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Monday, November 14, 2005

HowTo videos for OpenOffice 2.0

Interested in learning a bit more about how to get the most out of OpenOffice 2.0?

The OpenOffice suite is the open source alternative to the Microsoft Office suite - giving you pretty well all the same functionality and the ability to create documents that work in MS Office.

Click this link to check out the videos.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Social Bookmarking in Education

Social bookmarking is another one of those Web 2.0 things, where the internet is used to harness the power of the collective knowledge and intelligence of it's users. Essentially, it's a setup where a group of people share their bookmarks and also have a system for tagging them, making them easier to find. (In a community such as for instance)

Can you imagine the difference between Googling a topic and searching a bunch of bookmarks that people you trust have created - definitely quality over quantity.

So how can we make use of this in an educational environment I hear you ask?

Well, fortunately for us, Tony Hirst has been giving this a fair bit of thought - take a look at what he has to say here

New accessibility guide for creating learning materials

Taken from the Australian Flexible Learning Framework News Headlines

In an effort to help teachers and trainers understand and design
resources which comply with accessibility standards an online
accessibility guide has been developed. Accessibility, getting it right
the first time provides users with simple tutorials for developing
accessible resources in the web based coding HTML and also in a range
of commonly used software applications including Microsoft Word and
PowerPoint along with Macromedia Flash. Compiled by a team at the
Institute of TAFE Tasmania, the Guide has been funded through
LearnScope, a nationally funded professional development initiative
which focuses on providing greater flexibility through e-learning and

Find the guide here

Friday, November 04, 2005

Blogger plugin for Word

I've just been taking a bit of a look around the Blogger site and have come across this little nugget - it's a plugin for Microsoft Word that allows you to create, edit and publish posts for your blog in Blogger. It also allows you to edit your 15 most recent posts, if you so choose.
Check it out here - link


Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Learner Blogs

Learner Blogs

James Farmer has set up a new site where students can create their own blogs for free - it seems to be a fairly straight forward and painless process with a range of different templates available for customisation.

We set one up within five minutes. There are still a few minor bugs in the system, I couldn't get the photo uploading feature to work (in several browsers) and the date stamp appears to be set to American formatting and an American time. Still, all in all, worth a look.

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