index of everything... on Stephen Heppell's slightly chaotic server Rubble

In one way and another my faithful server Rubble has been up and serving pages to the world wide web since 1994. It is a popular server with folk spending a lot of time looking around. To help them, and thank them for their interest, I have added this very simple alphabetical index of simply everything on the server. No structure at all. Descriptions are of necessity a bit cryptic, but people have already been kind enough to say it is helpful:

ACM talk in Milton Keynes 1995: early days of the web and in this talk I tried to identify some of the major players in the game of Information Superhighways. In each case I offered the Ostrich's "Head in the sand" position and the wiser "Eyes on the horizon" position. Obviosuly on the night this was fleshed out anecdotally. At the end I examinedlessons learned from our DTI funded on-line community Schools OnLine and our on line MA (Ed) course. Remember that this was 1995!

ambition. IBM Ultralab project on how good might learners be? 1998: Sadly, I could have been written in 2012 too. "The really challenging task ahead of us is to decide just how good children might be as active learners if they were to be given really cool technology, thoughtful project mediation and open ended opportunity" How ambitious should / could we really be for their progress...? broadband... serious processing power... junior schoolchildren... practical... business case... multiple media... global... scaleable... learning... multiple devices... policy input... Mmmmm!

comments on the lovely St Ambrose school's plans 2010: I started working with Gareth Long during our time developing education in the Cayman Islands - with their inspirational education minister Alden McLaughlin. I enjoy working with garteth today too. here we are commenting in a short video on the remarkable plans for St Ambrose school - already a top performing state school, but wanting to be even better yet.

annotation. Indicative specifications for digital movie contributions to the UK virtual college of school leaders 2000: having set up a virtual college of leadership for 21,000 headteachers - that later became part of the UK's National College of School leadership, i thought it would be useful to specify some details for our use on-line of rich media files: wired sprites, text tracks, annotations etc. It is sad that todays "virtual learning" deliverers, whether MOOCs or just open courseware have specifications way less ambitious than we had more than a decade ago. Learning needs a learning layer of functionality...

archive: stuff that I think might be too valuable to just be deleted - projects going way back - everything from the specs for a millennium mail address for every UK child (sadly a broken Blair promise) to pivotal online projects like Learning in the New Millennium from 1993, or ├ęTui. I have tried to help by dividing things up into projects | random bits | paradise lost as I discover more old files, I'll add them to this archive.

apostrophe: OK, unashamedly, I care about apostrophes. Someone has to. I have a web page about them. Sorry.

assessment: two entries here, firstly a Department for Education and SCience (as it then was) event on the Personalisation of Assessment with issues papers, notes etc on the day in 2006, then a video contribution to an event on assessment futures hosted by Martyn Roads for friends in Singapore in 2012.

participative project management: some thoughts 2001: well, jst what it says on the tin really. have a look. I put this up after a phone call to a fairly senior policymaker. Hope it helped.

be very afraid: it's been running for years - children gathered together to tell senior policy folk and key influencers just how smart theu are being with technology - this subsite takes an amazing number of hits - some 30+gb of video streaming from the site monthly. Dip in and see what more than a decade of progress looks like. Don't be afraid!

birthday 1998: back in 1998 having a web page as a birthday present, with a singing animated video (I've set the link to the YouTube version - have no idea who authorid the video) with an interactive "how old are you?" text box was about as cool as it got for a 4 year old. I posted this for one such chap (Max - he would be 14 today?) - it is a measure of how the www has progressed that it all seem pretty normal now!

bookmarks for SMILE 1999: SMILE was a project for small and medium enterprises in the supply chain to Ford Motor Company. We moved them from competing and never communicating 9with their work steadily moving to pother cheaper countries, to a collaborative group use online tools to work together to do a much better job at producing what Ford needed - still competing, but the collaboration upped their game considerably. At the launch we were busy raising awareness with them and this was the list of bookmarks I used. Looking back it is in teresting to see how each of these has survived, indeed has flourished.

Breastfriends, Dorset: some causes are just hugley important. Daughter Melissa hosts this site supporting breastfeeding in Dorset and I'm proud to have it on the server. We know so much more about parenting and getting it out to families is so important. See also maybe Mumology on this server.

