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…

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…

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…