ALT-C 2010: Donald Clark Keynote: Don’t lecture me – Cloudworks (#altc2010)

One advantage of not being at the ALT-C conference is that I can only attend the keynotes and invited speaker sessions on Eluminate. I therefore have a lot of time to watch the twitter stream and curate the links. Cloudworks has a “cloud” for all the talks at this year’s ALT-C gathering (in Nottingham) and I’ve been busy adding references and links to the cloud for Donald Clark’s keynote — a lecture on the evils of lectures that really got the attendees — present and remote — going!

One question that I always have is why keynote speakers rarely feel the need to provide their slides!

Podcast of the Week #6: Digital Planet

Digital Planet from the BBC World Service was one of the earliest podcasts that I picked up when I got my first MP3 player — which wasn’t an iPod! I’ve been listening to it every week for several years and it’s never short of informative. It’s a technology podcast, similar to The Guardian’s TechWeekly (see POTW #2), so it covers the latest news from Google, Apple and Microsoft and the various technology shows and conferences. But it’s Unique Selling Point is that, because it’s a BBC World Service programme, it has a global viewpoint which covers the developing world as much as what’s happening in silicon valley. Digital Planet is presented by Gareth Michell with excellent punditry from “technology expert” Bill Thompson who also blogs independently and occasionally for BBC Technology News (e.g. Clicking the Blue ‘e’).

Like a lot of podcasts, there is an active community around a Facebook group and both Gareth (@garethm) and Bill (@billt) tweet.

If you like this, you might also like the OU Digital Planet website, the BBC Technology News website and BBC Click.

Doing a Macmillan

It’s a repost, but I thought I’d remind my faithful readers that I’ll be taking part in the Gower Macmarathon in a week’s time. Renate and I have been doing some training in West Yorkshire (where coincidentally there where a number of excellent real-ale pubs) and both expect to be fit enough. The Gower Macmarathon is a sponsored 22 mile walk from Rhossilli to Mumbles in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. You’ll find my Just Giving widget to the right of this post and it’d be great if we could get to our modest target of £200. If you are reading this by email or RSS feed, the direct URL is: Thanks to those supporters who have already contributed!

Hopefully, I’ll be tweeting on-route so you can follow our progress on the day! I hope to have a blog posting after the event!