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  • khenry 4:19 pm on November 4, 2011
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    Is the ipad a game changer? I believe the ipad has changed the environment in terms of support and demand of users for supporting software/packages in completing tasks. The game change therefore lies in the apps and structures associated with the ipad. I remember reading an article in which someone joked that an ipad user, […]

    Continue reading Discussion 3 – The machine, the apps or the demand, which changed the game? Posted in: Uncategorized
    • Everton Walker 8:09 am on November 5, 2011 | Log in to Reply


      Definitely in the apps and structures. If we are going to zero in on education, there are so many factors to consider. Could we say it is a game-changer in education if it only works well in reading? I think it’s safer to say it is a potential game-changer in education.


    • hall 8:42 am on November 5, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Kerry and Everton,

      I think it is a game changer in education. I think it can be used for developing and enhancing numeracy and literacy in children. I think it could a very useful tool for children in developing countries especially Jamaica. As mathematics teacher think it is a useful tool for students to be used in developing the fundamental skills in Mathematics.

    • khenry 8:10 pm on November 8, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Conroy and Everton,

      While I agree with you regarding the benefits of it’s use Conroy I would, like Everton, say that it is the associated apps and structure of use rather than the actual ipad itself.


  • khenry 4:14 pm on November 4, 2011
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    In teaching College Mathematics, I think the use of the ipad would greatly enhance students’ interaction in self-paced individualized learning as well as working with applications that target specific areas for development. The use of the whiteboard app would be very useful as lessons could be shown in situ and then archived for retrieval and […]

    Continue reading Discussion 2 – Market for Self-Paced and Individualised Learning Posted in: Week 09: iPad Apps
    • Angela Novoa 6:10 am on November 5, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Kerry-Ann, thanks for sharing your thoughts about how iPad can be useful for Mathematics classroom. Interoperability has always been an issue for Apple technologies. In the case of iPads no compatibility with Flash is one of the primarily issues to consider. Every technology has benefits and drawbacks.

      One question came up to my mind. Is there any benefits of gaming apps for Mathematics classroom?

    • khenry 8:07 pm on November 8, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Angela,
      Every technology has its benefits and drawbacks indeed but I do think that in this age and stage of technology more can be done to create more compatible platforms et al. but then we would have to fight commercialisation dragon.
      Re your question. I do think that there would be many benefits for gaming apps. Much research in and use of use of games in education have shown benefits. For examples see A game app would therefore go down well. An example I saw of one such potentail is


  • khenry 5:42 pm on October 28, 2011
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    The main benefits of converting to cloud computing are: reduced costs; anytime, anywhere access, and increased administrative ease and efficiency. All these form the dream of all institutions. Reduced Costs Less money spent on: infrastructure needs (purchase of hardware and software), housing/storage on site, energy bills (as hardware etc need not be housed and run […]

    Continue reading Go Green, Go Lean and enable the dream – Switching to Cloud Computing Posted in: Week 08: Files in the Cloud
    • Keisha Edwards-Hamilton 8:08 am on October 29, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      I agree with you that cloud computing has green benefits. Through technology we can give back to the Earth that it has given to us. Going green also helps us to save money. Take for example videoconferencing. This decrease travel time and fuel costs to commute to school daily which creates a positive impact on the environment since travel expenses and carbon footprints are reduced and instead school operations are improved and are more productive for both students and faculty members.

    • schiong 2:59 pm on October 29, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      just curious …
      1. If the company has 5 IT employees to maintain their server, create custom applications ,etc … what would happen to them if the company decided to go with Commensus or similar company? Is there a need to keep all of them employed ?

      2. Is cloud computing really environment friendly? I have no answer to this.

      A small company would probably turn off most their machines after office hours and during weekends.

      Let us say that there are 20 workstations + 1 server + 1 backup server. That’s about 22 machines running during office hours. Let us assume that the 2 servers are the only machines running 24 x 7.

      If I am providing cloud computing service for this company, how many computers would be running?

      The company would get rid of their 2 servers (maybe or maybe not)… This means only 20 machines are running during office hours.

      Since I am ensuring 24 x 7 uptime + data would be saved in different locations, this means I need to have at least 2 to 3 servers.

      What about my system administrators for each location? I need to provide 1 power computer each.

