Some web-hosting advice, please…

Last month when I opened up our credit card statement, I looked with horror at the amount I was being charged for webhosting. It said that MediaTemple, my current web hosts for this blog,, and were charging me almost £20 per month for the privilege. This, apparently, is due to the ‘amount […]

How I got started… and the difference it’s made.

Karyn Romeis’ dissertation is going to be on “the use of social media on the professional practice of learning professionals”. She’s asked the edublogosphere for ‘testimonies’ – how we got started and the difference it’s made to our professional practice. For what it’s worth, I’m going to chip in with my $0.02 as Karyn has […]

EdTechRoundup 5 – group discussion on VLEs and GLOW

The EdTechRoundup meeting last Sunday night was an unusual one. We decided to record the FlashMeeting session and invited a number of VLE experts and those familiar with the Scottish GLOW network. The resulting discussion was excellent with some great insights and useful information conveyed by a diverse bunch of educators. You can listen to […]

What is a VLE?

There’s been a lot of talk in the media about VLEs and how schools will soon be required to have them. It’s easy for parents (and teachers for that matter) to get a little confused. :-s So… what is a VLE? Easy! Wikipedia has the answer: A virtual learning environment (VLE) is a software system […]

My Ed.D. thesis proposal: What does it mean to be ‘digitally literate’?

submitted the second version of my Ed.D. thesis proposal a while back now. I had to re-submit as I failed the first submission. This was a bit of a shock to the system, never having failed anything academically before. I was advised to wait until I had the marks back for the thesis proposal before posting it on my blog. Here it is…

Creating an Interactive Whiteboard using a Nintendo WiiMote

Before I begin, let me just say that this IS actually easy. To put things into perspective, I didn’t opt for GCSE Electronics 13 years ago because my soldering skills were so bad. I hadn’t touched another soldering iron again – until last night. Anyone with an ounce of hand-eye coordination will be fine… 😉 […]

Mobile-phone based interactive whiteboards using WiiMotes?

Is this all we’ll need in the future for interactive presentations? Excited blog posts and Twitter-comments have been flying back-and-forth across the edublogosphere this week. Why? Because it’s now possible to build a cheap interactive whiteboard using the controller from a Nintendo Wii. I first came across the idea via Mr Platts’ blog which links […]