Dr Mike J Smith

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Knowledge retention
Donald Clark has a nice synopsis, in his usual brusque style (!), on knowledge retention as part of learning. He kicks off with the classic graph showing how rapidly retention drops off after first exposure, and then goes through a (mixed) variety of strategies to offset this loss. If students haven't come across this then they need to be aware of it. And it goes without saying that teachers/lecturers should be building this style of knowledge "training" and re-exposure in to their schedules.

posted on: Sat, 29 May 2010 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

New School Academies
Well it's a busy week in politics, what with a new government and the newly named Department for Education is kicking things off relatively rapidly....

posted on: Sat, 29 May 2010 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Laser scanning Mt Rushmore
Gene Roe over at lidarnews gives a great overview of the recent project to laser scan Mt Rushmore by the Centre for Digital Documentation and Visualisation in Glasgow. The photo and video links are well worth a look in. I wonder if our insurance and warranty would cover us for using our ScanStation like this?? ;)

posted on: Fri, 28 May 2010 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Office 97 DOCX Converter
People keep sending me damn Office 2007 files; I hate them! I have no desire or want to install the behemoth that is Office 2007 and whilst I applaud the move to an XML format (even if the certification process might not have been as above board as it could have been) we all had a perfectly good, and well understood, binary format in DOC (and XLS/PPT) files that could be opened by everyone and their uncle....

posted on: Fri, 21 May 2010 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Schooloscope.. what, where and its up to you about the why
The Guardian reports on the recently launched Schooloscope site, a 4ip funded project to make better (and fairer) sense of school performance data....

posted on: Thu, 13 May 2010 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry