Make: Using Raspberry Pis for teaching in schools in Rural India

This talk shows how Prayog Education used innovative approaches to teaching technical skills in rural India The Project involved using offline Raspberry Pi servers and Ubislate tablets to diversify the teaching resources at a school in rural India and also assessed the effectiveness of using Kahn academy videos alongside teaching. The talk includes some interesting ideas for taking the project forward and also some of the curious and unexpected challenges that the project team faced.

A webcast of the talk vcan be accessed from here:

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Make: Improve your digital music collection

Music in digital formats now soundtrack our lives. Downloadable or streamed “high Resolution” music is now supported by major music artists. What does this mean for us? Thaddeus Lipinski has been researching digital music formats and building a digital music library for several years. The talk shows how to improve the sound quality of your music using higher resolution files that are available, and how to digitise those old record collections.

Key topics

  • Digitise music
  • Streaming
  • Flac
  • Hi-resolution

A webcast of this session is also avaialable from

And a PDF of the slides can be found here:

make – digital music 2015

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Make: Skills – a planning tool for researchers

There often isn’t much time to make a plan to develop skills. Frameworks like the Researcher Development Framework can help, but can be complicated. John Miles, head of skills devleopment in the Humanities division,  will demonstrate a brand new electronic tool which makes working with frameworks simple, quick and useful to researchers.

Key topics

  • The Research Development Framework
  • Skills development
  • Skills mapping

A webcast of this talk will also be available from the following link


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make: Shoot better movies on your mobile

This course provides a great opportunity to get more out of your phone and start creating compelling movies –

Key topics

  • Mobile movie making
  • Filming techniques
  • Kit
  • Useful apps
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make: Active essays – making artefacts come to life

Today due to the ubiquity of JavaScript (and HTML5) active essays are flourishing. What are active essays?

They have been around for 20 years inspired by Alan Kay who described them as a new kind of literacy, combining a written essay, live simulations, and the programs that make them work.  A good example is the Parable of the Polygons ( and  a more technical example is Up and down the abstraction ladder

Come along to this fun session presented by Ken Kahn and learn more about this fresh approach to sharing knowledge.

If you can’t make the talk you can follow the webcast using the following link

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make:3D printing at the RSL- Adding a new dimension to research

Oliver Bridle will be explaining how to get get to grips with a technology which is revolutionising certain areas of research and makes possible a whole new set of ways to explore a problem


In this talk we will describe the 3D printing service recently launched at the Radcliffe Science Library. The talk will discuss the motivation behind the project, how 3D printing has been implemented and the response received from Oxford students and researchers.

Key topics:

  1. 3D Printing technology
  2. Applications of 3D printing
  3. 3D printing as a service

New technologies


A webcast of the talk is available from the link below

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Make 2015 – Welcome to our series of talks about creative uses of technology

make: is a series of lunch time talks that showcases the creative use of IT in teaching, learning, research and public engagement. The talks are free and held over lunchtime in Trinity term at 13 Banbury Road.

The series is now in its sixth year, and as in previous years we have a wide range of topics. The full list can be found in Oxford Talks and you will soon be able to book through the IT Learning Programme’s course booking pages – the link below each talk description will let you go striaght to it so you can book.

Further details of the talks will appear in this blog as each one comes up, including a link to the webcast if there is one.

Here is a taster of what is coming up:

Make: Staircase 12: A digital extension to Univ’s regional schools work – Monday 27th April 2015

A look at how one college is using technology to work with schools and attract a wide range of talented new students

Staircase 12

Make: Text and computer-assisted research in Humanities – Tuesday 28th April 2015

As technology use takes centre stage in humanities research come and find out about cutting edge tools to support your research

Humanities Research

Make: 3D printing at the RSL: Adding a new dimension to research – Thursday 30th April 2015

3D printing is being used in a range of fields from aeronautical engineering to medical science – find out how you can explore and make use of this new approach in your own work

3D Printing

Make: Active essays with embedded computational artefacts – Wednesday 6th May 2015

In some fields such as chemistry the active essay is becoming a standard approach to sharing kowledge – this talks introduces a fresh way to approach sharing knowledge.

Active Essays

Make: Shoot better movies on your mobile – Thursday 7th May 2015

This talk is going to give you an edge in making the best use of smartphone technology to create compelling movies.


Make: Skills – A planning tool for researchers – Thursday 19th May 2015

If you agree that failing to plan is planning to fail then don’t miss this talk on getting research organised!


Make: Improve your digital music collection – Thursday 21st May 2015

Curating and managing creative digital media can be made easier with the right tools – come along and find out how to get more from your digital musical collection


Make: Using Raspberry Pis for teaching in schools in Rural India – Monday 1st June 2015

The Raspberry Pi is introducing a whole generation of coders to producing innovative products using low-cost technology. This talk is a fascinating glimpse into their use in the development of high level skills in the challenging environment of rural India.

Raspberry Pi

Make: 3D – The story of a map – Tuesday 2nd June 2015

Stories are at the heart of creativity and this talk demonstrates just how intriguing and powerful the stories are that can be told when new technologies such as 3D modelling are added to map data to attract and guide users around London and other cities.


Make: Finding rare animals in remote places: clouded leopards in the Himalayas – Tuesday 9th June 2015

Field work has a host of challenges and most of them were experienced in this fascinating study of a rare creature in a hostile environment using remote cameras.


Make: Blogs and blog posts – opportunities and academic impact – Monday 22nd June 2015

As a style of academic writing the blog can be very powerful and can introduce your work to a wider audience – but it is not easy to crack the blogging world and this talk will show you how to attract and build your audience.


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make:2015 Coming soon!

make: is now in its sixth year, and we have another interesting series in the last stages of plan. Look out for announcements and come back here soon.

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make: 3D – An overview of Blender

Blender is a free, open source, cross platform tool that can be used for, amongst many other things, creating 3D models and animations. Rowan Wilson, from the OSWatch team here in IT Services, described the basic concepts that underlie 3D modelling, and then demonstrated the key features of the tool.

Rowan is very keen to hear from researchers who think they may have a need for 3D modelling in their research and can be reached via the OSWatch team.

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make: 3D – Ancient and modern animal anatomy modelling

Sam Giles’ research is in paleobiology; she spends time reconstructing the anatomy of fossilised animals many hundreds of millions of years old. To do this, Sam uses CT scanners to build the datasets that she turns into the 3D visualisations, and from there into printed 3D models.


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