Monthly Archives: April 2011

Google Trends

What’s trending in Google today?

First up is the Systems Interoperability Framework

Most searched for images…

The growth of Twitter…

Live on YouTube

It’s official! YouTube is entering it’s next and possibly next best phase… Live streaming… YouTube coverage is easily everywhere; on our phones, on our games consoles and of course, on our computers.  So obviously the next step is to enter into world wide web that is live broadcasts.

YouTube Live

At the moment you have to be Google pre-approved – at the moment… So Pirate TV for the masses is, as yet, not a virtual reality. Your mobile device will have to wait too as there is no mobile functionality for YouTube streamers… Yet. All of these yets do make sense for Google, to see how the service might develop in a relatively controlled environment, to maintain a quality check and of course, to allow time for the momentum of the developing masses to come up with some interesting and killer app engaging ways of making this a must have service.

A cool touch is that you can click to add an upcoming live stream to your calendar.

Hey! Have a look 😉

Gove Phone Home

The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a consultation document about ensuring good behaviour in schools. The closing date is the 30th May 2011. And the outcomes of the consultation could directly influence the approach to the use of technology in the classroom – specifically mobile devices. View the consultation at

Ewan McIntosh’s blog carries a great article about this with your comments encouraged at

Doug Belshaw and others have launched an open letter to Mr Gove to explain why mobile phone technology, far from being banned in schools, must be embraced – and you can add your weight to it at

I’ve written a little on the subject of mobile devices at and – but really could do with writing more 😉

Mobile technology – the Smart Phone – has truly arrived. It’s been flirting with us for a number of years now, promising sweet access to the regular tasks that we traditionally and reluctantly dragged a charged laptop, or netbook, around with us to do.

I was recently forced into testing the validity of this claim after moving house… No Internet access for about a month. Instead, my iPhone. I was easily able to manage Email, Facebook, this WordPress blog, Twitter, modest editing and uploading of graphics for my blog, Googling, YouTubing, etc., etc. Pretty much everything I do on a typical day with my netbook – and my full blown PC – was achievable in a friendly and properly mobile way.

The e-safe use in the classroom question is an interesting one… We clearly can’t go whacking web filtering or monitoring tools on what are most likely privately owned devices; and that’s if such software exists. David posts familiar comments on Ewan’s blog with stories of pupils “arranging toilet meetings, Facebook comments about other pupils, texting parents & older siblings to get them out of school, texting aggressive parents because they’ve been pulled up on behavior (who then show up at the front door), sharing video and pictures that are inappropriate for school etc.“. Is there a balance to be had where good mobile device behaviour equals access to the device in the classroom? Or maybe a lesson is so engaging together with the use of mobile devices that rubbish behaviour isn’t even considered? Interested to hear what ideas others have.




ZuiTube – Watch, Laugh, Learn, and Share

ZuiTube is a safe place for young people to search, watch, tag and share videos they like.
ZuiTube is powered by YouTube and has over 60000 parent and teacher approved videos. New videos are added everyday.

Google Maps, London and Cholera in 1854

This is a great use of Google Maps and Earth to show overlays of historical maps in different places and different times. Visit London and see John Snow’s Cholera map of 1854.
Cholera London 1854
Built on the idea that every past is a place, HyperCities is a digital research and educational platform for exploring, learning about, and interacting with the layered histories of city and global spaces. Developed though collaboration between UCLA and USC, the fundamental idea behind HyperCities is that all stories take place somewhere and sometime; they become meaningful when they interact and intersect with other stories. Using Google Maps and Google Earth, HyperCities essentially allows users to go back in time to create and explore the historical layers of city spaces in an interactive, hypermedia environment.

The London Underground Live

I’m enjoying a little look around the web to see what people have been up to with Google Maps. This real-time view of the London Underground rocks – and could be very useful too!?

London Underground Live

Matthew Somerville, Frances Berriman, James Aylett, and Tim Diggins have worked a bit of maths magic with the live departure data from the TfL API to give us this tool.

Clever use of Google Maps and Street View

This is a very cool example of how Google Maps, Street View and Directions can be combined…

Create your own TripGeo at

UK Government seeks a common infrastructure built on open standards

The UK Government’s Cabinet Office has announced a strategy to deliver real financial savings and efficiency gains through the agile implementation of an ICT infrastructure that will enable the reuse and sharing of our ICT assets.

In a move that is believed to reduce the high level of risk associated with large scale ICT projects, the infrastrtucture will build upon the successes of smaller projects that have transformed services through the use of common and open standards.  By encouraging and in some cases mandating the use of open standards, joining-up all of these pockets of smaller projects to form a supportive, comfortable and long lasting king size infrastructure mattress will be simpler.

Some key points to note:

The Government will push ahead with its agenda for data centre, network, software and asset consolidation and the shift towards cloud computing.

The standardised cloud platform will also allow developers, especially SMEs, to generate innovative solutions.

A common infrastructure based on open standards will allow for greater flexibility of policies and services delivered at lower cost and within a shorter timeframe.

The use of common standards can make ICT solutions fully interoperable to allow for reuse, sharing and scalability across organisational boundaries into local delivery chains.

The adoption of compulsory open standards will help government to avoid lengthy vendor lock-in, allowing the transfer of services or suppliers without excessive transition costs, loss of data or significant functionality.

Modern, knowledge-based service delivery underpinned by effective information architecture and open standards will support government to build more transparent, trusted and efficient information exchange processes.