Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Flexible presentation in UCOL Hub

Portable presentation trolley in use

Flexible presentation in UCOL Hub

Flexible presentation in UCOL Hub

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Friday, September 18, 2009

AVIARY - online Image and audio editor

AVIARY is a set of media recording and editing tools that work inside of your web browser - a powerful 'cloud computing' tool. It's key features include:

  • Photo Editor (including masks)

  • Vector image editor - c.f. Freehand/Illustrator

  • Screen Capture

  • Multitrack Audio Editor and Recorder - e.g. Garageband, a nicer interface than Audacity!

Video Intro to Aviary:

Video Intro to the Aviary Audio recorder/editor (Myna)

  1. Visual Waveform editor

  2. Automation

  3. Effects

  4. Import/Export

  5. Share sessions

Example Myna Session:

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Learning Space Design

Students preferred learning space ezample!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Livestream - create your own free online TV station

Free online Video streaming tools:

  1. Livestream

  2. uStream

Collate and stream your YouTube videos, live webcam, and even smartphone camera (ustream only), creating a virtual TV station! Great for presenting/sharing compilations of presentations, student projects, events, etc...


Thursday, September 10, 2009

Apple releases iPod updates, iTunes9 & iPhone 3.1 OS

Today Apple released updated versions of their iPod line - the biggest update being for the iPod Nano which now sports some great media capturing tools:

iPod Nano

  • Camera for video (& images?), sync to YouTube via iPhoto

  • Built-in microphone and speaker for audio recording

  • Pedometer - good for exercise!

  • Nike+ built-in

  • FM Radio


So Apple now have a great media capturing device at an affordable price point for students. Like a 'Flip' video camera built into an iPod! Camera records at close to DVD quality (640x480, 30fps, H264). Audio includes AIFF, WAV, AAC, MP3 formats. So a potential staged implementation of WMDs for students could look like:
  • students buy iPod Nano in Y1,
  • iPhone in Y2,
  • Mac 'Tablet' or MacBook in Y3...

iPod nano
8GB NZ$259
16GB NZ$318

inc GST


New features include ability to remotely organise iPhone screens - i.e. organise apps.


Also Apple gave statistics on games for the iPhone - way ahead of PSP & Wii!!!


Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Intentional Communities Of Practice

Here's an overview of the development (2006 to 2009) of an intentional Communities OF Practice model for Academic Professional Development. This grew out of the Dummies2Delight group started in 2006, and has grown into a model for creating and supporting collaborative teaching and learning projects with a technology steward (CTLI/TPA) lecturers and their students.

  1. Dummies2Delight Overview 2007:

  2. Community Of Practice invite (2007 original):

  3. First collaborative COP report 2007:
    From Dummies2Delight

  4. Moving Mobile Mainstream (Via Communities Of Practice) 2007:

  5. CTLI Minisymposium 2007 - COP "Show & Tell".

  6. Just What Is A Community Of Practice? (2008):

  7. Community Of Practice Outline 2008:

  8. Example COP Invite (SPASA 2008):

  9. TPA Minisymposium 2009: Example COP feedback.

Video Overview (With focus on mobile web 2.0 projects development):

For more background info on COPs, see Wenger's introduction website and one-page COP setup guide: