Monthly Archives: July 2007

No health risk from mobile phone masts?

So there’s nothing to worry about – healthwise – from mobile phone masts. That’s certainly reassuring – for most of us. Mobile phone masts are not responsible for the symptoms of ill health some blame them for, say researchers at the University of Essex. Dozens of people who believed the

Shift Happens

Did You Know 2.0 is a thought-provoking “Shift Happens” video from Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod. This June 2007 update of an original includes new and updated statistics, thought-provoking questions and a fresh design. It even has its own website. Content by Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod, design and development

Plagiarism and Kids on the Net

I was discussing plagiarism software with some colleagues. One said that “one of the most successful techniques is simply to input a whole suspicious sentence into Google in quotes and see what comes up.” I quite agreee. I do this when I am suspicious about submissions to Kids on the

Grow your business online

HotHouse, a leading Australian strategic online solutions company, has an interesting blog (noise) about web strategy, online marketing, and using Web 2.0 to grow your business. A useful place to see up-to-date information from an Australian perspective, and thought-provoking comment for us all. For example they point out that the

Motivating online students

Keller’s ARCS model of motivation AttentionRelevanceConfidenceSatisfaction How can I offer all these elements in an online course? Attention: make sure the activities are engaging and interesting, perhaps even a bit controversial Relevance: meanwhile, being completely relevant to the subject of study and the context in which they are studying –

Online privacy

The BBC reports today that Oxford proctors are using the Facebook website to gain evidence about unruly post-exam pranks. They are checking students’ profiles and photos to find evidence of students being at the sites where problems have been reported. This should remind us all to be careful about what

To moderate or not to moderate

In conversations I’ve had recently about public online communities and social networking sites, the point has been made that if a community is moderated (particularly pre-moderated, that is before publication) then it is closer to a “publishing model” and the owners of the community can be seen as responsible for

Learning resources for free

Learn for free on the Web Tools for sharingThere are tools that already exist for sharing your materials. These include: * * Open SLedware an initiative of SL educators to make course content accessible to all * List of 2.0 Apps * TeacherTube (think YouTube for teachers) * Zoho show

Problem-Based Learning in science

Problem-based learning scenarios used at the University of Leicester on an Integrated Science course include building the pyramids of Egypt (and using them for astronomy), mock court cases, film productions, and preparations for the 2012 London Olympics. These are used to teach subjects such as space science, nanotechnology, biomechanics, and

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