An interesting article in the Scientific American (April 2013) written by David Pogue. He points out that more pixels, e.g. the iPad which is marketed as having the best display, does not necessarily mean sharper images. The point is made that web images not optimised for retina display look worse, and if the resolution were to be increased the size would increase commensurate to the resolution and bang goes your internet quota for the month within a few days.
I have been irresolute as to which tablet to buy. This certainly has swayed me away from insisting on as many pixels as possible!
Read Disappointment of Dazzling Displays (pdf)
Finally, I also know how to blog!
If you are a teacher, then Kobus van Wyk has asked an intersting question especially in the light of the recent announcement by our Minister of Basic Education that The Approach That Shall Not Be Named has failed. His question is: Amidst this scrambling for solutions, what is the potential contribution of technology? We need to reflect continuously on whether our passion for technology can be translated into useful practice. One of the comments to this post points to a number of ways in which to “shape technological rocky areas in the rapid ICT river” — but is it not somewhat simplistic to suggest that a training session on the use of, for example, the EIWB will lead to its creative implementation in a specific subject?
I ask these questions because there has to be clarity on what is being promoted when it is stated that “Interactive action between the educator, learners and the EIAWB should be the MAIN AIM” (see comment on above post). Why should there be a technological tool (in this case the EIWB) to mediate interaction between the educator and the learner? As an educator, I would object to being told (yet again) that someone outside my subject field considers me an inefficient teacher because I don’t use ICTs. What we need are teachers who lead by example. Teachers whose excellent ideas can inspire others to try something new. One suggestion here would be active comminities of practice in which teachers support and inspire each other. Let me know if you are aware of any.
The podcasts (and one vodcast) of all the sessions up to the last two of today are available on FTP. Don’t download the 09seminar_files.zip — it’s big and contains a number of files which I wanted organised into folders. I still have to scan the example document that Prof van der Walt used and will upload that and the last two sessions by Monday.
Curious about the new look? Then listen to the vodcast of 04/08/09! Just another way of reminding you to download them from FTP. The audio lags slightly behind the video, but I’m sure you’ll enjoy it regardless.
After three weeks of an introduction to the theory of web design, may I ask all you new fundis your opinion on this website: http://www.ltc-capetown.com/ What do you regard as the strenghts and weaknesses or positive and negative aspects of the splash page and the website behind it? What about the navigation? Do you get a mental model of the sitemap, i.e. size and scope of the website? Looking forward to hearing your opinions.
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This is the MPhil in Hypermedia for Language Learning blog. We’re still deciding exactly what we want to do with it! But we have it thanks to Magriet and we’re waiting for inspiration to strike — and time to use these flashes of genius and pen them down.