Small Things

4 mins reading Today the small country town of Kyneton said goodbye to Dordy. The last surviving sibling of a family of nine children, with many children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of her own, Dordy passed away peacefully at 91 years of age. Her name isn’t actually Dordy though; it’s Doreen, and she lived an inspiring…

Belonging

2 mins reading and 12 mins listening Episode 3 of the Digital Learning with @digitalzones podcast is now online!! Following on from recent posts on building community, being visible, and promoting bravery, this week’s conversation looks at how both students and teachers might go outside their comfort zones to belong in a digital world. My special guest…

Eduveillance

3 mins reading and ?? mins viewing Eduveillance. I don’t know if it’s technically a word, but I like it. The term has a ‘breadth’ to it, suggesting it covers a range of phenomena – and it needs to. Eduveillance is a vast, complex subject, and I thought I’d use this post to touch briefly…

Don’t Stand Still

3 mins reading and 20 mins viewing (if you want to) I thought I’d share some wisdom here via the words and experiences of Joe Bovalino – a former student, then fellow teacher, now colleague working at another university (i.e. a traitor, but he’s still okay). In addition to teaching Screen Media and other things…

On Twitter

1 min reading and 11 mins listening Recent blogs have highlighted Twitter as a highly valuable avenue for developing an online learning community and facilitating creative capacity-building. But the perspectives contained within those posts, including the video I myself made and a podcast chat recorded with fellow Digital Media teacher Emily Wade, are those of…

Building Community

2 mins reading and 8 mins viewing Yesterday’s podcast conversation with Emily Wade focused in part on the theme of creating online learning communities for and alongside students. This is increasingly a pedagogical necessity amidst diversifying study patterns and behaviours, and a widespread sense of isolation experienced by a large number of students (and not…

Promoting Bravery

1 min reading and 15 mins listening With the Digital Learning with @digitalzones podcast now up on all the major platforms, it’s time for a new episode release! Episode 2 critiques pervasive stereotypes of young people that seldom match up with the experiences of the majority, but which nonetheless have widespread impact on people’s (self-)perceptions…

Authentic Performances

9 mins reading and 12 mins viewing Recently I wrote about the themes of being visible and being on camera, both of which raise the important question of how to do so in an ‘authentic’ way. You’ll notice I used inverted commas around that word (and you’ll see me do it a lot), as the…

A Touch of Spontaneity

2 mins reading and 30 seconds viewing So I had a different plan for this post today, but I decided to get a little creative with video-making and thought I’d share that here instead. The video was spontaneous so why not the blog post too…? I was out walking the dog in the rain when…

Discussion Bored

3 mins reading You know when you’re chatting to someone on WhatsApp and you click on a message only to wait 5 seconds before you’re able to read it? Oh, wait, that’s not Whatsapp. You know when you’re searching for a recent conversation you had on Facebook and need to scroll through a long list…