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Lensoo Create - Tutorial

Written by David on August 11th, 2015.      0 comments

I have been working with a Samsung tablet recently have started to create Android tutorials for the BYOD classroom.

Lensoo Android App - tutorial

Written by David on July 20th, 2015.      0 comments

We have now acquired a Samsung tablet and as such we have started to create Android tutorials....

Python Lesson 3

Written by David on June 19th, 2015.      0 comments

Adventures in Python, Lesson 3 has been launched.

Layering Apps

Written by David on June 2nd, 2015.      0 comments

The brutalist approach to it is called app smashing, but like I said, this implies a brutalist, ill considered approach.  I call it layering, extracting the best learning intentions out of one app and passing that content to another app, and so on, until the eventual outcome is increased learning....
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Written by David on July 10th, 2014.      1 comments

I have dipped my toe into N4L's Pond...

Explain Everything Showcase

Written by David on July 16th, 2013.      2 comments


I have been making a range of free tutorials recently.  As I have been creating them I have been publishing them to my You Tube channel and then promoting them via my Twitter account.  Last week I also posted a link to some of my tutorials onto the Facebook pages of the app developers.  One in particular got back to me, Explain Everything and have asked if they can use my tutorials about their product on their showcase page.  I, of course, accepted and now my videos are on the Explain Everything page.  So if you want some tutorials made to help other learn how to use some app, web resource or programme, just let me know and I will add it to the list.


Haiku Deck Tutorials

Written by David on June 19th, 2013.      1 comments

I have been creating a range of tutorials for my YouTube channel over the last couple of weeks.  Earlier this week I completed the last of my Haiku Deck tutorials.  If you do not know this tool, it is an epic tool for learning and I highly recommend it.  Today I was checking the stats on my YouTube channel and I have been approached by Haiku Deck themselves.  They have seen what I have created and love them.  They have asked if they can publish them via their own social networks and have created a playlist on their own YouTube channel of my tutorials.  Great stuff.

The team at Haiku Deck had this to say about my tutorials:

"I wanted to reach out and let you know that we were all quite impressed with them and their effective balance of thoroughness and conciseness."

I call that an endorsement.  You can check out the tutorials below.

Moodle Interactive tutorials

Written by David on January 16th, 2013.      0 comments

Moodle 101

I have just been counting up the number of interactive tutorials that we have on file, currently it stands at over 300.  The vast majority of them are bespoke tutorials for clients.  Currently we are in the final stages of completing a suite of Moodle 101 style course tutorials for Fairfield College.   They wanted us to create a suite of tutorials that would cover the basics of course creation and resource management on Moodle.  We have broken this skill set into 10 discreet and short tutorials.

In the image above you can see that we have then gone on to create a course in moodle with each lesson containing instructions for the staff, so that they know how to use the tutorials.  Each tutorial the demonstration and the interactive one has been loaded into each lesson.  This resource now becomes a 24/7 just in time learning resource for Fairfield College staff.  The support they need is just a couple of clicks away.  It also sets a baseline of competence that the school is now asking of its staff.  Over time we will be adding to this course and we will be adding ever more complex ideas and skills.

If you wish us to build some interactive tutorials for you please contact us.

Google Maps - Helicopter View

Written by David on October 3rd, 2011.      0 comments


I discovered from one of my various feeds yesterday about the new ‘Helicopter View’ option in Google Maps.  So I tweeted it out yesterday:


Today I have had a play with the feature, it is great especially when combined with Jing, so that you can capture the video of the virtual journey.  I would have uploaded an exmple, but the screen shot will have to suffice, the journey I captured with Jing was 916mb in size… To activate the Helicopter view is very simple.  All you have to do is to put in a start location and a destination point in the get directions option of Google Maps, once the route has been calculated, a small “3-D” graphic appears to the right of the first direction, simply click on that and the animation plays.  Depending on your internet connection it may take some time for the information to load, but it is worth the wait.

This is a great feature from Google and I can see so many practical uses for it on websites, in the classroom etc.



Open Source software

Written by David on June 27th, 2009.      0 comments

Continuing the Open Source software theme.  I have been attending a course on 3D animation for the last 10 weeks, it came to an end this week.  I attended primarily to bring my Blender skills up a notch or two.  I am self taught and am well aware that while this method can work well it is also a recipie for engendering bad habits!

The course was at the Freelance Animation School here in Auckland and their program of choice is Max 3DS.  As is usual at the end of these things we had to complete an evaluation.  I thanked Mark our tutor for teaching me more about Blender in the previous weeks that I had learnt in a long time.  He was confused as we had not even looked at Blender!  It got me thinking and we discussed how using Open Source 3D animation would be a good choice for adult evening classes.  At this point his boss walked in and we had a discussion about why Open Source software should be offered as a short course option.  I believe that offering short courses in Inkscape and Blender for example to secondary school teachers would be able to provide foundation courses in these programmes in school which would teach the pupils the basic principles of the programmes that in courses such as the ones offered at Freelance, students would arrive with a better grounding and with a skill set that could be easily transferred to the commercial variants that the work with at Freelance.

Mark’s boss seemed very impressed by this notion.  We are currently investigating how I could put together a programme of lessons for their tutors, alumni and existing students in such open source programmes as Blender, Inkscape, The Gimp etc and have me deliver them.  I have already drafted out a series of lessons and skills, I will be meeting the school again in a week or so to continue the planning.


Open Source Source

Written by David on June 27th, 2009.      0 comments

I have been approached by an author in the US who is writing a book on bartering, the book title is The ABCs of Barter and Trade Exchanges by Trish A. Truitt. The book is due for publication at the end of July at the earliest.  They will also have a web site which is due to go live soon  the link is:  http://www.ABCsOfBarter.com The reason for the contact is that she wants to reference one of my tutorials on You Tube in her publication, I have of course said yes.  The tutorial that she is interested in is my Open Office tutorial, which is just an introduction to the program.  I figured that a tutorial was not really necessary as most users of the Internet would already be familiar with a myriad of word processing programmes.  However Trish thought that the style was clear and conscise enough to warrant a mention in her book.

We have been chatting for a while now and it was clear that she did not want to reference a You Tube link in her book.  I suggested that I create a wiki and embed the video there.  The result is that I have now created an open source wiki for all of my Open Source software tutorials.  It is a repository of tutorials organised by application and will continue to grow in the weeks and months ahead.  Indeed today I will be sitting down and re-creating the ‘addons’ tutorial that I have already created and will also create a series of Calc tutorials for inclusion on this specific Open Source wiki.

The address is: http://opensourcesource.wikispaces.com



David has been a specialist in the field of elearning for over 12 years. He has presented on elearning at conferences in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. His consultancy work includes education and business clients. READ MORE


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