Monthly Archives: August 2009

A broken habit⤴

from @ Islay ICT

 

Its been a long time since I got out of the habit of blogging. Twitter, the micro blogging service, as dominated my online activities recently.

Its not that things haven’t been going on. In fact its been extremely busy. I hope to do a catch up with some of the things over the next few weeks.

This past week has been the first full week in school. (after an extra day due to water supply problems) and therefore the issue of the UMPC’s to the incoming pupils. These are UMPC’s that are new to them.

On a Friday afternoon we are running How to session’s for all the incoming pupils. In our case that's 43.

The First session was issuing the UMPC’s, giving out login’s, and logging on……. and of course dealing with associated problems.

Last Friday was connecting to the internet and accessing email using Outlook 2007.

I have been using Community Clips to record instructional video’s. Basic ‘How to’s’ for the pupils to refer back too.

So why have I used Community Clips instead of Jing?

The main reason was that I wanted to add the video’s directly into OneNote.

OneNote embeds and plays WMV files directly within the application and Community Clips produces WMV files which I can edit in Movie Maker and place in the OneNote to create a NoteBook.

Jing produces FLV (and MPEG’s if you pay the subscription and I paid the subscription 2 days before discovering Community Clips) files which are much smaller. These can be hyperlinked and will play when clicked in a notebook and they open in the devices default player. I wanted to keep everything within OneNote and keep the work flow as simple as possible.

A broken habit⤴

from @ Islay ICT

 

Its been a long time since I got out of the habit of blogging. Twitter, the micro blogging service, as dominated my online activities recently.

Its not that things haven’t been going on. In fact its been extremely busy. I hope to do a catch up with some of the things over the next few weeks.

This past week has been the first full week in school. (after an extra day due to water supply problems) and therefore the issue of the UMPC’s to the incoming pupils. These are UMPC’s that are new to them.

On a Friday afternoon we are running How to session’s for all the incoming pupils. In our case that's 43.

The First session was issuing the UMPC’s, giving out login’s, and logging on……. and of course dealing with associated problems.

Last Friday was connecting to the internet and accessing email using Outlook 2007.

I have been using Community Clips to record instructional video’s. Basic ‘How to’s’ for the pupils to refer back too.

So why have I used Community Clips instead of Jing?

The main reason was that I wanted to add the video’s directly into OneNote.

OneNote embeds and plays WMV files directly within the application and Community Clips produces WMV files which I can edit in Movie Maker and place in the OneNote to create a NoteBook.

Jing produces FLV (and MPEG’s if you pay the subscription and I paid the subscription 2 days before discovering Community Clips) files which are much smaller. These can be hyperlinked and will play when clicked in a notebook and they open in the devices default player. I wanted to keep everything within OneNote and keep the work flow as simple as possible.

Waiting to start!⤴

from

Despite having emailed the university, I was told that my course work etc would be posted out later in August. We are now only a few days away from September when this course is supposed to begin. I don’t feel like emailing again but I need to say Im not used to this kind of leaving everything to the last minute especially for a Masters degree course offered by one od the four Scottish ancients!

I have been doing some reading around the subject to keep me keen and have just found out that I have been accepted on to my local authority’s first stage leadership course.

I just want to start my studies!

Little Brother is watching!⤴

from @ Digitalkatie's blog

My technology issues have continued today meaning I've been at work for three extra hours doing silly things like sticking cut out names to bits of paper so I can have classlists next week. Thanks to a fabby Father-in-Law Louis now has all four wheels on his buggy attached and working, which is one thing off the list :-)

One very cool thing that has been happening this week though is I keep getting sent Amazon parcels from random strangers!

A while ago I read a free electronic copy of "Little Brother" by Cory Doctorow. I read it on my phone while on the bus.

Cory doesn't want payment for the e-book version of his novel, instead he has a list of schools and libraries who want copies. If you enjoy the book, buy one for a good cause.

I asked for our school to be added to the list. We got added a couple of weeks ago. This week I've been sent FOUR copies!

My plan is that I can use this to teach the geeky tech stuff in the NC Digital Media Computing through reading the book and discussing the issues that come up in it. 'Literacy Across Learning', here we come!Little Brother is watching!

