The aim of Glew was always to develop a system to bring together the best of the web and OpenSource and free software tools for learning. The core Glew portal is built with Drupal (version 7 of the OpenSource CMS which other sites such as whitehouse.org, MTV UK and many others) and brings together Google Apps for Education and hosted applications such as WordPress (both ePortfolios and blogs), Mahara (dedicated ePortfolio software), Moodle and Limesurvey. But the aim has always been to add the best of the web for learning to the mix. But how?
Every learner is different, every teacher is different, all need to be able to customise their experience to meet their needs. Glew needed a simple way to allow users to customise their Glew launchpad with the best tools and services on the web. But we also expect more from our online tools now – simply serving up a set of static shortcuts for users (see my post on the current state of RM Unify) is not acceptable. We want to be notified about the headlines in our RSS feeds, the number of new messages in our mail and much more. Our interface has to feed us the information we expect, streamlining how we learn and work by providing “at a glance” information and notifications.
With this new interface you can drag/drop your AppTiles and LiveTiles to the positions you want, you can remove tiles by dragging them to the trashcan and you can add new ones (or the old ones) by selecting Apps from the toolbar and adding them from the AppLibrary.
Now that the framework and the initial AppTiles(static) and a few LiveTiles are available, I will be adding more LiveTiles to the service. Have a look at Glew now and please suggest live tiles that you would like to see.
Are there any limitations with certain devices, eg how does it work with an Ipad using Chrome?
Just tested here but none of the tiles work, am I doing something wrong?
Hi Richard, iPad version isn’t fully functional just yet. Scrolls work but I need to recode the touch icons for iPad and Android. Supported at the moment is IE9+, Safari, Firefox and Chrome on Windows and Mac OS X.
Hi Richard, just an update. You should find that the Apps in the main dashboard now work great and you can drag/drop and open applications on iOS and Android. I’m still debugging a few problems with the AppLibrary 🙂
Really beautiful interface. I did try to get in and tinker, but I’ve utterly forgotten my password and seem to have made some sort of mistake when filling in one of my security questions.
Any chance you could reset my password? I’ve used the email addy for the account to make this post.
I’ve sent you an email with new login details. I’m planning to add more apps shortly and I’ve written a module to use OAuth authentication for other services like Dropbox, Twitter, Facebook etc. Just need the development time to get the apps written. Exciting times.
Most schools are still using IE 7 or IE 8 will this work?
I’m working on compatibility back to IE7 but at the moment it is compatible with IE9+, Chrome and Firefox. I am working on some small bugs with Safari and mobile. I’ll then move on to any issues with IE7/8.
Its really a great work done by you. Hats off! Will it be possible to create a module in drupal for the core Glew functionality, I mean a module which can be fit with any theme and can provide the tiles capability to that theme.
I am really dieing to have it as module which I can use with my own theme.
Appreciate your work once again
Thanks for porting this to php. Appreciate your efforts, Did you also made a theme for drupal ?
Yes, but I’ve now started moving the whole thing to WordPress to deploy as a plugin/theme combo.
Thanks for the initial work on GlewTiles, this is the exact theme which I was looking for. However, I got the source files and placed it in themes folder of my Drupal installation, but my Drupal 7 seems not to recognize the theme. Is there anything which I need to do?
There are a number of prerequisites before you use the theme. I deployed a number of modules which you will need because they are referenced in the theme. You’ll need AES, Field_extract, field_permissions, field_ui, libraries, memcache, memcache_admin, rules, rules_admin, simplesamlphp_auth, views_ui
I created additional fields for firstname, lastname, etc. which are referenced in the code.