Showing posts from June, 2010

Affordable miniature USB microphone with built-in audio interface

Jisc review the 'Samson Go Mic' and like it very much - for around £30 it's got to be a good choice for first-time podcasters. I'll let you know if I get my hands on one!

Review here:

CAL lights up Teaching & Learning Conference

[caption id="attachment_233" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="Dr Philippa Semper presenting at the Teaching and Learning Conference, 23 June 2010"][/caption]

The recent Teaching and Learning Conference, organised by APOD, was a great success and attracted speakers and attendees from across the University. The conference brought together teachers from the huge spectrum of disciplines at the University of Birmingham and was an extremely useful exercise in exchanging good practice, learning about recent technological innovations but also their limitations.

The College of Arts and Law had an increased presence in this year's conference. Hugh Adlington and Gillian Wright of the Department of English (EDACS) showcased a resource designed for students of English Literature which is used to enhance students' skills in the close reading of texts. This resource, designed by Marios Hadjianastasis under the Learner Independence Project for Arts …

Shakespeare on Google Phone

Shakespeare (Beta) for the Google Android is a complete reference guide to all of Shakespeare's work. This application features Shakespeare's 40 plays including some other works that may or may not have been done by Shakespeare such as Two Noble Kinsmen.

More here, including barcode scan:


Image a digital recording of your computer screen's output. Just as a screenshot is a picture of a user's screen, ascreencast is essentially a movie of the changes over time that a user sees on their monitor.

The big advantage of creating a screencast is that your audience can see every step of your demonstration in great detail - and rewind to watch again (not something you can do in the classroom).

There are a number of software products available for developing screencasts, ranging from free downloadable programs (such as Jing or Screenr) with limited features, to fee-based products (such as Camtasia or ScreenFlow) offering a host of editing options such as zooming and text captioning.

This morning, the e-CAL team watched a screencast using Adobe Presenter, which seems to be a budget-priced solution which works as a plug-in to PowerPoint. Watch this space, as we evaluate it over the next week or so.

You can download a trial version for a month and have a go yourself here: https…