Little Brother is watching!⤴

from @ Digitalkatie's blog

My technology issues have continued today meaning I've been at work for three extra hours doing silly things like sticking cut out names to bits of paper so I can have classlists next week. Thanks to a fabby Father-in-Law Louis now has all four wheels on his buggy attached and working, which is one thing off the list :-)

One very cool thing that has been happening this week though is I keep getting sent Amazon parcels from random strangers!

A while ago I read a free electronic copy of "Little Brother" by Cory Doctorow. I read it on my phone while on the bus.

Cory doesn't want payment for the e-book version of his novel, instead he has a list of schools and libraries who want copies. If you enjoy the book, buy one for a good cause.

I asked for our school to be added to the list. We got added a couple of weeks ago. This week I've been sent FOUR copies!

My plan is that I can use this to teach the geeky tech stuff in the NC Digital Media Computing through reading the book and discussing the issues that come up in it. 'Literacy Across Learning', here we come!Little Brother is watching!

Technology woes⤴

from @ Digitalkatie's blog

I'm having a bad technology day.
My projector bulb got replaced but it's still not showing red, so I'll have to restrict Media Studies film options to black and white
My computer doesn't have sound installed, so that's us down to black and white silent films!
My smartboard keeps rubbing it in and telling me I don't have admin rights when I log in (so that rules out interactivity)
None of the computers in my room have printers installed, so that rules out printing out good-old-fashioned-worksheets
I got a DVD player delivered today, so that could potentially solve my Media Studies problem...if only I had a SCART cable
I failed to find time today to source video cameras for the third time since March (cause suppliers keep getting removed from the Approved Suppliers list just after I put orders in to the office
I then got told that the 11 copies of Adobe Flash that got approved last term are on hold as we have no money
Then leaving school I realised my dying phone was on the blink again and I had to reboot it three times before it would let me make a call
I'm now off to collect my son from nursery, although I'll have to carry him as one of the wheels has come off his buggy and because my phone was playing up I couldn't phone the wheelchair clinic before they closed to make an appointment to get it fixed (we'd do it ourselves but that toolkit is packed in a box somewhere)
We'll then head home, where we don't have any internet because Sky couldn't install it yesterday because there's "excess signal"!?
....but our new home is really cool :-)

Technology woes⤴

from @ Digitalkatie's blog

I'm having a bad technology day.
My projector bulb got replaced but it's still not showing red, so I'll have to restrict Media Studies film options to black and white
My computer doesn't have sound installed, so that's us down to black and white silent films!
My smartboard keeps rubbing it in and telling me I don't have admin rights when I log in (so that rules out interactivity)
None of the computers in my room have printers installed, so that rules out printing out good-old-fashioned-worksheets
I got a DVD player delivered today, so that could potentially solve my Media Studies problem...if only I had a SCART cable
I failed to find time today to source video cameras for the third time since March (cause suppliers keep getting removed from the Approved Suppliers list just after I put orders in to the office
I then got told that the 11 copies of Adobe Flash that got approved last term are on hold as we have no money
Then leaving school I realised my dying phone was on the blink again and I had to reboot it three times before it would let me make a call
I'm now off to collect my son from nursery, although I'll have to carry him as one of the wheels has come off his buggy and because my phone was playing up I couldn't phone the wheelchair clinic before they closed to make an appointment to get it fixed (we'd do it ourselves but that toolkit is packed in a box somewhere)
We'll then head home, where we don't have any internet because Sky couldn't install it yesterday because there's "excess signal"!?
....but our new home is really cool :-)

Sand Art⤴

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Art fascinates me. With nearly zero creative ability, I am always dumbfounded when watching artists at work.


This is no exception, as the artist tells the story of the Nazi occupation of the Ukraine using sand as a medium. The judges of the “Ukraine’s Got Talent” are moved to tears.

The great thing for me is that the story is told through ever-changing pictures, yet the pictures are all dramatic and presented with impacty and enough time is left to absorb them. And she does it so quickly too – flowing from one to the next.

Books⤴

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Still waiting on all my course corresepondence to arrive but splashed out on a couple of books today when I was in Edinburgh. I’ve dipped into the first chapter of The Principles and Practice of Educational Management and i’m already pondering if leadership and management are two seperate concepts or are they intertwined.