Series 11 Flexible Learning Toolbox Launch

I would like to invite you to the ACT Launch of the 2009 Series 11 Flexible Learning Toolboxes on Wednesday 18 February at the Crowne Plaza Canberra Hotel’s Glebe Room (1 Binara St, City). A hearty cooked breakfast will be served from 7.15 am with Jenny Dodd (ACT Flexible Learning Advisory Group member) opening proceedings at 8am. The Launch will include a Showcase of the Series 11 Toolboxes and conclude around 8.45am.

Series 11 Toolboxes address competencies in the Health, Community Services, Water, Business and Finance, Tourism/Eventsm Manufacturing and Areoskills, These will be of interest to a range of RTO’s in the ACT.

11.01 Aeroskills Airworthiness Administration
11.02 Community Services Children’s Services (Cybertots)
11.03 Health Help from Within (Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients)
11.04 Water Industry Splash
11.05 Business Services My Micro Business
11.06 Financial Services A Balancing Act
11.07 Process Manufacturing Optimate
11.08 Tourism, Hospitality and Events Events Alive!

Flexible Learning Toolboxes represent excellence in harnessing online instructional design strategies and multi media interactivity to develop online learning resources that are engaging, comprehensive and fully customisable. I’d like to draw your attention to the Business and Finance Toolboxes for their approach to book keeping and small business planning, and Splash for its group work scenarios.

I do hope you are able to attend.

Helen Lynch, ACT Toolbox Champion
Please RSVP to Helen Lynch, ph 74031, by Monday 16 February

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Using video for observation based tasks

Last year flex:ed supported the Children’s Services area of CIT in developing a video to be used as a tool in a child observation assessment for future Childcare workers.

This activity is generally used to demonstrate competency in recognising certain behaviours in children and is conducted in the workplace. We produced a video of a range of children interacting in a childcare environment, with a timestamp at the bottom of the screen. The advantage of developing a video is that the teachers are able to know what it is that the learners are observing, learners can all observe the same thing in a class and are able to discuss what they are seeing and it is possible to view actions more than once.

If you would like to know more, I produced a case study of this project, which you can access here ( ) at Google Docs

The all-powerful Ubiquity tool for Firefox

I’ve been checking out a new plug-in for Firefox this morning which is seriously impressing me. It’s called Ubiquity and you can find it here.

In essence, it allows you to open a small window in your browser window like this by pressing ctrl+space and type in a few words to perform a whole range of functions.

In this instance I typed flickr ubiquity mozilla – to search flickr for images tagged ubiquity and/or mozilla

So far I’ve been able to:

  • get instant translations of selected text
  • search websites like Flickr, wikipedia, youtube, googlemaps and more
  • send emails
  • perform calculations
  • edit the text on webpages
  • convert a webpage to a pdf file
  • check email addresses in my contact list by typing a persons name
  • highlight text on a page
  • add maps to email (though not yet to this blog post)
  • send a message to my twitter account
  • get a word-count of text selected on a page (148 words up to this point)
  • check the weather
  • zoom in and out of the page
  • add events/meetings to Google Calendar (typing add dinner 6pm tomorrow)

All by just pressing ctrl-space and entering a few logical words

I already feel like my computer use has changed forever.

I will say this, it’s not yet a perfect system – it’s only in alpha (a step or so before beta) and a few of the things that I’ve tried haven’t quite worked as they should. However a quick search of the message boards told me that this problem had been identified a couple of days ago and an update was posted which fixed the problem. Got to love community built software.

This video showcases some of it – it’s about 6 minutes.

Youtube video

Embed interactive 3D objects in websites

Sketchup is an easy to use 3D modelling tool now owned by Google. I first tried it out a couple of years back and then, not having any reason to use it, put it away in a dark virtual cupboard.

I needed to create a model today though so I reached deep into the back of the cupboard and was able to whip this up in a couple of hours (in between meetings and reacquainting myself with elements of how it works).

There is also a nifty third party plugin with the imaginative name of Sketchup Web Exporter that enables you to display your models in a web browser – you can actually click and drag on this object to rotate it.