Lines-learning just got cooler: another tool for iPhone toting actors


I’m not all that keen on the name of this handy little iPhone app: ‘Hollywood Helper – Broadway Buddy’ – yuk!   ‘Lines Coach’ is plain, but it might well have served for an application that helps you to learn lines without your script, and which also understands how most actors work with pencil and paper.  HH/BB also takes a familar approach to lines-learning as action through intention. Despite my quibbles on the name, I like it very much and suspect that an acting coach worked with the developers to bring it to the iPhone.  The nice people who make this little iPhone app thought I might like to take it for a spin, and so I did. Here’s my take on it, with a recommendation. Continue reading “Lines-learning just got cooler: another tool for iPhone toting actors”

The State of e-learning in Early 08

A tag cloud with terms related to Web 2.Image from WikipediaOne of my favourite sites is The Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies which contains a link to Jane Hart’s blog. Jane keeps a finger on the pulse of e-learning and she’s doing some great longitudinal research into who is using what tools and where. I’ve been signed up via her blog this year for a daily e-letter Jane’s e-learning pick of the day. Jane’s reminder and tips arrive each morning in the mailbox. This way I get to test drive a new tool and attempt to keep up with what’s being released in the dizzyingly fast world of e-learning apps and services development.

I took part in a survey earlier this year along with other educators in which we were asked to nominate our favourite e-learning tool at the time. You can read Jane’s summation of all of this in her post.

Apart from the rankings on a leagues table of what tools made it and what didn’t, who moved up or down or out from last year’s picks, is Jane’s brief analysis in the post of which tools are being used in formal, workplace education and which by educators. Perhaps no prizes for guessing, but the older, Web 1.0 ‘organise and push’ tools predominate in workplace learning, whilst Web 2.0 apps are the clear favourites with educators.

You can sign up for what will undoubtedly be a more comprehensive summation in a free pdf by going to the Top 100 Tools page on Jane’s site. Highly recommended.

And who’s sitting on top? …. delicious! This alone says much about the primacy of collaborative learning in our collective consciousness doesn’t it?

Animoto: instant videomaking but is it art?

Yesterday was the first anniversary of my niece’s wedding. I’d been feeling guilty about the dozens of digital images I had lurking in iPhoto and my tardiness in getting them out there for sharing as I’d promised. Truth is, I was looking for an app that would make putting a slideshow together quick and easy. Yes I have FotoMagico which I enjoy using, and there’s always the option of putting together a slideshow up on Flickr, or posting to my .Mac gallery or, or or … but I knew I didn’t have the time for fiddling with all that Ken Burns effect stuff; slideshows aren’t what they used to be these days … thank goodness.

And then yesterday I read Ewan McIntosh’s update on Animoto, which now allows users to create and download videos created from still images. Continue reading “Animoto: instant videomaking but is it art?”

Top e-learning tools for educators

The UK-based Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies is worth a visit, and Centre Director Jane Farmer’s ‘Learning Tip of the Day’ definitely worth subscribing to. Right now there’s a call out for educators to contribute their current favourite top-10 tools. The lists get boiled down at year’s end, and the top 100 for 2008 will be published. The top 100 for 2007 can be found here; there’s also a PDF format download available. Great resource this.

Why not contribute your listing of faves to CLPT? Mine are here.