Archive for the ‘activexpression’ Category


Acitvexpression for training and sharing ideas

June 26, 2009

At a management training session yesterday on sharing effective practice, one of our Advanced Practitioners used Activexpression to great effect for testing peoples’ knowledge of Picasso. Everytime they got a question right they could using paper and pens and a “head shape” create their own additions (eyes, ears, etc) picasso’esque head.

What was nice about the activity was that it wasn’t about using the mobile devices, the mobile devices weren’t the focus, they were just embedded into the activity.

Why was it been shown?

It was a session on sharing practice and resources. Well this was certainly a transferable activity, change the Picasso head into a model kit and see which group (or individual) can complete the model first. Use it with an engine and labels, see who can not only label their engine first, but also label it correctly. Use it with ingredients for correct answers and then see who can create the most innovative recipe from their collection of stuff.

Another thing that the Activexpression allows is to record the answers, so that you can if required check who answered what correctly and provide effective support.


Using Activexpression when using video.

May 12, 2009

A member of staff recently used Activexpression whilst showing a DVD video. They shared the following comment on the VLE.

I have used Activexpression 3 times over the last month and it is suprisingly easy to use if you just stick to numbers and not names when seting up. Whilst watching DVDs you can add questions on to the screen to ensure learners are paying attention and thinking about what they are watching.

I have also thought that something similar could be done whilst showing live video in the classroom through a projector, or a live video feed from a remote location.

Staff in the college are now using the Activexpression units across the college and curriculum and as seen above coming up with new ways in which to use mobile devices to support assessment in the college.



May 9, 2009

In the Shiny project we have purchased a fair bit of kit and have been rolling out it across the curriculum over the last few months.

Our 1500 Activexpression mobile learner response systems went out in December and January and are now been used across different subjects.

Due to supply issues our original order of Nintendo DS were replaced with the new Nintendo Dsi which (I am secretly pleased about) that are been used to support numeracy and literacy key skills in Health & Social Care, Motor Vehicle Engineering and now Plumbing.

Concerns about security and wonky wheels have delayed the deployment of our UMPCs but they should be out any day now. In the meantime from ourt spare stock we have given various learners and staff UMPCs to use for learning and preparation.

One oops problem. We ordered some Samsung Q1s and for some reason the ones we ordered have come without cameras which were the primary reason for purchasing this device. Due to supply issues we hadn’t ordered as many as original hoped, currently ordering replacements.


College Development Day

April 3, 2009

Today was College Development Day and I ran three sessions, one on Web 2.0, one on m-Assessment and one on Podcasting.

During the podcasting session I talked about Qik.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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All three sessions went well with very positive feedback from the participants.

The m-Assessment session went well, it was an introductory one hour session getting academic practitioners to consider how they could use mobile devices and technologies to improve their assessment in both the classroom and the workplace.

The Web 2.0 session looked in the main at Flickr, Twitter, Delicious, YouTube as well as Slideshare. We even sent a picture to Twitpic as a demo.

The afternoon session on Podcasting went very well, I used the slides from a presentation I have given before. The staff then using a range of equipment started creating recordings which could be used as podcasts.

Overall a productive day for me. The sessions on Activexpression run by a colleague went very well too.


Ease of use for Activexpression

February 2, 2009

On Thursday last week I sat in on a one-to-one training session on the Activexpression software and was pleased (and impressed) on how simple the software is to use.

As a result I am expecting a high take-up of these mobile devices across the college in making assessment engaging and relevant to our learners.


Talking about Activexpression

January 26, 2009

Quite a few staff are now using the Activexpression units (we purchased a fair few before Christmas with the rest of them coming in January).

This is a quote from a member of staff who used them for the first time with a group who were learing about assessment.

We had THE most fantastic time!!!!!!!!!!!!!  A few techno phobes but generally a hoot with loads of chatter and discussion – and actually seeing the point of teaching assessment through an assessment!

She will certainly be using them again.



January 16, 2009

Spent a good 45 minutes talking to a member of our ESOL staff on using mobile devices for assessment. Very keen on using the Activexpression units for assessment.

Did express concerns about accessibility, but we’re hoping to get some accessible Activexpression units for those students who need them.

Going away to think about the possibilities.