Mirror Dinghy Millennium European Championships in Brightlingsea 2000: this was a vast undertaking - I was race officer for the huge and competitive fleet, and the whole town closed around the event with a massive effort - even building a Mirror Millennium Memorial Garden!. The event opened with the many nations parading along the front with their flags, Bob Rogers at Oracle arranged sponsorship and we used a lot of technology - - on one day quite a few boats were DSQ for being over the line and many arrived for the formal hearing with unevivocal "witnesses" to their "correct' starts. Then we ran the video, the multi-angle still camarea, the audio track from the line spotters etc etc... and they said sorry. Amazing to see now how Oracle has transformed the whole sport of sailing for spectators with a high tech approach - I like to think the awareness started in Brightlingsea. Anyway, this is just the old event site. Once every thousand years is enough! It was hard work.

Brighton - Standards for Education Conference 1999: I'm pretty pleased to rediscover this again - and I don't think I would change a syllable today. Common sense things you already knew makes interesting reading more than a decade later. And the two scenarios made me chuckle to re-read them. Oh dear... Of course we were sitting on some pretty good evidence at that time.

the BBC's Interactive 1999 event: I was suggesting to the conference that there were 5 precursors to winning viewer engagement in a digital broadcasting future: symmetry, participation, redundancy, annotation and capabilities. Sadly the BBC went on to produce their dismal iPlayer which was really only ever broadcasting over the internet and missed the myriad opportunities that a digital broadcasting future actually offered. They will get there, others are getting there already, but decades have been wasted, sadly.

Building Learning Futures 2003: I was asked, indeed commissioned, to do this research throughout 2003 from within the "Building Futures" programme which is a CABE / RIBA initiative, with colleagues from Ultralab. I became quite obsessed by it to be honest, and spent far too long on the work, partly because it was fascinating but also because the emerging misfit between what was needed in tomorrow's schools and what was, in many cases, being built, constitutued a crisis worthy of the maximum possible effort. Of course, since then I've been involved in the development of very many new hugely effective schools - the lessons we learned from this CABE project helped enormously.

cards 2003: the debate about identity cards became very political but in 2003 with a number of ministers I found muyself brainstorming the posible places where a unique identity might help people a lot - school to school transfers, sports tracking, patient records... this was the checklist from the conversation - if you are from the UK then probably you can work out ministers from their first names I guess.

Cayman Islands: so complex - lots to add here - will get back to it!

CCEM the Commonwealth Conference of Education Ministers, In Canada, Halifax 2000: As I said at the time - my keynote opened the event, "In the space where Information and Communication Technology (ICT) meet Education and Learning, we find a challenging time for policy makers". Quite an understatement! Anyway, here you can find my plenary keynote paper, and links to other relevant stuff that I showed them, like my launch paper for the European SchoolNet two years before... and more. in the mid 90s was a very early community of practice, or of purpose. We linked together senior surgeons of thoracic medicine, who were often relatively solitary figures in the hospitals, and created a community of professional interchange that showed how effective such communities would be 9and eventually were) in the future. With so many patients dying the surgeons got pretty depressed so one by-product of was this great archive of doctor doctor jokes as part of a spoof global institutue of jollyology.

Computer based writing 1986: these details were mostly assembled a long way back, mainly for one session of a B.Ed course I ran in the 1980s - word processing was fairly new then (1986) but looking back, it remains curiously useful - so here it is, word for word from 1986 Also, I added to the foot of the page a collaborative writing task from that time that I still use today...

cloudlearn 2012: using phones and social media in the classroom, without locking and blocking? Of course and many are doing just that. The aim of the "cloudlearn" research project was to source, to crowd source, collate, reflect on and publish their proven effective practice. It has proved to be a very popular starting point for policy, letters home and more.

coaching pedagogy 2000: a paper on coaching pedagogy - focussed on sailing but applicable to other sports too. More recently I found myself working with the GB elite coaches and the page I assembled for them is here

bringing creativity into higher education practice 2006: JISC ran a conference on innovating e-learning at the higher education level and this was my presentation - in Quicktime and in Flash.


this index last updated on Monday, January 14, 2013 20:12 by professor stephen heppell