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Our November theme Elearning

posted 28 Oct 2016, 22:42 by Philip Spalding

Have just updated our latest theme's linked pages on the website for our November elearning theme. Go to either the link on Cambolc's Home Page cambolc.co.uk or follow this link  https://goo.gl/UOm4p3.

2nd @Cambolc #IoT Virtual Seminar Week has started

posted 25 Oct 2016, 02:41 by Philip Spalding

Three months on from our first seminar week we are now on day of the 2nd seminar week.  Go to the main page cambolc.co.uk and then scroll down to the link to the 2nd @Cambolc #IoT Seminar Week.  Follow the twitter hour with the Hashtag #camb2Home or see the latests blog posts on cambolc.blogspot.co.uk.   

New Medium Term plan

posted 8 Aug 2016, 16:39 by Philip Spalding   [ updated 3 Sep 2016, 22:38 ]

In next week idea is to review the medium term plan that can be found on the home page of the cambolc.co.uk website.  In summary we are going to spend a month/ 4 weeks reviewing the topics that cambolc has blogged about and the application of elearning and IoT to these topics.  The topics and timings are

August 2016: Square foot gardening see blog from 8th August 2016
September 2016: Learning new Languages see blog from 29 May 2013 see Tweet Link of British Council's call for more language learning, 1000 Word Challenge which is the idea that a person can be reasonably proficient in a language with a core  of 1000 words, designing language sections of cambolc website
October 2016: Second @Cambolc #IoT Virtual Conference
November 2016:  Designing elearning experiences
December 2016: Food building on the sqaure foot gardening, Wellbeing and Smart Cities
January 2017: Preparing to be an #elearning student building on the aspects of Wellbeing that impact on how effective #elearning is for the learner

This point design next medium term plan and consider writing a longer term 3 year plan,  with first year based on the plan involving the two medium term plans discussed.  This will in effect be the second 3 year plan as it has taken 3 years from 1st April 2013  for @cambolc to launch and complete it's first week long conference.  Therefore only Years 5 and 6 need to be planned. 







Note for First Cambolc IoT Week

posted 3 Aug 2016, 21:15 by Philip Spalding

Download files below to see notes

What roles Cambridge Online Learning Community followers self identify themselves with

posted 31 Jul 2016, 00:07 by Philip Spalding   [ updated 31 Jul 2016, 01:15 ]

As most people who work with large sets of data know it does take a long time to sift through them.   Spreadsheets and csv file made move to #BigData easier in the beginning.  Now we have #AI doing a lot of the sorting as has been seen in the some of the posts on twitter having a # tag or no # tag can make a big difference as to what is picked up and categorised and what becomes the reamainder without a home.  Twitter lists are a good way of sorting some of your data visually if you are not happy at looking at csv files it also picks up on those pesky missing # tags.

However if you decide to sort you data at some point after you started getting followers to small business or community group you may struggle if you want to do it all yourself.   Time poor people may not have the time to sort their lists.  The "data mining" excercise I am about to carry out  has the purpose trying to give feedback to those that have taken part as followers in @cambolc up to 1200 UTC +1 on the 30th July 2016 and those who who joined since and will be part of the second #IoT week.  We have at present (today) 1148 followers.  That is #IoT Week 1 and #IoT Week 2.  #IoT Week 2 has 24 members a glance at the little silent movie (except for squeek from mouse) we could do some analysis now and work out the percentage of the followers were present for #IoT week 1
  •   1148-24 gives the number for #IoT week 1
  • (1124/1148) *100 therefore gives us the percentage of 98% after a little bit of rounding up.  So 2% of @cambolc have joined since 1200 UTC+1
   This data will be constantly changing.  The individual lists may overlap with other lists, for instance the business list will include #IoT Week 2 and #IoT Week 2.  In order to separate them out you would need the raw data from the Twitter analytics.  What you are seeing in  twitter lists is the processed data by twitter on one category across all your followers.

Twitter lists appear to be arranged in that the last created list is found at the top of the page.  Count down and you will find whichever one happens to be list created 10th from last.  To help make the spreadsheet easier to handle and more importantly to display I have given the category or list a number with 1 being the last created.


