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Information & Software Technology

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Information & Software Technology covers Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, database design, multimedia development, programming, networking, web site creation and related areas. Students develop skills in design, communications, a knowledge of continually developing technology and methods, effective internet usage & understanding and knowledge of digital media. Practical components [obviously not included here] form a major part of this study.

This page covers information on all the above areas. It includes portals, tutorials, sites for specific resources, activities, tips & tricks, historical information, communication skills, programs, more.

AI & Robotics

Artificial Intelligence

Includes simulation, modelling, … .

  • 100 Best Artificial Intelligence Videos
  • AI on the Web
    ‘Links to 868 pages around the web with information on Artificial Intelligence. Some links will pop up additional information when you move the mouse over them’. 15 major directories, each with multiple sub-directories.
  • AI Toolkit
    Free software package. Has comprehensible training modules, interactive graphical interfaces, provides hands-on examples of applying AI techniques to research problems.
  • Artificial Intelligence
    History, problems [sub-sections], approaches [sub-sections], tools [sub-sections], evaluating process, applications [sub-sections], philosophy, prediction, notes, references, further reading, links. Wikipedia.
  • Artificial Intelligence FAQs
    Stanford University. Starts at the beginning with What is Artificial Intelligence ?.
  • Artificial Intelligence : History Highlights and Outlook
    ‘Until 2000 or so, most AI systems were limited and based on heuristics. In the new millennium a new type of universal AI has gained momentum. It is mathematically sound, combining theoretical computer science and probability theory to derive optimal behaviour for robots and other systems embedded in a physical environment’. Extensive coverage of both areas.
  • Artificial Intelligence News
    ScienceDaily. News, articles, videos, images, books, RSS, more.
  • Branches of AI
    Stanford University. ‘Some of these may be regarded as concepts or topics rather than full branches’.
  • Free Online Artificial Intelligence Tutorials
    Multiple tutorials on aspects of AI.
  • International Society of Artificial Life
    Publications, news, online resources, more.
  • KurzweilAI
    News, articles, links to related areas, spotlight on a topic, visions of the future, nanotechnology, further sections to check.
  • PC AI
    ‘The latest information on intelligent applications, artificial intelligence. Online issues include tutorials, new product announcements, buyer’s guides, examples of successful uses of these technologies to solve real world problems’.
  • Theory of Universal Learning Machines
    And Universal AI. Good, basic coverage of the area, links to related aspects.
  • Welcome to AI Topics
    ‘A dynamic library of introductory information about Artificial Intelligence’. From Agents, philosophy, history, to the Turing Test.

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Robotics & Automated Systems

  • AITopics : Robots
    Extensive listing of annotated links from Good Places to Start through news, articles and more.
  • GoRobotics.net
    ‘My goal was to create the ultimate resource for amateur robotics, with a focus on getting beginners started’. Articles, searchable archives by month or categories.
  • Learn About Robots
    ‘Learn about robots and robotics engineering. In most cases I give a small description of each individual robot or application. I encourage you to conduct your own research on any robots you find interesting’.
  • LEGO Digital Designer
    ‘The program that lets you build with LEGO bricks on your computer. Learn more about LDD and how you get started by using our new tutorial movies’. Also check the LDraw page. This ‘is an open standard for LEGO CAD programs that allow the user to create virtual LEGO models and scenes’.
  • Links to Other Sites
    Compilation of links by the University of Sydney for research and academic sites linked to robotics.
  • Robocup Junior
    Nationwide robotics initiative, information about robotics in Australia, including applications, generic modelling, extensive links to robotic information, sites in Australia and overseas.
  • Robotics
    Etymology, history, components, control, research, education and training, employment, notes, bibliography, further reading, other links. Wikipedia.
  • Robotics in Australia
    ‘Groups and projects’. Includes name, place of groups, major topics, researchers, some of their projects.
  • Robotics Online
    Primarily about industrial robotics. Newsletters, Ask the Experts, Beginner’s Guide, Industry trends, safety training, links.
  • Roboworld : The Robots > Sensing, Thinking, and Acting.
  • Robotics Tutorial
    ExpertCore. 40 short videos ranging from an introduction through to robotics in the future.
  • Robot Information Central
    Check the information on this site ! Quite breathtaking. Start with Robot FAQs, the chronology of robots, robot competitions, find robot toys. The sections simply continue.
    Excellent !
  • Robots
    Home page of the IEEE Spectrum site. Access information on Robotics from the top menu. DIY to AI, Home robotics to Industrial, software. This site has information not restricted to this topic alone.
  • Robots.net - Robot News
    ‘The latest news on robots, robot competitions, cognitive science, other cool stuff’.
    Highly Recommended !
  • World Of Robotics Online
    As well as kits they have a range of other material.

