Improving Reading and Retention Skills

As part of student induction it is useful to teach some basic tasks like time management, library use and getting out of bed in the morning.

Download Squad have a pointer to a rather useful application that helps improve reading and retention skills. That can only help improve results.

Speed Read : Improve Your Reading and Retention Skills – Download Squad


Flash Based eLearning


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Flash is a tremendous tool but not even its best friends would describe it as user-friendly. That’s a shame as some of its features are perfect for eLearning purposes.

To address this Adobe have posted some easy instructions for creating Flash based quizzes that are even SCORM compliant.

This works really well and the quizzes can be slightly more student friendly (or flashy if you’ll excuse the pun) than some other tools produce.

Flash Based eLearning from Adobe


Mac Educational Applications Bundle

Image via Wikipedia MacUpdate do a daily offer for Mac software at vastly reduced prices.

The offer today is especially good containing ten applications aimed towards education including:

  • Hookup
  • Alarm Clock Pro
  • Periscope
  • DevonAgent
  • Mellel
  • Norrkross Movie
  • Bookend

for just $49.99. I think that’s about two jam jars in our money.

If enough bundles are sold MacJournal, Contactizer Pro and LightZone are added. This is a great deal that you should jump on.

Today’s MacUpdate Promo, 40% off


Now I Know What Students Use…


Image via Wikipedia I can’t think of a good way to use this site but its “functionality” is too good not to share. Here, then, is my previous post run through the superb anti-AI of Unintelligencer:

One o’ thee mos common questions asked bye students oan an graphics course is “Cans I tkaes mah bitmap photo and mayk itz an editable vector graphic?”. Well, too be precise ff’ question is moar yooshuallee phrased, “Ewe know em pictures ah took. Hao dae a git them phae thae mad dots n tew lines’n’that?” Apologies phoar tha poor transliteration.

Gratuishus attacks onna students asside thiz web site allows you 2 upload a bitmap and has it converted too vectors online. Gud pho de odd translation job iffn you don’t have one the commericial (rede ekspensiv) techniques to hand.

All comments saying that this version is clearer should be sent to


Bitmap -> Vector Conversion – Free and Online


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One of the most common questions asked by students on a graphics course is “Can I take my bitmap photo and make it an editable vector graphic?”. Well, to be precise the question is more usually phrased, “You know them pictures ah took. How dae a get them fae they mad dots in to lines’n’that?” Apologies for the poor transliteration.

Gratuitous attacks on students aside this web site allows you to upload a bitmap and have it converted to vectors online. Good for the odd translation job if you don’t have one of the commercial (read expensive) techniques to hand.

Vector Magic | Precision Bitmap to Vector Conversion Online


Adobe Acrobat Tools for Education

Image via Wikipedia Adobe have released a set of resources to create electronic portfolios, digital assessments, and lesson plans with Acrobat.

It’s a bit too Americanised for my taste but you might be able to use some of the techniques. Go check it yourselves.

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Which Software?


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Everyone in education is currently making decisions on what software to use. Which manufacturer? What product? Which version?

It’s about time we simply said no more and switched to online versions of software like Photoshop Express or Splashup. No more investment in software that will simply become outdated before it’s out of the box. No more installation problems.

What could go wrong?



Binary in Computer Architecture


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The architecture course is almost universally disliked by students. This has nothing to do with reality but is instead rooted in the idea that it will be, and I quote, “pure,dead hard like”.

One tool I’ll be using to help explain different number systems is this binary clock application. Working in the same way as the binary watches that are widely available at Geeks’R’Us it shows the time using simulated LEDs. If nothing else it should be good for a fun five minutes in class.

Binary Clock

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Rating Rats


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At the SFEU conference in June the most provocative presentation by far was by Ron Dillin concerning PIs (performance Indicators) in Computing. In fact, the session was so provocative that we’re having a full day (18th of September) to discuss it.

Researching the topic to get a handle on the types of presenters we would need and the discussions they would generate led me to think of the rating systems itself. Which naturally reminded me of the Rat Experiment.

If you haven’t come across it before have a read – it might be germane to the problem…

The Rat Experiment : Productivity501