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‘IT’ are not the communicators, but the facilitators of communications. If IT runs the show it is like the pencil, not the person holding it is running the conversation.
I like the digital ocean metaphor …
In relation to H800 : technology enhanced learning and the Week 1 activities the introduction and final chapter of Stephen Lax’s book covers the communications innovations of the last century + enough to inform.
And whilst this is the topic for H807 ‘Innovations in E-learning’ I recommend this. I like him so much I bought copies to give to friends; I don’t know if they were grateful.
Is it available on Kindle?
- The Power of Innovation (enitiate.me)
- How Are We Preparing Students to Be Tomorrow’s Innovators? (cshmsfaculty.wordpress.com)
- Bad Metaphors, Bad Tech (themillions.com)
Training as a TV producer I picked up some skills editing, writing and directing. A project was never too small that a person fulfilling each of these tasks wasn’t required. Indeed, the ‘one man band’ was frowned upon. Some TV crews were still unionised so you had a cameraman, assistant and sound engineer, minimum. Today in TV production a producer may not only direct and write, but operate the camera and edit the piece. To be a TV professional in 2010 you need this variety of skills. I do. I did the courses. Camera, editing … even six months as a sound engineer.
- Google Docs
- Google Wave
- Adobe Acrobat
- FilmMaker Pro
- Windows Live
Those that intuitively add to what I know already are easy, whereas new platforms are not.
A Mac user since the days of the ‘Classic‘ I find common tools such as Outlook quite foreign, plenty of functionality, but very mathematical, boxy and dry. I need to use it to tie in with the work I do with a swimming club.
I’m not even great with Excel having only used it for basic accounts. When it comes to creating and managing a database I have always used FileMaker Pro – I prefer the flexibility of layouts as I like to have bespoke pages depending on what information is being collated.
Any tips on merging contact data from Excell to Outlook would be appreciated.
Meanwhile I’m beginning to use Google Docs and Compendium, but rather than ‘playing’ I need a specific task to undertake that will require their use. Anyone have some suggestions?
- Share the writing of a short story?
- Collaborate on an article related to e-learning?
- Design a piece of e-Learning on spec?
My 2011 ‘Personal Learning Environment’