Last week I was at the Association for Learning Technology Conference (ALT-C) in Leeds.
There was some useful stuff:
- James Clay looking at UMPCs and other mobile devices, microblogging, Flickr, Seesmic and Qik.
- Alister McNaught from TechDis talking about Xerte which creates accessible learning objects including flash
- The launch of the new JISC publication Effective Practice with e-Portfolios
- Gapminder.org who have some really good interactive graphs which display information about social, economic and environmental development at local, national and global levels.
There was also some ideas that I don’t think have been developed enough to be useful products yet, but are still interesting:
- A demonstration of how to create an interactive whiteboard for about £40 with the remote of a Nintendo Wii and a modified sonic screwdriver
- Bluecasting – Using bluetooth transmitters to send information to mobile phones
Moving away from ALT-C, Techdis and RSC Scotland (South West and North East) have been working on collating a number of open source applications which can be stored on a 2Gb USB stick. Click here for more details, there’s even an advert:
Last week was the first official week of my OU course. So far I seem to be putting in alot more than the recomnded 15 hours a week just to keep up, but hopefully that will calm down as I get used to it.