Tech Talk 5 - The political edition

Dominik Lukeš and Thordis Fridriksson discuss the latest in technology with a special focus on politics online. News from the world of operating systems (Windows 7, Ubuntu 8.10) and tips for making the most of the online experience also get a look in.

Tech Talk 4 - Latest in technology news

Dominik and Thordis talk about the latest news in technology including a Google lawsuit, new Macs and more. As usual, they find time for some computing tips. Send in questions to [email protected].

Tech Talk 3 - Backing up Data

Dominik and Thordis cover the Tech News as usual and then talk about how to back up data and keep it secure. Some Chrome cons are added to the pros from the last podcast.

Getting new technologies used

Another example of why the adoption of technologies is not dependent only on the technologies themselves but rather on the desire of the users themselves. This reminded me of two instances of extremely popular and seemingly easy-to-use Web2.0 services falling short on usability.

Tips on introducing new technologies

This is an interesting list of tips for  disseminating technology in an institution. I find 4 and 5 particularly intriguing. Not doing a pilot seems so counterintuitive but given that so many pilots get so entrenched that their adoption is a given no matter what the results that skipping them in certain instances (and just doing a brief trial) may be the best solution. More creative gathering of feedback may include walking into classrooms and asking the students. Well-worth reviewing.

More than features: Criteria for software selection

This report suggests that institutions should pay attention to more than just the features of a given platform. OpenSource (Sakai) and closed-source (Blackboard) systems alike relying on the Java enterprise approach are often too heavyweight for relatively small institutions. Even a basic install requires enterprise-level support. Moreover, more lightweight equivalents Moodle, Elgg and Drupal can be up and running on a single left-over machine and scale up when uptake increases.

Think globally, interact locally

This is an interesting example of how an essentially global technology can influence profoundly local interactions.

Homegrown Software Boosts Classroom Interactivity at Community College

Personalisation and Technology

An interesting presentation on integrating ICT and personalisation innovation. [slideshare id=11208&doc=ict-and-personalised-learning-20312&w=425]

Institutional skills bank: Something to consider

All the talk about adopting new and emergent technologies in education often overlooks one important factor! You need people with underlying skills to implement them and, not insignificantly, people with the proper skills to use them. (All that in addition to a proper institutional innovation and development culture.) This article in PC World hints at what those might be, but...

PC World - Web 2.0: The Skills Behind the Buzzword

IT skills and habits AFTER education

Here's an interesting study that shows that business practices are often not quite in sync with what students use at school (and quite likely not quite in sync with what companies say they want).

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