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Internet & Media Development

Internet & Website Development

  • Cascading Style Sheets
    ‘Save a lot of work with CSS ! In our CSS tutorial you will learn how to use CSS to control the style and layout of multiple Web pages all at once’. w3schools.com. For beginners you might also check the CSS Beginner Tutorial while for those at an advanced level, one of the best sites can be found at A List Apart.
  • HTMLementary
    ‘Tutorial and guide to learning HTML and writing Web pages. Sample Web pages display beside your browser’s output. All HTML tags are linked to brief descriptions. Includes free HTML editor and colour calculator’.
  • HTML Goodies : The Ultimate HTML Resource
    Primers, HTML 5, Tutorials for specific aspects and much more.
  • JavaScript for the Total Non-Programmer
    ‘This tutorial will take you step by step through the fundamentals of Javascript. You will learn how to write functions, use data from text boxes, create IF-THEN conditionals, program loops, generally make your web page smarter’.
  • Weballey
    ‘Web Publishing Made Easy’. Multiple HTML tutorials, web design articles, resources, web tools, more.
  • Web Pages that Suck
    ‘Examples of Bad Web design Technique’. The Daily Sucker, archives, information. ‘The goal is to help you design effective and aesthetically pleasing web pages. My method is to show you bad design techniques so you’ll realise what they are and not use them’.
  • XML Files
    Everything from the basics to examples, XML DTD and XML DOM, links.

Multimedia Development

  • Australian Centre for the Moving Image
    Their “Education” section has resources, study guides, information on education events, student and teacher programs.
  • Flash Kit : A Flash Developer Resource Site
    Of particular value may be the tutorials [1 000+] found by scrolling down the menus on the right hand side.
  • Media College
    ‘Free resource website providing educational and reference material in the field of electronic media. Topics include video & television production, audio work, still imagery & graphics, website design, more’. Quick Guides, Tutorials, charts, illustrations, utilities, references.

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Software Development

Software Development & Programming

  • Introduction to Programming Languages
    ‘We will be making this course, Brown’s upper-level programming languages offering, available for free on the Web. People anywhere are welcome to view the lectures, read the materials, and do the assignments. The on-line version does not offer credit from Brown’. Now over but you can still do the course and view material.
  • BASIC-256
    ‘designed to teach children the basics of computer programming. It’s a strictly line-oriented language, which helps kids easily see how program flow-control works. It has a built-in graphics mode which lets them draw pictures on screen in minutes and a set of detailed, easy-to-follow tutorials that introduce programming concepts through fun exercises’.
  • List of Programming Languages
    ‘The aim of this list of programming languages is to include all notable programming languages in existence, both those in current use and historical ones’. Links to further information from each. Wikipedia.
  • The Language Guide
    40 different programming languages from Ada to XML. Each looks at history, significant features, areas of application, samples, links, references.
  • WebReference.com
    Newsletters [Free], information on specific programming languages, reference sources, coding tools, articles, more.
    Worth visiting.

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Other Information

Other Sites

  • Australian Computer Society
  • devx
    ‘The know-how behind application development’. Wealth of information, essentially only for senior students.
  • Ethics in Computing
    ‘Directory of links concerning many issues and topics related to computers and their use’.
  • Hitmill
    Internet Training and Technology for Students. Multiple sections cover computers, the internet, specific program training [Photoshop tutorials], web technologies, programming [covers a number of languages and scripts].
  • Information and Software Technology
    ‘The following resources have been developed to support Stage 5 Information and Software Technology’. Digital Education Revolution, Department of Education & Training, NSW.
  • Links for Learning
    Stage 5 Information and Software Technology. Computer Hardware tutorials, Digital Media, Multimedia, Robotics. Digital Education Revolution, Department of Education & Training, NSW.
  • Printed Circuit Board Artist Software
    ‘Welcome to The Industry’s Best FREE Printed Circuit Board Layout Software’.
  • Scratch
    ‘Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music and art - and share your creations on the web. As young people create and share Scratch projects, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. Scratch is developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab’. More than 1 000 000 projects, many galleries, tutorials, ScratchEd for educators, wiki, more.
  • Software Engineering Resources
    Annotated links grouped under headings. Includes software, articles, information, more.
    Highly recommended.
  • Solid State Technology Association [JEDEC]
    ‘The leading developer of standards for the solid-state industry. Publications and standards they generate are accepted throughout the world. All JEDEC standards are available online, at no charge’.
  • VCE IT
    For those involved with the Senior IT Curriculum in Victoria [and elsewhere], this could prove a must visit site.

Tutorials

  • Good Tutorials
    [35 000+ tutorials listed]. IT areas from CSS and HTML to Photoshop and Ruby.
  • Tutorialized
    “Where Everything is a Tutorial”. 2D/3D graphics, web development, video editing, operating systems, databases, more.

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