Thursday, 29 October 2015
“In the future, self driving cars will avoid problems humans make." - Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak
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Amazon announces new $50 Fire tablets, sells them by the six pack #vmvwiki ps
Mozilla fixes 14-year old Firefox bug, turbocharges Adblock Plus #vmvwiki ps
The problem was related to how Firefox handled ABP's style sheets and could, in certain edge cases, send memory usage rocketing up to 2GB
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There’s no central authority or ultimate decision maker for the Bitcoin crypto currency.
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All watches have been banned, as some smart-watches are designed to look like normal analogue watches. Smart-watches which can connect to the Internet could allow students to cheat in exams.
It will be interesting to see whether this catches on at other institutions, and sheds light on the challenges wearable technology will bring in the future.
Student of Adobe Connect #vmvwiki
1) Easy and quick remote problem solving by the teacher
2) Access given to students not onsite in Taradale
3) Experience positive digital learning
4) Enhance extramural study
5) Can give and ask for feedback straight away.
6) Teacher is able to monitor student's activates and assess them individually
7) Limited access to digital resources
8) Audio hard to clearly hear at times
9) Technical setup can be timely
10) Vulnerable to atmospheric interruptions
11) Some key parts of the lesson can be lost through delivery
12) Enhances remote learning and teaching
13) Can simplify teaching and learning if used appropriately
14) More access into other subject areas should be explored
15) Skype classrooms should be investigated
16) Technological delivery can be duplicated easily
17) Audio pick up could be costly to clarify
18) Dependent on internet access
What are some of the considerations when using this technology for learning?
ü Get into a quiet space away from distraction
ü Be prepared before class is scheduled, deal with everything so you don't have to leave the lecture.
ü Bring snacks and hydration
ü Use an USB port headphones to optimize audio you need them.
List any problems you foresee and suggest possible solutions.
Ø No audio – Check all plugs on your end and inform tutor you are unable to hear could be on the other side, remember to be patience.
Ø No sound in recording – This is never a happy time, but should be expected to occur due to the delivery is a new technology.
Ø No access to classroom – Could be down on the tutor side so no access can be granted, contact tutor straight away.
Saturday, 2 May 2015
Tuesday, 28 April 2015
|Tom (obscured) tells us about his job outside of the lecture room|
|Inside there are lots of Macs with actual keyboards (the instruments!) attached|
This screening software has various strengths and weaknesses.
-Easy and quick remote problem solving by the teacher
-No need to run around class all the time
-Share the issues with other students who might have the same problem
-Everyone can participate in the problem-solving process
-Teacher is able to monitor student's activites and assess them individually
-Enhances remote learning and teaching
-Can simplify teaching and learning if used appropriately
-Privacy issues might occur
-Teacher may have too much power of the students
-Access by unauthorized persons
Sunday, 26 April 2015
I often use Google Docs to facilitate digital learning, its an online cloud platform that has its hooks in all of the mainstream device types like Android, Mac and PC. This online cloud platform is designed for file hosting and office productivity type activities.
An example of use is working on an assignment with your peers at the same time, anytime one person makes a change to the document it is immediately saved and updated to anyone else viewing or editing the document.
Strengths of using Google Docs as a digital learning technology:
- Collaboration capabilities, sharing work in one easy to manage place.
- Everyone can see whats happening easily.
- Easy sharing of large files.
- High compatibility with devices = high accessibility.
- Sharing is an all or nothing policy if you allow editing meaning some one could mess up the document and you have to fix it wasting time if its a regular thing.
- Ease of access means ease of plagiarism.
- Needing to have people's emails to allow them to edit.
- Could be used to easily give students access to a chunk of files without having to host them on EITOnline which is a very slow service.
- The spreadsheet function could be used to keep track of students and allow them to check off their own work in the spreadsheet, this could be used to help the student keep up and the lecturer to understand where everyone is up to.
- Google could take ownership of your files via some bogus terms of service.
- Your files could be lost.
- Your google account could be hacked/stolen.
Saturday, 25 April 2015
- The answer to a question is available immediately.
- The visual medium is easy to absorb.
- The visual medium means people can use screen capture technology and show you how to execute a technique.
- If there are multiple ways of doing something and a certain video doesn’t cover a technique, you can simply find another video.
- Image-Line, the company that produced FL studio, have their own channel, with professional techniques and answers to many common questions.
- There are lots of professionals and quality amateur videos with clear instruction
- Some videos use obscure techniques and you have to research which technique to use.
- Some videos are of such poor quality, they are unwatchable.
- Common mistakes made are: Poor audio, poor lighting and low resolution (which is especially bad when using screen captured videos)
- Low resolution
- There are so many videos to pick from and it can take some time to find a good quality one with the easiest technique
- Image-Line could make their own playlists with quality videos only.
- A full FL studio visual manual (this would be quite an ambitious project but it could greatly increase FL Studios audience).
