It occurred to me that I haven't updated you on Windows onto Learning for a while. That was the idea I had about a year ago to have a way of sharing and celebrating student work on screens around the department. Two exciting things have happened since then:
- My very clever student Pawel developed a prototype peice of software to support it called WonderWOL, developed using a user centred design methodology. You can find out more here: http://windowsontolearning.wetpaint.com/photo/1891769/WonderWOL+logo+1.2.
- We got a research infrastructure grant to kit out our student coffee area with lots of sensors and plasma screens. This means we have something to display WonderWOL on, plus some money to refurbish the manky old room (addressing the student wishlist we gathered last semester.) We may even have goldfish (yes, I know I am obsessed) although one of my students told me she is scared of fish the other day. (Who knew there are fish phobics? Mind you, I have long been tormented by a nightmare in which my first goldfish leaps from the jar when I clean his tank and lands gasping on the floor. Panic!)
This just goes to show the good things come to those who... wait. And also those with colleagues who are good at writing proposals and those with good students.