use of technology for learning
Martin Weller has an blog post entitled: "VLE is to Learning what PowerPoint is to Presentations". The title pretty much says it all but he elaborates:
The danger with both of them is that they represent not a potential stage on a journey for many, but the endpoint. Their ease of use and similarity to existing practice is seductive in this sense, you don’t really have to change what you do much.
Overstream is a great new online service that makes online video even more educationally interesting. All it does is allow people to add subtitles to clips on YouTube, Google Video with plans for adding more video services. Adding subtitles to video has always been one of the hurdles for their use. I can easily imagine lots of language teachers jumping at the chance to subtitle songs on YouTube.
One of the problems with handwritten notes, writing on blackboards, whiteboards and flipcharts, and official documents, is that they cannot be easily stored and transmitted. Now, Quipit, a free online service comes to the rescue. Take a picture of your document or notes with your mobile phones digital camera, SMS or email it to Quipit, and ... it shows up in a cleaned up format in your digital store. Can't get any easier. Oh, and you can then fax it or embed it in a webpage!
PowerPoint has become ubiquitous in all presentations replacing slides in conference rooms all over the world. Academics may have different needs than business people but these seem like good tips. Found by the good people at Lifehacker.com and presented via Slideshare.net (an excellent service for all presenters).
Thanks to the wonderful videos from the creative folks at Commoncraft.com you can now learn about all the key technologies shaking up the web at the moment in a fun, engaging and also a clear and concise manner. And, by the way, they're using Drupal to run their website, just like us.
However well or ill-advised the One-Laptop-Per-Child movement is from a development and literacy perspective, this charitable approach can both raise awareness of the disparities in the online world and spread some cool looking laptops around the community. If it wasn't available just in the US, I'd buy one!
Here's an interesting idea. Using technology to provide individualization in a science exhibit. The implementation is much simpler than it sounds (for instance, there is not adaptive element to it) but a simple thing such as emailing a summary to the visitor or offering an individualized quiz at the end can make a lot of difference. God bye museum gift shops, hello museum e-shops.
Lifehacker compiled a number of useful and not very well-known resources on the academic web in the US. How many similar gems languish under .ac.uk?