The teachers knew what they wanted to see as an end product having had some experience with Creative Book Builder products from earlier this spring...
Apple make some great Apps e.g. iMovie, Keynote, Pages, Numbers, iPhoto and GarageBand. People will shell out for them because they are fab.
However, in the new VP era, it is more expensive for schools managing small class sets e.g… iMovie £2.99, Keynote£6.99, Pages £6.99, Numbers £6.99, iPhoto £2.99 and GarageBand £2.99 on up to 20 iPads will cost a wapping (no pun intended) £600.
So if you’ve not been saving your pennies you need to do some smart thinking.
Colleges are building global student bodies and trying to create models for massive open online courses, or MOOCs.
...The spread of MOOCs is likely to have wide fallout. Lower-tier colleges, already facing resistance over high tuition, may have trouble convincing students that their courses are worth the price. And some experts voice reservations about how online learning can be assessed and warn of the potential for cheating...
"There have been several posts on the web discussing what makes the most sense to purchase for the classroom, an Apple TV setup or an Interactive Whiteboard. While it’s great to say one is better than the other, I would like to show you the differences between the two setups and break each setup down into categories to see which outperforms the other..."
STUDENTS on Manchester Metropolitan University’s Exercise and Sport Science distance learning course are thought to be the first in the country to benefit from having custom-made iBooks to support them through their studies.
Today is World Teachers' Day and Google has some news to share. YouTube has hit a new milestone: the video sharing website now features more than 1,000 educational channels.
In celebration of teachers everywhere, Google has put together some new resources to make YouTube even more useful for learning. Oh, and the site also has a new logo showing off a chalkboard and an apple, hitting two teacher stereotypes in one shot!
"When Google unveiled Project Glass, the tech world instantly fell into two camps. Camp one was excited: we're living in the sci-fi future! Camp two, though, wasn't so happy. It's vapourware! some said, while others worried that Google just wanted to plaster ads on the entire world. Is either camp correct? Let's find out."
Imagine a trip to the movie theater in the future. When you enter, you unlock your smart phone with facial recognition, purchase tickets by stating your name to the clerk, swipe a tag at the entrance that sets your phone to “silent” for the duration of the movie, and listen to a talk by the film’s director who appears holographically at the front of the room.
Most of the technologies necessary to enact this scenario are available and charted on Gartner’s 2012 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technology. In fact, it is only a matter of a few “tipping point” technologies that still need to mature for several compelling scenarios to take off.
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