Serendipitous Moments

1 min reading and 3 mins viewing Yesterday I made a brief Twitter video for Digital Media students who are for the most part wading into very unfamiliar territory. The main goal of this was to allay the nerves of at least some people about the idea of filming themselves on camera, but it ended…

Sharing is Good

2 mins reading My younger sister and I often laugh about the frequent stories our Dad would tell us as kids recounting how, as a child, he would always share everything with his siblings. Given information that we’ve been able to glean from other sources (including alternate stories our father has told over the years),…

Connected Teachers

3 mins reading When I was an undergraduate student I once visited a lecturer in their office to ask a question. I don’t remember what the question was, but I do remember walking away without an answer (or at least a sufficient one) and, more importantly, with the distinct feeling that my enquiry hadn’t been…

Being on Camera

8 mins reading and 3 mins viewing Yesterday’s blog on the benefits of Being Visible raises the question of how one might best do this in the medium of video. Over the years I’ve done a lot of things right and I’ve gotten a lot of things wrong, so I thought I’d take you through…

Being Visible

4 mins reading Some years ago, a student who I’d never met or spoken to came up to me after a graduation ceremony. This student had recognised me from my YouTube videos in a unit she’d studied as part of her degree. She told me that even though she was an off-campus student studying from…

The Phone Ban

5 mins reading When it comes to the ban, I’m not jumping on the bandwagon just yet… I’d initially decided I wasn’t going to blog about this subject, but then a tweet I saw yesterday… I think all high schools should have the right to do spot checks of students' (children's) social media accounts to…

On Resilience

1 min reading and 20 mins listening Just a brief blog today, because I want to give you every opportunity – if you have the time and inclination – to listen to a conversation I recorded recently for the Social Media Stories podcast. Resilience was a term that was being used frequently when I first began…

Be Brief… Or Don’t

3 mins reading Brevity may be the soul of wit, but it is seldom the soul of education. There’s a lot of emphasis on making learning materials short and snappy in curriculum discussions these days. Phrases such as ‘digestible’ are thrown around quite a bit when taking into account audience expectations, capacity, and behaviours. Judgements…

A New Beginning

2 mins reading and 11 mins listening I started something new today. Something exciting. Since setting up this site several weeks ago, a major aim I had in mind was to bring in other people’s experiences and perspectives. It didn’t take a great deal of thought to conclude that recording conversations with practitioners from the…

Let Them Choose

3 mins reading The first time time I witnessed the power of enabling student agency was when I was in Grade 5. Of course, I wasn’t able to conceptualise it as that until a long, long time after I left primary school, but looking back on it now, that’s exactly what I had (accidentally) accomplished……