Month: February 2009

The slow death of handwriting

The BBC takes a look at te slow death of handwriting. Some points I fully agree with – I can’t read 15th Century writing either (yet like to think *my* writing is clear; no doubt they thought it too, though) Yes, I do find I don’t handwrite nearly as much as I used to, though…

Computer Hardware in Plain English

Yet another great video from CommonCraft. Recently, they’ve started to cover a whole range of material; outside the computer based ideas. While they’re informative and interesting, I wish that they’d make it easier to sort the show into a “computer” (preferably including those commissioned for different companies) sublist & “other” sublist. But, keep up the…

Simple English Wikipedia

I’ve seen a few references to the Simple English Wikipedia recently, so thought I’d have a look. They’re recommending that writers use Ogden’s Basic English when writing. I’ve had a look through the list – and there are a lot (as perhaps expected) of similarities with the Makaton Core Vocab (though I can’t quite remember…

Why 140 characters?

I posted a query to Twitter, asking why twitter had a limit of 140 characters. Within seconds, both @intellagirl & @sclater had pointed out that it was based on a standard SMS – though I still wasn’t entirely sure – as I’d thought SMS was 160 characters (which Wikipedia confirmed) @josiefraser then supplied me with…

Blooms Taxonomy & Second Life

Rex Heer from Iowa State University (Thursday Xu in Second Life) has created a very useful resource – it covers Blooms Taxonomy – and how SecondLife can be used to cover the different levels of learning that Bloom identifies. It’s also a really good example in itself of what can be done within SL!…

An absolutely riveting online course

Jim Henry lists Nine principles for excellence in web-based teaching. Henry starts out with the comments that many of those teaching online would far rather not be – and often don’t feel they have the expertise to do so. The principles listed are: The online world is a medium unto itself. In the online world…

$10 laptop?

I’ve written several times about the OLPC (aka $100 laptop) – and have one. (I like curiouslee’s viewfinder for it!) There is now a plan in India to create a $10 laptop – which they intend to launch at India’s National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technologies The BBC’s report did note that they…