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Category Archives: technology

Virtual Tour Conway Institute

Following the virtual tour of the UCD James Joyce Library, Gordon Cooke and Kate Connor from the UCD Conway Institute have developed  Labview 360, a virtual tour of the Conway labs using krpano. Their aim is to speed up the training and orientation of new students and staff on the Institute’s labs and equipment. ToContinue Reading

Values Exchange – Discussing Ethical Issues Online

Values Exchange is a web-based platform where participants can discuss, debate and vote on ethical issues. Tools range from quick polls to complex cases studies. “Banning Fast Food” is a current poll where participants give reasons for their vote. They can then compare their thinking with others in the group, which may help them toContinue Reading

Virtual Tour – UCD James Joyce Library

Media Services and UCD Library recently developed a Virtual Tour of the UCD Library to help new staff and students find their away around the four floors of the James Joyce Library in University College Dublin. The tour runs on computers, tablets and phones. The tour was developed using krpano – a tool for creating virtual tours fromContinue Reading

Bloom’s Taxonomy & Digital Literacy

Andrew Churches has built on Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy to create  Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy to incorporate new ways of learning facilitated by web-based tools. He has added examples at all levels of the cognitive domain ranging from bookmarking in ‘Remembering’ to podcasting in ‘Creating’. He emphasises that the digital taxonomy is about using web tools andContinue Reading

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

I have just written a review of my participation in the Designing a New Learning Environment Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) by Stanford University in the Educational Technology and Change Journal I have now enrolled in a similarly titled course with the Open University Learning Design for a 21st Century Curriculum.

Musing about Digital Fluency

To live and work effectively, we need to be more than digitally literate, we need to become digitally fluent.  According to Briggs and Makice, digital literacy means you know what tools to use and how to use them, while fluency means you also know when and why to use them. To take a simple example,Continue Reading


I have been experimenting with Google+, Google’s new social networking tool.  Google+ has elements of blogging , Facebook and Twitter. In my mind, its circles allow you to organise your communications better than Twitter and Facebook.  For example, you can organise your contacts into separate circles to discuss say ‘educational technology’ ,’photography’ or ‘politics’ .Continue Reading

Anti-PowerPoint Referendum

While PowerPoint has its detractors, I think this must be the first time a political party has been set up to combat its misuse. As far as I know, no other piece of software, has had such a powerful  impact! In Switzerland, the anti-PowerPoint Party is collecting signatures to hold a referendum to reduce theContinue Reading

Myth of the Digital Native

Young people, in their teens or twenties, are all writing blogs, publishing videos on YouTube and recording podcasts. Are they really? While consumption of web-content is enormous, a relatively small number of people are creating that content … and these people come in all ages.  A show of hands in my digital media class  revealsContinue Reading

Google Analytics…. Popular in Wisconsin

I use Google Analytics to try and measure readership for this blog.  There were 493 unique visitors who spent an average of 3 minutes and 4 seconds in the blog (long enough to read a post) in the last 30 days.  The date with the largest number of readers followed a new post though dailyContinue Reading