Category Archives: NUIM

Keyboard & Mouse R.I.P.?

Bill Gates Time MagazineBill Gates is predicting that the ‘second digital decade’ will ‘be more focused on connecting people’ and see machines being trained to react as people do as well as ‘natural user interfaces’ responsive to speech and touch. The era of the keyboard and mouse, the ‘first digital decade’, is over, he claimed at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last Sunday.

Whatever you think of the outgoing chairman of Microsoft, he is worth listening to. After all, when he addressed the ICES for the first time in 1994, he made the bold prediction that entertainment would move to being delivered through the home computer. At that time, very few people has a computer in their homes and the Internet was in its infancy.

I was lucky enough to get an iPod Touch for Christmas and I’ve been very impressed by the touchscreen capabilities. So much so, that even now using a keyboard and mouse to navigate the web seems slightly less practical! Bill is on to something.

Read more Gates logs out, predicting new digital era in The Guardian, January 8, 2008.

Hello NUIM

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I’m opening the blog up to NUIM-related entries.

The Access Office, where I work as Assistive Technology Advisor, is having a new website developed and one of the features is a blog. The new site will be an interactive respository of information as well as a record of activities involving three main groups; mature students, students with disabilities and students entering through various non-traditional programmes.

The idea is that any blog entries that I tag with ‘NUIM‘ here will appear live on the opening page of the new site. Additionally anything I tag with ‘NUIM” and ‘disability’ should also appear on the relevant section on the site.

OU readers may be interested in some of the entries as I’m all about elearning, social networking as a pedagogical tool, etc etc.

There will probably not be any LOLcats. Pity.