      What about my other technical staff? I believe I need to provide them computers as well.

      What about my customer support? How many customer representative should I hire and how many of them should have a computer ?

      The claim of cloud computing is to have “limitless” space. Hmmm … we all know that every hard disk would have a limit and each computer would also have a limit to the number of hard disks attached to it. I believe it is very possible that the number of computers used in cloud computing would also increase as more clients subscribe.

      Again, I am just curious. In what condition or conditions would cloud computing be ideal?

      • khenry 11:34 am on December 4, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        I agree that demands on hardware will increase for hosting services. However, the benefits of cloud computing suggest it would be ideal in institutions who: do not: navigate large numbers of networks and need not invest so much in purchasing and maintaining systems and infrastructure; do not deal with very sensitive data and; who do not have a lot of money to spend on


  • khenry 4:56 am on October 27, 2011
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    Cloud Computing Experience As a firm believer and supporter of the anytime, anywhere access to needs I have used and embraced cloud technology in my personal and educational use. The latter primarily through Google Apps: Email, Docs, Presentations, Group discussions, blogs and websites. I also use other email services with folder organisations for communication, storage and […]

    Continue reading Cloud Computing – Appropriate in order to Innovate Posted in: Week 08: Files in the Cloud
    • hall 3:26 am on October 29, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Kerry-Ann,

      I like your ideas on the advantages and disadvantages of cloud computing. I think developing countries will be greatly benefitted by cloud computing. Also entrepreneurs who use technology (internet) to conduct business no longer have to worry about data backup, space to hold electronic devices and overhead cost to purchase technologies needed for their company. Cloud Computing definitely remove those worries. Great posting Kerry-Ann.

    • khenry 11:38 am on December 4, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Conroy,
      Thanks Conroy. I agree with the potential benefits for developing countries. I think this would be a viable option at my college as we experience endless problems with our server and networks and the costs to upgrade are exhorbitant. What are the options available to you? Are you considering cloud computing in any areas on a higher administrative level at any institution you are associated with?


  • khenry 10:36 pm on October 21, 2011
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    My reflections on days 1-5, which I prefer to present all together as a blog preference for centrality and easy of tracking responses. Day1 I currently use blogging as a way for students to answer posted questions on course content per module, making an original blog post and commenting on posts of others. They also use […]

    Continue reading My reflections on days 1-5, which I pref… Posted in: Week 07: Blogs
    • Deb Kim 12:00 am on October 22, 2011 | Log in to Reply


      Thank you for your insightful comments to each day’s question. Your question in Day 5 also makes me wonder if “reducing and/or eliminating the public sphere and increased community participation to blogging” reduces some of the issues, in particular privacy and security issues, that blogging possesses. For example, a blog that’s marked private can be exposed by one of the members from the list. I marked my blogs private so that only my students can participate. But as some students do share their ID and password with their friends who are not in my class, the class blog that I created for them can unintentionally be exposed. We, as educators, should give our students proper training and educate them about blogging etiquette and unspoken rules before blogging.


    • khenry 7:08 am on October 22, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Deb,
      Thanks for your comments. The extension and sharing of passwords and IDs is a significant point in security considerations indeed. The media we communicate with/manipulate carry their own etiquette indeed and with more and more use of technology in education courses have to subsume additional training that reflect the type of media and/or communicatuiion systems. Etiquette, security, social and personal responsibility are all tpoics taught within my information technology course but needs to be subsumed in all courses as technology use becomes more prevalent. Teachers’ roles and responsibilities as well as knowledge of such will become integral to the teaching and learning process.

  • khenry 7:20 am on October 16, 2011
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    From an educational perspective I find e-books very convenient interms of lowering costs and greater portability and flexibility in using a variety of texts within one sitting. I have a kindle e-reader and it is handy and convenient: less weight and bulk and offers me options for if I desire to read a different book.  […]

    Continue reading Ebooks – Convenient but easily forgotten Posted in: Week 06: eBooks
    • Angela Novoa 8:20 am on October 16, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Kerry-Ann,

      Last week a student presented a study she read about how eBooks and eReading has the effect that users do not retain for long time the information they read, reducing their capability of memorizing ideas. The study also suggested that maybe in the future we will not need such thing as long term memory because information would be available everywhere. I do agree with you that highlighting, making notes and comments helps to retain information. I have an iPad 2 and I can do all those thing through this device…and I am very satisfied by this experience. So, I am not sure anymore that the text on paper is what influence the reader’s experience. However, we are all different human beings who have different interests, likes, and might not feel the same way when using a particular device.


