Having just returned from holidays where the camera and iPhone were constant companions, I have to admit that my mind constantly flipped between the need to capture all those memorable moments for posterity versus just enjoying the moment.

Ah ….. heavy philosophical thoughts …..  Perhaps I’ll leave them for another time!

While we’ve never had a selfie stick, my husband’s arm has proven to be long enough to ensure that selfies we’ve taken look pretty good.

But, as many are now saying, it was inevitable that a flying selfie stick would be developed.   How exciting it is that  Australian company IoT Group has just released a video demonstrating the power and use of the ROAM-e FLying Selfie Camera.  Learn more about ROAM-e here or have a read of this press release which describes some background to both the development, its inventors and their company as well as the huge deal which has just been signed which is bound to ensure mass delivery of this innovative technology globally!

Combining facial recognition software with a drone that flies, ROAM-e is predicted to take the market by storm.  Check it out:

Common Sense MediaI recently came across the Common Sense Media website and discovered all kinds of valuable info which can easily be slotted into lessons or displayed in a library on a loop to promote cyber awareness.

While there’s a wealth of valuable information to explore on this site, these two short and sharp videos speak volumes.  There quick and colourful format will ensure that their message is absorbed by young students.

I love art, especially the creativity that lies behind it.

Nearly 6 million people found this beautiful video before me.  I’m glad I found it though!  Such talent to create something from no more than nails and string is very, very impressive.

It is a portrait of Justin Timberlake.

After watching the video below, I did an image search for Timberlake and came up with this one which could well have been the model for this artist’s creation.

Justin Timberlake

To create the portrait, Zenyk Palagniuk used 24 kilometers of thread and 13 thousand nails.  It took him 200 hours to create the finished product.


If you’ve ever visited Amsterdam, you’ll know that the city is totally saturated with bicycles!

Hundreds, no thousands of them, seem to be absolutely everywhere you look.  They line the footpaths, are parked along the canals, and constantly traverse the very narrow streets.  If you’re a pedestrian,  be on guard!  Just walking on the footpath or trying to cross the road can be a scary experience as bicycles bombard you from virtually all sides!

So like many others – more than two and half million as I write this post – I was intrigued by Google’s development:

This spring, Google is introducing the self-driving bicycle in Amsterdam, the world’s premier cycling city. The Dutch cycle more than any other nation in the world, almost 900 kilometres per year per person, amounting to over 15 billion kilometres annually. The self-driving bicycle enables safe navigation through the city for Amsterdam residents, and furthers Google’s ambition to improve urban mobility with technology. Google Netherlands takes enormous pride in the fact that a Dutch team worked on this innovation that will have great impact in their home country.

The video, flawlessly made, says it all!

Nice … no?!

Well … if you missed the date this video was uploaded to YouTube, you may have picked up the date flashed on the screen at the end of the video:

Google self drive bicycle

Yep – that’s right!   This was a very well produced April Fool’s joke!!

Listed on Factually as one of 22 April Fools’ Day products that are totally fake but should be real, this video has to be one of the best gems produced!  Take some time though as you look at this link to check out some of the other really ‘great ideas’ that have been promoted!

A couple of months ago I blogged about HoloLens.  There was a fabulous video demonstrating the power of HoloLens and how it may well change the way we work, live and learn.

With disappointment, I just discovered that due to a copyright infringement, the YouTube channel associated with the video has been taken down.

Fascinated by the incredible impact that Microsoft HoloLens is most likely to have on us all, I found these two videos which give a glimpse of the capabilities of this emerging technology.

When I first saw this formula

Forumula for finding best principal -edited

under a newspaper heading ‘Formula for the perfect principal’ I really thought it was a joke. Then I got stuck into reading the article (The Age, June 2, 2016) and lo and behold, it was no joke!

University of Melbourne Economist, Dr Michael Coelli has spent considerable time and research energy coming up with this formula to help schools predict how to maximize the search for the most perfect principal. The annotated formula takes into consideration all kinds of factors:

Formula for perfect principal - The Age 020616
To develop an insight into the kind of thinking applied to this formula, check out the video at the top of The Age article in which Coelli explains the focus of his research:

Three factors which can affect student performance:

  1. setting really strong goals for teaching staff
  2. having staff interact with each other
  3. encouraging staff to develop their own skills through professional development programs

Apart from supporting my own belief that teachers are a school’s most important asset, Coelli’s research and recommendations may be groundbreaking in providing a platform for the teaching of future and current principals.

I’ve not had a need to make a video before, so I admit to not exploring the machinations of what to use or how to put one together.

But when I needed to make one, which finally happened just a couple of weeks ago, I turned to Movie Maker – mainly because I’d seen what a young person had created using it and my thinking went along the lines of ‘if an 11 year old can do it …. surely I can!!

As it turned out … that was mostly the case!  While a work colleague had told me that Movie Maker was a bit on the clunky side, I thought I’d give it a go.  Running on Windows, I found that it was fairly intuitive to use ….. and ….. as fate would have it ….. new material to incorporate into my movie kept turning up, so by the third run of creating my movie, I kind of felt like a pro!!

Then someone sent me a link to a post about CharlisCraftyKitchen which appeared more than a year ago on Business Insider Australia.  Reading how two very young kids are sharing their passion for cooking and baking tips is impressive enough on its own.  Learning that these young kids are generating a small fortune, falls into the mind blowing category!

According to Outrigger’s estimates, Charli’s channel generates an average of $US127,777 in ad revenue per month. That’s taking into account YouTube’s cut of revenue. The channel gets an average of 29 million views each month — in March, it had 29,133,270.

Now aged nine and eight, Charli & Ashlee exude confidence as they talk to the screen selling their talents!  With not hundreds, nor thousands, but millions of hits, it’s worth taking a moment to check out CharlisCraftyKitchen site and while your at it, watch a video or two!


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