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  • Scott 6:00 pm on November 25, 2012
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    I have an assignment three venture pitch for a new photo app that I’m rather excited about, but I’m not quite interested in sharing a public link to my pitch at the moment! If you are seriously interested in hearing about my idea, please send an email message to scott underscore tammik at mac dot […]

    Continue reading Photo App Elevator and Venture Pitch Posted in: Venture Forum
    • Lisa Nevoral 9:32 pm on November 28, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Scott,

      Your elevator and venture pitch and product were awesome!!! You looked very comfortable in front of a camera and you did a good job with the background setting (including pictures as your backdrop – very strategic). Your presentation was very polished and I think you hit most or all the criteria for a venture pitch. You included a pain point and solution, you did a great job differentiating between your product and the others you compared it to, and you included the challenges for your product. You even stated how your app was going to make money. It was a nice touch to add quotes to the presentation.

      One area that you could have touched upon a little more was what you wanted from the investors. I know in your elevator pitch you stated that you were looking for investors to fund your initial development of your photo app and to market it worldwide, but then never mentioned it again. As well, what was the return the investors would receive? You did a good job stating how much you could sell this product as an app or per/month, but what would the investors get out of this?

      All in all, great job! I would invest in the venture.


      • Scott 1:13 pm on December 3, 2012 | Log in to Reply

        Thanks for your positive feedback Lisa.

        Indeed, beyond speculating on the cost of the app and service, I don’t have much expertise on the finance side of app development, so I steered clear of the numbers aspect to my pitch and just concentrated on the concept – which I’m glad you enjoyed!

    • lullings 5:05 am on November 30, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Scott,

      Loved the comprehensive delivery method of your venture. I definitely enjoy your passion and enthusiasm for the idea.

      As an idea itself I think you are onto something that is great and would be loved by the niche market that you are going after.

      Would I invest – unfortunately not.

      But this is not because of the concept but I see the biggest flaw is that it is only using the phones camera and the screen. I dont think this will satisfy the market that you are going after. I think that for them having increased on screen functionality is not enough, they want to go back to the tradition of having something physical to adjust to have some control and to give them options.

      If you were to include something like or in the offering I would have no problem investing in you and your venture as I feel this would satisfy your potential clients rather than just the app itself.

      But nicely put together and extremely well delivered – very impressed overall.


      • Scott 8:15 am on November 30, 2012 | Log in to Reply

        Hi Stuart,

        Thank you for all your well informed comments.

        I quite agree with you, that what I and many others are really after, is really something like the new Fuji X-E1 or as you suggest, physical manual controls including those iPhone extensions you noted.

        However, these cost more money and in some ways take away from the pocket-ability of smartphone cameras. In my school for example, we never seem to have enough money for more cameras, or darkroom supplies, but I think we could scrap together $100 per class each semester, to provide an app for the smartphones the kids already have. Phone accessories also need to be designed to fit to each phone design, which could be an issue.

        In any event, thanks again for making me stop to reconsider a very important aspect of my pitch.



    • manny 5:46 pm on November 30, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Scott,
      Your Slowography venture proposal is very well done and sounds like something that is ready for design. Your elevator pitch was excellent in communicating the void in the market place when comparing point and shoot digital photography to traditional manual methods. You have clearly conducted a lot of research in this area and presented statistics on app purchases relevant to your pitch. The website is very nicely laid out and you come through as an honest, reputable, entrepreneur who knows what he’s talking about. I would give you an A+ on your presentation and my concerns as an investor are listed below.

      1) Name – Slowography comes off as something that consumers may not want to look into in further detail.
      2) Competitors – There are a lot of them! You have done a good job of dissecting the differences between them and the features that your app will integrate. However, this is a market that is saturated with photography apps and a simple update to one of the more popular apps could easily put you out of business.
      3) Users – This app is great for the typical point and shoot users who have limited experience with photography. The true enthusiasts will probably still be skeptical and stick to traditional methods of photography.

      These reservations are very minor and do not take away from what a great idea this is. I am currently teaching a visual and media arts class and try to teach students the practical skills that they can do on their own after graduation. Not all of them can afford an SLR camera and this app is definitely something I would not invest in, but also use in my classroom. Great work Scott!

