Warriors of The Net

This video’s been around for ages but it was always a favourite of mine, and though it’s a bit cheesey and out of date now (anyone for the Ping of Death?) it had a lasting impact on the way I understand the net – it’s still basically the way I visualise “packets” and “headers” :)

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When I first saw it I was still based at Lime Grove (it was released in 1999 to help up-skill telecomm engineers) and the idea of using a web-clip that was more than 70MB long in the classroom was ludicrous: how times have changed.

more info on the film – http://www.mundi.net/maps/maps_024/

Google – resources for UK Schools

Google have put up a resource page here, to help teachers use their tools (Search, Maps, Earth, Images and News). It’s got lesson plans, classroom ideas and links to other Google sponsored projects such as digitalexplorer and the Google UK Carbon Footprint Project (or GUKCFP as we call it :). It’s aimed at Secondary Educators but there’s some nice stuff there and some pretty innovative links – the CarbonGame for instance is a live – pan european simulation, where European schools compete against each other in a carbon trading game.

via OUseful Info

the web is becoming automatic

One of the things about putting an output (rss) on your web-presence is that people can do helpful/interesting/surprising things with it. This is a trivial example, but Andy Powell at Eduserve wanted to make an easy way to subscribe to all the blogs nominated for the Edublog awards. A few technical glitches later he realised that he could plug it into Tony Hirst’s OPML Dashboard and produce a single page that lists the last 5 posts by all the candidates. Easy-peasy – and as he said, cool.

The results are in, and no surprise Dy/Dan won best new blog: you should read him, he’s on fire.

via eFoundations.com