Photo snapped of Moodle Development by @topgold during Moodle Moot.
AT NEXT MONTH'S ICT in Education Conference, 100 teachers from around Ireland and the UK will share tech tools that work for them. I'm culling through a list that will percolate over to the conference website next week.
I SPEND SEVERAL Sundays every month combing through the Sunday Times and Sunday Business Post for news related to interesting items. Then I insert half of those papers inside the complimentary copies of the Sunday Independent that I find at my local McDonalds.
But before I do that, I make an audio clip about the most interesting snippets. The clip is below this post.
WE HAVE A BIG #ictedu Conference on 10 May 2014 that leverages Harrison Owen's four rules for conferences with the important Law of Two Feet. "The Law of Two Feet states simply, if at any time you find yourself in any situation where you are neither learning nor contributing, use you two feet and move to some place more to you liking. Such a place might be another group, or even outside into the sunshine. No matter what, don’t sit there feeling miserable."
As Lance Knobel explained ten years ago on Davos Newbies, "The logic behind this is more than procedural. Think what establishing a typical conference panel involves. However open the organisers, the panelists and the participants, by making the choices of subject, framing the question, choosing the panelists, you've already predetermined much of the argument (which for a polemical organisation may be a good thing). You may want your participants to make an intellectual journey from A to Z, but you're starting them on K. Why not let everyone start at A?" If you have a credible moderator for each conference session, you're set up for a much more productive occasion.
Photo of next generation knowledge worker upskilling.
THE ANNUAL #ICTEDU conference helps teachers who want to play an active role in building Ireland's Knowledge Society. This year, the conference happens on Saturday, May 10th on the campus of LIT-Thurles.
By the end of that weekend, I expect to join more than 100 primary and secondary school teachers in a process that improves literacy through Continuous Professional Development and lifelong learning.
I MAKE A STACK of Moleskines every academic year and they contain snippets of business intelligence that I share with creative multimedia students. Some of that sharing takes me back to Old Skool tactics that I have embedded into course material.
My FTP Practicals have taken a step forward because I discovered some students can poke through the proxy and drop their files onto our remote server. I hope to record some tradesmen's tips from those students as we review their approach to a Linux server through an FTP window.
Although server-side software makes the creation and sharing of MP3 files much easier, I know it is very important to produce MP3 files from personal audio. That production process needs to involve the creation of cover art and ID3 tags. I believe every third level creative multimedia graduate should have these skills along with the ability to syndicate the content through established web publishing practises. We are diving into these processes through a series of practical sessions.
I also want our creative students to be able to find their images (logos and illustrations) online through look-up services like Tineye. We're doing a quick whip-around with specialised image searches, Digimarc and Tineye.
After a visit of Christian Payne, I realised we need to equip our graduates with encryption skills. Therefore, our #LSADmedia graduates will know how PGP works. They will create public PGP fingers and list themselves in a PGP Key Server Directory. I will deliver an encrypted message to students, using PGP.
A SERIES OF SPECIAL events, sponsored by the Limerick School of Art & Design (LSAD) Media Desk, have generated enthusiasm about the creative multimedia programme in Clonmel. In April, a group of social media, public relations, games development and applied communications students will commission a website that articulates the #LSADmedia brand.
The Clonmel campus of LSAD is the centre point of this initiative. The campus hosts first year social media students, third year public relations students and fourth year applied communications students. A fourth cohort of software developers on the Thurles campus of the Limerick Institute of Technology is also contributing to the planning and execution of #LSADmedia strategy.
During the final week of March 2014, #LSADmedia puts a special emphasis on social marketing concepts arising through Marketing Over Coffee, including:
I discovered Patatap, a portable animation and sound kit, on Pinboard.  When I visited the Patatap website, my Chrome browser loaded an iFrame that mapped the letters A to Z to sounds and shapes. Then I watched our 6yo run her fingers across my laptop keyboard to create create melodies charged with moving shapes.
We stopped after my Dell battery died, but not before Mia switched between multiple colour palettes ("Dad! I can make it turn pink!") and matching soundscapes on the fly. 
"The motivation behind Patatap is to introduce the medium of Visual Music to a broad audience," explains Jono Brandel. "Artists working in this field vary in discipline but many aim to express the broader condition of Synesthesia, in which stimulation of one sensory input leads to automatic experiences in another. Hearing smells or seeing sounds are examples of possible synesthesia". I brought synesthesia into our social media classroom last week and will continue the discussion as we explore the start of a social media research project in support of the annual Pen & Pixel exhibition on the LSAD-Clonmel campus. We might try to bring Patatap's colourful visual animations to the 22 May exhibition. If you have a Chrome browser, you might enjoy what happens below the break.