New Learning

July 15, 2010

What’s been hot this year?

Filed under: Learning Technologies,Uncategorized — kevhickeyuk @ 2:54 pm

As the colleges take their summer break I am hoping to catch up on some of the elearning resources that the RSC NW team have discovered this year.

Here are a few of them;


Thanks to Anita for pointing this one out.  A website with lots of online resources for interactive whiteboards, including word magnets, random choice generators and timers.

Mouse Mischief

Thanks to John Dalziel for finding this one.  A free powerpoint plug in from Microsoft which allows multiple mice to be used.  This means many students can vote and interact at the same time.  A really useful budget alternative to expensive voting kits


Safeguarding has been a high priority this year and while there are lots of resources & videos available, most are aimed at younger children.  This high quality interactive game/drama from channel 4 has a holyoaks/skins fell to it and is aimed at collage age kids.  It’s very engrossing and teaches a range of online safety skills without patronising

USB Microscopes

Whenever we show people this piece of kit we always get loads of ideas about how it could be used.  Not just for science but to show off the workings of a computer or how to attach false eyelashes.

MUVI camcorders

A tough but tiny clip on camcorders that record in high resolution. Clip on clothing for hands free recording of evidence.  Under £50 form Amazon


July 6, 2010

Pecha Kucha Template

Filed under: Libraries and Learning Resources,Uncategorized — kevhickeyuk @ 11:24 pm

Pecha Kucha is a style of presentation which follows the following rules

  • The presentation includes 20 (powerpoint) slides
  • Each slide is only on screen for 20 seconds
  • Avoid text (the audience won’t have time to read it)
  • Use image, cryptic images can help get your message accross

For a better idea have a look at this example

Later this summer I hope to post some examples of Pecha Kucha which were delivered at the 2010 JISC RSC NW conference

In the mean time, if you are interested in delivering a Pecha Kucha, you might be interested in the template in the link below.

This is a blank powerpoint presentation with 20 slides which will automaticly change every 20 seconds ( created using animations> Advance slide timings) and a timer bar which moves across the bottom of each slide (created using custom animation)

To download the template right click the link below and click ‘save as’

PK Template

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