Technology changes – but access improves

3182090361 dcdac911e1 mCreative Commons images are always a good source of pictures for illustrating our presentations or for enlivening school projects.

The U.K. National Archives have recently posted a substantial amount of images onto Flickr.

Many have no known copyright issues, or are submitted under Crown Copyright, where they are legitimately available for non-commercial, illustrative or education use.

History and insight in the same keystroke.

See the Flickr National Archive entry page here. You can read more about Commons licensing here, if you are unfamiliar with the concept.

You can visit the home page of  Third Sector Web here.

This image: Catalogue Reference: MUN 5/383/1650/1

The Internet of Things

We looked recently on this blog at where Microsoft thought the direction the technological world was going.

Below, this short film The Internet of Things is a vision of the same future from IBM.

Sensors will be linked to hardware and information generated will be filtered, analysed and used to make wise choices about our lives and activities.

IBM see the internet as the nerve backbone of the globe, which will generate a new concept of the Earth. A giant information generation system.

Welcome to the e-world. Whichever vision you cleave to, we are in for an interesting ride in the next twenty years.

English by mobile – in Bangla

janalaLogoPicAt Third Sector Web we have always delivered our web sites for clients with translation embedded into the pages. Helping to spread news and information across communities in languages other than English.

The BBC World Service recently updated their news on a service that enables Bangla speakers to get English lessons via their mobile phones.

In Bangladesh, the project lead, Sara Chamberlain, was also able to persuade service providers in the country to make the English lessons available at half the pre-existing mobile rates.

The BBC has also created a website, Janala, which means window, so that younger learners can get to grips with English directly from the web.

‘Bangla is one of the world’s great languages. Tagore, the giant of Bengali literature, was the first person from Asia to become a Nobel laureate back in 1913. So it’s not surprising that following independence from Pakistan in 1971, Bangla was adopted as the language of instruction in Bangladesh’s schools and colleges.

The unintended consequence has been that English has waned over the last few decades…the vast majority of young people have gone through the education system without picking up the ability to speak or understand spoken English’.

The Janala service has hundreds of short, three minute English lessons available for free, from any web enabled computer. A great use of technology in a learning environment.

You can read Sara Chamberlain’s original post here.

You can find the home page of Third Sector Web here.

Opera goes back to school, kicks off global education program

August 23, 2008 by · Comment
Filed under: Conversation, Web services 

As you know we are great fans of the Opera web browser.

Light in weight, feature rich and safe to use. The ‘speed dial’ function of the browser is great for keeping a cluster of web sites which are in development only one click away.

Opera have recently launched, on their blog, a ‘world tour’ of the Opera Education programme. Visits to universities include the U.K. and are designed to promote web standards, innovation and debate about the web with young people and academics.

The Opera Education site has some useful links too. It has a growing collection of tutorials. They are all useful, offering insights into how to construct web sites, or rather what to look for in a proposition to build a useful web site. As you would expect, there is a wide range of information on how to deploy web standards in your work or site.

At Thirdsectorweb we wholly support the application of standards and clear thinking in design. We temper our passion for standards though, recognising that delivering a clients vision is the most important aspect of our work. We take accessibility and sheer usefulness of content as an important way marker in creating projects too.

We do produce sites that miss standards validation because, as in our work to deliver children’s books for example, we utilise a lot of remotely stored data, images and interactivity from sites such as Amazon, which whilst wholly professional are notoriously difficult to make standards compliant because of the nature of their content.

This debate of standards over function is not new, but to our clients function is king, accessibility its helpmate.

You can see the Opera Education site here at http://www.opera.com/education/

View Original Article from Opera here

You can visit the Thirdsectorweb home page here

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