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March 30, 2009

Twitter for teaching: don’t believe what you read

March 30, 2009

There’s been a fair bit published/blogged/tweeted about Sir Jim Rose’s Blueprint for a new primary curriculum. This report is due out in April 2009 but as been ‘leaked’ and reported widely. The recent press storm and associated knicker wetting is summed up by some great headlines: Pupils to study Twitter and blogs in primary schools shake-up by the Guardian Exit Winston ...

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November 27, 2008

The Vice Chancellor’s new VLE

November 27, 2008

Seeing Steve Wheeler’s Emporer’s New clothes blog post reminded me of a little something we produced many years ago - now rebadged as The Vice Chancellor’s new VLE. Thanks to the wonder of Google Desktop I was able to find the original from about 8 years ago based on the experiences we had in about 1996 when I was working with ...

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October 30, 2008

Living the open source lifestyle.

October 30, 2008

Having been involved in a number of projects using open source software (such as UsPaCe using Elgg, UPlace using DSpace and the BJHEinFE using Open Journal System) I got the thinking that it could be possible to move over to a totally OS lifestyle. Discussion with JISC’s Lawrie Phipps and my own experience working with partner colleges delivering HEinFE found that ...

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June 13, 2008

Edupunk?

June 13, 2008

There’s much around about Edupunk. Ok, I’m a late comer to the debate (though as this blog is very much in a backwater I’ll use debate as a very loose term) and links to it all. And there’s the obligatory youtube vid. It’s been interesting following the blog posts on Edupunk and as a backlash to Blackboard it’s ...

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March 18, 2008

Web2Rights Focus group - 7th April

March 18, 2008

Roll up, roll up, roll up - get your IPR toolkit hereHopefully as Emerge projects you are aware of the Web2Rights project and that there is a focus group on the IPR toolkit in Leeds on the 7th April.The skeleton of the Toolkit has been produced and the content is on the Web2rights site. We are currently developing an IPR ...

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February 25, 2008

Elggvoices

February 25, 2008

When it comes to micro blogging I have to admit it’s not really held my attention. I was too late for Jaiku and I never really spent the time to fully exploit Twitter. We have, though,  been spending a lot of time working with Elgg as part of the community area for the UsPaCe project. The community working with Elgg is ...

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February 12, 2008

Free places still available on Scenario Planning events

February 12, 2008

Hi everyoneJust a reminder that anyone who is part of the Emerge community is welcome to come along to these events running in Birmingham and Leeds in the next couple of weeks.  Details below:  An Introduction to Scenario PlanningThe workshop provides an overview of the scenario planning process and how scenario thinking can benefit your project. The process is ...

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ElggJam08 and Elgg 1.0

February 12, 2008

I seem to be spending a lot of time on Elgg at the moment with the UsPaCe project - which isn't an EMERGE project as we wrote the bid and sumitted it to the JISC Circular 1/07 capital programme call to see what feedback we would get so we could tweak it for the U & I call. However, ...

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January 31, 2008

To BB Scholar or NOT BB Scholar

January 31, 2008

I’ve been looking recently at the terms of use Blackboard Scholar to see whether it really is a good thing or not. Its all a bit worrying really because its all a bit restrictive and to put it mildly, the use of BB Scholar means that projects are restricted in: 1) Their ability to change, adapt or alter the software in any way. This ...

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January 28, 2008

Free Scenario Planning workshops for Emerge community & projects

January 28, 2008

All projects that have been funded and other Emerge Community members can now access places on these new Scenario Planning workshops. The workshop provides an overview of the scenario planning process and how scenario thinking can benefit your project. The process is interactive and uses imaginative techniques to encourage groups to exchange knowledge and experience and to think creatively. The ...

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