E-assessment – the high stakes strategy

E-assessment is becoming an increasingly hot topic, with an increasing number of governments around the world taking their first steps in this area. Whilst e-assessment has alway been an option in Learning Management Systems, formalised testing at national scale is a relatively new phenomenon. This article explores the opportunities, risks and architectures associated with delivering e-assessment… Read More

Cloud Watching #4 – Managing Learning Content

In the old days it was simple. Agree a curriculum; approve and distribute the books; get teachers to push the contents into empty minds. Since then everything has changed, especially: The need for students to learn more effectively Student’s appetite for active rather than passive learning experiences Explosive growth of content and ease of access… Read More

Above the Clouds Computing – Phones in Space

  Research students at Southampton University have devised an ingeneous way of conducting outer atmosphere research . Collecting data for atmospheric science projects would normally require manned research aircraft at £10,000 per hour – but the Southampton team found another way. They took a helium balloon, instruments, and a HTC Windows 7 Phone, and sent them 60,000 feet into the air.… Read More

Video + for Lessons and Collaboration

  New innovations in enhanced video player features including searchable video, linked transcripts, user notes, and interactive extras, have been developed at Microsoft Research in a project called Tuva. For a great demo of Tuva features, including a series of lectures by Richard Feynman, click here. Applying some of the principles of project Tuva in a… Read More

Cloud Watching #1 – Cloud 101

This article is the first in a series on Cloud computing, and focusses on the basics – the “what, why and how” of Cloud computing as it relates to Schooling. INTRODUCTION When New South Wales Department of Education and Training (DET), the largest School District in the Southern Hemisphere, wanted to put an annual Science Standard… Read More