Learning taken to virtual world in project

The benefits of using virtual world technology for learning are to be studied in a research project at Birmingham City University.

The Learning in Virtual Environments, LiVE, project will see students undertake film production exercises, using the internet-based virtual world Second Life.

The study is led by Birmingham City University’s Technology Innovation Centre (TIC), together with the University’s Learning Technology Development Unit and technology partner, Daden Ltd, a leading specialist in virtual environments. The project is funded by the regional development agency, Advantage West Midlands, through its interactive digital media initiative, which promotes the use of new digital technology.

For more see Birmingham City University. 

Blogger’s view from South by Southwest

In a video blog from the South by Southwest new media festival in Austin, Texas, Birmingham’s only professional blogger Pete Ashton explains what he’s hoping to pick up from the world’s biggest digital media gathering.

South by Southwest brings together people from across every aspect of new media from around the world to share the latest technological developments.

 Pete Ashton says he has already picked ideas that will help businesses back in the West Midlands.

Pete Ashton video blog

The face of Facebook

The billionaire chief executive of networking site Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, talked about how his company is valued at more than just its $15bn price tag in making a keynote speech at one of the world’s biggest new media festivals, South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.

He is just one of a series of top names at the festival which brings together people from around the world from all spheres of new media to learn about the latest technologies and trends.

A group of six from the West Midlands is in Austin to hear about what is new in new media to bring it back to the region.

Public relations consultant Ruth Ward and Maverick Television’s new media producer Nick Lockey from Birmingham were there to hear what the head of Facebook had to say.

Facebook ehief executive Mark Zuckerberg

MDF transformed by laser

The appearance of MDF is being transformed to produce an expensive wood grain finish with the help of laser technology in research being carried out at Warwick University’s WMG.

 The technology will make the sometimes dull material look more attractive.

As MDF is cheaper than wood and made from recycled products the Lasercoat project could reduce the price of wood products and improve the environment.

The technology is being used by one of the country’s leading manufacturers of doors and windows.

For more see University of Warwick.