31. January 2012 · Comments Off on Lifelong learning and information literacy · Categories: My personal learning journey, Presentations, Technologies
Information literacy is a human right, according to the Australian Library and Information Association. I found this incredibly moving and inspirational fact out while researching a presentation on lifelong learning.

It is obvious to me that information literacy underpins lifelong learning — and that digital literacy skills are essential to both.

One of the learners at a session I gave yesterday asked me “Where do you find the time to learn?”

I replied what I always reply to this:  Learning and professional development are not selfish acts.  As a professional, you have a responsibility to your organisation and the people whom you serve (clients of Family Dispute Resolution services in this person’s case) to progress your knowledge of not only your field of study, but the environment in which you and your clients/students live and work and the technologies that are shaping our society.

I am fortunate to work for an organisation that actually makes it a KPI of  my job description that I progress my learning and are happy for me to block time out each week on company time to do so.

There is an old chestnut that holds true:  To any manager or business owner that asks “What if I train my staff and they leave?” the best reply is “What if your staff remain untrained and ignorant and they STAY?” 

My presentation is embedded below. To view it full screen, click on the arrow facing right/play button, wait for it to load and then hover over the word ‘More’.

15. November 2011 · Comments Off on HTML5 is a game changer: tech investor and Tedx Santa Cruz speaker · Categories: E-business, HTML5, Technologies · Tags:

Roger McNamee starts his video off asking “What if you knew major new technology cycle was beginning in the next couple of years?”

A tech investor, he then poses six hypotheses with which he’s been working for the past 10 months:
  1. Windows is dying – their market share is plummeting. Smart phones have taken Windows from 96% of internet connected devices to under 50%. He reckons they’ll be under 30% in 18 months. 
  2. Index search – which accounted for 90% of all search volume – peaked 4 years ago. Index – and the web – has become full of garbage. We’re all looking for other ways for what we want to find – Facebook, Twitter, Trip Advisor, Apps . Like MS, Google can respond in plenty of ways – but it cannot take back its dominant position in index search on the internet. Google commoditised search results – they are the only branding on your search results page. Indexed search isn’t going away – but its going to become just another tool instead of the dominant. Especially on smart phones. Google’s recovery will be in something than search.
  3. Apps beat the wide open web. Apple provides info that is branded, specific and copyright protected v. the wild open web. 
  4.  HTML 5 changes it all. The new battle will be between the App store and highly differentiated content. HTML 5 is, he feels, is a profound change. It provides embedded interactivity and opens up a new canvas. Suddenly, a differentiated, compelling, monetisable product is available to all – and the commoditisers like Google are going to have to find new business models.
  5. Tablets win big. If you don’t own an iPad, you can’t understand the most important things going on right now. Feels other players not making the same impact. Apple’s gross margins exceed the retail price of every Android phone.
  6. Social is a side show. Facebook is the new Windows. Twitter, Yelp, Skype, Linked In are building successful platforms but are going to be much smaller. The rest are going to have to follow the Zynga model and be subordinate to Facebook. Going to do a social start up? Build it on Facebook. But social is a feature, not a main focus.
The future will be different.

McNamee’s rock band did live casts via Twitter, did live casting over YouTube, then broadcast via his own satellite network using HTML 5. His band web site is being upgraded to HTML 5 and that means you can view all their videos. He says it costs practically nothing to do this.

Every Tweet is an app. Every advertisement is a store – create demand and satisfy it in the same place. Saves time, increases engagement. Going from a web of elevators to a control panel model. WOW.

20. September 2011 · Comments Off on Kick the tyres on MS Lync · Categories: Technologies
MS Lync webinar screenshot

MS Lync webinar

Relationships Australia SA  is currently trialling Microsoft Lync as an internal and external communications tool and I’d like to invite all my blog readers to kick its digital tyres with us. The trial is set for this Friday, 23 September 2011 from 3pm to 4pm Australian Central Time (Adelaide Time) / 3:30pm Australian Eastern Time. To participate in the trial, you will need:
  •  to download and install the 50 MB MS Lync Attendee software that will allow you to hear audio and see video
  •  a headset with a microphone
  •  a Google Account to access the private Google site
  • willingness to fill in registration form and feedback form
MS Lync Attendee software should work on Windows XP and newer, Mac OS’ 10.4.8 (possibly, not mentioned on the site though) and newer and Windows 7 mobile devices. It currently does NOT work on iPads, iPhones, Androids, Symbian mobiles, etc. System requirements here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg425720.aspx

Private Google site with details

If you would be interested in participating, all the details are available on a private Google web site that will require you to have a Google account and permission to access. Once you log into your Google account, click on a link to ask for access to the site, located at https://sites.google.com/site/rasalynctest11/ I’ll grant access for you as soon as possible. Once you access the site, there will be a sign up form for the trial and links to download the MS Lync software. After the live event, you will return to the Google site to provide feedback on your experience.


If you have any questions about the MS Lync trial or the Google site, please contact me using my contact form.

About MS Lync

Microsoft Lync is an integrated part of the MS Office and allows users to set up instant or planned meetings straight from a link in MS Outlook. It can be used for communicating between 2 users or 99 and meeting presenters can share video, hold audio discussions, share documents, present PowerPoints, demonstrate web sites and software and more. For more information, visit:  http://lync.microsoft.com/en-us/Pages/default.aspx
07. August 2011 · Comments Off on HTML5 – Why I couldn’t see it in IE9 and why Windows XP users never will · Categories: e-learning design, HTML5, Technologies, video
Download an MP3 file (2.4 MB) to listen to this blog post: HTML5 goodness Or, browser willing, play it back here:

A few posts ago I was po’ed at IE 9 because I couldn’t see video captions or HTML 5 content. Neither could my husband. Before you recommend other browsers, yes – I use other browsers. The students whose lives I am trying to make easier use Internet Explorer (or Internet Exploder as some like to call it). So I look at what I create for them through their eyes. Today, my hubby figured out why our bright shiny new IE 9 browsers were not able to see HTML 5 goodies. Internet Explorer 9 has web developer tools you can display by either clicking the F12 key on your keyboard or by going up to your settings menu (cog in far top right corner) and selecting F12 developer tools. More »
05. August 2011 · Comments Off on Mark Smithers on why lecture capturing is a woeful use of technology · Categories: Issues, My personal learning journey, Presentations, Technologies
I wish I could add something pithy to this – but when someone makes the point so very, very well – all you can do is point others to it. Being me and unable to NOT state an opinion, I will preface this link as follows: As an online student who had to sit through hours of crappy video of somebody lecturing in front of a white board I can’t see clearly – lemme tell you something: watching video lectures is BORING AS HELL. It added little to the learning experience – especially considering there was no assignment following it that allowed me to apply the knowledge. NOTE TO SELF AND OTHER PRESENTERS: Unless you can juggle or do magic tricks like Jonathan Finkelstein, or you create instructive works of art as you talk like Nancy White – YOU JUST AREN’T THAT EXCITING TO WATCH Thanks to Kerrie Smith, writer of You are Never Alone http://smik.posterous.com/ for bringing Mark Smithers’ post to my attention via her daily Twitter roundup! http://www.masmithers.com/2011/03/11/is-lecture-capture-the-worst-educational-technology/