Currently I am trying to find the time to participate in an open online course on Flexible, Distance and Online Learning – FDOL132. The first task in this course is:

“Reflect on who you are as an individual in the digital age today and your journey so far. Start making links between the digital me in your personal and professional life and start thinking what you would like to get out of FDOL, how and why.”

I could just reflect on the digital footprint that a search on google exposes, but as fascinating as it has been for me to look through those results it is no more the ‘Digital Me’ than any other collection of artifacts one might string together from my life so far.

Reflecting on the notion of ‘Digital Me’ though has conjured something a little different.
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iPhone Videography – Part 3: Stability

by Phil on August 14, 2013

As mentioned in the preceding two posts in this series, this post is in response to my own investigations and advice others have asked of me.

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The iPhone provides the opportunity to have a HD Video Camera on hand where ever we go. But can a phone really replace a dedicated video camera. We currently use a Canon HV20 tape based HD camera in our department. The camera has been augmented with a wide-angle lens, a directional microphone and tripod. Ideally we’d also have lights too. The iPhone is certainly more portable and convenient and it doesn’t require the video to be converted from tape in order to edit it (you can even do basic editing and upload to YouTube from the phone). But is it possible to ensure similar quality video on the iPhone?

The key considerations to quality video are the image (including resolution, composition and lighting) see (Part 1), the sound (Part 2) and stability (this post).
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iPhone Videography – Part 2: Audio

August 14, 2013

As mentioned in the preceding post in this series, this post is in response to my own investigations and advice others have asked of me. Background The iPhone provides the opportunity to have a HD Video Camera on hand where ever we go. But can a phone really replace a dedicated video camera. We currently [...]

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iPhone Videography – Part 1: Image

August 14, 2013

I’ve recently been looking at buying an external mic to use for recording audio and video interviews on my iPhone. Coincidentally I’ve also been asked for advice on both using the iPhone for shooting video and on mics for shooting video in general. So I thought I’d wrap up my thoughts in a blog post [...]

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QR Codes for Learning

April 2, 2011

There’s a second part to the first week’s activities for MobiMOOC. It is to consider how you would use some suggested tools for mobile learning. I’ve chosen to look at

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Over a decade of mobile learning

April 2, 2011

So … here we are day one of the MobiMOOC ( what’s a MOOC? ) Not sure what on earth I’m doing signing up to this in the middle of doing my PhD! But life goes on and this course is directly relevant to my day job, so I’ll just jump in and see what [...]

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What is Play?

March 21, 2011

The following is an edited version of a reply I emailed to a friend/colleague as part of a conversation we were having about play. I thought it summed up some of my thinking quite well, so I’m sharing it here (I’ve added some headings for ease of reading and some links to references).

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Lego blocks and embodied learning

March 21, 2011

At this year’s Games to Learn (G2L) conference Siobhan Reddy from Media Molecule talked about Little Big Planet (LBP). She began her talk looking at the things the team at Media Molecule had in common from their childhood, things like Lego, Take Hart and the Commodore 64 and it got me thinking about

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Tools for creating learning

March 21, 2011

Inspired by the Game to Learn conference (Take 2!) Here are some of the tools mentioned at Game to Learn: Blender – Free cross-platform 3D authoring tool, with game scripting and animation built in – this Colin’s tutorial. RPG Maker VX – RPG game development tool. Kodu – free game development tool

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Game to Learn: Take 2!

March 21, 2011

This year’s Game to Learn (G2L) conference finished with a keynote from Siobhan Reddy from Media Molecule talking about Little Big Planet (LBP). Siobhan mentioned the things the team at Media Molecule had in common from their childhood, things like Lego, Take Hart and the Commodore 64. You should be able to see the stream [...]

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