Category Archives: Technology

Interactive grass identification

Traditional grass identification keys will typically focus on choosing between two options to gradually filter down options. This helps to quite accurately determine the relevant grass species. Sometimes the features included at certain stages of the keys can be difficult to judge by an inexperienced but keen user who goes down a false path and then has to back track. This can be off putting for some. To help make the process easier to follow and introduce some additional criteria

Web 1.0, 2.0, ++

A bite sized take on Web numbering Early numbers, 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0, are generally fairly widely accepted, although anything higher is arguably more made-up and used for envisioning a concept, which may or may not deliver a tangible outcome. Some realistic and not so realistic outcomes…. Let’s start with Web 1.0, which was the original passive web which started it all off and allowed for the display and operation of hypertext links. The WWW was invented by Tim Berners

Sustainable turfgrass management model -further thoughts

I’ve been developing further the concept for a model which can be used as a learning aid for managers and providers (for example funding parties) of turfgrass surfaces. Effective turf management involves understanding many complex ecological interactions, this model aims to simplify these so they are more understandable and demonstrable. An additional anticipated benefit is that the model could be used to demonstrate to non-experts the impacts and consequences of various actions that can occur on a sports surface: particular questions to be

Nano learning – 3D learning element

I’ve just started to read “The Shallows: How the internet is changing the way we think, read and remember” (Nicholas Carr, 2010) with the narrative being developed in the book exploring how the Internet is affecting how we learn. Certainly a thought provoking book which I think can positively contribute to the discussion of why life-long learning is a definite benefit to the well-being (and health) of us all. This made me think back to my article on nano-learning from last year

Modelling Playing Quality – Ball Roll

Looking further into how to develop an all encompassing model which can be used to help manage turfgrass surfaces in a sustainable way, it’s clear there will need to be numerous sub-models for experimenting with different aspects of a complete system model. Linking the different sub-models will then be a challenge. I was initially thinking of carrying out the required calculations for the sub-models using php, however, I revisited the Jquery plugin Calx which can mimic Excel to a certain degree