      • khenry 11:48 am on December 4, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        Hi Angela,
        I would support that research as I believe we process information differently now and really do not need to retain information as much as before but rather new skills of knowing how to find, access, use and manipulate information.
        I also believe that the ability to actively take notes while reading aids in memory retention.


    • Keisha Edwards-Hamilton 6:02 pm on October 20, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Very nice you have an ereader Kerry and therefore you are able to confirm its advantages since you are a first hand user. I appreciate you sharing your view for future developments in the ebook venture to include more graphical and video technology. I am sure that at the pace at which technology is advancing, very soon there will be ereaders with those capabilities.


      • khenry 11:49 am on December 4, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        Thank you Keisha. I do believe that that will change as well and quite soon given competition and innovations in other devices such as the ipad2.


  • khenry 3:10 pm on October 7, 2011
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    I would not say I had direct personal learning experience with digital game-based learning within an educational setting but rather from games bought by my family with which I interacted. Most of the games required pattern sequencing. Other than that there were mainly nintendo games from which I would say I learnt strategy, paying attention to […]

    Continue reading Gaming experience – Does it really shape cognition? Posted in: Week 05: Game-Based Learning
    • hall 6:07 pm on October 8, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Your post is an interesting; it caused to think of all those days as youth when I spent late night playing games. Also I remember going my friend’s house after school to play Nintendo games which caused me to get into trouble with my parents.

      I have used jeopardy game to review and deliver content as you have done and I found it were useful.

      • khenry 7:25 pm on October 8, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        I wonder at the transference from these activities and therefore the level of theoretical knowledge and application required for effective design to realise desired interaction and transference. As I mentioned, regarding your comment to David B’s post, I was not as hooked on Tetris yet I enjoyed Math and Science. I appreciate it more now. I can’t help but wonder if the design of the user interface was just not appealing to me at that age. So many elements and levels to consider! In Prensky’s paper on Digital natives Digital Natives he talks of how design an content must marry to suit users ‘The professors had made 5-10 minute movies to illustrate key concepts; we asked them to cut them to under 30 seconds. The professors insisted that the learners to do all the tasks in order; we asked them to allow random access’


  • khenry 10:23 pm on September 30, 2011
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    Dr. Elliot Soloway  Dr. Cathleen Norris   Introduction GoKnow Inc. was founded in 2001 by Drs. Elliot Soloway and Cathleen Norris, both of whom are considered leaders in the fields of education and technology. GoKnow offers curriculum applications for computers and handheld technology including advanced mobile learning environments with the aim of increasing student engagement […]

    Continue reading GoKnow Posted in: Week 04: Entrepreneur Bootcamp
    • Everton Walker 4:52 pm on October 1, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      I really like this venture and more-so the benefits as they seem to cater fully to 21st century learning and teaching. I clearly understand your point of concerns if you were to start such a venture. Great ideas without resources will equate to “great ideas”.

    • khenry 12:40 pm on October 2, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Everton,
      Resources are crucial indeed as you correctly point out. These venture are definitely a multilayered/multidimensional process in which not only must the entrepreneur possess strong qualities for entrepreneurship but also have resources (personal, investors, institution supported), a strong team (advisors, workers, leaders, partners, innovators, research and development) and a strong and sustainable product (original value) and business model (whether for profit, non-profit or social enterprise).


  • khenry 6:33 am on September 22, 2011
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    Not to be romanced if I believe in the product itself: comparing the pitches for Edufire and Evernote.   Edufire Edufire had really great catch phrases/concepts that quickly grabbed attention and put their product in a sphere for potential demand. For example: ‘Worldclass teacher’ (quality), ‘caters to both teachers and students (wide pool for potential […]

    Continue reading Not to be romanced by the product itself. Comparing the pitches for Edufire and Evernote. Posted in: Week 03: Analyst Bootcamp
    • Angela Novoa 8:42 am on September 22, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Henry, Great critique. You’ve noted lots of elements that should be considered when presenting a pitch. The concepts that are used and the forms of expression are relevant issues to consider. The CEO must be attractive. But also, the content is important too. the quality of the information about the product (costs, how it works, what it works with, etc.) and the people behind it is relevant. I keep thinking how difficult is to achieve all these things in such short time of presentation.


