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July 2006

Rubric software



not wordstar, this links into rubistar

the guys from waypoint have produced an interesting online video of their product.

free to lurkers.

i found this on the moodle website.

Webcast How-To



How to join a Digital Chalkie live webcast:

You can listen in, join the chat room and even ask questions by voice.

1. Go to This is the Worldbridges network, which kindly provides the server we are using to deliver the broadcast.
2. From the Listen menu, top right corner of the page, click on the Channel 1 media player icon of your choice.

This will launch your media player and you should hear the live stream, which is delayed by a few seconds.


3. Join the Chat Room to ask questions and contribute to the live discussion, by clicking on the Chat Room icon in the Listen menu, as shown above. Enter an ID to enter the Chat Room, no password is required.

4. If you wish to join the live conversation this is the hardware you will need:
• Microphone (preferably external and able to be muted)
• Headphones

Then follow the link:
OR to register before the event starts and hear us trying to get the streams set-up
Look for Digital Chalkie in the list and click on the Sign in to join link next to the icon (Note: you need to have first downloaded Skype and created a username and password). Sign in with your username and password and then, click on Join this Skypecast. If a dialogue box appears, select the Launch application, this will trigger Skype to dial into the conference. You will also see a browser window with the list of people who are in the conference, leave this open as you can use it to request the microphone if you wish to speak.

5. Note: If you join the Skype conference or the Skype call directly, please turn off the stream in your media player before you join the discussion to stop the audio feeding back! The presenter will invite you to join the Skype call directly, you can do this by calling our Skype ID - digitalchalkie

6. If you are in the live conference, please mute your microphone when you are not talking, this is to reduce background noise and keep the audio quality as good as possible.

We look forward to having you there!

Flock - web2.0 browser



I need to mention this browser as it is so good. It is built using the Mozilla engine and has some great tools built into it. Rather than go to individual sites to upload and see photos and blogs they are built into the browser. An example that I downloaded and watched from Screencastsonline shows many of these tools in action. You are able to display thumbnails of photocasted photos in the top of your browser and drag and drop them anywhere including blogs and emails. You are able to store snippets of text at the bottom of your browser. Not only can you upload photos in the browser to the photo storage site but also edit on the fly. The browser also uses tags to help filter the things you do in order to help you better manage things later on.
It is a great utility for students and classrooms in that it simplifies things, it also can be used at school and home with good effect. It also works on multiple platforms.
Well worth a look.

Podcasts continued



hah, lurkers

i have been thinking about this mp3 biso, and offer the following thoughts.

as part of a misspent youth, i briefly enrolled in an m ed program at a well know university named after some lady’s husband. (must drive a particular special interest group nuts). the thing was, i was asked to read an article about the changing media technology and how it would affect life the universe and education.

each phase of the technology had the same claims, how radio would bring the voice of learning into the classroom, what an impact film projectors would have, how tv/video/cdroms/komputeras would revolutionise education. all brave new world stuff. of course, an example of this is how tv evolved into big brother. at least i have learnt what is meant by a turkey slap.

now we come to podcasts. the question in the back of my mind is how come all the podcasters didn’t embrace the old technology of hand held voice recorders and have hundreds of little tapes on their shelves, which could be referenced then brought out to play during lessons ? cetainly the language teachers were on to this. these could be quickly converted to .mp3 format for downloading from the web.

the next thing that puzzles me is do our kids have the necessary exposure to the old radio type shows so they can concentrate on what is being said ? my rudimentary exploration to this area is the kids in my classes are used to some sort of sensory overload, and just listening presents a challenge.
also, language is a problem. do the kids have the necessary processing skill to convert spoken language to thoughts. they are so used to having everything explained to them, the use of processing skills seem redundant. try making sense of an eagles game if the volume is turned off.

there are other issues.

where would teachers find the time to make these podcasts ? perhaps a collaborative approach would be an considered, although this has crashed and burned as an idea in the past.
what is the best method to deliver these podcasts to the kids. media centers, in class broadcasts to really cheap fm receivers (and what makes you think the kids haven’t sneakily tuned in to subversive triple j) or their own mp3 plavers ? what about the duty of care responsibility spreading ear borne diseases ?
do we need techicians to administer all this ?

anyway, back to the original point

i have actually tried this in my classes. i have an mp3 player connected to a $50 2.1 sound system. this effort on the role of earthworms as part of ecology, bemused the students and brough complaints from the teachers in other classes. when i played a bit of rammstein at the end of friday period 8, one teacher actually asked me to turn it off ‘cos i was interupting his lesson and all the kids from his class wanted to be in mine to see what was going on.

links 2 3 4

now, if i was going to make an mp3, i would do the following.

go to where the best educational mp3 sites are, on there rare lots, dealing with all types of subjects. i would listen to how they are constructed. lots of grabs, linked by music, made into a single file.

set some sort of goal. sorry for teaching you to suck eggs.

assemble a team. interviewer, sound person, producer etc. look on any movie to see this list of credits to introduce the idea of a team. i’m thinking stroyboard here. a good resource is the stuart little cd which shows how story boards were used in making that movie.

get your own music grabs, interviews, sound effects then, download a copy of audacity and stitch the lot together.

as usual, i have lots more ideas.

now, if you want to see the next step, these guys.

they use sceen capture tools to provide downloadable video to teach you how to use joomla.

so little time, so much code

hope this helps

Perth DAC2007



DAC2007Call for Papers

Conference Dates: 15 - 18th September 2007: Digital Arts and Culture (DAC) is the leading cross-disciplinary scholarly/research conference series for the analysis of developments in the broad field of digital media, expression and communication. DAC will be hosted as the key international conference in the public program of the Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth (BEAP) in Perth, Australia. BEAP celebrates and critiques new and novel technologies (digital, bio, nano, other) by showcasing artworks made with, or are about, new technologies. perthDAC’s conference program will be closely inter-woven with BEAP’s exhibitions.

Theme: In the early 1990s, the very term digital was new and novel. However, it has taken only fifteen years for e-mail, the Internet, mobile phones, the power of searchable databases, games, film and TV special effects and workplace software tools to become a common and essential part of modern life. Research has not only described the arrival of these new forms, but is increasingly addressing the unexpected social and cultural uses of digital communications and virtual work/play environments.

In the same historically brief time, popular attention has turned to the potentials and problems of the newer new technologies, bio and nano. In addition, the global phenomenon of terrorism, super-epidemics and climate change have developed from distant concerns to everyday realities. Thus the context for digitally mediated processes is also very different.

perthDAC 2007 will explore the complex interaction of human behaviour and new technologies that will be The Future of Digital Media Culture.

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