Pile of papers

Paperless. Done.

Posted Posted in iPad

I’ve finally bitten the bullet and gone paperless.  I hardly ever look at any of the junk I accumulate in my filing cabinet anyway so it’s all gone in the bin or the shredder.  Everything I need (except a few things which will be scanned) is now in digital format.  So why did I keep […]

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Annotation – the missing element in iPad-based learning

Posted 5 CommentsPosted in Collaboration, Content, iPad, Mobile Learning, Moodle, Reflection, Web 2.0

I’ve been getting a bit obsessed recently about the importance of annotation functionality, as a number of my long-suffering colleagues will testify.  Here’s my logic: iPads and other ebook readers will increasingly replace paper Some learners, particularly children, will make the transition away from paper now very quickly and be happy to study considerable amounts […]

Paperless chairing

Posted 3 CommentsPosted in iPad, Mobile Learning

This post is nothing to do with elearning but I thought I’d log my experience today of chairing my first meeting using just an iPad. For years I’ve taken a laptop along to meetings and increasingly I’m not the only person to do so.  This has the advantage of having everything accessible, together with access […]

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OU adopts Google Apps for Education

Posted 11 CommentsPosted in Announcements

The Open University has taken the decision to adopt a suite of online tools provided freely for education by Google. In our first foray into cloud computing, Google will be hosting for our students: email (gmail) contacts instant messaging and presence calendar document creation, storage and sharing websites All of our 200,000 or so students […]

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Higher Ambitions for elearning?

Posted 3 CommentsPosted in Policies

The UK government recently released a paper: Higher Ambitions: The future of universities in a knowledge economy. There’s a short section on digital learning hidden within this 115 page document on p78-79. Three points emerge clearly: University leaderships will have to take responsibility for driving the use of new technologies throughout institutions. That can be […]

Twitter and identity theft

Posted Posted in Web 2.0

Last week I was sent a message on Twitter from a strange new follower: my beard. Visiting its home page on Twitter I discovered someone had set up an account using my picture and linking to my blog. Initially I took this in a light hearted manner and even sent a jokey message to it […]