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Test your musical copyright skills

April 17th, 2015 by Cameron

Pop quiz: Which of these artists needs a copyright lawyer?

The history of pop music is littered with accusations of artists ripping each other off, with the recent copyright ruling against Robin Thicke and Pharell Williams over their track Blurred Lines just the latest example. Listen to the songs below and rate how similar you think they are.

music copyright

Use a HD Camcorder as a webcam (for streaming lectures)

April 16th, 2015 by Cameron


I’ve been looking for a simple way to stream lectures and presentations, something simple enough for the average novice to set up and run with on their own.   Ustream and Livestream are a bit too complex for our purposes.   Google Hangouts are simple enough, but webcams aren’t really up to the job, and I didn’t want to buy (and loan out) a lot of new high end cameras.

What I have tracked down is a Magewell USB3 to HDMI Capture dongle.  You run the HMDI cable out of your camera into the dongle and the USB3 cable out into you computer.  The computer sees the camcorder as a webcam.  It’s not a dirt cheap solution ($450 AUD), but it’s small, doesn’t need any drivers installed or extra software, and I a lot of people already have HD cameras, all I have to do is loan out the dongle.

Interactive video tools – Zaption, EduCanon, EDPuzzle

April 14th, 2015 by Cameron

video interactive

If you are interested in free options for Interactive video, this  review on the Penn State Learning and Teaching with Technology site is woth a look.

Gamification of the gaming of standardised testing

April 13th, 2015 by Cameron

no pineapple

Read the Engadget article

See the  game

Cant use Flash in your smartphone or tablet? Try Puffin Browser

March 31st, 2015 by Cameron

Flash is still about and it can be a pain when the video you want to watch won’t play.

Our local Apple wizard Nigel Morkel-Kingsbury recommends Puffin Browser to his students.   Puffin is available for IOS and Android.


Weekend Funny – Click Bait titles for movies and books

March 29th, 2015 by Cameron

Click Bait

Weekend Funny – Animated GIFs – the new model for student feedback?

March 28th, 2015 by Cameron

“Google sends reporter a GIF instead of a No Comment”

Download Multiple files from Moodle

March 27th, 2015 by Cameron

This is a video I made a while ago, but I’ve had a few queries lately so I have posted it to YouTube.

Basically you get the Firefox add-on DownloadThemAll


Downloading multiple files from Moodle

Curated internet content platform – ZEEF

March 26th, 2015 by Cameron

ZEEF is a fairly recent start-up and is still running on venture capital but it looks interesting.

“By enabling people to curate content ZEEF solves the problem of information overload and filter failure. Due to the “filter bubble” and Search Engine Marketing, people desire guidance on which information is most reliable. While Algorithmic Search has come a long way, the internet still presents people with a serious information overload. ZEEF is like a filter on top of Google. “

Here is the link to the search I did on Creative Commons images


It is listed by person so you see quite a bit of repetition.   I think the way to go might be to pick the curator/expert who is most in tune with you and start with them.

I found this via Stephen Downes who recommended Robin Good’s content discovery page.

Some password management options

March 23rd, 2015 by Cameron

Patrick Norton and  Shannon Morris formerly of Tekzilla (Rev3 cancelled the show),  have rebooted their show on their own.  It’s now called TekThing

There is a short overview of 3 top alternatives to LastPass at the 6 minute mark

Passwoord manager