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Open Source Source June 27, 2009

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I have been approached by an author in the US who is writing a book on bartering, the book title is The ABCs of Barter and Trade Exchanges by Trish A. Truitt. The book is due for publication at the end of July at the earliest. They will also have a web site which is due to go live soon the link is: http://www.ABCsOfBarter.com The reason for the contact is that she wants to reference one of my tutorials on You Tube in her publication, I have of course said yes. The tutorial that she is interested in is my Open Office tutorial, which is just an introduction to the program. I figured that a tutorial was not really necessary as most users of the Internet would already be familiar with a myriad of word processing programmes. However Trish thought that the style was clear and concise enough to warrant a mention in her book.

We have been chatting for a while now and it was clear that she did not want to reference a You Tube link in her book. I suggested that I create a wiki and embed the video there. The result is that I have now created an open source wiki for all of my Open Source software tutorials. It is a repository of tutorials organised by application and will continue to grow in the weeks and months ahead. Indeed today I will be sitting down and re-creating the ‘addons’ tutorial that I have already created and will also create a series of Calc tutorials for inclusion on this specific Open Source wiki.

The address is: http://opensourcesource.wikispaces.com


Feedback from an unexpected source April 14, 2008

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I have just received an e-mail from my You Tube account saying that a new comment has been posted on my Excel tutorial video. As one of the facilitators in our cluster I am creating how to videos for the staff to use as either PD for themselves or for use in their classes to support student learning. As a consequence I find it quite hard to pitch these lessons; I am never sure just how basic to make the lessons. What I end up doing is making a couple of introductory videos then wait for feed back and from that I intend to make videos based on identified need. The latest comment is very gratifying indeed!

Although I know that the videos are public, I consider the content as targeted at my cluster audience and do not really expect the rest of the planet to pay any attention. Well my introductory lesson for Excel has just landed someone, who I have no idea who they are, a job! How cool is that? It just goes to show that the teachable moment can be anyone’s, if you make your resources public! You can see my complete list of tutorials, including an introduction to Open Office at my you tube channel. If any of you want me to make instructional videos, please let me know, I am happy to oblige.