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Actually, not - because that's a whole different post which might take some time.

Rather a request for help. As some of you may now I have the pleasure of writing a technical news circular for schools. Part of this is "news items" and part is "more in-depth pieces". I need some help with topics for the latter. The format is "about 1000-1500 words" in the areas of "Networking & Wireless", "Hardware", "Software & Internet" and "Multimedia". Previous topics have included Augmented Reality, IPv6, Digital Cameras, 802.11 standards and PC Form Factors.

I'm inviting a complete brain-dump of ideas from all you lovely people about "things you'd want to know more about" so I can sift through and not have to have any ideas myself. Sweeties for the winners!

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boglin From: boglin Date: July 10th, 2006 11:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Moodle. How Moodle is great and lots of colleges and universities use it and schools should too.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: July 10th, 2006 11:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Slightly tough one as there's a policy strand that supports "giving lots of money to companies to provide those services" rather than "DIY". But its a good idea...
agentinfinity From: agentinfinity Date: July 10th, 2006 11:36 am (UTC) (Link)
What new software is available for interactive whiteboards, as a lot of schools are getting them now, and not necessairly making the most out of them.
invisible_al From: invisible_al Date: July 10th, 2006 11:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Vanilla Forum software has just gone 1.0, http://www.getvanilla.com/. It's free, very customisable, extensible and gosh darn shiney.

First video of a working prototype of the $100 Laptop is here, http://www.siliconvalleysleuth.com/2006/06/first_video_of_.html
Main website here http://laptop.org/.

richc From: richc Date: July 10th, 2006 11:51 am (UTC) (Link)
How to be Secure Online - explain why you need to do things rather than just what to do.
Spotting Email Fraud - this could be fairly useful, there's a good quiz online somewhere.

Since this is for schools

Overview of Social Networking - no one apart from techies and kids knows anything about this.
From: curlwomble Date: July 10th, 2006 01:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
This seems to be a very topical erm...topic at the moment. Might be good to get some sanity injected where it might otherwise be missed.
yapman From: yapman Date: July 10th, 2006 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm in favour of this.

Also may want to do something on Encryption methods, which are worthwhile, which just provide pointless warm and fuzzies and which are positively dangerous by making you think you're secure.

Certification and trust chains, maybe?
(no subject) - irdm - Expand
marcushill From: marcushill Date: July 10th, 2006 12:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Web based learning resources for primary mathematics.

It would be peachy if you could have it done before I have to deliver a session on the topic to our primary trainees in November.
harrytc From: harrytc Date: July 10th, 2006 01:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Realtime green screen technology.
From: curlwomble Date: July 10th, 2006 02:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wot? Like a VT100?
harrytc From: harrytc Date: July 10th, 2006 02:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd delighted to say that I don't know exactly what a VT100 is...
richc From: richc Date: July 10th, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
mimeticgel From: mimeticgel Date: July 10th, 2006 06:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
From the top of my noggin..

Games machines as access devices (DS, PSP) - probably DS
SNS VPN - a secure desktop in your browser
Accessibility - voice, text, zoom etc.. + eye & brain powa
What next for eLearning? (labeled as dead by Gartner!)
Life skills via simulated reality (such as contrived SIMS environment)
Create your own TV channels (such as the MS view of the future)

BTW have they looked as adaptive testing, where the questions asked adapt to the level of the examinee? That way everyone sits the same exam.
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