22 December, 2004
Use Furl to save copies of Web Pages which you want to store as they are, forever.
I use it to keep copies of articles and news which I don't expect to be online for ever, or which I am referencing in work that I do.
Join Furl and get the toolbar, and you are given 5 Gb of server space to save these pages.
30 November, 2004
Can be used for phoning over the Internet - http://www.skype.com/products/explained.html explains how.
Perhaps it could be used by groups of students to take part in discussions. For example, Fast Forward students have to take part in a group discussion, which is difficult to achieve if some live at a distance. The Skype software might allow several students to take part in conferencing cheaply and simply.
24 November, 2004
It seems that a style sheet can only be called from the organiser pages by going through the WebDAV address. So instead of, in the icon title, typing:
<font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2"> <b><br>Introduction</b></font>
<link href="http://webct.edgehill.ac.uk/dav/ProVIDE/css_provide_home.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><P>Introduction</P>
...With the 'css_provide_home.css' file in the 'My Files' directory on WebCT.
The possible down-side was that in Internet Explorer (which most students will be using), 'View' > 'Text Size' doesn't work on the icon text now, because that is set to work on 'Font' tags. It does work in Mozilla Web browser 'View' > 'Text Zoom'. But as long as the text is large enough to start with , that shouldn't be a problem.
Also we need to test how WebDAV is affected when we go off campus.
Some help for the Sony PD150 video camera.
18 November, 2004
17 November, 2004
Interesting thoughts on the educational uses of Blogging.
Educational Blogging : By Stephen Downes, Senior Researcher with the E-Learning Research Group, National Research Council Canada.
The street finds its own use for things: By Henry.
18 October, 2004
RAMBLE is a JISC-funded project, part of the E-Learning Tools programme. RAMBLE is investigating the use of mobile blogs and their integration into Learning Environments.
In this project the process of blogging has three stages:
- Blogging on a PDA - where students can reflect on their learning experiences, provide feedback on lectures, tutorials, practicals etc at a location, time etc. that is convenient to them.
- Upload the blog to a blog server - on return to their desktop or wherever there is access to the Internet, the students can press a button and upload the blogs to a local blog server.
- Integration in a VLE - VLEs can provide an environment in which the blog can be shared among selected groups, typically peers or tutors within a focused context as can be provided by VLEs. (Usually, blogs are made public and are not highly contextualised). The main development for this project will consist of tools to read the blogs via feeds (probably RSS and Atom) and to render them in various ways in the VLE.
12 October, 2004
Might be of interest as I have just ordered 3 DELL Axim X30 Wireless PAN/LAN PDAs.
It is £205 for the day (lunch and refreshments included). Each delegate also gets a Palm handheld.
11 October, 2004
08 October, 2004
15 September, 2004
John's session went very well (or so he said!). There is always a worry that people will radically disagree with your thoughts on a subject but JD didn't have to worry. A lot of conversation was generated from his thoughts.
Some highlights so far for me.
- Watching JD lose all his money at the casino last night.
- The cooked brekkie this morning.
- Finding out about lots of new software - much of it free, eg. Kartoo - a visual search engine although will we ever get time to play with it?
- Brilliant session on how to use PDAs in your teaching from a couple of funny guys from Yorkshire. Some simple yet effective ideas.
Conference dinner tonight, probably be loads of lovely veg!
14 September, 2004
His book 'Building Accessible Websites' is available on that site, and I have a printed version in my office.
05 September, 2004
04 August, 2004
From our point of view, it would be easy to add a link to a reading list from WebCT modules, because they will each have a URL that doesn't change. If that wasn't good enough, and we wanted to format the data, it could be sent from Millenium in XML.
27 July, 2004
14 June, 2004
11 June, 2004
10 June, 2004
Please feel free to add anything you may come across on your travels around the web/media/pub which you think might be of use to the Unit.