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The PebblePad upgrade seems to have gone well today - people seem happy with the changes and there are some vast improvements to the system. All work seems to have transferred OK, which is always a relief (even though I wasn't expecting otherwise). If you've looked at PebblePad before and was put off the old interface I'd recommend having a look.

Just a few issues to note:

*Workbooks that have been brought across from v3 have some formatting issues with text being centre-aligned. I've discovered this is solvable by editing the offending page, making any change, and hitting save. We've been told there is a fix coming to do this automatically in a future update.

*There seems to be an issue with custom banners on workbooks not showing up on the respective asset. I've put a support query in about this.

*I'm aware some of the language used in the save reminders may not be as endearing as Pebble seem to think, and I've asked them if we can get this changed to something less childish. Which would be super duper.

*Intra-asset links don't seem to be working any more, but I'm not sure many people use them.

*I'm aware that the LTPRS site (which is built in Pebble) is not fully accessible. This seems to be because it is a mix of Portfolios and Workbook elements, and it's getting confused somewhere along the line. I'll fix this ASAP.

A few niggles then (as you get with all migrations) but nothing huge has cropped up (yet!). If anyone finds anything else weird do let me know.
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PebblePad v5 is live this morning - give it a spin and let us know what you think, and if there's any issues.
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Thanks Chris, will pass that on to Pebble support for advice.
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I've put together a blog post summarising the preview of PebblePad v5 yesterday. If you have any questions give me a shout.
Matthew Wheeler from PebblePad visited the University this week to demo the new version (v5) to users across the institution. The biggest change is the move from Flash to HTML5, which leads instantly to a more responsive and ...
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I've not got any written up/filmed, but I'd be happy to have a chat with anyone about how it's currently being used.
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A forthcoming MOOC on Flipped Learning that looks worth a go, featuring interviews with the School of Maths & Stats' Sam Marsh and Nick Gurski.
To flip or not to flip? That is the question! Let’s walk together this path: how does flipped learning works? How to adopt this approach in teaching day life?
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I'll check that out, cheers.
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Interesting-looking MOOC coming up that maps onto CMALT...

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/blended-learning-getting-started
A free course for the Vocational Education and Training sector to promote effective practice and pedagogy in blended learning.
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Not had a proper play yet, but just discovered Adobe Voice has a new sister app for iPad called Adobe Slate, that creates lovely-looking, parallax-scrolling pages from images and text. Looks great for digital storytelling.

https://standout.adobe.com/slate/
Adobe Slate is a free iPad app that lets you turn your next newsletter, report, invitation or travel adventure into a gorgeous visual story.
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For non-video presentations and infographics, you might also want to look at Canva (https://www.canva.com/), this has both a web and ipad app.
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The launch of the new version of PebblePad (v5) will be on 8th August.

The switchover will not require downtime, and all existing assets and resources will automatically be converted to the new version. The changes include the following:

*PebblePad now runs on HTML5 not Flash, meaning a more responsive interface compatible with mobile devices.
*A cleaner and less confusing look
*Simplification of some of the language used
*Vastly improved user interface for building Portfolios, Workbooks and Templates.
*Simplification of the Asset and Resource Stores
*Improved file uploading
*In-built helpguides and videos
*Some extra features in Workbooks

ATLAS will not be changing in the short term.

Students will hopefully find using PebblePad much more intuitive, but those currently working on projects will find a change in layout which will be initially confusing, and change should be communicated to students on ongoing projects. Online help documents will be ready for launch.

Please also be aware there is a bug where converted Workbooks see hint text centre aligned, which we have been told should be fixed in time for the September term. While not a major issue for many, this may cause usability issues in the short-term if you have a Workbook with a lot of text. If you are concerned about this please let us know.

We are running training events on the week commencing 8th August for staff to show the new version and answer questions. These are as follows:

8th August 11am - Existing users
9th August - 2pm - Existing users
11th August - 10am - New users

Please register your interest in these sessions here - http://goo.gl/forms/v4EdE0KLJMzUoGjW2. Please state on the form if you cannot make those dates but would like to meet up at a different time.

Please also be aware if you have any guides or instructions to the old version on CMS, these will need to be replaced. While I can't give full access to the new version in advance, please get in contact if you need any assistance with bespoke guides before the launch.
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Just a note on the changed invite for those coming to the PebblePad demo tomorrow - the presentation is at the same time, we've just added half an hour at the start to allow people to arrive and grab some food (if they want it) before it starts.
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PebblePad are coming to show us the forthcoming new version (version 5) on 20th April. I've invited current and recent users, but if anyone is interested who isn't currently using it let me know and I'll send you/them an invite.
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Nice blog post about using story structures for presentations.
A good public speaker takes their audience on a journey, leaving them feeling inspired and motivated. But structuring your speech to get your ideas across and keep your audience engaged all the way through is tricky. Try these eight storytelling techniques for a presentation that wows.
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Danny Monaghan and I are running a second MOLE Exemplary Course Programme in December and January, after a successful first cohort earlier this year. The sessions directly follow our session at TELFest, but if you didn't make that we can run a shorter session beforehand to get participants up to speed.

Note the course isn't aimed at absolute beginners to MOLE, and doesn't cover the basics of course-building, but is an opportunity to develop and improve your existing courses.

Attendance to the first session below is compulsory, and attendance to both is strongly recommended. Between the sessions you will be encouraged to work in groups to offer support and feedback on your courses as they are worked on.

Session 1 - Fri 4th Dec 2015, 10am-12noon, Information Commons Classroom 4

This session gives a refresher of the topics we looked at during TELFest, followed by an opportunity to work on a MOLE course and explore course-building, with on-hand advice and support from the TEL Team and colleagues. You will also be put into groups for the peer review exercise. Please decide on a MOLE course you want to "exemplarise" before you arrive.

Session 2 - Fri 15th Jan 2016, 2pm-4pm, Information Commons Classroom 4

This session will be a showcase of the work you have produced on your chosen course. You will present your course, for feedback and advice from your peers and the TEL Team.

To sign up, please fill in the form at http://tinyurl.com/mole-ex-1516. If you cannot make the sessions, but would like to be invited to next cohort, please let us know on the form too.
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Hi all,

Although many of you already know me from previous roles as Learning Technologies Support Officer in the TEL Team, and before that Teaching Technology Advisor in the Creative Media team, I've also started this week alongside Simon as one of the TEL Team's new Learning Technologists. I'm really looking forward to working with you all on forthcoming projects.
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Great news, Pete. Congratulations on your new role. 
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