I love the idea of making animations without using complex animation software and have been looking for alternatives to the PowerPoint standard animations that we’ve all seen a million times before. I’ve just discovered this very interesting short video (though it’s been around for over 3 weeks and already gathered 1.1 million views, so I’m patently not living on the technological frontiers here, people) which is part of the laudable Google Demo Slam project that is showcasing how Google apps can revolutionise our lives. It’s pretty self-explanatory (one of the many benefits of being made by nerds) but in short, 3 animators working as a team but in different locations, put together a fully animated presentation in Google Docs in only 3 days that fair blows your socks off. And the message is, if they can do this, think what you can do with such a simple and accessible outlet. “No animation software, no high-tech hardware, nothin’ but Google Docs” – couldn’t have put it better myself, ‘though I probably would have spelt it “hi-tech” but that’s just me….
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My previous post “What is RSS?” explained how I manage web information across multiple computers of different types, at work, home and anywhere else.
I also do the same with my Aston email, contacts and calendars(Aston & Google).
I use Microsoft(MS) Outlook on my work PC. Outlook is part of MS Office(I have the latest Office 2007, but previously used 2003 version). I prefer to use Google Calendar for multiple work and private calendars, and I can access it from any web enabled device, but functionality and usability are not always as convenient as dedicated applications.
There has been a lot of discussion and some activity surrounding Google Apps at Aston. This has gone from informal use where individuals are signing up personal accounts that they use to share content with colleges, through to the idea of possibly adopting Google Mail for the student’s and later expanding it out to use all of the applications that Google provide.
Today a video appeared on my Google Mail login page that gives a very quick overview of how you might use the forms tools in conjunction with the spreadsheet application. After taking a look around I realised that Google have a YouTube channel with a number of videos about how you might use Google Apps and Docs at work. I think these give a very good overview of what you can do and I would suggest checking them out so that you can be better informed about the advantages of adopting such a system.
This first video I have posted here is only 2 minutes long and is a general over view.
This second video for those with more time and interest and is specifically about the benefits to Education of using Google Apps. Incidently Samantha Peter who appears in this video, presented at one of the CLIPP events during the 2008-2009 acdemic year.
See that PostIt note above? It also has 2 RSS icons on it.
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rss
Blogs, like podcasts, rely on RSS feeds to alert interested internet users of changes and new information without having to visit each site just in case, or filling your email inbox with extra alerts.
You can ‘subscribe’ to either or both of the 2 feeds by clicking or dragging the RSS icon to any software that acts as a feed reader. Some web browers support it natively, and Google offers a web based ‘Reader’, even Outlook 2007 supports it.
I use software on several different computers that synchronizes what I have read so I don’t have to read it again later, for example when I’m at home, work, or having a coffee somewhere else.
I see the feeds on my work PC(Windows FeedDemon), home Apple Mac and wireless Apple iPodTouch – both the later use NetNewsWire software and synced with FeedDemon via Newsgator.com.
I subscribe to hundreds of different RSS feeds related to both work and pleasure, and I can choose which ones to see and read on which computer. I categorise them in folders accordingly, for example Leisure, IT, Learning & Teaching, Software and News.
It means I can keep my email inbox to between 20 and 30 active or pending emails!
I can also use my emails, calendar and contacts on the same computers and synchronized in the the same way! That is a forthcoming post…
Newsgator have just announced that they are moving to Google Reader as their web and management engine for individual users, and updating FeedDemon and Netnewswire to reflect the changes. I’ll post again when I’ve got all my syncs working, hopefully before the 31st August deadline.
Well, I finally bit the bullet and upgraded, first was FeedDemon3.0 which led me through conversion to GoogleReader sync, including my folders and clippings, very painlessly. Then I updated Netnewswire3.2 on my home Mac(OSX 10.5) which ‘just worked’, and finally NetNewsWire2.0 iPhone app.
The only drawback, a small ‘Ad’ window, bottom left in the Free versions of each of the Applications. I must also say that FeedDemon is still very ‘clunky’ compared to the NetNewsWire versions.
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CLIPP will present a series of events throughout 2009 which will reflect the core themes within Learning and Teaching Research, Technologies and Curriculum and Learner Development. These will take the form of flagship presentations, monthly seminars and a series of workshops offering practical advice and illustrating best practice.