Multimedia Information & Technology vol 36 no 2 (May 2010) is now available

Multimedia Information & Technology vol 36 no 2 (May 2010) is now available


Multimedia Information & Technology vol 36 no 2 is now available at

The May issue features a special focus on technology in schools covering interactive devices in primary schools using music; interactive handhelds and learner response systems in secondary schools; technology and learning difficulties; and ICT in primary education.  Other features include roving reference library services in higher education; digital signage; and Google Wave.  Kate Lomax’s ‘Best of the Blog’ concentrates on the recent Public Library Modernisation review.

Chris Leftley reviews Digital Information: Order or Anarchy;  Kevin Curran critiques Bite-Sized Marketing; Ken Cheetham gives his views on Mastering Photographic Composition; and Antony Brewerton reviews The Gold Diggers film.

The news section covers the Pingar search platform for dynamic searches; the latest version of Camtasia’s screen recording tool; I am learning’s use of online games; video-linked musical workshops for remote schools; a new digital publishing research project; World Maths Day; making YouTube secure for classroom use; how Soundbooth Plus transforms ICT resources into language labs; and a new author hotline website. The BFI’s new COI collection, Police and Thieves, and Design for Today, are showcased.

Kevin Curran’s technology round-up includes thoughts on credibility of websites; an update on Google Books; how best to ensure secure passwords; software to set up meetings easily; a free tools to create worksheets and lesson pages and to publish them online; plus Text 2.0 – the way that tablet PCs will use interactive eye-tracking technology.

The August issue will include a special focus on public libraries.

Comments or contributions are welcome. Please contact the Managing Editor, Catherine Dhanjal with article or news suggestions, or images of multimedia in use.  We are interested in your article suggestions for projects where you have used technology in a research/library/information setting. If you have any difficulties with online access, please contact me. If you do not currently subscribe, contact for subscription information.

Google Wave article in May’s MMIT journal

Google Wave article in May’s MMIT journal

Following on from Kate’s post, MMIT Group members or journal subscribers can read a four-page article from Alan Cann, Jo Badge, Dick Moore and Cameron Neylon on the potential for Google Wave in enhancing collaboration in higher education in the May issue of MMIT journal – now online at . This article first appeared in the Association for Learning Technology’s online newsletter (15/1/10)

Google Wave is open for business

Announced at the Google I/O keynote, Google Wave is now open for business. The formerly invitation-only communication and collaboration tool has improved quite a bit since our first take on it. Over the last six months, it has become much more stable and also rolled out an extensions gallery.

Waves can be lonely places and having more users will definitely help. With this in mind, I recommend taking a  look is the UKOLN blog‘s helpful summary of what the librarians have been getting up to on Google Wave. There are also plenty of case studies to demonstrate the different ways people are already using waves.

The Complete Guide to Google Wave (a book written by by Gina Trapani and Adam Pash using Google Wave) is free to read online and goes into quite a lot of depth about the functionality available now as well as what’s planned for the future.