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27/07/2015

This is probably the most difficult task for me so far – why me?

I could talk about 3D multi-user virtual worlds (MUVEs), or I could even attempt to say a few words about LiveCode (my life-long hobby), and perhaps could dive straight into the topic of Agile software development, using the Scrum framework, which is delivering shippable software every ‘sprint’.

Of course, then there’s the use of Social Media, no, not just for ‘fun’ watching funny videos, but for professional development. Amazing what you can find on Twitter profiles! But you’ve got to be selective about who you follow on Social Media ;-).

All of which leads me to the topic of academic research, because you can’t practise as an educator without grounded theory, and you can’t theorise without real practice! It’s a virtuous cycle you see. You just have to question everything!

But, instead of all that I have to talk about myself – why, oh why?

How to start a project – be agile!

01/06/2015

It’s about time I started my project for SYD701 – you can only keep a project in your head for so long! This project will incorporate elements of SDLC/Waterfall/Agile. Why, you may ask? I would like to get the project underway, and complete it in the most effective and efficient way – I don’t have time to take sides! Not with this project anyway! Read more…

Agile Experts

26/05/2015

This is a quick post to list the Agile-related sites that I’ve come across during my travels. It’s not an exhaustive list, and is bound to increase, but this is a good starting point I think.

http://www.mhwilleke.com/
http://theagileschool.blogspot.nl/
https://scrumfamily.wordpress.com/
http://www.thinkingschoolssa.co.za/
http://eduscrum.nl/en/home

http://eduscrum.nl/en/home

http://agilopedia.blogspot.co.il/

Now, off to reading them!

Agile Learning Design – The Background

19/05/2015

This blog post has been ‘brewing’ for quiet sometime – about 18 months, actually, give or take 3 months. I’ve been wondering about why I’ve been following blogs, tweets, and sites to do with Agile, Scrum, Software Development, Management Styles, Happiness… (and the list goes on), when most of my working day is spent on teaching, learning, group interactions, learner achievement and engagement?  Read more…

Updates: VIBE, Utherverse, David Deeds’ scoopit

24/03/2015

kiwibelma:

Awesome site for 3D Virtual Worlds!

Originally posted on Edorble: Blog:

Greetings virtual worlders!  We’ve added a few things to our resources and virtual worlds for education lists, so feel free to check them out.  We’d also like to draw special attention to a great curated list of resources by Virtual World guru David Deeds. We will also post a link to this in our resources list, but here it is as well.  You’ll see a link on there for a presentation he gave about using OpenSim in the k12 classroom.

Thanks for the great work, David!

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Research and Inquiry Summary for 2014

09/12/2014

What an exciting year it has been professionally! Just submitted my research output at my workplace, and the best part of it is collaborating with colleagues. What a journey learning is :-)

Here’s a quick summary, with links to appropriate locations. I look forward to more collaboration in 2015! Read more…

Systems Development Methodologies – The Outline

12/05/2014

SYD701 Assignment 3 – The Outline

“Purpose: This assignment asks you to take a holistic view of the systems development process and to identify various elements that could be brought together to create a useful process for the development of a specific complex project. The purpose of this assignment is to give you the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of elements found in currently used methodologies and to apply that understanding by constructing a workable methodology or project development process and providing examples of how it might work in practice. You are NOT required to complete all the documentation for the system.”

This is my first attempt to figure out what I’m supposed to be doing or put another way plunging into Step 1 – not knowing what I don’t know! I thought if I documented the process, on a regular basis, perhaps I could figure out what I should be doing BEFORE the due date! I seem to take an awful long time ‘to get my head around’ new concepts, methods, processes…and yes, methodologies. (I’m still struggling with that concept – What is a methodology?)

Here’s the outline of what I should be addressing in this final Assignment for SYD701:

 

  • Theory
    1. Define the chosen Process/Methodology
    2. Description of ‘four’ elements, including the justification
  • Practice
    1. Construct an overall Rich Picture & Root Definition of the scenario
    2. Construct a High Level Plan
    3. Demonstrate an understanding of ‘four’ elements
  • Reflection
    1. Appropriateness
    2. Use of the ‘four’ elements
    3. Possible future use

I’m really curious to find out how the above process unfolds! Since I wouldn’t be able to explain what each item means at the moment. But learning process is quite magical. Somewhere along the line, the light bulb will show its bright self and everything will fall into place somehow. Right now, it remains a mystery and seems an impossibility but I’ll hang in there. After all, the beginning of any project is always exciting, full of hope and ideas, as there’s plenty of time to finish it! (Let’s see how it changes as the deadline approaches). Watch this space!

Nelson wins Smart Cities comp! | Gigatown News

26/04/2014

See on Scoop.iteLanguages

KiwiBelma‘s insight:

Nelson wins smart cities comp!

See on gigatown.co.nz

7th Virtual Round Table Web Conference

24/04/2014

See on Scoop.iteLanguages

7th Virtual Round Table Web Conference on language learning technologies. 
25-27 April 2014

KiwiBelma‘s insight:

7th Virtual Round Table Web Conference on language learning technologies.

See on www.virtual-round-table.com

What is OpenSim? – Hypergrid Business

19/04/2014

See on Scoop.itVirtual Worlds Calling

Hypergrid Business What is OpenSim? Hypergrid Business OpenSim is built to be generally compatible with Second Life, so people familiar with the Second Life interface, building tools and scripting language will find little difference in OpenSim,…
See on www.hypergridbusiness.com

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