Wednesday, December 13, 2017

10 Tips to Make Your PDFs SEO Friendly #vmvwiki #vmvweb

1. Filename
2. Link to PDF
3. From PDF link back to site
4. Use Titles
5. Mobile friendly
6. Compress images
7. Use subtitles
8. Use text (if you can cut & paste it's plain text)
9. In PDF creat alt text for images
10. Track performance

Friday, December 8, 2017

Software Apocalypse #vmvwiki #vmvsw #vmvsocial

For years I have been amazed how software is still complex to write. In 1980 when I worked with DBase2 I could open a file with 1 statement (effectively "Open file" ). The latest iteration of .net has multiple convoluted lines of code attached to libraries that do the same thing. I saw a prototype programming environment from IBM in 1980 that used visual objects to describe the system and processes (a 5th Generation Language) then built the software. However, nearly 40 years code such as  .net looks more like a foreign language than anything resembling a real word process ... where have we gone wrong?????? 

.. and this has led to ...
"Computing is fundamentally invisible," Gerard Berry said in his talk. "When your tires are flat, you look at your tires, they are flat. When your software is broken, you look at your software, you see nothing."

Monday, November 27, 2017

Case study: Building an Ecommerce Website #vmvwiki #vmvweb

Case study: Building an Ecommerce Website for a Farm to Table Business

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Big Brother/Data? China to rate its citizens by 2020 #vmvwiki #vmvsocial #vmvimpact

Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens | WIRED UK

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Sophia. Interview with a robot. AI future. #vmvwiki #vmvimpact #vmvdlt

Elon Musk hit back after a robot threw shade at him over AI warnings

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Technology and what's hurting modern kids #vmvwiki #vmvsocial #vmvdlt

 The scary truth about what's hurting modern kids - Your Modern Family

Monday, September 4, 2017

Automated sewing machine can do the work of an entire assembly line #vmvwiki

automated sewing machine can do the work of an entire assembly line

This robotic sewing machine will be a disruptive technology for many workers ..

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The ADDIE Model Infographic #vmvdlt #infographic #vmvwiki

Learning design ADDIE model infographic

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017

#IoT. Selling smart devices second hand and old data #vmvwiki #vmvsocial

'How I could have stolen my old car using my smartphone' - BBC News

As IOT becomes more common, new issues emerge. This is a problem erasing data when an item is resold.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

A Guide for Resisting Edtech: the Case against Turnitin - Hybrid Pedagogy #vmvwiki #vmvdlt #vmvteaching #vmvlearning

Some issues surrounding edtech software. This article does provide a set of questions you can use to critically evaluate edtech software.

A Guide for Resisting Edtech: the Case against Turnitin - Hybrid Pedagogy

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

In Defense of the Lecture #vmvwiki #vmvdlt #vmvteaching

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

NZ Tech sector releases manifesto ahead of election | ITP Techblog #vmvwiki #vmvsocial

The manifesto is wide-ranging and provides recommendations on Education, the changing world of work, Immigration and Skills, Connectivity anywhere, digital exports, cyber security, research funding for tech, government procurement, open standards, privacy and open policy development, and is intended to support political parties in the formation of their election manifestos and policies.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

WannaCrypt ransomeware the techno stuff #vmvwiki #vmvweb #vmvsecurity

WannaCrypt ransomware worm targets out-of-date systems – Windows Security

Saturday, May 13, 2017

NZ on cyberattack watch #vmvwiki #vmvsecurity #vmvweb

New Zealand's spy agencies are monitoring a massive global cyber attack, but there are no reports of it reaching NZ.

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5 Tech trends changing learning #vmvwiki #vmvdlt #vmvlearning

These 5 Big Tech Trends Are Changing the Way We Learn

Sunday, May 7, 2017

How To Calibrate Compass On Samsung Galaxy S5 | #vmvwiki #vmvmobile #vmvhw

Had a lot of trouble getting a compass app to calibrate and to work on my Samsung S5, found this obscure setting from the phone app *#0*# that gives system settings. For the magnetic sensor (compass) a small icon rolls around saying in microdot to calibrate . Just roll your phone around until the line on the icon goes blue.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

#fonterra's technology on the farm video #vmvwiki

From the milking shed to the cow, farming integrates technology

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Google doodle using quick draw #vmvwiki #vmvmmedia #vmvdlt ,#vmvai

Google tool uses AI to translate doodles into drawings

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Open book: Philosophy and Practices in Education and Science #vmvwiki #vmvlearn #vmvdlt #vmvsocial

Affordable education. Transparent science. Accessible scholarship. 

