24 January 2011

Second Life and SLoodle

I saw this post and thought I would share it for those interested:

Second Life and SLoodle (Moodle+Second Life) - AUCKLAND: "by MoodleBites Admin.

We are in the final stages of finalising a course for Second Life and SLoodle (which is the integration of Second Life and Moodle).

This will be in Auckland from Monday 28th February to Friday 4th March.

The course outline is attached.

Course fees will be $250 per day, or a discount of 20% for the five days.

The first two days are introduction and fundamentals of Second Life (perfect for new users).

The final two days are all about integrating Second Life and Moodle (through SLoodle) - this is for participants who are familiar with Second Life (or attend the first 3 days), and also familiar with the basics of Moodle.

Participants can attend a part of this course if required.

Please contact our helpdesk if you would like to reserve a place - helpdesk[AT]hrdnz.com


iMoot call for presentations

iMootiMoot is an online international conference (run on Perth time) organised by Pukunui (a Moodle Partner in Australia with a Kiwi name) with three streams (how to's, academic papers, and case studies).

Registration is AUD50 early bird. The call for presentations has been made so start thinking about what you might be interested in presenting on.

Announcing iMoot 30 April to 3 May - http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=166133&parent=728350

Call for presentations - http://2011.imoot.org/mod/data/view.php?id=10

07 January 2011

New Years Resolutions

I was just reading a friends 2011 resolutions and it got me thinking about what I want to achieve this year. I have done the work objectives bit, but what about at home and the rest of my interests.
2011 is going to be quite a different year for us, with a whole lot of priority changes. I have to cut back on work and get more rest. The garden although doing very well has to look after itself more (or I have to ask for more help, which I have been doing, big thanks to our gardener). We are replacing the benchtops in our kitchen but I think we are leaving off most of the other renovations until later. There is still lots to be organised before June when the world changes.
I have retrieved the cross stitch from the bottom drawer and resumed working on the Beatrix Potter blanket I started ten years ago when my sister was pregnant, and I have also bought some wool to knit a blanket, so my craft expertise will hopefully increase this year.
With regards to olpc, I have asked on the olpc-nz mailing list what others would like to achieve this year. Personally, I would like to find a way to support the Oceania deployments better. I think we would see a dramatic improvement in the schools with the laptops if we could get them some more support; something like - on laptop arrival, three months after deployment, six months after deployment, one year after deployment and two years after deployment. I would like the support to be an experienced teacher travelling to the school with an experienced technical person. On each visit you spend the first day assessing what they have achieved so far and where to from there, then build on what they know. Each visit you take more resources for their school server (or give them USBs if they don't have a school server and if you can't install one). Each visit you get the kids to give you stories and samples of things they have made so you build a portfolio that shows the progress of that deployment, maybe put it all on a website for them to have fans follow their progress. You ask the kids to talk about what they like, what they are learning, and what they aspire to learn. Take lots of photos. That would be awesome. The problem is funding those trips.
I still want to keep olpc testing running every Saturday and hope that we can get more engagement with the development community.
There is Moodlemoot NZ 2011 in July to be organised and Software Freedom Day in September, both events I can stay in Auckland for so quite happy with that.
This year I don't plan on traveling until November when I hope to go to Australia for a long anticipated wedding (or maybe two weddings, busy family).
Well, that is about all I can think of right now... sounds like a busy year already anyway!