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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

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

Linked Data Approaches to OERs – the end?

In our nutshell post at the beginning of the project, we said that our tool would ‘extend MIT’s Exhibit tool to allow users to construct bundles of OERs and other online content around playback of online video’. Here’s a short video about the history of AutoKitty to show how it does just that: And the … Continue reading

The Final Package – Linked Data Approaches to OERs

In our project plan we outlined three phases of work. The initial preparation phase (April-June) was based on the creation of initial demonstrators and early investigations of digital literacies and reuse issues. Initial participatory design workshops with staff in the faculty of Education, Community and Leisure (documented here) pointed out a desire for the type … Continue reading

Xtranormal Presentation, as an Autokitty

If you saw the presentation video made with Xtranormal a couple of postings back, you’ll perhaps be interested know we used it as a guinea pig for authoring AutoKitty semantic presentations.  The screenshots are above, but if you want to see some example results, check the links below: AutoKitty Presentation Initial demo using the They … Continue reading

Prototype #7: Confused? Hopefully This Will Help!

One of the problems with describing this project is that, given it’s predominantly a HTML5 web application, until a substantial portion of the UI is constructed one finds oneself waving arms around frantically and using hypebole to explain what it should do, or could do, or what you hope it will do!  And obviously arm … Continue reading

Administrator and User Demonstration

The following videos have been composed to demonstrate to admin and users how to use the tool.


I have created a screencast of how the tool works and to show the alterations that have been made.

Prototype #6: Finally, Some Linked Data!

The latest version of the tool now has a basic interface to attach facets to the video.  Remember, the tool associates content (through groups of tags, known as facets) to passages in your chosen YouTube.  Thus far it had been possible to mark out passages, but not assign any facets. An example: if one had … Continue reading

Prototype #5: Finding YouTube Videos

The current design for the tool only supports YouTube videos as the media off of which resources can be hung. The first step in any new project, therefore, is to source a suitable video on the YouTube site (specifically the tool needs to get at the unique ID used by YouTube to identify each video). … Continue reading

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