I am a very visual learner and absorber of information. I use images rather than bullet points in my presentations to recall information. Recently when I was talking about this I mentioned how much I liked infographics. This term was not known by my colleague and when I explored further others were also unfamilair with the term.
An infographic is a visual way to represent data and is usually presented in a poster format. It a nice way to present sometimes complex information in an interesting way that is easy to digest. A well known example is the London Underground map.
The simplified version we are now very familiar with and regularly use is on the left and the 1908 map version is on the right. Continue reading
Vine is a new way to share video. This free app (currently only available for iPhone and iPod Touch) allows the user to record and then embed a 6 second video directly in a tweet. You can choose to record one scene by holding your finger down on the screen or several scenes by releasing the pressure and re-applying to start recording again. You could also create a mini stop motion scene movie by moving the subject you want to record slightly in the same manner the original cartoons were created. Vine also captures audio.
Once you’ve create your vine you can then choose to simply save it or share with the world! The cynics thought 140 characters would be of little value and how wrong they were. It will be interesting to see how creative people get with 6 seconds!
Below are some examples of how it Vine is being used from the fun to the more serious.
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I follow Google in Education on Google+ and come across a variety of interesting posts. For those not familiar with Google+ take a look at the information I’ve written about this social networking site.
The post that caught my eye on Google+ and inspired this post was an entry about Virtual Field Trips using Street View technology. Google Maps with Street View lets you explore places around the world through 360-degree street-level imagery. Continue reading
We are all using the web more than ever before and saving information including digital photos and videos on our laptops, tablets and PCs; shopping online and sharing information via the social networks we have joined. Something we need to think about however is how safe is our data and what are we sharing? Continue reading
The sharing of images online through social media sites has become increasingly easy to do. Many of us can now take a photo using our mobile phone and share almost instantly via our digital social channels such as Facebook and Twitter. However what is sometimes forgotten is how easy it can be for others to re-share your images. In many cases you may be quite happy for this to happen, however there may be photos you only want to share with certain people. Being aware of the security settings on the social sites you use is very important. These tend to change periodically (Facebook being one to confuse many including Mark Zuckerberg’s own sister!). Continue reading
On my Twitter page I have listed some of the words and abbreviations associated with Twitter and tweeting. These include:
RT or Retweet – this is when a message is reused and the originator is acknowledged
MT or Modified Tweet – a retweet that has been modified slightly (often to reduce the character count but sometimes to add emphasis)
DM or Direct Message – this is where you can send or receive a private message (providing both parties follow each other)
HT or Hat Tip – to acknowledge finding another person’s tweet or link interesting. Continue reading
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