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Michael Rees
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Attended University of Southampton
Lives in Clear Island Waters, Qld
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An embarrassing surfeit of forward
I celebrate 50 years of computer use this year. In all that time of dealing with computer character sets I am my fellow computer users have been using the word 'slash' for the '/' character, technically a solidus , and a very ancient character from ancient ...
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Sharing my mobile phone experience

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Like many of my friends and colleagues over the last 7 years I used iPhones 3, 4 and 5 on Telstra 24-month plans with varying upfront payments. iPhones 3 and 4 suffered from the barely tolerable intermittent home button probl...
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'Far from environments of intellectual ferment and debate, too many traditional institutions of higher learning have become dens of groupthink where straying outside the lines in terms of thought and language can draw censure and penalty.'

News http://reason.com/blog/2015/02/10/higher-education-innovation-is-comingbut
Some vendors of higher education may have to be dragged, kicking and screaming, to make improvements
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A logo update
This is part of my personal history with only a small connection to the Cloud, but readers might find some interest if only to parallel their own experiences of logo creation. In the early 90s I created a personal logo with a drawing program whose name is l...
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I found this talk absolutely inspiring - forget the average, aim for the edges

http://youtu.be/4eBmyttcfU4
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Some takeaways:
- Analysis of the edX data showed the static PowerPoint slides were an engagement killer, while more engaging visuals grabbed and maintained students’ attention.
- Fast-talking professors proved much more engaging than educators who spoke at a decidedly slow pace. MOOC professors with the highest engagement rates said 254 words per minute.
- Lengthy online videos had low engagement rates, while short videos kept students’ attention. Students typically stopped watching the online lecture after six minutes.
- While fast-talking professors were key, long pauses for students to better digest complicated diagrams were vital in maintaining engagement.
- Videos designed specifically for web-based audiences fared much better than existing videos that were simply chopped up and shown in snippets, according to the research.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/mooc-learning-767/?
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Liquid foods
At Barcamp Gold Coast this morning I attended a talk about liquid food typified by the well-known solvent. When your nutrition is in balance there is a perceptible increase in your physical feeling of wellbeing which leads to a more contented life. The spea...
At Barcamp Gold Coast this morning I attended a talk about liquid food typified by the well-known solvent. When your nutrition is in balance there is a perceptible increase in your physical feeling of wellbeing which leads to...
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Breaking the Apple/Telstra Nexus
Like many of my friends and colleagues over the last 7 years I used iPhones 3, 4 and 5 on Telstra 24-month plans with varying upfront payments. iPhones 3 and 4 suffered from the barely tolerable intermittent home button problem and iPhone 5 from the increas...
Like many of my friends and colleagues over the last 7 years I used iPhones 3, 4 and 5 on Telstra 24-month plans with varying upfront payments. iPhones 3 and 4 suffered from the barely tolerable intermittent home button probl...
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For when you are cup-shotten...
In the timeline above, explore how the English language has developed over time through the lens of a crucial social function: the consumption of alcohol.
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An informative post for all Chromies
 
3 ways to make a Chromebook feel more like a PC: http://cnet.co/1l1PtCb
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Brilliant young Aussie med students win Microsoft Imagine Cup Skype award for Eyenaemia app which detects anemia with a smartphone 
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“The very notion of a ‘class’ may be outdated,” Yes, indeed 
People now buy songs, not albums. They read articles, not newspapers. So why not mix and match learning “modules” rather than lock into 12-week university courses? That question is a major theme of a 213-page report released on Monday by a committee at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ...
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Education
  • University of Southampton
    Computer Science, 1968 - 1975
    PhD
  • University of Oxford
    Programming Language Research, 1967 - 1968
    DipAdMath
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Linking the crowd with the cloud
Introduction
Passionate about working in and developing for the cloud especially for education, individuals and professionals
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Retired IT academic interested in the cloud, education technology and online education
Skills
Internet, web and cloud
Employment
  • Cloud Aid Solutions
    Cloud Architect, 2012 - present
  • Bond University
    Honourary Adjunct Professor, 2012 - present
  • Bond University
    Associate Professor, 1989 - 2012
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Currently
Clear Island Waters, Qld
Previously
Nottingham,UK - Oxford, UK - Winchester, UK - Margate, Tas - Worongrary, Qld - Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
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Prime Minister’s department to set up its own MOOC
www.itnews.com.au

Takes a fresh approach to training public servants.

