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ScotEduBlogs has a new home

I make no apologies for the self-congratulatory tone of this post - the ScotEduBlogs service has a new home, thanks to some funding from Learning and Teaching Scotland  and the Scottish Qualifications Authority, and I'm chuffed to bits. :-)

John did all the leg-work that lead to this funding, so big thanks to him.

Externally, nothing looks different, apart from the appearance of LTS and SQA logos on the front page, but the site is now running on its own dedicated server.  This provides us with much greater confidence in the stability of the service, and some room to expand the facilities on offer.

This funding and the kind comments from  Joe at SQA mean a lot to me personally.  John, Peter and I have put a lot of our own time into this project, and I'm proud of what we have produced together - we delivered all the functionality we promised and more, in a very short timespan.  This is pretty rare for an IT project!

In the early days there was a somewhat mixed response to our plans…

EeePC and EyeOS

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A first glance at this image (click on it to view it full size) might lead you to conclude that I've installed yet another operating system on the EeePC.



Look more closely though and you'll see the Firefox bar along the top. What you are seeing is EyeOS - an operating system that runs inside your browser.

It isn't perfect yet, and someone is going to have to figure out a way to make money out of such services if they are going to be sustainable, but it's interesting nonetheless.

Surely the time is coming when all the "computer" most users will need is a browser.

My Kind of Quiz

I take part in a weekly email quiz.  It's very informal, running simply using a "reply to all" mailing list, with the winner setting the next week's quiz.  I often come last, whilst my wife often wins.

I can't understand why I do so badly - I know loads of stuff! I guess I do badly because the stuff I know is mostly obscure and/or technical.

Here's a case in point:  I noticed whilst browsing the BBC radio site that there's a program about William S Burroughs coming up soon.  The tagline is "Nothing is true, everything is permitted."  I don't suppose many folk would recognise this quote, but it jumped off the page at me - I know who is supposed to have said it first, and could write a small essay about its influence.  If this comes up in the weekly quiz then I'm laughing :-)

[I know the quote as "nothing is real, everything is permitted"]

Meme: Passion Quilt

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gapminder,
originally uploaded by Jack the fishy shell [  mood ].


I was tagged by Dan Stucke for this one, which was initiated by Miguel Guhlin.

I had to reflect for a while before picking this screenshot of GapMinder, a superb piece of software that provides visualisations of global development data. I guess I would like the young people passing through my life to pick up an understanding of the really big issues affecting the globe. I'm sure that I don't do enough in my lessons to achieve that aim!

On the picture, the dark blue dots represent Sub-Saharan African countries.

I tag John, Neil, David, Tess and Stuart.

Here are the rules:

1. Think about what you are passionate about teaching your students.
2. Post a picture from a source like FlickrCC or Flickr Creative Commons or make/take your own that captures what YOU are most passionate about for kids to learn about…and give your picture a short title.
3. Title your blog post “Meme: Passion Quilt” and link back to this blog entry.
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