Three-and-a-half Tips Using Google Docs

I want to pass on a few "tips and tricks" I've read recently for using Google docs. The first comes from Jarod Bormann: How to force "make a copy" when sharing a Google doc.  Jarod wrote "Sharing a doc link and asking a group to Make a Copy inevitably would lead to mass confusion. Most would be able to follow File > Make a Copy without any problems. But there are the handful that begin making changes on my original and therefore ...

EasyBib in Google Docs

The other day on LifeHack, I read a post featuring 10 Best Google Drive Add-Ons You Should Be Using (I'm always curious to see who thinks what is "best", and why).  Number 8 in this list was EasyBib.  I've used the Easy Bib web site, but wasn't familiar with the Google Docs Tool version. From the video introduction, you might think that this tool is heaven's answer to creating a bibliography or resource list for a paper.  And it is easy to use, but....as usual with ...

Innovation at the heart of the Seoul

Not surprisingly, South Korea the home for technology giants, such as Samsung and LG. is experiencing a revolution in city living. Home to around 10 million people, Seoul is one of the most technologically advanced cities in the world and has gained a reputation for innovative thinking. The future of most western societies is currently being experienced in Seoul today. Seoul is the world’s most connected city. With over 10,000 free Wi-Fi hot spots. Seoul also has the world’s fastest average ...

Disruptive technology and change

It goes without saying that the internet, the World Wide Web and digitisation have proved revolutionary for business. However, the digital revolution is not a one-off event, but an evolutionary process that requires firms to constantly review their operations. Advances in digital technologies are potentially disruptive to established firms as they open opportunities for new entrants to markets. Almost every advance is billed as a breakthrough, and the list of “next big things” grows ever longer. Not every emerging technology will ...

Moral Machines and Happy Humans

We're used to robots - we read about them, see them at the cinema, in art, graffiti, learn about them in science and technology class, we build them, and our lives are full of them. The other day this video, "Humans Need Not Apply" from CGP Grey,  came up in my YouTube subscription: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pq-S557XQU The script for this video is at http://www.cgpgrey.com/blog/humans-need-not-apply, and links to all the technology mentioned is on the "About" tab on the YouTube page. Watching the video, I was struck by the very broad ...

Education for Tomorrow

One reads a lot about robots these days, and also about "21st century education", "learning for tomorrow", etc. (If you doubt me, do a search on these terms).  But how far away is "tomorrow" -  a "time that is to come"? The other day this video, "Humans Need Not Apply" from CGP Grey,  came up in my YouTube subscription: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pq-S557XQU The script for this video is at http://www.cgpgrey.com/blog/humans-need-not-apply, and links to all the technology mentioned is on the "About" tab on the YouTube page. Watching ...

Innovation in the new BM programme

There are many favourable aspects of the new BM programme, due for first teaching in September; not least the introduction of a concept based learning. However, it is slightly disappointing that the programme, with a shelf life of 7 years, makes limited references to some potentially transformational changes in the external environment. In particular: The social media Nanotechnology 3D printing The ‘internet of things’ Big data Given the rate of technological change, it is understandable that a syllabus cannot include every ...

An exercise using The three point lighting system

The three point lighting system was/is the standard approach to lighting in Hollywood films (dominated by the needs for consistent lighting of Stars, the main attraction for Hollywood films - see Richard Dyer Stars). While fairly proscriptive the  system a good framework to begin thinking about lighting. It also permits a broad range of effects merely by the use of different coloured gels in different sources, and setting different strengths for each lighting source.  It can lead to interesting discussions of ...

Data is the new oil

  ‘Big Data’ looks like it’s going to be the business buzz word of 2014. Big Data refers to large data sets that can be managed and analysed only by increasingly powerful and sophisticated tools. Over the past five years, the world has witnessed an unprecedented explosion of digitised data, which is often referred to as “Big Data.” Data production will be 44 times greater in 2020 than it was in 2009 Individuals create 70% of all data. Enterprises store 80% Data ...

Technology on the catwalk

The fashion industry has long been at the forefront of applying technology in the design, manufacturing and marketing processes. The industry has taken this one stage further in the last few years by incorporating technology into the product itself. Fashion is now meeting technology in the form of wearable technology. Wearable technology or wearable gadgets are technology devices that can be worn by a consumer. These clothes frequently include tracking information related to health and fitness. Wearable technology has traditionally ...