Videos – Issue 77, February 2017

Throughout the magazines, wherever we come across a video that’s about or relevant to a resource we’re featuring, here’s where we’ll post the link. Just click and watch!

You can also view these videos on our YouTube channel. Check out the playlist for our December 2016 issue at

Ayah Bdeir: Building blocks that blink, beep and teach

TED Fellow Ayah Bdeir introduces LittleBits, a set of simple, interchangeable blocks that make programming as simple and important a part of creativity as snapping blocks together.

SmartEvidence: Why did it come about, and what is it?

Presentation by Shane Nuessler (University of Canberra) and Kristina Hoeppner (Catalyst IT) at the Moodle-Mahara Meetup in Adelaide on 16 April 2015.

New in Mahara 16.10

Presentation by Kristina Hoeppner (Catalyst) on the new features in Mahara 16.10. MyPortfolio is a nationwide ePortfolio service for schools offered by the Ministry of Education. It’s managed and supported by Catalyst IT. MyPortfolio is built on the open source ePortfolio system Mahara. Meaning ‘think’ or ‘thought’ in Te Reo Māori, the name Mahara reflects the project’s dedication to creating a user-centred life-long learning and development application.


Creating a Learning map with Edynco

Create a ‘learning map’ with Edynco. Similar to a mind map, a learning map is more interactive, including features such as websites, quizzes, videos, images, documents, and more. It’s browser based, so is easily accessible.  The free version offers three maps, three quizzes, three audio/video recordings, and create one group with up to 30 students.

Biteable Website Video

Biteable lets you to make short animated clips. It’s really easy to use and produces some great results. Add and edit text, images, colours and music, move and delete scenes, preview and post your video – you can even revise afterwards.


Keep Talking

A TV advert from BT from 1993 promoting the concept that mankind’s greatest achievements have come about through the power of communication. The voiceover is by Stephen Hawking.


Homido – Virtual Reality headset

Simply put on the Homido Virtual Reality Smartphone Headset and you can explore the world of VR. It uses your Android or iOS smartphone’s display to immerse you in 360-degree and 3D virtual environment, where you can look around in all directions. The distance between the two lenses can be adjusted to adapt to your eyes (whether far-sighted, near-sighted and normal vision). Plus, we’ll throw in Panasonic Bluetooth Wireless Headphones, which can be paired with the headset to add great audio to whole experience.

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NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto: How To Use The Automatic Coffee Machine

Hanging out for a coffee? The stylish NesCafé Dolce Gusto MiniMe Machine could be just the thing! With its innovative, easy-to-use capsule system – you simply pop one in and press button – is designed to ensure that each cup you make is fresh and tasty.

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