      • Scott 1:27 pm on December 3, 2012 | Log in to Reply

        Hi Manny,

        I’ve always respected and appreciated your thoughts in our discussions.

        The name is not something I’m 100% on either, it just seemed like a novel take on ‘photography’ and the .com domain was available, so I took it. You are quite right, that an update could threaten the apps relevance, which is why I thought about creating a whole ‘ecosystem’ and community around the idea, to give it value beyond the app – especially for classroom teachers and students. As I mentioned to Stuart, true enthusiasts will likely still opt for expensive cameras from Leica or a Fuji, but what about those times when all you have is your camera or you can’t afford a Leica. I think the old saying goes something like, “the best camera to have, is the one you’ve got”!

        Thanks for your comments and nod of support.


        • manny 8:21 pm on December 3, 2012 | Log in to Reply

          I made a typo in my last line, I meant to say this app is something I would not only invest in, but also use in my classroom.

    • Patrick Pichette 5:56 pm on November 30, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Scott,
      I found your elevator pitch and venture pitch to be very informative and professionally driven. In terms of the team’s qualifications, there is no doubt in my mind that you demonstrate passion and commitment to drive this venture forward. It is unclear in your pitch whether there are other members to your team so I’ll assume it is just you. As for the venture concept, I consider it quite original and you do appear to have done a fair bit of research in the area to demonstrate some feasibility. I’m unclear as to what portion of the market would be looking for apps that slow them down when tackling photography but there does appear to be growth in the market segment. My only real qualm with the proposal is with regards to the investment dollars. There isn’t really any indication as to what you’ll do with the investment nor is there any indication on how I could make money or get my money back. All in all, I would like some of these questions answered before I chose to invest but your credibility and professionalism does lend itself to a positive experience and hope for a successful venture. I wish you best of luck in launching this venture if you do go forward with it!

      • Scott 1:31 pm on December 3, 2012 | Log in to Reply

        I’m pleased to know my enthusiasm for the idea came through clearly – thanks for that positive feedback Patrick.

        Indeed as I mentioned to Lisa as well, beyond speculating on the cost of the app and service, I don’t have much expertise on the finance side of app development, so I steered clear of the numbers aspect to my pitch and just concentrated on the concept.

    • Peggy Lawson 8:48 am on December 1, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Scott –

      Great work! As soon as I started watching the elevator pitch I was hooked. You exuded credibility by your passion and quality of work and that drew me in, despite my initial reluctance as to why anyone would want to go back to the pre-instant-results days of photography. So the venture concept was foreign to me, but was further addressed in your venture concept. For me there is also a disconnect between what I think of as a traditional SLR camera – simply the heft & feel & shape of the camera vs a slim smartphone. But that’s maybe just me.

      The opportunity space – competition – may be a problem in this market. You’ve given some good though to your marketing plan as well as to additional revenue sources.If you can assemble the team you’re looking for – I think you’ve got a shot.

      • Scott 1:37 pm on December 3, 2012 | Log in to Reply

        All great points for me to consider Peggy, thank you.

        I am realizing now, from your feedback and from others, that I need to make clearer the idea that I don’t intend for the app to replace traditional cameras, but rather to provide an alternative to the way we use camera phones, for both photographers and students/educators alike.

        The entire experience of this assignment and the feedback its generated, have been very helpful to me 🙂

  • Scott 7:26 pm on October 28, 2012
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    Welcome to week nine and this weeks topic of BYOD (Bring Your Own Devices) prepared by Lisa Nevoral, Suhayl Patel, Shaun Pepper, Scott Tammik and Tom Whyte. To view our BYOD website, please visit: We encourage you to participate in many of the activities and discussions questions as possible.  We believe our topic is very relevant to many K-12 schools and districts and we would like everyone to learn about BYOD through meaningful conversation and posts. To help launch this weeks topic and provide a real world context to our discussions, please take a few minutes to watch the following video, which highlights the issues one secondary school is dealing with, as it considers the possibility of implementing a BYOD program: Enjoy your week!