      • khenry 6:47 pm on September 24, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        Hi Angela,
        Thank You. I also thought about the difficulty of fitting all that information in in such a short time. This exercise showed how much you can say effectively and efficiently in a short time. I quite like the idea of being able to zero in on your product and key elements. Getting rid of the fluff. It really shows if you really do have something unique to offer.


        • Allie 9:14 pm on September 25, 2011 | Log in to Reply

          Nice comparative critique, Kerry-Ann! As for the ‘how much to fit in’ question, I’m reminded of editing and grading student essays where I routinely strike out the first two or three sentences, and midway down page 1 write “start here.” The Edufire guy could have saved himself some time by jumping immediately into live video learning, and why that is good/effective/marketable rather than the “do you want to teach/learn in your own home?” line – because the being at home piece is part of any online learning environment.

    • schiong 12:09 pm on September 22, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Henry,
      I like the way you present your case…
      Actually, the title itself is already catchy … it made me want to take a look at the article.
      I admire the presenter. It is not easy to be pitching … especially to a wide range of audience.

      • khenry 6:49 pm on September 24, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        Hi Schiong,
        Thank you. You highlight an important point in the difficulty of pitching to a wide audience. The presenter did a good job indeed.


    • Karen Jones 3:41 pm on September 22, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      You raise an interesting issue, Henry. If we were to present a pitch in the given time frame, what elements could we include that wouldn’t use up valuable time, but that work to hook the customer/investor? Is the hook more important than giving a complete rundown of all details? I know that some of the pitches hooked me, but as I was unclear about what they were all about, I did look for further information online. Compare that to a one minute pitch that is dense with pertinent details, but so dry and boring it is forgettable, even if the idea has merit.

      I like the way you used a comparison to highlight strengths and weakness. Great job!

      • khenry 6:53 pm on September 24, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        Hi KJ,
        Thank you. I also considered the essential elements to be included in such a short time. I like your additional spin of who are we hooking and what will hold interest. It’s definitely not an easy ride in that elevator.


    • Keisha Edwards-Hamilton 8:22 pm on September 22, 2011 | Log in to Reply


      I analysed Edufire and like you I would give it a second look because of the catchy phrases that were used. It also contained information that is current and also features prospective learners would want to be a part of a web-based course.


      • khenry 6:56 pm on September 24, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        Hi Keisha,
        I did find information on features a plus for edufire. However, as an EVA I felt I needed a bit more information in the pitch. The challenge I guess is to know what to include and who we are targeting in our pitch.


    • mcquaid 4:45 am on September 23, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Kerry, I liked your focus on language – almost like a magician’s subtle sleight-of-hand (well, mouth) movements that distract you from what you think is actually going on. The choice of language is not accidental, to be sure.

      • khenry 7:03 pm on September 24, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        Hi McQuaid,
        Thank you. Indeed I found the language quite magical as you put it. It is like watching these paid commercials because everything seems and sounds so good that we really have to wade through them to say do we really need it and/or will it be extremely beneficial or profitable for us to have and/or is there a cheaper way/alternative? Similar questions came up for me here and the language was indeed a key element in this.

  • khenry 8:22 pm on September 15, 2011
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    Tags: 2011 Top 10 IT issues, ,   

    Summary The report Educase 2011 Top 10 IT issues is a report on a survey conducted to identify the  Top-Ten IT Issues critical for strategic success within educational institutions, 2011, and discusses each issue from the position of IT administrators and IT considerations. However, the information is presented in easy to understand terms for all […]

    Continue reading Educase: 2011 Top 10 IT issues: Potential for predictions and trends/considerations for learning technologies Posted in: Week 02: The Edtech Marketplace
    • themusicwoman 9:24 pm on September 16, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Great post and I agree that this is something that many people would benefit from.

    • jenaca 4:12 am on September 18, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      I agree, great post!! This is definitely something that many people would benefit from. It is such an interesting site and has so much information!

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