Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation

Posted by on Jun 19, 2014 in events | 0 comments

Have you noticed an influx of email recently asking you to confirm that you want to receive e-mail notifications. This is because Canada’s new Anti-Spam Legislation comes into force July 1st 2014. It will effect most emails including e-newsletters. This important law will require compliance at every level of your organization big or small. The Canadian Government has a site that provides further details on this however if you still need help there are a few sessions next week where you will get the Legal Perspective on this. BVO2 will...

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Volunteer Actors and Models Wanted!

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in eLearning | Comments Off

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD and Asperger’s Syndrome have challenges fitting in socially, having significant long term impact in their lives. Research shows these children can be taught social skills through repeated exposure to real-life scenarios. As a parent, I have spent many hours helping my child with special needs  – from putting them in social skills groups and camps, to getting them involved in social stories – to overcome these long term impacts. I have found, as most parents of children with special needs,...

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Virtual EyeSee’s new adventure

Posted by on Sep 10, 2011 in books, mobile | Comments Off

While Virtual EyeSee continues to offer it’s existing services we are also in the process of developing a mobile app. Since this is the first time we are building an actual product we are learning as we go. We will share this adventure with you. Some books that have helped in our learning have been Paper Prototyping: The Fast and Easy Way to Design and Refine User Interfaces (Interactive Technologies) From Idea to App: Creating iOS UI, animations, and gestures Designing Interfaces Mobile Design and...

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Where do I find open source software?

Posted by on May 6, 2011 in new media, open source | Comments Off

There are thousands of open source projects globally and a good place to find them is via  Source Forge Here are a few that peaked my interest. The RoboCup Soccer Simulator – The RoboCup Soccer Simulator is a research and educational tool for multi-agent systems and artificial intelligence. It enables for two teams of 11 simulated autonomous robotic players to play soccer (football). Brain workshop – Brain Workshop is a Python implementation of the Dual N-Back mental exercise. This exercise is the only mental activity that has...

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Creative Commons Explained

Posted by on Apr 4, 2011 in creative marketing, new media, new media review, random, social media definition | Comments Off

Creative Commons is something that I talk about at a high level when I deliver social media training. Here is the long version of this story. Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives (by-nc-nd)   This license is the most restrictive, allowing redistribution. This license is often called the “free advertising” license because it allows others to download your works and share them with others as long as they mention you and link back to you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them...

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Happy St. Patricks Day

Posted by on Mar 17, 2011 in creative marketing, data visualization, mobile, Virtual EyeSee | Comments Off

Tis the day to indulge in that green beer and good ol Irish cheer. So what if you are not into green beer but a total web 2.0 geek. Well you are in luck as there are many ways to celebrate. Here’s the scoop…. Back in 2008 here’s what Google Maps did to celebrate.. Google did not feel like celebrating today : ( Design for global learning conference. Some iPhone and iPad apps e.g. Lucktricity and Leprechaun Beer Pong Of course a survey via social networks, see results. There must be more, what have I...

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What’s your Hands Symphony?

Posted by on Mar 11, 2011 in creative marketing | Comments Off

I just created my own Hand Symphony, what’ yours? The American Heart Association has created a great campaign for raising awareness about CPR. Check it out and create your own symphony. This is an excellent example of brand...

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Data visualization

Posted by on Mar 5, 2011 in data visualization, open source, Virtual EyeSee | 1 comment

Data visualization has enabled us to make sense of large and complex data sets. From a corporate perspective this is great as it enables us to save time, money, improve efficiency and in turn increase profits. Teachers use word clouds to help kids make sense of words, web designers add this to make websites interesting. Here are some data visualization tools that I have come across that are interesting. Ushahidi, which means “testimony” in Swahili, is a website that was initially developed to map reports of violence in Kenya after...

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First ever Creator Camp Ottawa 2010 (#CCyow2010)

Posted by on Nov 17, 2010 in Camps, events | Comments Off

Date: December 8th, 2010 (Wednesday) Time: 7pm – 10pm (ET) — we’ll likely start with logistics at 6:45pm so please arrive early Location : Patty Boland’s, 2nd floor (101 Clarence Street - MAP) Capacity: 100 people max Cost: All registrants are encouraged to bring $10 for the Ottawa Food Bank Registration: Register through the Wiki Hashtag: #CCyow2010 Don’t forget to...

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Open Source Video

Posted by on Oct 16, 2010 in new media | Comments Off

Kaltura is a New York-based pioneer in Collaborative Media, allowing groups of users to create rich-media projects together using video, audio, and animation, similarly to what wiki platforms enable with text The Wikimedia foundation have collaborated with Kalutra to enhance the current wikipedia offerings from text and images to video. This project is still in Beta however you can test it out e.g. parenting project. Kalutra has over 60k publishers worldwide. It’s free and organizations can self host or use the SaaS model. They do...

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