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    • lullings 3:55 am on October 29, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Excellent video. Great production values and flows well with the music and relevance.
      Scott you are gifted. Well done all, very impressed.

      On a different, and possibly more personal, note,
      I would have loved if you opened the topic to outside the classroom as well. There is a BYOD movement in professional circles now which could have been relevant to the a classroom setting and offer a different perspective.


    • ETEC BYOD 9:34 am on October 29, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Thank you for your positive feedback Stuart.

      Indeed, while the video intro provides a focused, case study style, intro to BYOD in a secondary school setting, as the full introduction to our topic notes, ‘BYOD is not only an educational phenomenon, but can also be seen in the world of business and government’.

      While our course in general maintains an educational lens in its perspective, you are quite right, that BYOD is a growing movement in general – likely for cost reasons in many cases I imagine.

    • Peggy Lawson 5:40 pm on October 29, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Great introduction Week 9! I’m looking forward to your topic – it’s very relevant today and you’ve already got me hooked with your very polished opening video.


      • ETEC BYOD 7:39 pm on October 30, 2012 | Log in to Reply

        Thanks Peggy for the compliment on our opening video. I hope that you gain some valuable knowledge about BYOD this week.

    • sophiabb 7:25 pm on October 29, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Excellent video. Great introduction to BOYD. You’ve got me thinking about the possibilities and the challenges, such as: How do you monitor? What about students whose families cannot afford to provide technology for them? Looking forward to learning more about BOYD.

      • ETEC BYOD 7:40 pm on October 30, 2012 | Log in to Reply

        The questions you posed are all relevant in the discussion around BYOD. I hope that by the end of this week some of them will be answered.


    • Jonathan 12:04 am on October 30, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Very polished video. Looks great — got that great Apple feel to it!

      BYOD is a very important topic and I’m so glad your team has decided to tackle it. I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve always been about bringing my own devices into the classroom just because it works better and it isn’t a “victim” to tech support. I say this in a positive manner. While I know that the techs have a lot of computers to look after there are many updates that are needed on a regular basis to keep programs/websites happy and safe. A simple Java update is a great example of how websites no longer work on school computers. Or incompatible versions of software like Garageband can make tech difficult to manipulate on computers.

      This is still a problem on one’s own device, however, if I’m solely using my laptop, I understand the limitations and can work within them. I’ve also just received an iPad to be used in my classroom. It is assigned by the district and locked out by them as well. No password is given and all Apps on the iPad need to be pre approved before they can be uploaded. This exasperated the problem as the apps often update several times within a week and to wait for them to approve can be a frustrating process. It can take weeks, it’s like waiting for Apple to approve apps on the App Store!

      BYOD — is a solution but it does come without support. Looking forward to the week

      • Kent Jamieson 8:15 am on October 30, 2012 | Log in to Reply

        That sounds so backwards Jonathan, that you are given the tool, but no freedom to use it. I guess i’m spoiled at my school, as we are given the right to download, stream, and basically experiment with any and all resources. Our Grade 7’s recently went full BYOD as a test grade and our entire Grade 3-12’s will be bringing their devices next year. I have not breached the subject with our IT guys – as I have an idea of what they must be going through to prepare – but this week will afford me that chance. I’ll try to pick their brains and learn all I can about how the Grade 7 test has gone. I look forward to learning more about this subject. Great Video Week 9!

        • jenbarker 8:21 pm on October 31, 2012 | Log in to Reply

          And in my district we are given iPads that come loaded with many apps but are also given iTunes cards should we wish to purchase more apps.

        • Jonathan 10:31 pm on October 31, 2012 | Log in to Reply

          Kent – It was nice to have a forum to vent in 🙂 It is backwards. It was a struggle to implement things that year. It was interesting speaking with admin about it as they couldn’t be more supportive but were handcuffed by tech support restrictions.

          I should note that I see value in what the tech group is trying to do. Protect their computers from viruses and malware from getting into their systems. On the other hand — the only way that we can innovate and bring 21st century learning teaching skills is for teachers to bring these tools into our classrooms. I’m willing to explore but I was turned away when I tried to approach it in the “right way”.

