Month: April 2005

LAMS Foundation

LAMS Foundation LAMS (Learning Activity Management System) was launched as Open Source Software in April. LAMS is developed at Macquarie – where James Dalziel, among others works. It wil be interesting to see how this matches up to both other open source systems (Boddington & Moodle), and also to commercial systems such as WebCT….

mamamusings: teaching a workshop for awc

mamamusings: teaching a workshop for awc AWC here being “Association for Women in Computing” – and the presentation is about Blogs and Wikis – a good introduction to the similarities and differences – with an emphasis on the social side of things. Could well be useful for student reference for KMET next year….

School creates its own Sim City

BBC NEWS | England | Kent | School creates its own Sim City A group of schoolchildren are learning about urban planning issues with the help of a specially-adapted version of a computer game. This is a specially adapted version of SimCity with local features. It’s designed to increase the children’s awareness & understanding of…

Can video games stimulate academic learning?

Cognitive Daily ยป Can video games stimulate academic learning? This reports on an experiment with children in Chile, using Handheld video games (Grades 1/2) for 30 minutes before lessons. Working with children in “distressed” schools in Chile (I’m interpreting that to mean poor areas, so unlikely to have much experience of video games at home),…

A New Name

I’ve decided that “Emma’s work blog” is a bit naff … just not entirely sure what to replace it with. I currently follow a number of other Educational / related blogs, such as Weblogg-ed, EdTechPost, eLearnopedia and Mamamusings – all of which have, in my opinion, somewhat more catchy names… I’m currently thinking of “Blogging…

PH.Dotcom

village voice > arts > Education Supplement Spring 2005 by Geeta Dayal This is actually about blogging in academia (and links to other articles on the site, such as A brief guide to Blogodemia. A range of subject type blogs are considered, it seems that lawyers are among the more active bloggers. There are also…

Polytechs migrate to moodle

STUFF : TECHNOLOGY – STORY : New Zealand’s leading news and information website Project manager Richard Wyles says the polytechs started investigating open source as a way of cutting costs. He estimates that using Moodle instead of proprietary software will save the Open Polytechnic about $50,000 every year in licence fees alone. This article is…

Student thoughts on blogging.

Weblogg-ed – The Read/Write Web in the Classroom : Will’s isn’t the only blog that I read – honest! However, this is worth reading – a set of observations from students who have been blogging. As well as the comments that Will has selected, he’s also linked to the original student blogs, and their teacher’s….

The Case against text books.

Weblogg-ed – The Read/Write Web in the Classroom : While some of Will Richard’s points are valid, e.g. # You can’t link it to other relevant ideas or concepts in any organized way. # You can’t access it if it’s not in your posession. # You can’t copy out important information and paste it with…