Cyberjargon tools

If you have trouble understanding SMS speak  or cyber jargon which comes up on the Net then I highly recommend the site Lingo2Word. You can decode SMS but you can also dazzle your entourage by coming up with perfect SMS speak! If you click the top  links on the site you will find common emoticons and acronyms that some people use as a matter of course.  The other site for decoding cyberjargon and slang is NetLingo. This site has a sense of humour but it also keeps a current database of all the cyber terms on our planet and so you are always in the know! Currency. It’s about currency.

Create understanding

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Image : The Rapid e-learning blog

The performance based e-learning approach is how you create understanding and a way forward. Not just for students but for yourself as a teacher as well. I have written regularly about creating the create content – share – get feedback – grow content approach which is the tried and true method of the internet.  Personalised learning is possible with technology and so everyone can be included in the learning loop and the content exploration loop. Students can explore their learning and knowledge in different ways and so , as long as the feedback loop is there, teachers can see more easily whether students are progressing in their skills and knowledge. Students can give feedback too which will enable teachers to deliver content in a more accessible way.  The Rapid e-learning blog explains performance based learning clearly and gives some good tips. it is important that students can see evidence of their learning. it is important that they can put those new skills to the test. Christopher Pappas has also written a very good post on the elearning Industry site:

The Ultimate Performance-Based eLearning Guide For Instructional Designers

Again it is a very clear explanation of how to go about using technology and teaching guidelines in order to achieve  sound performance which can be further enhanced and encouraged.

50 Open Source Educational Tools

IT management at Earthweb has come up with a list of open source tools which can be used to replace commonly known ones. Why? Sometimes you have to work cross platform and it’s good to have software which will work on all OS so you are not changing what you do all the time from one OS to the next. Secondly, if you use Ubuntu or another Linux OS you are not always sure which application to use for the ones you know through Windows or Apple. Thirdly, open source software is free and evens out the playing field. This link gives you 50 applications to try our but also points you to other links which are specifically designed to collate IT materials for educators.

International Children’s Digital Library

The ICDL is mustering many of the well loved children’s stories of yesteryear and quality children’s literature in many languages. It is becoming an archive and irreplaceable resource for language development and culture. The books are available as e-books and can be read on the site by turning the pages. The driving force behind the site is tolerance and respect for cultures. Award winning books are also featured and some very valuable links out to sites which promote reading and writing for students.

GoPro pre 101

How embarrassing. I felt like such an idiot. I was so off the scale I wasn’t even 101.I was unpacking my new GoPro camera and could not see how to disengage the camera from its base in the packaging. As with anything else I can’t do, I went on YouTube and found IrixGuy’s clip about how to manage that part of the unpacking. Easy when you know how. IrixGuy’s instructions are straight forward and he immediately makes you feel better. He demonstrates very clearly and carefully how to disengage the camera and even suggests keeping the base and putting it to use. The value of knowing and sharing that knowledge is self evident in 2015.

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