          With many of the programs I chose to not “install” them, but run them off of a CD for example. Worked well.

          • kstackhouse 9:13 pm on November 3, 2012 | Log in to Reply

            We have outdated laptops and very little admin rights on the computers. I am technically not supposed to use Firefox or Safari on the laptop. There are very few iPads…or Apple products in general. There is one voice in the IT dept. that does not like Apple products and has said so. This has made it difficult to move ahead and try some of the great resources out there. We do not have a BYOD policy for students nor would I be able to bring my home laptop and connect to the internet. This has been very frustrating. While I am happy to hear about so many other teachers that are experiencing more freedoms and access to other technologies I am also worried where that will place my students when competing against others for work and school opportunities in the future.

            • ETEC BYOD 8:22 am on November 4, 2012

              You have raised some interesting concerns here Ken, pertaining to the equitable access of technology – concerns which are amplified by the use of BYOD. We generally consider the haves and have nots, within a single school considering BYOD, but what are the larger implications to students long term, when their school refuses to embrace technology? Our school of 2000 is also serviced by one IT staff member (shared between several schools), however luckily he is not biased to one technology or another. It’s frustrating when the needs of everyone are impeded by the preferences of one individual. Keep up the good fight Ken!

    • jkotler 1:51 am on October 30, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Great introduction video. I like and appreciate that it was both informative and has got me thinking before I delve further, but the presentation of it is really professional.

      • ETEC BYOD 7:44 pm on October 30, 2012 | Log in to Reply

        Thanks for the compliment on our opening video. I hope that you gain some valuable knowledge about BYOD this week.

    • adi 8:11 am on October 30, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Very professional introduction. You raised some interesting points. The one I worry about the most is affordability for students. In Mexico it is definitely an issue.
      I’m looking forward to this week.

      • ETEC BYOD 7:43 pm on October 30, 2012 | Log in to Reply

        You bring up a very valid point. Not everywhere in the world may be ready or able to adopt BYOD any time soon.

        I hope you gain some valuable information this week.

    • Mike Rae 2:11 am on October 31, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Great video – very professional. I think that BYOD in K-12 schools is inevitable just has it has made its way into universities and work place environments. I am interested in the way these programs are being implemented. There are obvious challenges, as your video, pointed out, and I look forward to finding out strategies around inequities, IT nightmares and re-training teachers specifically.

      At my school (in China), a teacher recently had his hand slapped for breaking school policy by having students use their cell phones in a photo scavenger hunt. It seemed so absurd to me, because the project was such a cool idea, but technically they were breaking the rules. Perhaps this week can give me some more ammo to argue my own schools way out of the dinosaur age.

    • Ranvir 2:58 pm on October 31, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      First off – an excellent video production. You raise very important points around the pros and cons, especially the challenge of not being able to provide a fair ground for all students. Also, monitoring student activity could be significant challenge for the school administration and could have negative implications due to lack of maturity at an adolescent age.

      In universities, there is a slightly different challenge. Although students may be able to afford a device and also could probably self-monitor their on-line activities, the IT staff would limit the types of devices they would like to support as it is difficult to provide consistent user experience especially when certain software are not supported on certain devices. For instance, Flash animation or video is not supported on iOS devices.

    • jenbarker 8:34 pm on October 31, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Outstanding intro Group #9. Scott, I loved the video you created. You are in the wrong profession – you could work in the media industry! This topic is very interesting to me. We have discussed BYOD at my school are in the beginning stages of setting up the framework/policies need to support such a change. We are working on creating a student oath and getting our PAC to purchase some mobile technologies for student’s who may not be able to bring a device from home. I am excited to see if you group has any suggestions for storage of devices so that they are not stolen and what about inappropriate material that may be on the device prior to it arriving at school.

      • ETEC BYOD 8:14 am on November 1, 2012 | Log in to Reply

        Hi Jen. Thanks for your encouraging feedback – I wish you were in the guidance department at my high school all those years ago!

        A agree, storage and theft is likely going to be a challenge moving forward for schools with BYOD. Fortunately some computer technology, such as all Apple iOS devices and laptops, have a free cloud based service to help you “find your _____”, which may help to locate lost or stolen technology. Its a small start, but a life saver when you most need it.

