Leeds City College Twitter Feeds

Here is a list of all the Leeds City College Twtter Feeds,

Official Feeds
Main feed : twitter.com/leedscitycoll
eLearning : twitter.com/lcc_elearning
Student News : twitter.com/lcc_studentnews
Learning Resurces Centre : twitter.com/lcc_lrc
Staff Development : twitter.com/lcc_staffdev
Careers : twitter.com/lcc_careers
Keighley Arts Factory : twitter.com/artsfactory
Sharing Best Practice : twitter.com/LCC_SBP

eLearning Team
Lewis Carr : twitter.com/lewiscarr
Sukhwant Lota : twitter.com/sukhwantlota
Jan Warner : twitter.com/janetwarner
Moodle Monkey : twitter.com/moodlemonkey
Keith Lloyd : twitter.com/keithelearning

Almost everything on TV is filmed on a Green Screen

You'll never see another TV show in the same way!  I was pretty amazed at how much TV was filmed on Green Screen, the Ugly Betty was a real eye opener.

My Favourite TED Talks

Here are some of my favourite and inspirational TED Talks, I will be updating this post as I like more Ted Talks.

Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation

Jamie Oliver : Teach every child about food

Eric Giler demos wireless electricity

Why not to be afraid of a long Moodle course?

I always seem to find that teachers are scared of long Moodle courses, they always want everything in a separate unit or a hidden section.  Well unless they use it as a repository, then teachers are usually happy to have a long list of Word and Powerpoint documents!

Now don't get me wrong, you need to make sure you know the difference between a long Moodle course and death by scrolling which I'm sure the Core Moodle developers took into consideration when they restricted the total amount of topics in a Moodle course to 52.

Here are 4 of reasons why there is nothing wrong with a long Moodle course.

1. The Mouse has a stroller for a reason, (the scrolly thing between the left and right mouse button) don't be afraid to use it.  Imagine if Amazon, ebay or Play.com didn't have a long list of items. would you still browse and buy?

2. Long courses are awesome, however you don't want to confuse your learners by having everything in one very long boring list, try breaking up your course with Topics, Headings, Lables, Images and Videos.

3. Show your learners how to use the the topic show/hide button with the drop down list of all the units.  This is core to Moodle and should be used by everyone.

4. Don't be afraid of letting your learners scroll, after all they are the Facebook generation they're used it.

Guest Moodle Courses

Today i've launched my very first Guest Moodle course.  The course is on Twitter : How and why we use it in Teaching & Learning

You can view the course here and download the Moodle backup of the course here

Feel free to download and add it to your Moodle's and any feedback is most welcome.

How 3D Works

for everyone wanting a new 3D TV, this is how 3D actually works. Click to enlarge.

(Via Onlineschools.org)

Contextualisation is Key [Video]

As i've always mentiond in my posts, a vle is nothing without contextualisation.

Here is a great little video showing this.

Sega announce new 2D Sonic the Hedgehog

Sega have announced today that they will be making a new 2D Sonic the Hedgehog game. It's called Sonic 4: Episode 1 where it will be continued from Sonic 3 back in 1994. Sega have created this from the ground up having re-designed Sonic in 1998 giving him a less rounded body, longer and more drooping spikes, shoe buckles, and green-coloured eyes.

You can visit the official sonic 4 website here

Sonic 4 has the potential to be legendary but I guess we'll find out this summer as it will become available for download on the PS3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii.

I have a feeling that UP + Down + Left + Right + A + Start won't work this time.

Check out the trailer below.

Worksheets in Google Docs

If like me you like to do worksheets/handouts on how to do tasks with elearning/moodle then this is a great little tip for you.

I usually do my worksheets in Microsoft word, as it's the simplist to type, add images, bullet points and then save to PDFs and upload them to Moodle. More recently as I've started to use Google Docs and I now upload everything into my docs.

As I went to export this as a PDF I noticed a handy little feature hidden away,

This, as you would imagine downloads the document as a HTML with all the pictures tucked safely inside. The Zip file can be then simply uploaded into Moodle and unzipped with a Link to the HTML file and your away.

Doing this rather than uploading PDF is awesome for a couple of reasons,

1. It keeps it's display formatting like a Google docs.
2. Not all computers/devices are able to load PDF documents
3. Using Google docs is cool.