Putting FUN into Functional

21 Dec

A current project provided me opportunities to explore 3-D virtual learning environment platforms and games. This project comes in many parts (will certainly keep me busy in the coming 2011!) and one being simulation-like and a major requirement being user to manipulate parameters to simulate various scenarios *major headache*!

Decided to give it a twist and work with FB games and machinimas instead.

My inspiration came from the videos below:-

Can’t wait to remould the idea(s)! *think Play Doh* šŸ˜‰

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Adding the “Social” touch to Google Apps

14 Dec

Wanna give it a go? Click here.

When Creative Media meets Google Apps…

13 Dec

Walk the talk or Talk the walk?

6 Dec

A lesson learnt today…

During this morning’s retreat, we had break-out sessions and were expected to share using flip chart. Since our data is captured in Google Form, we wanted to merely put together the summary of responses and present.

Using my iPad…

Plan A: Create Google Presentation and insert the screenshots
Outcome: Only able to create Google Docs & Spreadsheets on the iPad

Plan B: Create a PowerPoint presentation using DocsToGo and insert the screenshots
Outcome: Only able to create a text-based presentation using the app

Plan C: Create a post in my WordPress blog and insert the screenshots
Outcome: Post created had no images

Plan D: Create a post in my Posterous blog via email and attach screenshots
Outcome: Only 5 images can be attached each time!

In the end…

We did the slides on the presenter’s notebook!

It’s easy to talk about the wonders of iPad and how it transformed my life now that I email, blog, etc on-the-go and have chucked my netbook in a corner and how everyone should just get an iPad and do everything on it! Epic fail!

Moral of the story: Walk the talk, THEN talk the walk! I guess “do everything on it” came a little too early when I’ve yet to execute the “everything” myself.

Next on the agenda: Try to get Plan C working! This explains my text-only entry as this was composed on my iPad.

Gearing up!

2 Dec

*clears cob webs*

Finally back to blogging! Tight deadlines and large volume of projects took a toll on me. Sooo much to share in this space so I am going to do this bit by bit šŸ™‚

First and foremost it’s December and as we’re getting ready to let out hair down and party (that very much explains the Christmas-yĀ ambianceĀ via the “snow flakes” in here), there are some hurdles to clear *gulps*

A recent project pave a path for me to discover and explore Edmodo. For those of you who’ve yet to discover Edmodo, think of it as a FB-style secured social networking + micro-blogging tool for education. For me, in short, it’s simply one of the most easy to use LMS-replacement.

What?

An online classroom communications tool for teachers and students to share Notes, Files, links, and assignments similar to Twitter or Facebook.

Why?

  • Simple for teacher to create account and set up page
  • Easy student/parent registration
  • Allows you to upload documents for students/parents
  • Allows students to hand in assignments electronically
  • Allows you to grade online
  • Teacher can message students individually
  • Has ability for ā€œforumā€ type online discussions
  • Allows teachers to make groups easily for each class
  • Can send mass messages across groups
  • Calendar will show assignments with links to document
  • And…. easily embed artifacts created using many other Web 2.0 tools within Edmodo!

Embedded Prezi

Embedded VoiceThread

How?

http://blog.edmodo.com/2010/11/17/7-brilliant-ways-to-use-edmodo-that-will-blow-your-mind/

Interested? Hereā€™s a video link on how to get started:

Currently, I’m exploring the possibility of using Edmodo for my personal ePortfolio – showcasing projects I’ve worked on for mid-term appraisal review. Hopefully, in time to come,Ā I do not get succumbed to using other platforms and am able to share my experience on using Edmodo for my ePortfolio.

Looking forward to a fruitful Edmodo journey…

Saying Hello to ePortfolio

25 Oct

Since March this year, I have been working on ePortfolios at work. In my previous employment, ePortfolio was a big project but I was not part of it simply because it was not my area ofĀ specialization. But I am glad I got my hands dirty now as the experience helps in developing my own ePortfolio.

I’ve got stuff up and about everywhere in WWW so got to stitch up the various patches into a beautiful piece of quilt that I can use when the need arises.

In quilt making, there are no absolute rules to follow and quilters are constantly changing the rules by developing new, and time-saving, ways to accomplish the same tasks. Likewise, in ePortfolio creation, there are no hard and fast rules. Basically, whatever that works for you!

So what works for me?

It wasn’t too many years ago that quilters marked fabric usingĀ templates and cut out every patch with a pair of scissors and that’s exactly what I am going for – a flexible and open platform that uses templates to help me determine how my ePortfolio is going to be presented.

Some other platforms I am considering…

  • Facebook
  • Google Apps
  • Posterous

So what’s your choice?

Virtual Worlds You Can Touch!

25 Oct

Last month’s LearningFest event saw me introducing a light-weight virtual world to be used with/without an interactive white board. Graphics are not fantastic and not meant for one-to-one but hey, it did excite people šŸ˜‰

Edusim is a free and open source multi-user 3D Open Cobalt virtual world platform and authoring toolkit intended for classrooms interactive whiteboard (but equally powerful on the students laptop or desktop computers!). This allows for multiple classrooms to connect their interactive whiteboards for collaborative learning session.

Edusim application is a modified edition of the open source Open Cobalt Project and relies heavily on the affordances of direct manipulation of 3D virtual learning models and Constructionist Learning Principles. Edusim as a concept seeks to engage student through “immersive touch” by leveraging 3D virtual environments on the interactive surface or classroom interactive whiteboard.

Here’s how easy to get yourself started in just three easy-peasy steps:

  1. Edusim 3D Virtual World platform: http://tinyurl.com/Edusim
  2. Google SketchUp for 3D Modelling: http://sketchup.google.com/
  3. Google 3D Warehouse to download FREE 3D Models (in KMZ format for use in Edusim) for non-commercial use: http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/