        Power is also going to be concern I think. Most classrooms in our 60 year old school have only a handful of power outlets for example.

    • C. Ranson 8:34 am on November 3, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Group 9 wonderful video and discussion around BYOD. I teach adult education, so BYOD is the norm and there is a colloborative learning approach between faculty and student when there are technical issues or with the introduction of new apps that will make learning and communication more efficient. Some faculty still struggle with the concept of a student using their mobile device, ipads and laptops during lecture but really this is the norm, a student leaves grade 12 in June and enters college or university 2 months later and the learning evnivornment changes from devices not permitted in the classroom to being the norm of a classroom environment.

      My son’s grade twelve experience last year at a private school was the institution welcomed laptops for taking lecture notes and presentations, the network was locked but students would use their iphone hotspot or other devices to access the internet and most of the teachers were not aware of this. Mobile devices were not permitted but students were using them regularly in a disclosed manner. Hopefully all schools will embrace BYOD to better engage today’s student.

      • ETEC BYOD 7:03 pm on November 4, 2012 | Log in to Reply

        Thank you for shifting my perspective of this topic, by sharing your view of the contrasting use of devices, when students transition from secondary to post-secondary classrooms.

    • jameschen 4:08 pm on November 4, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Group 9, thank you for your excellent presentation. I learned a lot about BYOD and enjoyed the process thoroughly. Your content is very focused, and the videos you made are of professional quality. The activities on the blog represent a wide variety of tools that are used to make a BYOD approach in the classroom engaging, and the discussion questions yielded deep thinking into the subject. Great job you guys!
      – James

  • Scott 5:17 pm on October 21, 2012
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    As part of my activities this week to better understand augmented reality (AR) concepts, I used the Layar platform to create a simple AR tour of one of the audio recording rooms in my classroom. While Layar is intended as a tool for integrating AR in print magazines, I found the free iOS app to […]

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    • manny 5:47 pm on October 21, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Scott,
      Thanks for sharing your demonstration of the layer app. As i have been playing around with the different types of AR apps, I found that they can really be beneficial for hands on learning activities. For instance, when I run a science lab, I usually have multiple stations set up and i’m constantly running around and providing instructions for the students on how to progress through the activities. 99% of the time is spent helping them get through the stations therefore leaving minimal time for further inquiry. I am hoping that I can perhaps set up mini tutorials for each station that students can simply point and play. This technology could also be used in P.E. class in which students can point to a specific workout machine and receive instruction on how to use it and what muscles it emphasizes.
      I agree with the novelty effect that its implementation produces and think it is a great method of hooking students into a lesson.

  • Scott 6:05 pm on October 4, 2012
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    Rather than typing a comment to discuss and review a few of my favourite apps, I thought I’d post a short screen recording and chat about them: The apps discussed are: Thicket – A free interactive gesture based audio creation app. 123D Sculpt – A free 3D sculpting app. Leafsnap – A free interactive field […]

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    • teacherben 7:09 pm on October 4, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Nice list. The Autodesk 123D apps are great. There are desktop version for some of those too, but it’s nice to see some good content creation tools finally coming to these handheld devices to challenge the notion that they are only really consumption devices. I only just read about move the turtle this morning from the Geekdad blog on Wired. I wish I had an iPad to try it on (still waiting for my budget stuff to get processed:(

      Here’s a list of IOS apps for education that another tech guy in my school sent around a couple weeks ago. There are some good things on it:

      • stammik 11:32 am on October 5, 2012 | Log in to Reply

        I’m a big fan of the Geekdad blog as well, along with Wired in general, for tech news. Flipboard and Zite are my picks for Apps that aggregate news feeds, to try and keep up on these rapidly changing topics. Truth be told however, my teenage students are my best resource – I learn so much from them!

    • Jonathan 7:52 pm on October 4, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Just bought Move the Turtle and I’m loving it! I’ll have to spend more time on it– might bring it into the iPads at school 🙂 I like the programs that teacher basics of computer programming. Teaches so many different concepts while trying to learn to program. Scratch is a good example of this for sure.

