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Raspberry PI

December 27th, 2012 · 5 Comments

I treated myself to a Raspberry PI as a kind of late Christmas present. I am intrigued by the idea of something so small and inexpensive aimed at giving kids (and interested adults) the ability to get to grips with basic computing at a very low cost. I bought the Maplin Raspberry PI starter kit which […]

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Tags: by Gill · Raspberry PI · Research Tools · technology

Trying out Prezi

March 6th, 2010 · 3 Comments

I have just spent all day putting together a presentation using Prezi. That’s not all the time it took – because I’ve already spent another day or two planning the presentation, making notes, gathering images and sketching out a plan. Altogether, the presentation has taken about 20 hours of my spare time – and I […]

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Tags: by Rebecca · Reflections · Research Tools · Time Mangement

Technology Coffee Morning: Tobii Eye Tracker

December 16th, 2009 · No Comments

Graham and Patrick led a technology coffee morning focused on their use of the Tobii eye tracker. This coffee morning differed from Jonathan and James’ presentation on eye tracking methods and methodologies in that it was more hands on with a focus on future possible uses of the equipment. Patrick began by describing how they […]

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Tags: by Gill · Research Tools · technology

Eight steps to writing an academic article

December 8th, 2009 · No Comments

Identify a subject What is the focus? Why is this significant? Who would be interested? Identify a journal Which journals are interested in this subject – according to their aims and scope? Which journals have editors and readers who are likely to be interested in this? Check the journal Download four articles from the last […]

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Tags: by Rebecca · Publications · Research Tools

Eye-Tracking Methods and Methodologies

November 27th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Attended this lunch-time presentation by an ex-student, Jonathan San-Diego and his supervisor James Aczel. I was interested to learn a little more about how you would go about collecting and analysing eye-tracking data, wondering what other applications it might be used for. Fascinating presentation. Interesting challenges. you could capture what people were looking at when […]

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Tags: by Gill · research methods · Research Tools · technology

Twitter – love it or hate it

May 12th, 2008 · No Comments

I’m almost reluctant to wade in with yet another post about twitter. It seems to quite polarise views. Will triggered qute an interesting dialogue when he highlighted some disadvantages of twitter in his blog and suggested that it might be possible to become addicted to twittering. Martin responded with some interesting points about how twittering […]

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Tags: by Gill · Conferences · Research Tools · Social Networking · twitter

More insights into RescueTime

May 6th, 2008 · No Comments

Last week, I completed my first 5 days with RescueTime. I was actually pretty delighted with what I found. I think RescueTime works well for me because virtually everything I do is online, so something that tracks what I do online is provides a fairly accurate reflection of what I am doing. I think it […]

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Tags: by Gill · Research Tools · Time Mangement

Handheld Links

October 8th, 2007 · No Comments

Welcome to our presentation at Handheld Learning 2007. These are links which you should be able to follow during or after the presentation. Second Life AjaxLife Schome Introduction to the project See the post: ‘Teen Second Life After School Club Promo’ The Schome forum Knowledge-Age skills Signing up for […]

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Tags: Collaboration · Conferences · Handheld2007 · Research Tools

Concept Mapping

July 12th, 2007 · No Comments

I’ve seen several demos of Compendium, the knowlege-mapping software which can be downloaded for free from the Open University’s Open Learn website. I’d include a link here, but the Open Learn website is Byzantine in its layout and I can’t find the appropriate page. Anyway, it can also be downloaded from this non-OU site […]

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Tags: Compendium · Research Tools

RSS Feeds

June 29th, 2007 · No Comments

A few months back, I spent some time at setting up RSS feeds for all the journals I receive Zetoc alerts for. A good feed contains a list of all the articles in the current issue . You can click to get authors, and then drill down to more information. Looking at my Netvibes page where […]

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Tags: Research Tools