Archiwum dla Wrzesień, 2008

E-learning with e-paper

For a long time Ive been thinking about buying an electronic reader. Why? There are two reasons. First of all I love gadgets:) and secondly I think that it would make reading much more comfortable. I try to stay up 2 date with everything in e-learning (a,b,c…-learning as well:), so I read a lot of articles..and some books:) All the materials I have to print and carry with me. Im not saying that its to heavy for a strong master of science like me but after a few days all the papers look…unmotivating:) So I’ve decided and…there came the problems. None of the readers is officialy sold in Poland. That influences the price which at the end has impact on me:) There are practically four vendors on the market: iRex, Bookeen and two bigger players Sony and Amazon.
What their products can do?
Firstly it can display e-documents (txt, doc, pdf, html and more) on their large (4′-8′) screen with EInk technology. Its not a standard lcd screen that every one has with his computer. Its black and white (buuuuuu:) and doesnt glow in the dark (buuuuuuu:) but offers an unbelievable high contrast and quality of text. Its almost like a standard sheet of paper. EInk technology has also other advantages. It needs energy only during changes on the screen so you can view a looooot of books on one charging.
Secondly it consists internal flash drive where you can store 10000….pages:)
Thirdly, some of them use Wi-Fi modules to communicate with online libraries like Amazon or RSS feeds so you can get online newspapers and so on.
Fourtly, they allow you to make notes, draw, bookmark, highlight and do everything you do with books in your dreams:)
Fiftly, it can play mp3 so you get a player with bigger screen than IPod Touch:)

… and much more:)

Is it worth its price? Yessss! I hope that I will get one soon (Santa Claus faster faster!) because if you read different materials from different sources and dont have money for a private assistant that will manage all the papers for you than this thing will save your researchers life:)

Tags: e-learning, ebook reader, eInk, e-paper

ABC…. – Learning

While e-learning evolves every day, the number of terms ending with "learning" grows rapidly. Jenna Sweeney mentions some exmaples in her blog:

E-Learning: electronic (online) learning
M-Learning: mobile learning (on handheld devices and cell phones)
V-Learning: learning inside a virtual world (such as Second Life)
G-Learning: learning via computer games
C-Learning: learning via collaboration with co-workers and associates

Do you know any others?

Some of them are very new to me. Maybe its time to start reading dictionary:)
Whereas the world is developing its e-learning terminology Poland has still problems with the first one starting with ‚E’. When I speak with my friends (no names:) about my job the two most frequent responses are:

1) Aaaaa….aaaa? e-what??
2) Wow super!! I had some e-learning courses at my work!…..Very boring:)

M-learning ontology

In my opinion m-learning is so far an undiscovered land (especially in some central European countries;) Many people link this term with some simple web courses similar to those on PCs (or e-books:). However mobile devices have evaluated so far and they offer so much functionality that in the nearest future m-learning has to revolutionize the way we learn. The services that use our current position or allow remote control over different mechanisms are just a tip of the iceberg. I have decided to collect all data connected with m-learning in one place and because we have to look further in the direction of Web 3.0 the choice was simple…. an Ontology:) I hope that all people 2.0 will help me with this task:) I have started with simple draft of class hierarchy. What do you think about it? what would you changeadddelete?

Tags: m-learning, mobile learning, e-learning, ontology, Web 3.0