      Thanks for the list.

    • kstackhouse 11:07 am on October 5, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      This is great! Thank you for sharing. I think that the tree id app is great. When I was little my Dad asked if I could name the trees we saw while driving….”Of course I can, ” I replied. “Bob, Mark, Jessie, ….” He got a good laugh over that. I wasn’t trying to be funny i didn’t know what they were. Maybe this will help. 🙂

    • sophiabb 7:02 pm on October 5, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Love the list. I will be purchasing “Move the Turtle”. Let’s see what my kids and I can come up with.

    • melissaayers 5:35 am on October 6, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Great format/video for posting your thoughts thanks Scott!

    • Lisa Nevoral 2:26 pm on October 6, 2012 | Log in to Reply


      Great idea to use a YouTube video as your response. Very original and awesome use of technology!

      To add to Scott’s comments, I will review a couple more of the apps that were suggested this week by the Apps OER team.

      Periodic Table App – At first I thought this app was too simplistic, but then I thought about what it supposed to do. It is to teach it’s users about the periodic table. There were some great features such as a quiz on naming elements, abbreviations of elements, and atomic #s. As well, there was a description of each element as well as a sound byte of each element name. There was a video chemistry section that explained more information than what would be found on the periodic table. What I would like to see as a link or add on that helps learners in naming compounds and formulas. Maybe I should make an app for that…

      RealCalc – I really liked this calculator app. Student’s don’t need to go out and buy another instrument (ie. calculator) since they can use this on their IPhones, IPads, Androids, etc… I guess the next question is if teachers will allow them to be in the classrooms. I have had many debates with colleagues about students being allowed to bring mobile devices into the classroom. This is at the middle school level.


    • Ranvir 7:47 am on October 8, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Scott, i really liked the short and snappy review of the educational apps you showed in the video. I am planning on using some of these for my 8 yr old to supplement classroom education. i am going to try LeafSnap today as that is an excellent example of how you can use something like google goggles to learn nature. finally, thanks for sharing the ipad apps list as it seems to be invaluable resource as well.

    • stammik 5:03 pm on October 9, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Thanks for your positive feedback Ranvir!

  • Scott 7:55 pm on September 29, 2012
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    For my founders profile,  I have selected Bryan Falcon, CEO & co-founder of Haiku Learning Systems. Since 2006, Haiku Learning Systems has been providing an online learning management system (LMS) for K-12 educators, which aims to provide the “The simplest way to bring the web to your classroom… and your classroom to the web”.  I […]

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    • melissaayers 5:37 am on September 30, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      HI Scott, Haiku seem to have a nice product, its the first time I have seen/heard of this LMS. It has a nice simple, lightweight feel to it. I wounder if the GUI and usability design has been influenced by Falcon (and his theatre/director background) or it was his design/development team.

    • C. Ranson 7:14 am on September 30, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Scott, I too had never heard of Haiku, would it be comparable to Moodle? I navigated through the website and looked up their partners, interesting one of them is Desmos the second company I selected to investigate. I am guessing their revenue is generated through the advanced user who pays for the service?

    • stammik 9:17 am on September 30, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      The school board I teach in encourages us to use Moodle, which I have tried, but as Falcon insightfully notes, LMS which strive to offer a wide range features for everyone, as Moodle does, often become too bloated, cumbersome to learn/use and unattractive looking. Under Falcon’s guidance, Haiku instead aims to satisfy 80% of its users extremely well and realizes that the remaining 20% may not find what they are looking for with Haiku – which is ok. It’s a focused product, clearly targeted to a specific customer.

      I imagine Falcon’s clear sense of creativity and design have strongly influenced the GUI, but when the the concept hits the screen, its the development team which must be trusted to execute Falcon’s vision. One more reason to applaud him for selecting the right team to execute his vision.

      The “fermium” price model hooked me. It’s the classic puppy dog sales approach, just hold on to it a bit and you won’t want to put it down!

    • Lisa Nevoral 6:15 pm on September 30, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Hey Scott, since our last course together I have checked out Haiku and liked the simplicity of it. We are still using Moodle at my school, but as you have indicated, Moodle is sometimes fairly cumbersome and unattractive looking. I find at times it is not an intuitive site, but there are things on there that I like.

