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Augmented reality and projection mapping for beginners

September 2, 2014

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Augmented reality (AR) has been such a slow-build that it feels like it has been around forever. Smartphone technology has been on the brink of bringing commercial AR technology to the masses for the past three or four years, without really delivering a killer app. Look for a widely-used AR application on any smartphone and […]

BBC Fresh: Hothouse Flower and the botanic heist

February 12, 2014

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Lindsay Bramwell was a volunteer at the Moorbank Botanic Gardens in Newcastle upon Tyne. Used as a research facility by the University of Newcastle, the lease for the gardens was not renewed in autumn 2013 leading to speculation that the greenhouses would be turned off and the facility shut down. All of the exotic plant […]

Digital skills in education: multimedia, iPads and MOOCs

December 12, 2013

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Educators should thank their lucky stars for the blog scene because without it they might be stuck in the digital dark ages. Thanks to the blog work of dedicated teachers and online learning experts it is easy to keep up to date with the latest digital resources. Three blogs I read regularly provide excellent background […]

3D Print Show London: a video introduction to the UK’s largest 3D event

November 20, 2013

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Just a quick post today to showcase a video I put together at the 3D Print Show London last year. It was the inaugural event and featured a range of exhibitors from commercial desktop 3D printer systems (Formlab, Makerbot, Cube etc) to large engineering and academic research projects (Europac, University of Nottingham). Some of the […]

Sugata Mitra: Ripping up the education rulebook and his league of grannies in the cloud

November 19, 2013

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Sugata Mitra looks like a kindly uncle with his round face and a swoosh of black hair punctuated on both sides by inverted commas of grey. You expect him to be jolly and he is, but when he speaks about learning and his maverick educational projects you feel the enthusiasm and then genuine awe at […]

iGEM 2013: Synthetic biology and the race for international gold

October 24, 2013

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Synthetic biology is among the most exciting emerging fields in international science. Ever since J Craig Venter’s team became the first to create synthetic life – a bacterium containing its own web address, three quotations and the names of its 46 contributing scientists – the race has been on to turn pieces of DNA into […]

Digital champions encapsulate spirit of the age

August 31, 2013

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Video is more than just a useful tool when it comes to showcasing research results or the impact of an intervention – it is primary evidence. Whether you’re recording results in a lab or creating a historical record, video can easily convey more in two or three minutes viewing than a long written document that […]