Table 1. The names of the numbered lists (will be filling in the table over the next day or 2 as categories sorting more important. Old fashioned look and see from one tab to another and counting down to find which number matches which bar int he chart ) 
1() 2(IoT2ndConf)  4
 7 910 11  12
 1314  1516 17  18
 19 20 21 2223  24
25 (#IoT)26  27 18 2930 
31  32 33 344536 
37 38 39    
      
       
The spreadsheet is set up to calculate the percentage of each category based on how people I have classified by looking at their profile.  By doing this on a relatively small sample (if 1000+ is small) I also get a chance to get a "feel" fro the data and so would hopefully be able to spot anything glaringly wrong.   I am taking the whole data set as obviously every follower matters and this almost a census of the group.   This may take some time but as people are categorised and lists change the spreadsheet will act as a snap shot at a particular time.  Saving a copy of the spreadsheet with a different name at that point will allow us to compare points in time.  If the analysis is being done by a real person this may take some time.  Later in the week I will probably download the .csv file and produce another spreadsheet.  But for now this is a crude analysis that anybody could do using Google Sheets.  

Self identified category


I have a bit of work to do with the Google Sheets  Help pages to find out how to select part of the sheet to embed I suspect it is in the Chart Gadget rather tahna the spreadheet.  It is a while since I last inserted a sheet possible 3 years to I will use the Google Effect. 




Gardening Projects

posted 29 Jul 2016, 13:07 by Philip Spalding


Just seen @cambolc follow who is a foodie and gardener

posted 29 Jul 2016, 00:47 by Philip Spalding

Restoring link to main visible site branch soon 

This is the link to click until that happens for food, gardening  this link probably best  Urban Gardening

Copy of Goole+ Group post in the Cambolc #IoT Week Virtual Seminar

posted 27 Jul 2016, 23:11 by Philip Spalding   [ updated 27 Jul 2016, 23:22 ]

Just thought I'd share the beginning of the twitter stream that ~~#** (anonymised as no longer in room) started with his +1ing one of the posts.

Follow the thread and we get to the end . Now if you go to the @cambolc profile in twitter. Click on the link pinned tweet, you will see the #IoT Week Agenda. Have a look see if there is anything you might want #tagged for tomorrow's "sessions "

I would also like to invite you to have a look the front page of the website cambolc.co.uk There you will see a link called the cunning plan (puns galore always intended), if you click on the link and have a read, suggestions on the back of tweet or through the Google + post much appreciated.

I will post the Notes for today later . There is a blog post written and scheduled for tomorrow at 0500 UTC+1. I will now leave everything to develop. Most good conferences the people who sent out the invites usually start to step aside at this point . The people who matter the one's that decided they might be interested in exploring the ideas get to take over.

I will be in Cambridge tomorrow morning seeing the people who I work for during the day in term time . My 4G data plan renews tomorrow and as was seen earlier the Google+ Groups alerts are working. I can usually find a WiFi hotspot as it comes my part of BT Broadband package. So unless we have an EE and a BT problem (has been known last week) I will follow the twitter and Google+ posts.

It is unlikely that I will be back at the desk much before 2 pm GMT. If you are in Cambridge and want to find out who the person who has been sending all those tweets is DM or Google+ Post me and I see where u are in relation to Station Road or Town Centre. Might be going to Centre for Computing History as I have been intending to see what it look like after seeing it in Haverhill before it moved.

The timetable has been put together for my benefit to give structure and a convenient end point as to where I can write a Friday Reflection. The Google+ Tent will remain open. I will not be adding anybody to the trade stands list after Friday lunchtime. Otherwise I could be permanently doing that. I will put a list marker on twitter as to who made it by the end of conference as most efficient way of doing it. There will be another #IoT week of exactly the same format to test the model an build the resources. If it is 3 months that is because it such a rapidly evolving topic that would be great. The snap shot of what might appear to be a short temporal gap belies how quickly the technology is changing. Four years ago the Chromebook was only just launched. I am still using the same one I bought then but Google Sites etc has become a useful tool.

I will see if I can get a link to post on Twitter as well.

Thanks for your present and future participation!

