Thursday, May 31, 2007

Microsoft Surface

Microsoft have announced their version of the new computer User Interface paradigm 'MULTI-TOUCH' - this is the same UI that will be used in the upcoming iPhone, and has been around for a while, its just taken time to get to a consumer level. However, Microsofts version is still beyond the budget of the consumer at around $10000 US for its 'Surface' coffee table computing device/interface.

Plenty of future potential here for educational environments - good bye to the not-so-'Smartboard'!!!

View video overview here:

Free Educational Content Now Available from iTunes U on the iTunes Store

Free Educational Content Now Available from iTunes U on the iTunes Store: "Apple announces iTunes U. A dedicated area within the iTunes Store, iTunes U features free content – course lectures, language lessons, lab demonstrations, sports highlights, and campus tours — from such leading universities as Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Duke University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. iTunes U, created in collaboration with colleges and universities, allows anyone with access to iTunes to easily extend learning, explore interests, learn more about a school and stay connected with an alma mater."

(Via Apple Hot News.)

Palm Foleo

An interesting new product from Palm - not what I expected - a 'mobile companion'. Its basically a wireless keyboard for your bluetooth phone combined with a WiFi Internet tablet (without the touchscreen interface).

Still reserving judgement on this at present - while it appears to be a great product, its size and cost make it equivalent to a cheap laptop (without the wait for bootup times), so convincing students to spring for one will probably meet with the same resistance that convincing them of the need for a PDA did... Now if it was half the price - then it would be a goer.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Google Calendars go Mobile!

Great news - Google Calendars are now mobile friendly. Simply put the URL into your mobile browser to view and add Google calendar events. GREAT!

Although there are a few Google calendar mobile synching utilities around (e.g. GooSync), I've found them quite buggy - and you can end up with multiple event entries. So great stuff not having to mess with synching anymore!

Friday, May 18, 2007

Picasa Slideshow

Picasa now features embedded slideshows (finally), although quite basic compared to, but still useful.

Here's a slideshow of our Sydney photos from Picasa:

Mouseover slides for options.

Fring Makes Twitter Free

Fring Makes Twitter Free: "

Mobile startup Fring has found a smart way to make itself relevant and useful: by integrating Twitter. For those who aren’t familiar with it, Fring uses your phone’s Internet connection to make VoIP calls, send IMs and use VoIP services (Skype, Google Talk , MSN Messenger and SIP are supported). The addition of Twitter means that you can save on your SMS bill, since Fring works with Wi-Fi or your fixed data plan. So, no extra cost assuming you already have a data plan for your phone.

They’ve even put up a YouTube video explaining the service (embedded below). So does this make you a Fringing Twitterer? Or a Fritter?

Recommended: Piczo Stuff at Mashcodes!


(Via Mashable!.)

NOTE: At the moment Fring appears to only support Nokia phones (about 50% of the market), hopefully they widen their user-base soon.

Monday, May 14, 2007


CTLImobilized, originally uploaded by thomcochrane.

To see how the ctliblog looks in your mobile phone, type the url into your mobile phones web browser (assuming you have a data account).

Or, use an online phone browser emulator such as

This Wordpress plugin comes courteousy of

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Shozu test

testing blog from shozu settings

Posted by ShoZu

Web2 Awards for 2007

Seomoz have released their web2 awards list for 2007 - a nice collection of the 'best in category' web2 sites around.


Originally uploaded by thomcochrane.

A nice pictorial representation of web2 online communities.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Mobile Blogging

My presentation for the upcoming CALL Symposium is on Mobile Blogging.
Wiki notes for the presentation are HERE.

View screencast of presentation online at

Read the paper for the presentation HERE. (Google Documents).

Mobile Blogging Links

For more information on using mobile devices in education, read the author's wiki page:

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Educause Quarterly vol2 for 2007 now online

Educause Quarterly, Volume 30, Issue2 online.

Articles include:
  • Calling All Myth Busters!

  • Always Connected, But Hard to Reach

  • Supporting Student Teaching Through Virtual Classrooms

  • Current Issues Survey Report, 2007

  • E-Learning at a Crossroads—What Price Quality?

  • Lecture Capture: What Can Be Automated?

  • Are You Ready for Mobile Learning?

  • Preparing the Next IT Leaders: Financial Management

  • The Economics of Notebook Universities

  • Clickers in the Classroom: An Active Learning Approach

  • Developing Collaborative Workstations