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A taste of Pi (the Raspberry Pi)

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

A session for the IET Retired Members (Solent) Branch delivered on 25 September 2013 by
Richard J Moore – FIET, FBCS, CEng, CITP, Engineer with IBM

This session and demonstration sought to answer questions. Richard Moore brought along his Raspberry Pi and gave a whistle-stop tour of it’s features, installation and use.
In order to give some information away we should say that the Raspberry Pi is an extra-ordinarily inexpensive computer with huge potential as an education aid and for serious work. It is 2012′s answer to the fondly remembered BBC micro, but at a fraction of the price and considerably more computing power to its elbow.

This is a wonderfully interesting and cheap (£42 – 50 to get started) hobby computing tool (http://www.raspberrypi.org/quick-start-guide) for programming using the Scratch programming language (http://scratch.mit.edu/) and the extremely versatile General Purpose Input/Output Bus (GPIO BUS)

I can only recommend if interested that you have a shufti on the web links outlined above.

How does the Internet work Grand-Dad?

Monday, May 20th, 2013

A recent query from one of my younger grandchildren lead me to firstly explain and then later (because of course they are of the video-liking generation) hunting down a decent short explanation.

Try http://www.wimp.com/internetworks for a really good explanation in just over three minutes.

Everyday First Aid Training in the Home

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

I am very grateful to the British Red Cross for their freely available booklet on this critical subject. Click here to read and access this and my own DSE equipment testing kit, both of which naturally are presented as Moodle course sections.

VITAL Portals

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

The VITAL network have produced some ‘portals’ for various subjects and you folks can gain a 30 day free trial at http://www.vital.ac.uk/portals – do try them out and let VITAL know how to make them better.

They also have some excellent resources at http://www.schoolzone.co.uk/webguide/

Thoughts: Network Security Taxonomies

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

In a recent survey for Lancaster University, together with the India-UK Advanced Technology Centre, I was asked to look into the general factors about threats and the resilience operation of a possible future Internet. The writers considered the so-called STRIDE approach, which is a system developed for the classification of security threats. (more…)

eLearning Resources #5: The QR Code

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

The QR (or Quick-Response) Code is very widely used in Japan and is currently the most popular 2D-Code for Mobile Tagging. One of the most handy uses for this system in an educational or training environment is to link a specific URL which you require students to use. Uploading to a projector and displaying the QR Code via a static or Interactive White Board will allow delegates to snap the image with the camera on their mobiles and then access the information you have ‘hidden’ in the QR Code.

example QR Code (more…)

eLearning Resources: #4: Intro to Moodle

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

Moodle is a brilliant open source eLearning platform which has a great many of the key tools that the trainer desires, right ‘out of the box’. Of course you could spend a long time installing, setting to work, testing and finding out about Moodle yourself, but where Spurgeon Training comes in is that we already know how to use it, how to make it work effectively and, most of all, how to create quick and effective training/teaching/learning tools & materials and then showing you exactly how to get the most out of them. (more…)

eLearning Resources: #3: Intro to Xerte

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Xerte is a very well designed rapid elearning development system designed and built by the University of Nottingham. XERTE allows for the very swift construction of effective, eye-catching learning objects without requiring any programming skill. Moreover XERTE is extremely easy to learn. (more…)

eLearning Resources: #2: Intro to Audio

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Audio files can be very helpful in getting across difficult or important topics to trainees. People today are very used to listening to MP3 players and iPods. Your words of wisdom, especially if kept sharp and to the point, can be an excellent way of preparing delegates for a course, supporting a particular learning intervention, or supporting the consolidation following a training session.

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eLearning Resources: #1: Intro to Hosting Video

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Writing and producing your own video is of course completely possible and in a later instructional journal note Spurgeon Training will open the box on that possibility for you, however for now let us master walking before taking on the more challenging feats involved in creating your own video broadcasts. (more…)