Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Amusing Guide to Making Folks Feel Old

Battleship Potemkin is off the scale then ..

Typing Shop Abu Dhabi

Typing Shop by joecar80
Typing Shop, a photo by joecar80 on Flickr.
I'm sure they will move on to other devices - but worth a pause for thought. These shops feature all around the world and help folks with form filling , reading and translation ..I'm not sure what the UK equivalent would be.. an internet cafe ? not sure they are quite as community orientated.

Today, the last type writer manufacturer shuts up shop .

In 1985 I was the envy of the staff room as a proud owner of an electric typewriter,  it even had an auto correct white ribbon. By1987 I was programming wordstar or some other package to get better results out of a personal computer. I don't miss inky fingers - but they were really clever bits of engineering.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Five Big Mistakes in Virtual Education

Liked this as a presentation and for way it handles some challenges.Still not certain there is enough learning around this being shared between workplace, HE , FE and Schools The 5 big mistakes in virtual education
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Monday, April 11, 2011

Get Thinking through Images

Just thought this was such a wonderful animated gif from Dr Strangelove.
I found this and lots of other images that are food for thought at A great place to feed your head.  Guessing most graphics and media teachers will be steeped in this site but you never know.
Would make a great image for a caption competition.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

ELearning Alliance

Spent this morning with old and new friends at the E-Learning Alliance having a look at ;  their mission, the support they provide to members  and their website ( which is about to be radically updated). I can't believe it has been around since 2002 originally pump primed with Scottish Enterprise money.  They now have an established membership base and their events make for a handy gathering spot for those involved in e-learning across the public and private sectors.

I've always found it a productive place to build bridges between developers in the public and private sector and a place to hear about where delivery is being made on a large scale across organisations.  A local focus point where I can learn from private sector and world of work on implementation of e-learning programmes.

Looking forward to new website and tools including neat web conferencing tool supplied by

Monday, April 04, 2011

The Role of New Media in Vocational Education

I spend a lot of the time trying to explain things that George Siemens seems to have developed a knack for.  Link above links to two really useful presentations.Sharing is an essential part of a globalised learning community too.The map of use of on-line communities is particularly  interesting as Linked-in  became  a community of 100 million users last week .What strikes me most is that these communities and ways of working still exist in a parallel universe to much of the corporate culture in both the public and private sectors.

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