Norwegian MOOC commission
acreelman.blogspot.com

by christophercjensen Norway became the first country in the world to appoint a government commission to examine the potential of MOOCs from

Microsoft OneDrive - Access files anywhere. Create docs with free Office...
onedrive.live.com

Store photos and docs online. Access them from any PC, Mac or phone. Create and work together on Word, Excel or PowerPoint documents.

Mooconomics
johnhcochrane.blogspot.com

An Economist article and Alex Tabarrok in a Marginal Revolution blog post weigh in on the future and economic structure of moocs (massively

Cloud schooling: why we still need teachers in the internet age
theconversation.com

Education guru Sugata Mitra and his colleagues — who have pioneered the “School in the Cloud” — are sending ripples through the world of edu

MOOCs as 1st year undergrad replacement - The Ed Techie
nogoodreason.typepad.co.uk

For top-secret research I am undertaking, I'm looking at a range of MOOCs, both xMOOCs, cMOOCs and flavours inbetween (although, definitely

MakerBot’s $1,400 Digitizer Now Available To Pre-Order, Will Ship By Mid...
techcrunch.com

The folks at MakerBot have been teasing their Digitizer desktop 3D scanner since this past March, but now they're finally ready to push it o

Get Used to Sharing Digital Content, Says U. of Texas at Austin Presiden...
chronicle.com

Professors at the University of Texas at Austin should get comfortable with the idea of using online course materials created by their colle

EXCLUSIVE: GPS flaw could let terrorists hijack ships, planes
www.foxnews.com

The world’s GPS system is vulnerable to hackers or terrorists who could use it to hijack ships – even commercial airliners. Todd Humphreys,

How Forensic Linguistics Outed J.K. Rowling (Not to Mention James Madiso...
phenomena.nationalgeographic.com

Earlier this week, the UK's Sunday Times rocked the publishing world by revealing that Robert Galbraith, the first-time author of a new crim

College Is Going Online, Whether We Like It Or Not
www.theatlantic.com

Skittish college professors won't stop the digital disruption of higher education.

GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world!
www.geoguessr.com

GeoGuessr is a geography game which takes you on a journey around the world and challenges your ability to recognize your surroundings.

The New Chrome Apps
googlesystem.blogspot.com

Back in 2010, I wrote a post about the Chrome Web Store and the two kinds of apps that were available: hosted apps (mostly links to web apps

OpenupEd
www.openuped.eu

You are visiting the portal of a brand-new initiative around so-called MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Most of the MOOCs movement is ba

Welcome
www.openuped.org

You are visiting the portal of a brand-new initiative around so-called MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Most of the MOOCs movement is ba

Evernote Clearly | Evernote Corporation
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Screenshots. Evernote Clearly makes articles and blog posts easy to read. Choose a theme that works for you, or create your own. Evernote Cl

EducationOnAir
sites.google.com

This site provides information for the Education On Air conference convened by Google in Education. The conference will occur on May 2, 2012

Google’s New Inactive Account Manager Gives You Control Over Your Digita...
techcrunch.com

TechCrunch is a leading technology media property, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breakin

Microsoft Funds An iPad App That Generates Infinite Bedtime Stories | Co...
www.fastcodesign.com

Microsoft Funds An iPad App That Generates Infinite Bedtime Stories. The Infinite Adventure Machine, by London designer David Benqué, can pr

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