semljmu has written 50 posts for ensemble@ljmu

Semantic Web meets RSS meets students

Over the Summer I wrote some code as part of a project with Dr. Louise Platt and Jackie Fealey here at LJMU. We were fortunate to be able to draw on the talents of a very enthusiastic and hard-working student intern by the name of Daniel Blunt. Danny — with help from Louise and Jackie … Continue reading

What could technology do for us? Immersive experiences

Television history documentaries used to be simple. Take one respected historian, stand him or her on a rock with an ancient ruin dominating the background, then ask them to talk enthusiastically while gesturing selectively at the crumbling remains. The fatal flaw in this method was that viewers were expected to use their imagination to marry … Continue reading

Gamification of gamification

One of the more interesting experiments of the Ensemble project was the turning of semantic data on education philosophers (as taught to students of education) into a Trumps style card deck. Now that wacky idea has spawned an HTML5 app that allows teachers to manufacture decks of trumps cards for use in the classroom (so called gamification), … Continue reading

What could technology do for us? Streaming media boxes: flipped learning on a budget

It has been a while since I wrote anything on this blog.  As many of you may know, the Ensemble project ended, and acquired the transitory name ensemble@ljmu, before being formerly renamed REd-Tech.  But the team, and its enthusiasm, survive; and so does its love of dreaming up innovative ways of using technology to drive … Continue reading

The Teaching Machine, updated

In the course of the School Science project we have discovered that an increasing number of schools are bringing iPads into the classroom, either as mobile ‘class sets’ of devices to be used as and when required, or by giving one to each student to use as and when required in lessons and for homework. … Continue reading

YouTube storyboards; to use or not to use?

File this one under “musings on software development”… One of the issues that occasionally crops up when coding against established online services, such as Twitter or YouTube, is what to do about the undocumented features those sites offer. Background, for non-programmers: Many popular web sites, from social sites like Facebook and Twitter, to personal repositories … Continue reading

Autokitty: out in the wild

We’re getting towards the end of our ‘Linked Data for School Science’ project now, and we’ve been taking the tablet-compatibile version of Autokitty out and about, into the partner schools who helped us with the development and beyond. One of the teachers made this video, now on their YouTube channel, about their perceptions of the … Continue reading

AutotKitty Google Code project launched

The source code and documentation for AutoKitty has been made available via a new Google Code project.

And stop purring at the back

On Thursday Kate and Simon spent an enjoyable couple of hours giving AutoKitty a trial in the classroom. The class of roughly a couple of dozen pupils used PCs and iPads to complete a partially created project about electrical circuits, created by their dynamic and unflappable teacher. Although the software was designed with adult users in … Continue reading

Kitten Pad

AutoKitty has been updated to better work with the Apple iPad and other tablets.  The new version is currently undergoing testing by Engles (pictured) the project’s chief technology guru, and acting head mouser.  The updates came as part of our work with schools for a TDA project, where iPads seem to be in vogue. AutoKitty … Continue reading

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