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Displaying #OpenBadges with BadgeWidgetHack.

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BadgeWidgetHack

I came across BadgeWidgetHack.org today. It’s one of those sites that’s necessary now, but won’t be in six months to a year’s time.

Why’s that?

Well, it does one thing and one thing only, generating the code necessary to display already-earned Open Badges in your blog sidebar. Or, indeed, pretty much anywhere online.

You can see it in action in my sidebar to the right. I’ve earned (and am in the process of earning) some badges over at P2PU.org so I’ve chosen to display those.

The process:

  1. Login at beta.openbadges.org
  2. Grab your unique user number
  3. Enter the number at badgewidgethack.org
  4. Choose which set of badges to display
  5. Decide on the ‘dynamic’ or ‘static’ option*

And that’s it. Copy and paste the code into your blog sidebar and you’re done!

*It might be just me, but I had a problem in that if you clicked on the displayed badges it took you to a URL that didn’t exist! I got around this by choosing the ‘static’ option and then changing the beginning of each URL to point to P2PU.org.

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 to the video by Johnny Chung Lee below. Since then, CoolCatTeacher Vicki Davis has done her usual high-quality synthesis job on what’s out there. As she’s a bit of a beacon, the comments section looks like it’s going to be useful.

What I think everyone’s missed, however, is the fact that mobile phones are due to have projectors built into them in the very near future. This would be an awesome system. You could roll up to do an interactive presentation with nothing but a mobile phone, WiiMote and IR pen. Even better, buy several of the latter and students could use their own phones to do the projecting! I really do think someone needs to set up a web store selling those custom-built infra-red pens. I’d buy one. ­čśÇ

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Sync any type of video (DivX, Xvid, etc.) with an AppleTV

AppleTVMy ongoing saga with the refurbished AppleTV I bought continues. After hacking v1.1 of the firmware that came as standard on the unit, I then upgraded it to v2.0 as soon as it came out. Currently I can transfer files via SSH directly to the device (instructions on how to do that here) and play pretty much anything, as I’ve installed the Perian plugin for Quicktime.

What I want is something like XBMC which I’ve got installed on my old Xbox. With that I can play almost any type of media directly from my NAS drive (an unmodified Buffalo Linkstation). I’ve tried following the instructions in the Take 2 Full Update Procedure on the AwkwardTV wiki, but to no avail; I still get errors when I try to access network shares from my AppleTV. ­čÖü

For the moment, I’ve found a workaround. It’s an AppleScript that basically fools the AppleTV into thinking it’s a standard .mov file that it can play out-of-the-box. I followed the instructions here, but all you really need to do is:

  1. Download and unzip AppleTV Fooler (backup copy here).
  2. Drop a video file onto the AppleTV Fooler AppleScript.
  3. Drag-and-drop the new version of your video file into ‘Movies’ in iTunes.
  4. Sync with your AppleTV.

That should do it. Any problems, just comment! ­čśÇ

Pimp your 5g iPod Video to look like an iPod Touch

Pimped iPodApple always manage to improve on the interface for their products with each incarnation. It leaves those who have bought previous models lusting after the newest model. However, there’s always custom firmware! Here’s how to pimp your 5g iPod Video to look very special… ­čśÇ

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