Emojis – fad, or fabulous?

I have been meaning to write a blog post on the role of Emojis in communication and literacy for a while, and what better day to write it than on World Emoji Day. Yes, Emojis, those little pictures that animate texts and Facebook posts have an official day to celebrate them, and today is that day. Emojis have been around since the late 1990’s. Emerging from Japan, Wikipedia tells us the word emoji comes from Japanese e (絵, “picture”) + moji (文字, “character”). The apparent resemblance to the English words “emotion” and “emoticon” is just a coincidence. Lots of people...

Pokemon Go brings Augmented Reality to the Mainstream

You would  have  to be living under a rock to not have noticed that in the last week or so, Pokemon Go seems to have taken over the world. It doesn’t matter where you are, these (cute?) creatures are popping up (that is, if you hold your phone at the right angle!) flickr photo shared by edowoo under a Creative Commons ( BY-SA ) license Pokemon Go is based on Augmented Reality. I’ve written about this technology before on the ResourceLink blog, and although the technology has been around for a while, it hasn’t been until this week that it...

Making Twitter Work For You – Lists

After my post introducing Twitter to newbies, I thought I’d follow up with a second post for those who have dipped their toes in, but wanted to know a little more about how to get the best out of Twitter. This post spells out the secrets behind Twitter Lists – a feature that is under-utilized, but which puts you in control of your Twitter stream. It is particularly powerful if you use Twitter to connect and learn with others across a number of different topics. It helps turn your Twitter stream from a hodge podge of random posts into an...

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...