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Pi Day Live – 45 minutes in the oven

Pi Day Live was 45 mins of high-pressure live event activity that we’re all still talking about and buzzing from. It was an innovative online format that was challenging to support, but that we are proud of helping to make a success. So much so that we’ve made a special “Netskills uncut” story about our part in the day that you can watch here.


My Favourite Game

After launching Netskills Voices, we were pleased to see people adding the site to their favourites. However, we were less pleased to see that the icon representing the site was sometimes less than pretty. That was because we didn’t have quite the right combination of ‘favicons’ in place. In this post, Steve explains how we put that right.


Collaborating in Pi Day Live

This Pi Day, we’re helping Oxford University run a free, live online event with the ambitious aim of helping participants to rediscover “one of the most important and beautiful numbers in the universe.” Pi Day Live will feature Professor Marcus du Sautoy, who will explain the significance of Pi and help participants try some ancient techniques to derive its value. Here Steve explains how we’re helping facilitate this through Blackboard Collaborate.


Moving and merging blogs the smart way

In supporting the Jisc involve service, Steve was given the challenge of merging two well-established Jisc blogs into one without annoying readers and losing subscribers. In this post he explains how we went about doing this.


Behind the themes – designing and developing Netskills Voices

While WordPress makes it easy to get a site up and running, we wanted Netskills voices to be more than “just another WordPress site.” We thought we’d share some of our thinking about the design with you here, as well as the technical details of how it was implemented. We got Steve to write the post as he’s the WordPress geek who’s been in the shed working on this and we thought it was about time we let him out.


Commons in a Box

A review of Commons in a Box – the free, easy-to-install package that turns WordPress into a powerful community site. These are my reflections on installing and testing it and what I think it could offer education.


Cloning a large WordPress multisite network for local development

Using XAMPP and Apache virtual hosts to allow local clones of WordPress sites and sub-domains to be accessed via the live site URL, meaning less need to faff about with database & config changes.


Online WordPress workshop

I’d like to offer our workshop “Making WordPress Work for You” online. However, the nature of the workshop makes translating it to an online course presents a different challenge to others I’ve done this with and so this post is a form of thinking out loud in the hope of getting some feedback on whether this is a good idea and advice on the best approaches to take.


More natural AR – the gloves and glasses are off

Report on the seminar ‘Reality Remixed: Augmented Reality without Gloves and Glasses’ in which David Kim presented recent advances in augmented reality sensing and display technologies developed at Microsoft Research that aim to make AR interactions more natural.


Mobilising WordPress

While WordPress offers a pretty good mobile experience, a few tweaks can make it better for both publishers and readers. In a workshop at IWMW12, I presented some approaches to Mobilising WordPress through plugins, adding a separate mobile theme, changing to a responsive theme and ‘responsifying’ your current theme. This post considers each of these and some resources and tools that can make them easier to implement.