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Forget generation x, y, z… …its generation personal!

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

Everyone personalises their driving position. When you get into a car, you personalise the seat, steering wheel, mirrors and music. You personalise to make driving safer, more sustainable and engaging for you. The car manufacturers do not create ‘differentiated’ vehicles, rather than design in the flexibility to enable personalisation. So how do we design in… Continue Reading Forget generation x, y, z… …its generation personal!

Material design icons

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

Research highlights that utilising a common and consistent set of icons within digital learning materials helps to anchor a users thinking and decreases unnecessary cognitive load. Material design system icons are simple, modern, friendly, and sometimes quirky. Each icon is created using our design guidelines to depict in simple and minimal forms the universal concepts… Continue Reading Material design icons

Consistent teacher judgement of learning materials

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

This article is republished with permission of the authors Greg Alchin & Lisa Tonkin © 2013 Introduction The core quality benchmarks for any learning material is that all learners are able to use and engage with the material on the same basis from the start.  This involves curating or creating resources that all learners can… Continue Reading Consistent teacher judgement of learning materials

Social bookmarking – Curating the web

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

Why should I learn about and use social bookmarking? As this infographic from Intel titled “What happens in an Internet minute? ” shows there is so much content available to learners the key lies in having the capacity to search for, and curate quality content to support your learning journey. Hence the need for social bookmarking.… Continue Reading Social bookmarking – Curating the web

ePubs

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

EPUBs are a thriving flexible format that is commonly used to create books for digital publishing. Whilst comparatively new to other formats EPUB has garnered a significant amount of attention from major digital publishing houses, self published authors and educational institutions. Here is a snapshot of the major educational benefits of this format. Benefits ePubs… Continue Reading ePubs

QR Codes

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

A QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response code) is a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code). The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. QR codes are readable by QR scanners on iOS devices, DER laptops or mobile phones with a camera. Whilst originally designed for the car… Continue Reading QR Codes

Thinking tools

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

Design thinking is not rocket science, but when a school is trying to bring a focused approach to thinking differently, it helps for people to have a common set of tools and language on which to distill what may at first appear to be disparate and complex concepts into clarity. For many years the CAP… Continue Reading Thinking tools