I wrote a recent blog post for LEARN based on a fascinating conversation that I had with the developers of the Explain Everything app for the iPad. If you find this interesting, you should consider attending the LEARN-RECIT Technology and Learning Summit 2014 at the Sheraton Laval on October 20, 2014. Explaining Explain Everything | […]
Classroom, a photo by robtain on Flickr.
I contributed a blog post to the LEARN Blog. Here’s the link: “MacGyvering” Low Cost Alternatives to Assistive Technologies | LEARN Blog – learning from each other and building a community.
In researching affordable OCR apps for iOS, I came across this cheap alternative using full-featured software like GoQ’s WordQ, or Kurzweil to read printed documents aloud. ABBYY’s TextGrabber for iOS ($3.99 – iTunes App Store link) does a decent job at digitizing printed text. Once the text is digitized, the “Speak Selection” accessibility feature built-in […]
We chose Linux as the platform for Sakai. The main reason was cost — no licenses for the server OS and the availability of low cost server hardware. We opted for CentOS 5 as the flavour of Linux. It is basically Red Hat Enterprise and has proven to be robust in the past. CentOS is […]
The next few posts will chronicle the process of creating a fresh install of the Sakai portal/course management system and then importing content from an existing installation. The organization that I went through this process for had a Sakai instance that had been installed by a vendor/consultant as a binary distribution. We relied on the […]
A student of mine recommended a great Flash video tool called video.Maru. It’s a component which allows a developer to create customized video players without any knowledge of ActionScript. All you have to do is create MovieClips on the stage with the correct names. I am experimenting with it now and will post some more […]
The final full day at NECC was a full one. The day began with a bus tour of the Atlanta area. Did you know that Elton John lives for part of the year in Atlanta? We toured through the downtown area of Atlanta and drove through one of the more upscale neighbourhoods, admiring stately homes. […]
Report from NECC – June 26, 2007 http://www.costain.ca/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/necc-june-26-2007.m4aPodcast: Play in new window | Download
Wow! Every once in a while you attend a workshop that really makes a difference – or at least rises above the usual standard of conference workshops. Dr. Alice Christie is this year’s bomb. This was by far the most effective, impressive education workshop that I have attended in a long time.The workshop focused on […]