A quick trip over at one of my favourite sites, Interactive Narratives, lead me to VuVox, a Web 2.0 multimedia authoring tool that stole my attention for about a half an hour. There could be lots of useful applications of tools like this in higher ed, in particular where multimedia development resources might be stretched, or where there is a desire for students to tell a story, explain, show understanding, or even synthesize in a multi-layered, dynamic way. Robin Good provides a nice overview/how to on the tool
Why haven’t I tried this yet?
Found this review of Calameo buried in my bookmarks, and am wondering why I haven’t used it yet? Has anybody used Calameo as a tool for creating OERs? Or even as a type of online course manual?
visualization tool plus plus and amazing instructional design
Two great new discoveries this week… Via downes, VUE is an open source application that pushes the envelope in the visualization/concept mapping department. I have a few projects that can take advantage of the ability to link nodes to local or public files, display images, and allow tagging and categories to be assigned. Again, it passed the 2 minute tool test, and some of the more advanced features are well described and demonstrated on the Features page. The other item making the rounds in the Canadian Copyright world is an astounding piece of work from Appropriation Art. Not only is the topic one that is of concern/interest to me, but that…
in the spirit of good visuals…
supermario cupcakes Perhaps I’m revealing my age, but I love these Atari era inspired cupcakes by Hello Naomi (via Boing Boing).
During my blogging hiatus, which corresponded with my move to the Canadian Polytechnic where I now am employed and a subsequent maternity leave (identical twins!!), I was jotting down on a post-it note new tools that I thought would be useful for instructors and students, but needed more time to explore. I came back to a very tidy cubicle (thank you tidyers) but no post-it. I’m trying to recall some of those tools, and bubbl.us came to mind. I remember liking bubbl.us because like my old standby, Gliffy, it passed the 2 minute test and the drag, drop, click interface works nicely. But bubbl.us is definitely more suited to concept…
more visualisation tools
About 5 years ago I started a mental “wouldn’t it be nice if…” list of technologies/software that I wish existed. I’m still reeling from excitement at a tool that my colleague Paul here at Canadian Polytechnic just pointed me to–Manyeyes, since it’s one of those *better than I hoped* tools that I can scratch off my list. Manyeyes lets you simply convert data sets to visualisation tools, and in 2.0 spirit allows comments and discussion about the data. I’m still exploring, but just a quick look at the visualisation possibilities is educational in itself–clicking on the Learn More link leads to informative descriptions of when and how the corresponding visualisation…