Monthly Archives: January 2010

Skype on your TV

Lots of people now sit in front of their computers when they want to make video phone calls through Skype. Now LG and Panasonic make it possible to see and hear distant family and friends from the comfort of your couch. Both companies will soon offer Internet-enabled TVs with Skype built in. Using Skype through these TVs should be super-simple. As with many new laptops, the TVs feature a built-in camera and microphone. And you’ll enjoy a much bigger picture than you’re probably getting on your computer monitor or laptop.

Learn more at SkypeOnYourTV


Apple iPad

Steve Jobs has announced the news everybody was expecting. Apple launch their tablet computer iPad.

There will be three different models: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, priced at $499, $599 and $699, respectively. Add on another $130 if you want a device with both Wi-Fi and 3G

HBMeU e-Learning Forum 2010


Bringing Global Quality to a Local Context’is the theme chosen for the 3rd Annual Forum on e-Learning Excellence in the Middle East 2010. This theme reflects the important changes of scale and scope of our institution that evolved from eTQM college to Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University in February 2009.

The local contextualisation of global quality relies on the human capacity to think globally but act locally, to help overcome limited scale, bounded thinking. The tension between global standards and local expectations calls for new powerful tools and conceptual instruments to enhance online learning, to measure its effectiveness, to improve the design of learning materials and to integrate the evolving role the teacher, now a facilitator rather than a person who holds the knowledge. Beyond traditional educational management, it also calls for specific accreditation, quality frameworks and policies. And last but not least, it calls for innovative pedagogies and methodologies to support just-in-time, on-the-job, lifelong learning.

The focus of the 3rd edition of the forum will be on systemic approaches of networked education and training, where every region and culture is keen to participate in the construction of the knowledge society and economy according to global quality standards, while preserving its own specifity, identity and values.

This is the challenge for bringing global quality to a local context

Conference programme

Knol: A Unit Of Knowledge

Knol is a brand new innovation from Google made to be a more reliable knowledge source than wikipedia. Although it is open for users to create their own `Knols`, It is more reliable than wikipedia because it not only shows who the person that created the article is, but also shows their picture, profession and location. As well as sporting reviews, ratings and comments.

Share what you know and write a knol

Google Goggles

Visual search. Take a photo, click a button and Google will analyze imagery and text in the photo for your search query. Pretty exciting. 1 billion images are included in the index today but Google says it has made the decision not to include facial recognition until privacy concerns are figured out.

More on Google Goggles website