Twitter for Newbies: why get connected?

It’s 2016, and we live in a social media age. Even without realising it, social networks such as Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter provide us with news and information on a daily basis. Traditional journalism uses it to get the inside scoop on what’s happening, and citizen journalists are capturing the news as it happens. What does this have to do with you, as an educator, and your choice to use Twitter? So much. The world we live in has changed beyond measure in the last ten years. The way we communicate, create and share information has led to a world...

Creating Talking Books – a practical example of digital literacy development

I have written about digital literacy quite extensively and you can read about various models of digital literacy in my recent post, Defining and Developing Digital Literacy. I have also spoken about strategies for developing digital literacies, but have not specifically offered ideas for classroom activities. This post is aimed at sharing one practical idea for developing digital literacies – by creating talking digital books. This is not a new idea – there are countless resources online giving great information on how to engage in this type of activity with your students. It may be adapted for almost any age group, and is...

Keeping track of passwords – KeePass!

Every day it seems like another major site is being hacked. Data from the Linked In hack is still being sold online, and recently MySpace data was shared, proving that those old, forgotten accounts might be just as vulnerable as the ones you use everyday. With huge amounts of our personal data being stored online by ourselves and others, being security aware is more important than ever. This gorgeous interactive infographic shares the world’s biggest data breaches, and demonstrates how areas ranging from finance, healthcare, media and retail are all open to attack. It’s not just websites that can be hacked. With the Internet...

Reflecting on Revolution School

I try to keep my blog pretty light and enjoyable, and I hope that this post is the same. However, by light and enjoyable, I do not mean uninformed. Many of my blog posts are informed by or directly drawn from my doctoral research, and also are based upon almost 20 years as an educator and a librarian working in a range of different settings. This post, however does not focus on strategies or solutions, or on what I have discovered through my research. This post is me thinking aloud, and wondering if perhaps I am on the wrong track...

Attention teachers, librarians, makers: lend me your ears!

So I’ll be honest, #blogjune hasn’t worked out quite as I’d hoped. I had been making fantastic daily progress when I was struck down with a hideous head cold. The kind that makes you feel like a zombie, and any kind of thinking beyond ‘when’s my next scotch, honey and lemon drink coming?’ is just too much. However, I’m feeling much better now, and thought I’d celebrate my return to health by sharing two really awesome tools, one of which you may already know, but one which I am sure many of you may not have seen, and that I...

Networks and Webs – inspired by a metaphor

I love reading the work of Jenny Mackness. She is an independent researcher, who blogs about many topics that aligned with areas that are of great interest to me. Her most recent post was called “New Metaphors for Learning“, and it got me thinking about how much we rely on metaphors for understanding, and how the metaphor has come particularly alive now that we are all able to create and share visual and multimedia to express ourselves online. Jenny observes that once you begin thinking about metaphors for learning, you realise they are everywhere. She points to this fantastic presentation...

A Meme is a powerful thing to waste…

Understanding the potential of the meme… See more on Know Your Meme An internet meme (pronounced meem) is a moving feast. What was cool last week is now so over, and it can seem like a full time job to keep your finger on the pulse. A meme is what everyone is talking about right now. Some of the best known during the past few years include Success Kid and one of my personal favourites, Dog Shaming. Some of the most well known internet memes are recognisable as an image with a pithy quote overlaid., but they can be a cartoon,...

Go back in Time – for real! (No Dr Who spoilers :-))

So…true story. I found an awesome research article yesterday. What made it especially awesome was that it referred to a paper which looked EVEN MORE awesome! I know, sometimes I get excited about strange things. The reference list even had a url for this most awesome article, which happened to be a conference paper delivered in 2010. I clicked on the link and….404! Page Not Found! Noooooo! Normally, this would be enough to make anyone throw up their hands in frustration and decide that the day was better spent binge watching Netflix. But not for me. I had a secret...

Be inspired! A gorgeous dashboard to raise your productivity

I don’t know about you, but when I fire up my laptop some mornings I feel the need for something more than caffeine to get me motivated to write. The Momentum Dashboard is just the thing. Each time I open up my Chrome browser I am greeted with a friendly salutation, the most gorgeous image and the option to add my own list of things to do for the day. It looks something like this:Each day there is a new inspirational quote which you can easily tweet (to share the goodwill!) and you can add your own links and todo...

Keeping #blogjune pretty – Finding and attributing Creative Commons Images

flickr photo shared by alicejamieson under a Creative Commons ( BY-NC-ND ) license Awesome blog posts communicate on many different levels. You may have noticed that I am a huge fan of infographics for capturing a lot of information in an appealing way. The saying ‘a picture says a thousand words’ is so true. In any blog post, an image that commands attention, that conveys additional information, sets the tone or lightens up a heavy topic is always worthwhile. However, although we have access to literally millions of images on Google, we don’t own or have permission to just randomly...