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https://www.facebook.com/mariusz.reflinski/posts/1592044924147973

Just a post I've made on Facebook on VR in education, with the students creating their own VR environment using crayons and paper to then be imported into the VR world using pictures.

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https://youtu.be/uGS9ScxRZao

Here's my RECAP video, teaching basics of computer hardware for the Year 1 CANEM unit, as well as anyone interested in the basics of computer assembly.

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https://sites.google.com/myport.ac.uk/learningcomputersedcom692549/home-motherboard

Here's my Google Sites Website for the part 2 of the individual coursework, hope you enjoy!

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-6d6X4E-3w

I've recently come across this video on YouTube, that showcased a piece of very old teaching software that has attempted to reach out to the user by anthromorphizing what would have been an otherwise cold typing challenge game. This has proven to have left a very deep impact on the children-then-turned-adults from the USA who "could have sworn" she (Mavis Beacon) was real, when in fact she was just a marketing tool. This might be a piece of history, but it still brings up the question whether putting a human (or human like) face on a teaching tool can make it more effective at teaching children? What about the previously mentioned problem of new generations experiencing less human interaction during teaching, can it be solved by having realistic simulations of people help them learn? Would this replace teachers? Are we ever going to be at that stage of AI where we can do this? Of course, this is a merely entertainment video with history elements, so it is not exactly academic, but it still raises those questions nonetheless.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJiKT2cRLCc
I recently watched this informative video, which enlightened me on how social media is being effectively at Duke University and I believe the same principle can be applied in other institutions of higher learning. I think you guys should purpose to watch this video so that you can avoid the mistakes most students commit and instead get the most out of social media other than just staying connected with your friends. What do you guys think are the common mistakes committed by students when using social media in their learning?

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After seeing the demo's of it in use, i'm really interested to see where Holo Lens can go and excited to see what Microsoft can do with it in the world of Education.

https://augmented.reality.news/news/microsoft-wants-make-hololens-future-education-0177396/

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This is quite an interesting article showing that the government do value Computing/Computer Science skills! At the moment there is a teacher training bursary of 25k for Computer Science teachers.

It is such a rapidly developing subject area, showing that immediate focus does need to be placed on it otherwise teaching and learning in Computer Science is going to forever be behind the actual technology we need to be using!

http://schoolsweek.co.uk/3m-on-and-where-are-all-the-master-teachers/

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https://www.ted.com/talks/ayah_bdeir_building_blocks_that_blink_beep_and_teach?language=en#t-304145

This TED talk discusses the the link and in turn, the evolution of teaching children complex computing/engineering concepts in a simple and entertaining way. Bdeir (the speaker) introduces a series of magnetic, building blocks/bricks called LittleBits, each with a colour code determining their purpose e.g. pink for input and blue for output. She makes an interesting comparison to Lego bricks, the well known children's toy that provided an entertaining framework for children of all ages to explore the ideas of construction, architecture, and basic creativity and innovation. LittleBits as a product is impressive as it has already started encouraging young children to develop an understanding of the electronics around them and the fundamentals of programming in an accessible manner.

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Cisco WebEx Training Center offers online lectures, vocational training, tutoring and the chance to work on collaborative projects. My sister once worked for a French company called ‘Educastream’ ( http://www.educastream.com/ ), which focused on delivering online English classes to French natives via WebEx software. She told me that two of the biggest benefits were:

Multimedia sharing - being able to share PowerPoint presentations, documents, streaming videos, demonstration software, white boards and Adobe Flash animations. She was also able to pass sharing and annotation privileges to her students, therefore encouraging active participation and increasing engagement levels.
High-Definition Video and Voice over IP Conferencing - Her students were focused because of the high-definition video of her as the presenter during the main session. Her students also got clear audio through the voice over IP and could join through callback or by calling in using a toll or toll-free number.

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https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/it-services/recording/
AberCast is a software owned and implemented by Aberystwyth University to enable the recording of lectures and presentations by lecturers for student use.

The software can capture and record what is happening on the screen i.e. a slideshow presentation. The use of microphones in the teaching rooms also allows students to hear the lecturer without needing to be on-site. Lecturers also have the option to install the software on their own machines, meaning that if they wanted to add something they forgot about, they would not need to book a teaching room to do so. This would be particularly beneficial during periods such as study leave.

In class, we discussed how issues may arise from some lecturers potentially not being comfortable with being recorded. However, this university allows them them to choose freely. There is also the idea that it may reduce student attendance in actual lectures, but the system seems to be working for them thus far without too many hiccups. In my opinion, implementing systems like this would be beneficial overall but it would be better if they were only made available to students in the lead up to exams as this would reduce the likelihood of attendance issues.
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