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October, 2007

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    Mass SCORM Conversion Tool

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    Have you been looking for a way to convert older learning resources into SCORM format? Well Hunterstone may have the answer for you.

    HunterStone announced it has developed a "Mass SCORM Conversion Tool."  The company developed the tool for use in projects that require large amounts of content to be converted to SCORM.  Targeted for use in projects with publishers and organizations that have very large databases of content and learning materials HunterStone President and CEO Neil Richards stated "the tool will save organizations countless hours of time which will directly translate into saving tens of thousand if not hundreds of thousands of dollars in SCORM conversion endeavors."

     

    The tool is thought to be among the first of its kind used for commercial purposes.  SCORM's adoption rate is forecasted to accelerate during the next few years and HunterStone's strategy as a leading provider of SCORM eLearning services is further solidified by this announcement.  Previously, the company released its leading SCORM Conversion and Authoring product suite THESIS for general use by instructional designers, subject matter experts, and trainers throughout the world.  Additionally, Microsoft's Education Product Group licensed a portion of THESIS technology for use in its Learning Essentials Program and provides Microsoft Academic Customers the ability to author SCORM content with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

     

    THESIS is a suite of eLearning tools which adheres to the SCORM specifications and integrates with Microsoft Office. This enables a user to author eLearning resources and objects straight from familiar Microsoft Office applications such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Visio and Producer. The THESIS "Learning Object Manager" allows a user to author complete SCORM courses and quizzes for online instruction, using multiple learning objects from different sources. THESIS Librarian "SCORM enables" Microsoft SharePoint to create Learning Object Repositories where subject matter experts can collaborate on course development and also use the tool as a meta-data manager.

     

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    Handheld Learning Conference 2007 - Slides

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    Steve Beswick, Microsoft UK's Education Director, was on stage yesterday at the Handheld Learning 2007 Conference in London, in the plenary "Technologies for Learning 2012". Steve looked at the world of work, home & education in 2012, and explored the impact of change, and technology, on each of these. Steve's slides are below, and I thought that if I shared the bullet points on his summary slide, you might get an idea of the direction of his message!

    • IT in the home will drive IT in Education
    • World class education is an imperative for competing in a global economy
    • IT can help drive the UK to be a knowledge based economy

    You can download the slides here:

     

    During the presentation, two videos were shown of future technologies under development at Microsoft. You can find out more, and see both videos on the links below:

    Photsynth

    The Photosynth Technology Preview is a taste of a new and exciting way to view photos on a computer. The software takes a large collection of photos of a place or an object, analyses them for similarities, and then displays the photos in a reconstructed three-dimensional space, showing you how each one relates to the next. Here's the video that was shown at the conference.

    Microsoft Surface

    Surface, Microsoft’s first surface computer, provides effortless interaction with digital content through natural hand gestures, touch and physical objects. Surface computing breaks down traditional barriers between people and technology, changing the way people interact with all kinds of everyday information — from photos to maps to menus. It's easier to see than to read about - the Surface website contains some good videos which give you a feel for what it can do (but do excuse the voiceover!)

    SeaDragon

    SeaDragon is a current incubation project. Its aim is nothing less than to change the way we use screens, from wall-sized displays to mobile devices, so that visual information can be smoothly browsed regardless of the amount of data involved or the bandwidth of the network. It is also closely related to HD View, a research project working on creating multi-gigapixel images with a capability to just keep zooming in for more detail. It has uses on mobile phones and handheld devices, where you can overcome screensize and bandwith issues to explore rich and complex content

    Here's the video that was shown at the conference.

     And finally, one of my colleagues, Jason Langridge, writes a regularly updated blog with all the latest news about Windows Mobile devices - phones, pdas - the whole caboodle.

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