Friday, April 27, 2012

Membuat Bahan Ajar Interaktif dengan Aplikasi CourseLab 2.4

Aplikasi Courselab 2.4 merupakan aplikasi gratis yang bisa kita gunakan untuk membuat bahan ajar. Dengan menggunakan aplikasi ini kita bisa membuat sebuah bahan ajar yang nantinya bisa di integrasikan dengan Learning Management System berbasis web.
Penggunaan aplikasi CourseLab 2.4 hampir sama dengan penggunaan aplikasi Microsoft Powerpoint, sehingga para pengajar yang sudah terbiasa membuat bahan ajar menggunakan Microsoft Powerpoint tidak akan menemukan kesulitan di dalam pembuatan bahan ajar menggunakan CourseLan 2.4 ini.
Beberapa keunggulan aplikasi CourseLab 2.4 diantaranya :
1. Free
2. Menu dan navigasi yang mudah
3. Layput aplikasi sama dengan powerpoint
4. Hasil export bisa dalam bentuk Scoorm 1.2
5. Banyak template yang sudah di sediakan
6. Banyak object yang bisa di tambahkan
7. Bisa langsung di tambahkan soal interaktif di dalamnya
8. Hasil export-nya dalam bentuk web
Untuk memulai menggunakan aplikasi ini kita bisa mendownloadnya di kemudian pilih versi 2.4 yang free.
Setelah proses download selesai kita bis langsung install, pada waktu pemakain pertama kali kita akan di minta registrasi, nantinya kode aktivasinya akan di kirim ke email yang kita gunakan untuk registrasi.
Setelah proses registrasi sukses, maka selanjutnya kita tinggal menggunakan aplikasi tersebut untuk membuat bahan ajar, nantinya akan muncul kotak dialog yang meminta kita untuk mengisikan
1. Nama Mata Pelajaran
2. Nama direktori tempat penyimpanan
3. Letak direktori tempat kita menyimpan
Berikutnya kita di minta untuk mengisi :
1. Nama modul
2. Memilih template yang akan kita gunakan.
Kemudian klik Finish.
Langkah selanjutnya kita akan merubah / meng-edit Slide Title atau Judul materi kita yang akan tampil pertama kali ketika materi atau bahan ajar ini di jalankan.
Caranya : Klik menu View kemudian pilih Title, selanjutnya ubah desain pada slide title ini.
Setelah slide title sudah Ok, berikutnya kita akan merubah desain atau melengkapi slide-slide yang akan kita gunakan untuk menempatkan materi atau bahan ajar. Caranya adalah dengan masuk ke desain master slide, klik pada menu View kemudian klik pada Master. Perubahan yang kita lakukan pada Slide Master ini akan berakibat pada desain seluruh slide yang nantinya kita gunakan dalam pembuatan bahan ajar.
Kemudian setelah semua langkah di atas sudah kita lakukan, kita tinggal melanjutkan ke pembuatan materi bahan ajar dengan klik menu View kemudian pilih Normal.
Pada mode Normal ini kita bisa menambahkan slide-slide yang kita perlukan dan menempatkan gambar, animasi dan text pada setiap slide yang kita gunakan.


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

kiosk mode and remote monitoring software for the Android OS

Pretty exciting news from KioWare headquarters! We've forayed into providing kiosk mode and remote monitoring software for the Android OS (more info here: There are currently two new products: KioWare Lite for Android and KioWare Full with Server for Android. Both products work similarly to how their namesakes work with the Windows OS.

Specifically, KioWare Lite for Android features include:

Protect the Home Screen/Launcher - restricts user access from the OS and Home Screen

Browser Lockdown - limits the websites users can access through allow or revoke lists

Limit Android Apps - allows you to control which Android Apps a user can run

Application Resetting - clears the previous user session, including cookies and cache, and returns to the start page after a specified period of idle time

Learn more and download a free trial here:

As for the KioWare Full with Server for Android product, it has two components: an Android client and a server console. The Android client runs on the Android OS and secures each individual tablet, with all of the features listed above. The server console runs on the Windows OS and allows you to centrally monitor multiple Android tablets.

Server Console Feature:

Remote Monitoring - tracks current machine health of multiple devices from a central location

Learn more and download a free trial here:

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Microsoft's new open source initiative

By Jack Wallen | April 16, 2012, 8:24 AM PDT

It's way past April Fools, so this is not a trick. on April 12 Microsoft announced they were folding their Interoperability Strategy Team into a brand new subsidiary called Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. The new team is headed by Jean Paoli and will consist of about fifty to seventy-five full and part-time employees. Their goal? To facilitate Microsoft's relationships with the open-source community and developers. This will make it faster and easier for Microsoft to engage with and help open source programs and teams.

There will be those out there that scoff at the idea and even don their conspiratorial hats. I, for one, believe this is an honest effort on Microsoft's part to help bridge the communities. Why? Well, honestly, for them I'm sure it's about the bottom line. Whether you believe it or not, open source has become an integral part of every day life for the vast majority of computer users on the planet. Apache, Wordpress, Drupal, MySQL, PHP… that list of systems and software goes on and on, and it's one that will only continue to grow and continue to become even more ingrained into the landscape of technology. Open source has finally reached a point where other technology companies must either embrace it or suffer the possible consequences of being left behind.

But what does this mean for the parties involved? I would venture to think for Microsoft it means building a better reputation and improving interoperability with the tools that web-based society depends upon. This is about continuing the push to the cloud and to do that Microsoft must depend upon open source technology. Microsoft needs to have this relationship on solid ground or they risk a possible outcome of having to re-invent a number of wheels they don't want to have to focus on.

As for the open source community — it's not just validation that they have become just as important to today's computing society as is Microsoft. This is also about driving a partnership with the single biggest software company in the world. It's about leverage. But most importantly, it's about building a bridge to ensure their products continue to easily work with Microsoft products. This could mean that the constant (and inevitable) cycle of Microsoft breaking OS software would end. The need for reverse engineering could be a thing of the past.

Why is Microsoft forming the Microsoft Open Technologies team?

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One thing we all have to keep in mind is that Microsoft is in the top twenty contributors to the Linux kernel. Even before the creation of this new team, Microsoft saw the value of open source. But now, they have an entire "company" on their payroll dedicated to working for and with open source technologies. This isn't Microsoft glad-handing — this is serious. Microsoft has finally realized the future of technology will be a conglomerate effort and that conglomeration will include open source. Microsoft isn't the one-man wrecking machine it once was. As technology pushes further and further away from the old model, open source will become more and more crucial. The proprietary world is seeing this now and the open source community finally has an upper hand in a major game. If that hand is played well, everyone will win
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