This may not be the most pedagogically challenging TED talk I have posted about but it is great to make the students aware of their creativity.  Amazing beat-boxing,


As someone who educates in the realm of Digital Media and Computer Science I have found it interesting to follow the developments of a recently published article about an individuals request to gain access to their personal metadata from a major Telco. The concepts explored in this article, Me and my metadata, relate closely to an article from 2011published by Zeit Online, Betrayed by our own data. There are many implications that these articles identify including privacy and personal profiling.

These articles provide valuable stimulus for students to explore real-world scenarios on topics that they need to be made aware of. This is particularly pertinent for senior students in High School studying Computer Science courses.

Whilst checking and reviewing some student blogs I have noticed that the speed and quality of the posts written is negatively impacted by the time it takes to write and format a post. One method to speed this up, and improve the visual impact of the posts is to use the blog posting feature in Microsoft Word. To help people along with how to use this function follow the steps below.

Special Note: I have recently established that for these instructions to work your office software needs to be set to save the document as a .docx file before you try to connect your site.

  1. From the File tab select the ‘Save and Send’ option then ‘Publish as Blog Post’. This will seem to open a new window with a different set of options along the top for blogs.

  2. From the options at the top select ‘Manage Accounts’

  3. From these options select ‘New’

  4. Now choose your blog provider. In our case ‘WordPress’

  5. Now enter your blogs web address into the Blog Post URL text box. Please note that this will require you to add an ‘HTTPS’ at the start. Otherwise copy and past the URL of your website and leave the ‘/xmlrpc.php’ on the end. Following this enter your Username and Password information.

  6. If everything is correct a message box will appear to inform you of your success. You should now be able to post using Word to your blog. If an error pops up then you may need to check the details and URL are entered correctly.

The Internet Of Things #infographic

I am preparing to get two classes of students to make use of Aurasma as an Augmented Reality (AR) development tool.  As I have been exploring AR concepts and stimulus items I have watched many videos and read many articles.  Here are two videos related to the use of Aurasma and AR:

I am in the process of developing content to deliver to the students in my classes on Augmented Reality.  Throughout this unit of work we will use Layar and Aurasma as AR development tools, as well as exploring a range of other software tools to develop content.

Here is a easy explanation of what Augmented Reality is:

Stay tuned for an update on the progress of this unit.

I have been looking around for some new content to use for teaching the Principles of Design.  As I have viewed and read various things I stumbled across this short animated clip about 24 Elements of Design by Matt Greenwood.  Though only a stimulus piece this short animation could provide a valuable discussion tool.