- YouTube may start requiring payment to have an account.
- Users being put off by poor quality, unhelpful videos.
- Users not using it because they aren't sure how to find the video they're after.
- Users seeking alternative video streaming sites.
Assessed Activity 7.1 Reflection, Learning Technologies (Campus walk about)
- Share students work to the class
- Easy teaching
- Monitor students progress
- Can take control of students consoles
- Block contents
- Can share interesting things with students
- Simple to learn to use
- Privacy of a student
- Amount of storage is limited
- The is a yearly subscription fee
- The internet is needed
- Tutor can interrupt students anytime while they are working
- Having access to multiple consoles
- Can easily share with the class
- Teaching is much more simpler
- The amount of students can be large to handle
- The control over students
- Can see what students are doing (eg Facebook "Oh that student has a nice gf")
I added my email address as the assessment item some time ago but I'm not a contributer to your blog, http://virtualmvblogger.blogspot.co.nz/. To complete Assessed Activity 7.1 (2015), I will post to http://virtualmvblogger.blogspot.co.nz/ using Richard Ho's account.
Friday, 24 April 2015
- Easy to teach. (Remote access)
- Monitor the students learning activities
- Block websites and contents
- Support multimedia
- Privacy issues
- Yearly subscription fees
- Storage limitation
- Sharing system
- Access the previous lesson from backup storage
- Student limited access
- Computer knowledge
- Internet connection (If the remote access over the internet that time we need good internet connection for all user)
- Multimedia devices (Visual and audio supported device)
- File sharing
- Easy to access
Thursday, 23 April 2015
With Michael and Steph managing the technology to stream the experience to distributed students using Adobe Connect, the class went nomadic to visit the music studio at the ideaschool at EIT used by students doing the Certificate of Contemporary Music Performance.
|Students, teachers and technology transitioning into the music studio|
The ideaschool teacher, Tom, had a few students working on their consoles in class and generously hosted the DLT class in the studio to demonstrate the learning technology and the environment. The studio is equipped with the Faronics Insight learning management system with an instructors console, large digital display screen and student workstations with electronic keyboards and Mac desktops.
Faronics Insight supplies a digital collaborative learning option with electronic communication between teachers and students in addition to face-to-face communication in the studio. Teachers can instruct, help, oversee and communicate with connected students, individually or as a group, from the teacher's computer. Faronics Insight controls access to the web by students, reducing online distractions from messages, web-surfing or games.
|Meta Learning - Music studio and DLT in action.. Music student (foreground) on musical composition; Teacher (background) at the main Faronics Insight console with class display screen behind. BYOD invasion! |
Strengths: manages electronic communication; send and collect files, chat with users, broadcast messages, host classroom votes, student testing, reduce online distractions
Weaknesses: costs, setup and ongoing; space requirement; possibly perceived as overly controlling and restrictive; suited to distance learning?
Opportunities: develop for distance learning?
Threats: security - unauthorised access and disruption.
Some considerations when designing learning for remote participation
When designing learning for remote participation, the technologies, usually multiple/layers of technology (power sources, software, computers, cameras, microphones), have to be available and operational. The technologies have to work effectively for both the teacher and learner i.e. good audio and visual quality and high speed of transfer of quality information so as not to detract from the learning experience. Optional, secondary resources need to be prepared to backup and cover in the event of failure in any part of the technology chain.
As well as designing course material and assessments appropriate for both face-to-face and distributed learners, the learning design and preparation needs to cover the increased demands of teaching across two channels at the same time. Preparation is required for two audiences, presented in one integrated session, with video recording for later viewing available. The time demands, workload and variables are significantly increased over a standard face to face delivery to a class, which is taxing on the teacher. The teacher must be skilled (and preferably at expert level) across all domains: pedagogy, instructional design, the subject material to be presented, the technology used for delivery and managing two audiences before, during and after delivery. Solutions to manage the workload include teaching assistance with the audience(s), technical assistance to set-up and troubleshoot the technology; administration assistance (or automation) to complete class attendance records and assistance with instructional design and implementation.
Wednesday, 22 April 2015
Reflection, Learning Technologies @ EIT
Assessed Activity 7.1 (2015)
- Tutor can monitor every one activity.
- Can able to give individual activity.
- Activity done by students can able to store in insight directory.
- Tutor can assess the students very easily.
- This Software (Insight) promotes interactive learning with sharing features.
- Students don’t have any privacy.
- EIT have to Pay money for renewing the licence for this learning Software.
- Traditional way of learning music expense is low when compared to this digitalised way because of too much IT infrastructure and software involved.
- This software promotes a better participation of student in class room.
- Everyone can access their own activity by recording the music.
- An updated version of this software with new functionality will force the Organization to buy it. Because the students and tutors are more familiar with this product.
- Changing this familiar software will put the department in difficulty.
- Any weakness in this software design will cause more trouble to the users.