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e-Learning for Kids PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 March 2010 00:00

OLPCFurther to my previous blog, there are a number of sites worldwide that support the education of children online.

One project that I have watched for some time is the OLPC or One Laptop Per Child Association. This is a US based non-profit organisation with the mission "to create educational opportunities for the world's poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning."

There are also sites such as e-Learning for Kids which has a vision "to be the source for childhood learning on the Internet – available from anywhere and without charge".

e-Learning for Kids

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 April 2010 07:55
 
e-Learning in Early Education PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 February 2010 00:00

e-Learning in Early Education

When Moodle was first introduced into New Zealand in 2004, it was the Teriary Institutions that lead the way in it's adoption. And in that regard it was the Polytechnics and Technical Institutes that were first to tkae it seriously.

Since that time it has become popiular with Secondary Schools, and now the Universities. Massey University and Canterbury University in Christchurch (NZ) have now adopted Moodle as their main LMS.

It is gratifying to now see that Moodle is moving down into the Primary school sector, with some early adopters gaining recognition in their efforts.

I have been lucky enough to be a part of the endeavours of The Alpha eLearning Facility run by Frances Hill. Frances is based in Fairlie and works by day at the local primary school. However at 7am each morning she is busy at work with her Home Schooled protoges around New Zealand.

While her efforts have yet to be heralded in New Zealand, she has received acclaim for her work in the USA and Mexico. Sounds like the typical NZ story to me!

So watch this space.

 

 
Liberate your data! PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 14 September 2009 20:41

"Imagine you want to move out of your apartment. When you ask your landlord about the terms of your previous lease, he says that you are free to leave at any time; however, you cannot take all of your things with you - not your photos, your keepsakes, or your clothing.

If you're like most people, a restriction like this may cause you to rethink moving altogether. Not only is this a bad situation for you as the tenant, but it's also detrimental to the housing industry as a whole, which no longer has incentive to build better apartments at all."e

Brian Fitzpatrick, Data Liberation engineering manager at Google posted an interesting article on his Chicago based team, Google's Data Liberation Front.

 

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Last Updated on Monday, 14 September 2009 20:48
 
Pigeon Datagrams PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 31 August 2009 01:25

pigeonDigital cameras have made capturing and sharing photos of outdoor adventures easy.

But it’s still just plain hard to take a good picture while you’re rafting down the whitewater or traping in the great outdoors.

There is now a solution, and upgrade to ye olde "pigeon poste", developed by a crowd called Rocky Mountain Adventures.

So when you book your trip through Rocky Mountain Adventures, they do the picture-taking for you. On-site photographers position themselves at good vantage points during your river run and capture the action. When you return to RMA headquarters, your glossy photos are displayed brightly on the wall, ready for purchase.

We do live in the age of advanced technology, but, seriously – how do photo files come 30 miles from the backcountry, where there is no cell phone service and no Internet, and end up printed and looking pretty long before their rafting subjects arrive?

The answer is pigeons.

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Last Updated on Monday, 31 August 2009 12:48
 
Microscopes zoom in on molecules at last PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 30 August 2009 10:31

MoleculeThanks to specialised microscopes, we have long been able to see the beauty of single atoms.

But strange though it might seem, imaging larger molecules at the same level of detail has not been possible – atoms are robust enough to withstand existing tools, but the structures of molecules are not.

Now researchers at IBM have come up with a way to do it.

 

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Last Updated on Monday, 31 August 2009 01:39
 
The Good Enough Revolution PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 30 August 2009 10:03

Tags: camera | software

legoIn 2001, Jonathan Kaplan and Ariel Braunstein noticed a quirk in the camera market.

All the growth was in expensive digital cameras, but the best-selling units by far were still cheap, disposable film models. That year, a whopping 181 million disposables were sold in the US, compared with around 7 million digital cameras.

Spotting an opportunity, Kaplan and Braunstein formed a company called Pure Digital Technologies and set out to see if they could mix the rich chocolate of digital imaging with the mass-market peanut butter of throwaway point-and-shoots. They called their brainchild the Single Use Digital Camera and cobranded it with retailers, mostly pharmacies like CVS.

The concept looked promising, but it turned out to be fatally flawed.

 

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 September 2009 20:30
 
ITCP - Information Technology Certified Professional PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 30 August 2009 10:16

NZCSITCP is the new "gold standard" professional Certification for ICT Professionals in New Zealand, and is closely related to similar Certifications around the world.

ITCP has been established and is governed by the New Zealand Computer Society (NZCS), the professional body of ICT Professionals in New Zealand for almost 50 years.

 

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Last Updated on Sunday, 30 August 2009 10:35
 
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