Phil Spaldng 

@Cambolc's First #Google + Trade Fair at the #IoT Week's Google + Tent

posted 26 Jul 2016, 21:04 by Philip Spalding   [ updated 27 Jul 2016, 11:57 ]


Concept behind the Trade fair from a direct message received (see link for more details)

Hello. We are @cambolc an online learning community or OLC were doing a virtual seminar week this week. Follow the link from the pinned tweet on @cambolc to see what we are doing and join in the twitter stream. We are learning. There is also a Google+ tent as well. What I will do is add your link to our resources page. You could as the author go to our open Google+ IoT Week Community found through the Google+ Tent page and post an introduction. Almost like a virtual trade stand. This is us basic exploring new concept for #elearning quite happy for posts as long as the follow the terms etc found on left hand nav bar of http://cambolc.co.uk  which basically boil down to "treat others as you would like to be treated yourself" and do no harm" a sort of Thumper ' mum from Disney's Bambi meets the Hypocratic oath. Look forward to you joining in and maybe choosing to follow.😃



Exhibitor's Hall of the Google+ Tent 

Included in this section are the @twitter of the exhibitor and a link to their tweet accompanying their direct message. If you are in the tent but not here yet I apologise and will endeavour to add you.  Even though this is a conference the times stated are more for my Time Management purposes than to restrict participation.   Work on the #IoT Week  will probably  continue long after the conference closes at 1100 UTC+1 on 29th July 2016.   This a free OLC service only my time is being spent!

The closer you are to the top left hand corner the earlier you were a participant only rows will be added to the millionaire square table (some may remember that early dot.com marketing strategy).

       
       
       



Product Halls (this will grow during the day/week)


@cambolc #IoT Week Virtual Trade stands

posted 26 Jul 2016, 20:37 by Philip Spalding   [ updated 26 Jul 2016, 21:13 ]

Hi  Learning all the time about what possibilities might be explored with the the #IoT week had a twitter user approach me who is an author by direct message and this is the copy of my reply, which gave me the idea of using a Google+ introduction in the #IoT Weeks Virtual Seminar community found in the Google+ Tent. After all who's been to conference or seminar when there hasn't been a trade rep or a trade stand trying to sell you something.  We/I do not endorse the products introduced this way so caveat emptor could apply.  The Google+ Tent meeting place is Open status at the moment to facilitate the #elearning experience but there are safeguards with "report abuse" button run by @Google  in the communities area and if need be I can change the status to invitation which spoil the whole concept of this experiment in #OLC s. I will post this to the Google+ tent and look forward to any comments on twitter or by direct message.  Trader/Maker wanting to sell direct message would be good as so I can add you to #IoT Trade Stand page ( we do not have one at this present time but as we are using Google sites to power this #OLC we will have the second I post in the latest News section in on the cambolc.co.uk)  I will post the original author and the other direct messages I've   had so far on the Trade stand page. Direct messages are good since it difficult and very time consuming for me to try to find in the 1000+ tweets per hour as I am only looking every once in a while as updating Google Sites and especially today doing a bit of making in the #IoT Week's Photon Workshop.


If you want to add your own "trade stand" to the Google + Tent post as an Introduction rather than as a discussion.  A #tag related to your product in the post might be a USP for your tweet or Google + post.  Hey, it's all good and participatory and built by you!!

Keep an eye on the latest news section of cambolc.co.uk as I might not tweet about the latest page other than to say "keep an eye on the latest news"!  :);)




Hello. We are @cambolc an online learning community or OLC were doing a virtual seminar week this week. Follow the link from the pinned tweet on @cambolc to see what we are doing and join in the twitter stream. We are learning. There is also a Google+ tent as well. What I will do is add your link to our resources page. You could as the author go to our open Google+ IoT Week Community found through the Google+ Tent page and post an introduction. Almost like a virtual trade stand. This is us basic exploring new concept for #elearning quite happy for posts as long as the follow the terms etc found on left hand nav bar of http://cambolc.co.uk  which basically boil down to "treat others as you would like to be treated yourself" and do no harm" a sort of Thumper ' mum from Disney's Bambi meets Hippocrates. Look forward to you joining in and maybe choosing to follow.😃

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