eT@lking: A google gathering

A google gathering

Just finished the eT@lking: A Google gathering session. The session was well attended, with many examples of how Google Apps can be used in a creative educational context. Some of the Google apps mentioned by presenters were:

Google Maps



  • Newstimeline – A web application that organises search results chronologically. Could be used to develop a marketing strategy and to plan promotional activities.

Google squared

  • Squared – Google squared takes a category and creates a starter ‘square’ of information, automatically fetching and organising facts from across the web.

Google Apps for education

  • Apps for education – Google Apps for Education offers a free (and ad-free) set of customizable tools that enable faculty, staff and students to work together and learn more effectively.

Google Forms

  • Forms – A presenter demonstrated an example of Google Forms being used to conduct quizzing, surveys of students. Results data was easily aggregated and shared.

App inventor for Android

A public conversation with myself about learning

A public conversation with myself about learning is a collection and reflection on some of @todd_conaway’s tweets from #silt2011. One of the most interesting things for me is the familiarity of themes expressed in his tweets. Learning objectives with real-world application of skills, learning outcomes and competency based completion are all staple objectives in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector in which I work.

The Shaker box

This was the first Shaker Box that I built. I repurposed a slightly worn contact mic I had prepared earlier. My reuse of the old contact mic may explain a few things about the shaker box’s performance. These photos first appeared on my Greetings from…Flickr stream.

Concept drawing for the shaker box.
Starting off, I needed a box of some description to house the contact mic and rattly bits. I didn't have a small metal enclosure or tin handy so I used a plastic jiffy box that I had. Happy with the plastic substitute I drilled a hole in it with a 9mm drill bit to ensure a snug fit for the audio jack.
Next step was to prep the piezo that was already assembled as a contact mic. Gently warm the heat shrink tube with a lighter to ensure that the soldered connections are protected.
Now solder the wires connected to the piezo to the audio jack. One to the tip and the other to the sleeve.
I just temporarily duct taped the piezo onto the lid of the jiffy box. The tape won't protect the piezo that much once we start shaking...
Here is a detail shot.
Mounted the jack and tossed in some hair clips and bits of plastic, some people would want to use metal for a potential more "harsh noise" sound. Regardless of the material the piezo will still pick up the "rattle".
The lid is on, the jack has been mounted and it's all duct taped up!
Plug in your lead and hold tight to your little box and...
Shake your thing!

True (Heart) Bypass

This is my first attempt at building a simple True Bypass pedal. A True Bypass pedal can be used to bypass the audio signal of another pedal (eg an effect like distortion, delay, reverb etc) when it’s not in use. My pedal is based on the True Bypass layout designed by Beavis Audio Research. These photos first appeared on my Greetings from… Flickr stream in 2008.

I found this rather fetching Pocahontas confectionary tin at an op-shop. It would be more than suitable for this experiment.
The opened Pocohontas tin.
I drilled holes in the tin and then labelled the inside with a black xylene free marker.
I then wired and soldered the DPT switch.
Detail of the DPT switch wiring.
I then wired up and soldered the sleeves of the audio jacks.
I then soldered the wiring from the DPT switch to the audio jacks.
I then bolted the wired up DPT switch into the lid of the Pocahontas tin.
The completed pedal with Pocahontas artwork intact!
I used some wet'n'dry sandpaper to sand off the original Pocahontas paint job. The pedal is now finished.

ds106: Buddy photo

Visual assignment 48 brief

Find a little figurine or a stuffed animal that you can carry around with you. Use that ‘buddy’ and take photos to document where you have gone together. ie: going out to lunch, going to the movies, etc.

My Michelin Man

I carried my Michelin Man buddy with me for a month or so in 2008. It was sheer coincidence that I happened to travel to coastal Victoria during that time. I was probably inspired to take ‘buddy photos’ after hearing about the infamous travelling gnome prank. My Michelin Man buddy photos first appeared on my Greetings from… Flickr stream.

ds106: Stop frame photography

Visual assignment 108 brief

Take several pictures of one object movie. When the pictures are place together is will show the movement of the object.

My ds106 lawn (de-ds106’d)

It’s now autumn here in Melbourne, Australia. That means, the weather is wet, miserable and terrible for mowing. My ds106 lawn has become unkempt. Time for a trim. Time for visual assignment 108.

‘A Friday night food story’ on Storify

A Friday night food story is about a couple preparing dinner on a Friday night. Asynchronous food events are interspersed to create a feeling of a ‘world going about it’s business’ without the characters awareness and consideration.

My Friday night food story was inspired by the dischordant (in a good way) asynchronous learning experience of the Digital Storytelling (ds106) course. ds1064life!

This is my first Storify. Images used in this Storify were sourced from my Twitpic image stream and GNA Garcia’s Lockerz image stream.