These ideals are slowly becoming a reality thanks to the open education, open science, and open access movements. Running separate—if parallel—courses, they all share a philosophy of equity, progress, and justice. This book shares the stories, motives, insights, and practical tips from global leaders in the open movement.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

#vmvwiki The ‘gig economy’. What will it mean for work? #vmvsocial

A gig economy is an environment in which temporary positions are common and organizations contract with independent workers for short-term engagements.

Sundararajan, A. (2015) The 'gig economy' is coming. What will it mean for work?  The Guardian. Retrieved from

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Ako Aotearoa 'Learners and Mobile Devices' Project published #vmvwiki #vmvweb #vmvlearn #vmvmobile #NPF14LMD

Results from the Ako Aotearoa 'Learners and Mobile Devices' Project research (#NPF14LMD) has been published. It was a two year national project funded by Ako Aotearoa in partnership with six New Zealand tertiary institutions (Auckland University of Technology, Eastern Institute of Technology, Massey University, Otago Polytechnic, The University of Auckland, and UNITEC Institute of Technology), led by the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) over the period 2014-2015. 

Three of my research articles have been included 
  1. Day, S., Foxall, D., & Verhaart, M. (2017) Developing a metaphoric framework aligning Kaupapa Māori principles to elearning good practice. Learners and Mobile Devices. Retrieved from
  2. Day, S., & Verhaart, M. (2017) Mobile supported field trips using a gxLearning model. Learners and Mobile Devices. Retrieved from
  3. Mac Callum, K., Lengyel, I., Pascoe, R., Skelton, D., Verhaart, M., & Day, S.  (2014). Learners and Mobile Devices: Case studies with computing students #NPF14LMD.Proceedings of ASCILITE 2014, Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, November 23-26, Dunedin, New Zealand. Available from

The Secret Agenda of a Facebook Quiz - The New York Times #vmvwiki #vmvsocial #vmvweb

Do you panic easily? Do you often feel blue? Do you have a sharp tongue? Do you get chores done right away? Do you believe in the importance of art?
If ever you've answered questions like these on one of the free personality quizzes floating around Facebook, you'll have learned what's known as your Ocean score: How you rate according to the big five psychological traits of Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness and Neuroticism.

The Secret Agenda of a Facebook Quiz - The New York Times

Interstitial popups on mobile devices penalised in search #vmvwiki #vmvweb

Google announced in jan 2017 it will penalised Intrusive Interstitial Popups.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Will robots be teachers by 2030? #vmvwiki #vmvdlt #vmvlearning #vmvteaching

The largest internet company in 2030? This prediction will probably surprise you | World Economic Forum

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Windows ink and pen 101 #vmvwiki #vmvmmedia

Windows Ink 1: Introduction to Ink and Pen - Building Apps for WindowsBuilding Apps for Windows

Sunday, February 19, 2017

User Research for Mobile Applications #vmvwiki #vmvresearch #vmvmobile

Getting into the Mobile App User's Mind – User Research for Mobile Applications | Interaction Design Foundation

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Schools teaching industrial revolution skills #vmvwiki #vmvdlt #vmvlearning #vmvteaching #vmvsocial

In the age of robots, our schools are teaching children to be redundant | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian

Monday, January 23, 2017

Google sites: Deleting a shared site #vmvwiki #vmvsites #vmvdlt

How do you delete a Google site that has been shared with you?

In my case I have past student sites that need to be un-shared.. the solution is quite simple..

  1. Go into the shared site,
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page
  3. Click on "Remove Access"

Teaching in a Digital Age | Open Textbook Project #vmvwiki #vmvdlt

Teaching in a Digital Age | The Open Textbook Project 

The book "Teaching in a Digital Age" by A.W. (Tony) Bates (2016, 528 pages) is an excellent free resource available on-line from the Canadian B.C. Open Textbook Project. This book is intended for college and university instructors who want to know how digital technology can help them teach.

Saturday, January 21, 2017