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The smiley face of stats

Channel 4 is investing in a way of making Ofsted reports easy to understand by parents.

Report Card will “bring together multiple data sets to provide a newly accessible way of researching and comparing schools. This product will go beyond the idea of league tables to show schools in context and provide a meaningful interpretation of what they are really like – the atmosphere, internal organisation, teaching standards, facilities, discipline and much more”

Blimey!

An achingly cool design consultancy which takes blindingly innovative approaches to design has developed the concept to this stage. One example of their work is the curved map which includes both a 3D view and a bird’s eye view of a city

Curved Manhattan : click to enlarge

So what are they doing with Ofsted stats ?

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February 5, 2010 Posted by | data, info tech, SMART goals | , , , | Leave a comment

iPad SchmiPad!

Seb Schmoller has sent me his fortnightly email newsletter on e-learning for a few years now – but for some reason, I had never twigged that he was based in Sheffield – duh!

Anyway, his latest newsletter arrived as the iPad was being launched, and it showed something very much cheaper – the snappily titled  OLPC XO3 ebook reader .

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February 3, 2010 Posted by | info tech | , , | Leave a comment

Goodbye, PowerPoint!

Maybe not the end of PowerPoint, but Prezi offers something the same, but very different [ and it’s FREE, folks]

I have produced some pretty dire PowerPoints in my time.

  • Far too many bullet points
  • sometimes with very odd bullets
  • and a relentless plodding on from A to B to C to D to E to F to G and back to D then on to H ….
    • and nested lists
      • getting smaller and more bunched up all the time
  • and all kinds of distracting pictures

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February 1, 2010 Posted by | info tech | , , | Leave a comment

Free Technology

There is some useful free stuff around – and I find a lot of it through Free Technology for Teachers

Yesterday it was FlickrPoet It doesn’t do much – you type some words, and FlickrPoet comes up with matching images.

I wandered lonely as a cloud …..  becomes

I wandered lonely as a cloud click to enlarge

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January 27, 2010 Posted by | info tech | , | Leave a comment