September 30, 2007
The British Library is taking over one hundred thousand books, digitising them and putting then online.
The programme is focussed on the 19th century, alas if the author died after 1936 then it is unlikely that there books will be digitised, as their works are still in copyright.
The BBC has more on this exciting programme:
More than 100,000 old books previously unavailable to the public will go online thanks to a mass digitisation programme at the British Library.
The programme focuses on 19th Century books, many of which are unknown as few were reprinted after first editions.
September 28, 2007
If you have read this blog before you will have noticed that I have embedded my Flickr photostream into the blog (look further down the page). You may have even visited my Flickr account and looked at my photographs.
However not everyone knows what an online photo sharing service is and therefore visiting Flickr for the first time may appear daunting.
TASI (Technical Advisory Service for Images) who are funded by the JISC have posted a guide which highlights the advantages and potential issues that using these sites have for educational institutions.
Photo sharing has become increasingly popular in recent years as a means for individuals to publish or distribute their digital images online. As a result, some of the photo sharing sites that host these images have become useful sources of free or low-cost images. Many of these sites also include enough features to be seen as practical tools for managing and organising your own collection of images. This paper looks at the most common features offered by a number of photo sharing sites, highlights the pros and cons of using such sites, and offers some practical tips for both finding images and organising your own images.
Thanks to eNews from the JISC Regional Support Centres in Scotland for the link.
September 26, 2007
Today I was lucky to try out the iPod touch, and yes I was impressed.
I had quite high expectations for the touch interface, and to be honest it met (and surpassed) those expectations.
Browsing was certainly easy as was navigation.
Alas the device I was using had minimal content on, but it was still possible to try out many of the features. Though it was really the touch interface I really wanted to try.
September 25, 2007
Today I was at the MoLeNET launch conference at the Oval in London.
I did Shozu a few photographs to Flickr and the blog, but unfortunately connectivity was poor and time was limited for writing blog entries.
My workshops went well, though it was a struggle to cover what I wanted to cover in only fifteen minutes, I would liked to have had more time to allow more discussion, in a similar way to the way I ran my mobile learning workshop at ALT-C.
Quite a few people came up to me to ask about various things I showed we are either doing at Gloucestershire College (the college formerly known as Gloscat) or in the process of planning how we can implement them.
I enjoyed Mick Mullane’s presentation about podcasting and texting (sms), which was illuminating.
Other parts of the conference were interesting and informative
I was disappointed with the connectivity, but it is a lesson for all of us, the wireless network failed to cope with the sheer number of wireless clients in attendance. Not only did we get a large number of mobile and e-learning enthusiasts together (most with laptops) we also had exhibitors with their wealth of wireless devices. My 3G connection was less useful for basically the same reasons, lots of people with mobile devices.
It was certainly worth going to, lots of useful networking, and nice to see a lot of colleges looking at mobile learning.
September 24, 2007
Tomorow (Tuesday) I will be at the MoLeNET Launch Conference in London. I am running a workshop, but I am also hoping to blog, jaiku and shozu from the conference as well.
September 24, 2007
The US NARA has a wealth of videos available via Google which (as they are in the public domain) can be used for teaching and learning without having to worry about licensing or copyright infringement.
Obviously they have a particular slant, but could be useful to demonstrate how goverment information films have changed, or for those undertaking space science.