My iPod Nano and me: testing the onboard video camera

I’ve had some fun today playing with Apple’s new 5th generation Nano iPod. Specifically, I’ve been testing the inbuilt video camera for usability and results. I’ve sent up an Audioboo which discusses my reactions so far to the Nano, and although I call it a ‘Nano video-camera’ on this boo, it’s no such thing at all! It’s an iPod first and foremost, but it just so happens to have a built-in video camera, plus a lot of other goodies, including an FM radio, and for heaven’s sake … a pedometer! Perhaps in the interests of my personal fitness I should take this feature for an extended test walk.


Despite one or two obvious drawbacks – lens, size, lack of zoom – and which I discuss further in the Audioboo and on the three test movies below, this tiny-wee camera is going to be all that most people will need to grab moving images simply and spontaneously, and to share them around just as easily.

Outdoors Morning – into sun (Nano Test) from Kate Foy on Vimeo.

Indoor – Colour (Nano Test) from Kate Foy on Vimeo.

Garden Walk (Nano Test: Outdoors Sunlight) from Kate Foy on Vimeo.

A few thoughts on getting started in e-learning … back when

I’ve embedded a small 6 and a half minute sound file below.  I produced it quite quickly about around a year ago in response to a request from Sue Waters, a Higher Ed colleague in Perth, WA. She wanted some feedback from others who were dipping their toes or leaping into the deep-end of the big e-learning pool at the time.

In my response I talked informally about why I believed e-learning to be useful, how I went about integrating it into my own learning and teaching methodology, and what I experienced in my use of various applications and services. It was a quick response, but in listening to it again I was reminded that the more things change, the more they remain the same. I can’t quite remember why I responded this way, though I think at the time I was producing podcasts for a lecture series I was teaching at the time. My digital recorder was on the table, so I picked it up and away I went.

I brought the file out of the archives today because I was intrigued by some of the discussions I picked up via a Twitter stream earlier this week. It’s conference time all over Australia right now and during the past couple of weeks, colleagues have been reporting on the sessions being held in various e-learning focussed gatherings.  One of these was the ASCILITE 08 Conference in Melbourne, which has been exploring the ways and means of Web 2.0 … do we still call it that … as a way of facilitating teaching and learning. Some of the tweets talked about many of the ideas I had touched upon in this small podcast. I was left wondering whether we had moved along in our thinking over a year or more; the issues and discoveries seemed to be the same as they were back then.

Well of course we have moved along; it takes time to integrate the new into the tried and true.  I am mindful that many more colleagues are now either more confident, engaged or striking out in the wake of the early adopters of learning technologies. And of course, not all are willing … many have been forced by their administrative masters to do so. It’s a funny old business this.

For what it is worth, here was my thinking from mid-2007.

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“Remember, remember the 4th of November … ” Seesmix on that election

Here’s a little keeper video, a collage of Seesmic users on election day in the US. There’s comment and reaction from others around the world. Nice job from the editorial team.

PS I make a fleeting appearance. Spot me if you can.

Seesmix: November 6th 2008

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TimeFrame – an online video art show now open

I posted two days ago about Christi Nielsen and her innovative art show called TimeFrame which has just opened using the Seesmic video platform. TimeFrame will be showing for the next 72 hours or so.

Here’s the thread which will continue to update as the hours roll by. Check in and join in if you feel inclined. Just hit the reply button. Timeframe has been designed so that viwers can talk with the artists and others who stop by. I’d advise your viewing Christi’s first post which lays out the parameters of the show.

I’m going to drop in and out and comment if it’s appropriate and probably drink a little wine … later on! Why don’t you join us.

TimeFrame ExhibitionAnd we’re off!

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BlipFM: my favourite streaming music site

If you haven’t discovered it yet, give BlipFM a try. BlipFM has a Twitter-like interface where you can see what others are listening to from the great BlipFM catalogue of music. You can search by artist or title to see if your favourite is there, and then other BlipFM DJs (you are a DJ on BlipFM) get to see what you’re listening to. They can send you what are called ‘props’ i.e., little virtual thanks for particular choices, and you can do likewise when something turns up that you like … all very interactive and fun as well as enabling you to make a great playlist, a list of favourite DJs when you get to know their taste, and to comment on your own choices. As well as old favourites, new stuff and random oddities, it’s also host to new music from composers and bands hoping to get known further.

I packed out my office of 21 years last week as I listened to my BlipFM playlist on the computer.

You can send blips as a hello to someone else on BlipFM. One of my ‘favourite DJs’ in the UK sent me one this morning. It’s autumn over there, she knows I love Chet Baker, so here it was waiting for me in my email. I simply embedded the link. Enjoy!