      I think that it wise of Haiku Learning Systems to work closely with educators to get a feel of what is needed. In my school district (and many around BC), we are using a online student information system for attendance, marks, etc. but is not user friendly. There have been suggestions on how to improve the system, but not many have been made. If Haiku can satisfy 80% of it’s specific users, I think that is pretty good for a business.

  • Scott 6:00 pm on September 14, 2012
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    Trends Shaping Education 2010 is the latest biennial book written by the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) and published by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Aimed at a broad range of educational stakeholders, the 94 page report presents 27 social, economic, demographic and technological trends which stand to impact education, […]

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  • Scott 6:48 pm on September 11, 2012
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    No doubt some of you also noticed this announcement from Google today regarding its foray into open-source course building tools for education. If you missed the announcement or would like to learn more, you can follow the link below: Cheers, Scott.  

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    • David Vogt 8:46 pm on September 12, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      How could anyone, even Google, improve on PowerPoint as a course building tool? 😉

      Seriously, Google rarely launches duds, but I’m worried about this one. I’m looking forward to some critical reviews from our MET-resident experts…

    • jkotler 3:01 am on September 13, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Scott,

      Thank you for sharing that link. I actually was unaware that Google was launching a course builder but after reading the article and taking a quick glance at it, I am hesitant that it will offer something better than many other open-source platforms already out there. In any case, I am interested to see what type of response it gets.

    • teacherben 12:09 am on September 14, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Google has been playing in this sandbox for a bit. GApps integrates well with a number of Learning Management Systems, including Moodle, and last year, they released a product called OpenClass together with Pearson.

      Don;t know how this new course builder fits into the ecosystem, but it wouldn’t be the first time Google has released a number of different products that overlap.

      I had a look at it but it looks like I will need a JavaScript refresher to make any use of it–ughh!

    • Eva Ziemsen 10:06 am on September 20, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Scott, Thanks for sharing. I checked it out. I hope that they refine things to be less tech-heavy. It would be more attractive for someone like myself, who would use this in a heartbeat, but not if it means I need to know HTML or Java, etc. I guess we will see what happens. Eva

    • melissaayers 7:19 am on October 3, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Thanks for sharing that Scott. I can not see this being too popular with the majority of learning professionals if it potentially requires Javascript and Python skills, these are not something you can just pickup in 5 minutes. Out of curiosity however I joined their Power Searching with Google course to see what it was like. It was very clear, easily to follow and had multiple delivery formats (text & video) for the content which was nice and I have to admit I did learn a few new things 🙂

  • Scott 2:07 pm on September 5, 2012
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    Hello, my name is Scott Tammik. I am a member of the Ontario College of Teachers and presently teaching on contract in the communications technology and visual arts departments at Bayview Secondary School, in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada. My education and professional background includes undergraduate degrees in psychology, image arts and education. Prior to teaching, […]

    Continue reading Hello from TO Posted in: Week 01: Introductions
    • kstackhouse 8:54 am on September 6, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Welcome Scott. Like you I am teaching Communication and visual Arts (or Media Studies). I was a member of the OTC briefly…I had to pay to join them so they would send a letter to my current province stating I was a member in good standing. 🙂 I went to Queen’s instead of UNB. You have an advantage in your teaching though as you have the practical knowledge and experience. I am sure I can learn a lot from you. Have a great term.


    • Lisa Nevoral 12:39 pm on September 8, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Hey Scott, guess we’re doing another course together! Looking forwards to working with you again. Hope you enjoyed your August off.


      • stammik 7:21 pm on September 11, 2012 | Log in to Reply

        Thanks Lisa, its great to see a familiar name again! August was relaxing, but zipped by a bit too quickly and after being back teaching for only a week, it seems too distant already 😐

        Regardless, I’m ready to dive into this course and it seems we will be working together for project 2. See you online soon.

    • melissaayers 9:25 am on September 11, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Scott,

      You have an interesting background, I will be interested to hear how your previous experiences bring perspective to our course work in ETEC 522


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