Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
On Wednesday I had the pleasure... nay the privilege to give a talk and demonstration with my boss (Paul Broadbridge) to a range of university lecturers about interactive lectures.
We pulled out all the toys for this one... eBeam, TurningPoint, Graphire Bluetooth Tablets and our latest toy - the Wacom Interactive Pen Display.
Paul and I work in a very different way to most technology sales people. Because we were both teachers (Paul has had a lot more years at the coal face than me), we focus on sound pedagogy and using technology as an enabler.
We had a lot of fun and we have a lot of visitors coming down to our office in the next couple of weeks to talk about how they can use technology to augment their lectures.
Two places to go on your computer for brain food - not mush.
www.ted.com - An annual conference of the best thinkers in the world in a range of fields sharing their discoveries and ideas. Absolutely gold, especially if you are interested in the future and what will happen next. It is also a great bonus that the content is Creative Commons, so that you can share this stuff with your peer groups.
http://www.abc.net.au/tv/iview/ - Missed something on auntie? This is a selection of content from the ABC - from news to docos. Great if you have a fast Internet connection. I use it for when the other half is watching H&A or some other commercial crap. I just wish they would put Spicks and Specks on it.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Edusim is a 3D Networked environment that you can place learning objects into.
They are starting to put google sketchup items into the Edusim environment...
Now this is getting good. Now you can create 3D learning environments populated with a choice of thousands of 3D models for free. Awesome.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
I was watching a few videos while the other half was watching a chick flick in the lounge room. (yes we only have one TV in our house and sometimes even that is too many).
And came across this little gem - http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/hans_rosling_shows_the_best_stats_you_ve_ever_seen.html
Followed it up and went to his website - this is the coolest way to play with statistics I have ever seen. Click on Gapminder world and you can visually see a whole range of data and how it related to other data all from places like the UN and it's agencies.
OK so not strictly something that I would use on an interactive whiteboard but - well you can - each bubble is clickable and the whole graph is interactive. Actually it would work quite well with eBeam or a Wacom tablet now that I think about it.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Back in 1998 (that's 10 years ago) I got a cover disk off some UK computer magazine - it was for Bryce2. It was amazing - I could ray trace and construct with ease - and my friends were amazed when their invites had customized ray traced images on them.
Bryce changed companies a few times and is now in the hands of DAZ software. The generous people there have released Bryce5.5 for free as they release Bryce 6 onto the market.
I was amazed at how easy it was to get restarted with Bryce - the image above took me about 5 mins to create - and about the same to render. Yes I know it's pretty simple but I'm at work so playing with this stuff is not really my job.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
This is a whole DVD of free software for Windows Mac and Linux. Most of it is for education.
If you can't find it here it probably doesn't exist.... maybe. Actually there are a couple of things on my list that is not on theirs, and very much visa versa.
It looks like the University of Central Queensland is very open source orientated, which is great to see.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Go to www.luidia.com for drivers for ubuntu and openSUSE