Archive for March, 2015

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

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

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

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Click Bait

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

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

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

Download Multiple files from Moodle

Friday, March 27th, 2015

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

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

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

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

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

Weekend funny – First World Curses

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Modern CursesPre-order my book of comics, The Worrier’s Guide to Life, from Andrews McMeel.

Adding Questions to Video

Friday, March 20th, 2015

One way to add questions to video is embedding videos in Moodle Lessons.
It’s fairly fiddly and you have to chop your video into clips if you want to ask multiple questions.  Unless you are very comfortable with Moodle there are easier options.

Office MIX provides another approach structured around PowerPoint which is worth a look.  You can’t put video and the question on the same page and the analytics are fairly rudimentary.  You can have a look at my rough play with MIX questions here  –

TED-ED lessons are another way to do it.  You have to load your video into YouTube and the questions aren’t attached to the video timeline, so student’s can choose when to answer the questions.

If you are looking for an online option that doesn’t require any downloads then Zaption is worth a look.  It’s fairly simple to use and you don’t have create clips, you can just drop in your questions anywhere along the timeline.  You can’t create voice overs or record your webcam so you’ll need some over software for that (e.g. Windows Live Movie Maker, iMovie etc).

I had a quick play with and I quite like it.  Students don’t have to create an account to view the videos and they can be embedded in other sites (if you pay for the Pro version).

The free version looks OK but you can see all the differences here.


Tech Tips for teaching with webcams

Monday, March 16th, 2015

I have updated my webcams tips video (using my newer camera).

It’s on my YouTube site which has a range of other recordings.

ppt mix edit screen

This is  also an experiment in using PowerPoint Mix to create multi-clip, webcam tutorial videos (as opposed to a PowerPoint with added video).

My favourite Pratchett

Friday, March 13th, 2015