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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

enhance your classes with TV

Well, we're all very excited here at CIT as we are about to begin a three month audit period with Screenrights to see what we're doing in the way of copying and using TV and Radio broadcasts in our educational endeavours. One very useful thing that has happened for me in this has been the discovery of the enhanceTV website. enhanceTV is brought to us by Screenrights and it says that it is:
"...a free website and email service which gives educators access to information on more than 40,000 film, TV and radio titles. In addition, teachers can download hundreds of free articles, study guides and other resources".

There's a lot of k - 12 stuff on the site but also things for those of us working in the Adult Education area too.

Its well worth a look at

John ;? )

Monday, May 16, 2005

elearning with pictures

With digital cameras everywhere these days (it seems) there's plenty of
scope to include your own images in your online courses. If
you're looking for a free, easy to use piece of software to edit your
digital images IrfanVeiw is well worth a try. IrfanView
describes itself as "a very fast, small, compact and innovative
FREEWARE (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer for Windows
9x/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003". You can find it at

Better still, you can access free tutorials for IrfanVeiw that have been created with
Wink at the Instructional Endeavours website

Wink is also freeware produced by DebugMode and can be found at
Certainly worth a look, this software helps you build tutorials with
screen shots, explanations, etc and output to a variety of files types.


Thursday, May 12, 2005

Blogtalk Downunder - Conference 19 - 22 May 05

I promise we'll get away from this slightly navel-gazey fixation with blogs and blogging shortly but just thought it might be worth mentioning Blogtalk Downunder - the inaugural Blogging talkfest which is coming up next week in Sydney. Check the website out here for more info

In short though, there'll be workshops on the basics of blogging as well as new developments including video blogging (vlogging) and podcasting. Noted speakers also include
- Rebecca Blood: widely regarded as the world’s foremost authority on weblogs.
- Thomas Burg: the initiator of BlogTalk, the first international conference on Weblogs,
- Mark Bernstein: president and chief scientist of Eastgate Systems
- Senator Andrew Bartlett: Australian Democrats and blogging advocate.

All for $175 (give or take)

I'll be there - come say Hi :)

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Blogs about Blogging (how very 21st century :)

Just taking a quick look at the aforementioned Peter LeCornu blog and came across this link to a blog entry with a list of about 200 articles and other resources about blogging - with a particular focus on the educational possibilities - well worth a look.

Peter LeCornu's blog

Peter LeCornu has a great blog up with a particular focus on Flexible Learning, learning and knowledge sharing - take a look at

Open Source Software

Looking for cheaper software? The Australian Government Information Management Office has just released its guide to Open Source Software - software produced by a community of software developers and often released free or quite cheaply.

Take a look on the AGIMO site -