27 posts categorized "Web 1.0"

January 09, 2007

Play MacWorld Stevenote Bingo

Mwsf2007bingo Every January the geek world gets all excited just like the Christmas Eve three weeks previously as Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple Computer, gives his 90 minute Macworld keynote speech (or Stevenote), outlining the cool new features and technologies Apple will be releasing that night and later in the year. It's how the iPod, the MacBook Pro and iPhoto etc were all launched.

You can watch the speech online after the event (I'll follow the text updates live on MacRumors MacRumorsLive) and join in John's Keynote Bingo. Just how many times will Steve say "And just one more thing..."? Will Apple release a new Apple TV, the iTV? Or will there be a new mobile phone iPod cross-breed? Find out and tick off your card (available as a PDF on John's blog).

January 08, 2007

Unlimited online file storage

I don't know how much financial longevity the hosting company will have but DivShare will provide unlimited hosting of files. This seems like a great place to go for sharing large files instead of using email although, until I find out more about the company, I'll not be hosting my precious snaps on their yet. Thanks to Allan for the tip - his blog is full of useful tech tidbits.

January 07, 2007

Stop getting your lap burnt by your Mac

Use a MacBook Pro? Get your legs burnt every time you use it on your lap? Use this wee bit of software to adjust the speed of the computer's fans until your legs are slightly less toasty. Thanks, Loic.

December 18, 2006

Windows Vista@LeWeb3

I felt very fortunate to get a sneak preview of Windows Vista and to be invited on to their trial programme for it, until the techie boys at LTS (namely one of the most helpful guys I know) informed me they've been playing with it for months. Bah humbug. I still felt a tingle of excitement when I saw it in Paris.

My advice for any Local Authority thinking of a refresh in the next year or so - hang on. It's worth it.

Windows Kris Hoet from Microsoft Europe likes bloggers a lot, being one himself, and took me for a 40 minute spin of some of the features. Basically, Vista will turn PCs into Macs. Almost ;-) I loved the way you can flick through the windows open on the PC à la iTunes (see the picture) and the animated open and close of windows is similar to the way some of the dashboard functions on the Mac work. Oh, and it has it's own sort of pop out dashboard as well with all your useful bits ready for action.

Best of all, though, on a school organisational note, is the ability to tag files so that you can find them even more easily in the Spotlight-like 'live' search (as you type each letter of what you're looking for it updates the list of found files instantly - good, I presume, for those who do not touch type).

The kind of media centre, with integrated photos, music, video and so on will appeal to the family and granny market for all those holiday snaps and rips of the iLife package nicely, getting rid of some of its inefficiencies (changing music on a slideshow is a doddle).

At the rate I'm going through Macs (no. 1, no. 2 and no. 3 [no. 4 making funny hard disk noises already]) I might well consider getting a PC with Vista on board once they are released. Rick has some things to say on what could be better (the automatic updates are nice but seem a little late in the day) but overall, I've been impressed by Gates and co. this time.

October 25, 2006

Free Skype Moo Cards

Hands I loved my MiniMoo cards that I got with Flickr (100 different photos on the back of 100 different business cards for $20) and now 10,000 lucky people can get 10 free cards with Skype. Just head over to the Moo site and use the password 'freebie' to design and get your free cards delivered to your door for free.

Learning Management Systems and connected learning: can they cohabit?

From California comes a health warning on Learning Management Systems. East Lothian is in the process of procuring one of these to help identify what formal training requirements staff have. Glow is also going to contain a Continuing Professional Development Portal, where you can not only get access to courses but also receive information on waht areas you may want to develop next.

In the midst of all this formal learning for teachers some people (particularly those implementing and managing formal systems) get nervy when social media raises its not-so-ugly head. They see things as black and white, as either formal or informal. Teachers have more to gain from one, not the other. At all.

Personally, I could not work without my informal network of bloggers, wiki-ers and podcasters who keep me topped up with the knowledge I require. Most formal professional development opportunities on offer just couldn't meet the standard of the informal stuff when it comes to learning about technology and social media. But I also appreciate a good more formal input on how to implement coaching programmes or how to improve on formative assessment techniques.

I'm currently preparing my 'keynote' for the K12 Online Conference, covering the topic of Professional Development. This will form a key think-through as I record the final version later today. But as it goes live on Monday midday I'll also be meeting with colleagues from LT Scotland who manage nationalised and formalised professional development services, and who wish to learn more about how the informal networks some of us are using might cohabit with their systems. I'll be honest - their first impressions seemed very black/white, Good/Bad when it came to 'my blogs' and 'their portal'. I hope that I can express things clearly enough to them so that they don't feel threatened.

Is it as messy and grey an area as I think it is or is there more value to be gained from either informal social media networks or formal learning management system-promoted courses? I'd be keen to know your views.

October 08, 2006

Nous habitons tous dans un yellow submarine... or two men needing talking help

I'll shortly be en route to Liverpool for the first time to speak at Wednesday's Specialist Schools and Academies Trust modern languages event. It's also the first time that I'm doing a talk that I've only ever done before solo (Mr McIntosh goes to school) with a partner, blog friend and colleague, Joe Dale. Talk about collaborative learning in action ;-)

I'm quite nervous about it, tbh. He's blogged about the conference outline but our preparation has taken place over a wiki. If it were something completely new presentation-wise I think it would be easier to prepare but having been asked by the conference organisers to prepare one thing and then asked to co-present after the fact we've been left with a great opportunity to have some naked conversations, as it were. The only problem is that I don't know Joe as well as Shel knows Robert, but I'm worried that over-preparation will lead to staleness in whatever repartie we muster.

Any last minute advice on how to get the most out of this presentation/conversation/workshoppy thang?

August 31, 2006

What happens if I slip up on my blog?

All I can hope is that they don't sack me like this.

August 24, 2006

Pluto's not a planet. Discuss.

Andrew Pass suggests some great questions to be asking our teenagers because, let's face it, in our office today no-one was able to work out why Pluto is no longer a planet. Much less a 'dwarf-planet' - is that not really un-PC? I suggest we all go an philosophise chez Andrew.

August 15, 2006

4D data handling - it might just be possible

Gapminder Social studies, environment or maths teacher? Into your stats? I meant to bookmark Hans Rosling, professor of international health at Sweden's Karolinska Institute, speaking at TED much earlier than this, but the video of his talk is second only to the Gapminder application he was using to illustrate it.

Watch the talk first, then download the Gapminder human development tools for your social studies classroom. You want to see the divides and similarities in our world? I think this is the best representation I've seen using real UN data over a relatively long period of time, combined with the visuals offered by Flash that allow an individual to see the whole picture and the detail all at once.

About Ewan

Ewan McIntosh is the founder of NoTosh, the no-nonsense company that makes accessible the creative process required to innovate: to find meaningful problems and solve them.

Ewan wrote How To Come Up With Great Ideas and Actually Make Them Happen, a manual that does what is says for education leaders, innovators and people who want to be both.

What does Ewan do?

Module Masterclass

School leaders and innovators struggle to make the most of educators' and students' potential. My team at NoTosh cut the time and cost of making significant change in physical spaces, digital and curricular innovation programmes. We work long term to help make that change last, even as educators come and go.

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