Inspired by a Possum

Inspired by an anonymous possum is not normally how I would start a blog post,  but the incongruous “EdTech Possum” tweeted sometime in July about Twitter and specifically Tweetchats. Well the first statement “Twitter is not a Personal Learning Network” is contextual, clearly for this particular marsupial, no it probably isn’t. But it is for…

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They Have a Fight, Triangle Wins

(this blogpost co-authored by Lawrie Phipps Donna Lanclos) (this post originally appeared on Donna’s website – but yanno – #interwebs!) The last time that Lawrie Phipps and I ran a digital mapping session at the Jisc digital leadership course, early in 2018, we had just finished answering all of the questions we usually fielded once…

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Here come the forecasts

So the clocks have gone back, the nights are drawing in, and the Edtechnorati are writing their end of 2018 / start of 2019 edtech forecasts. (With apologies to Seamus)   The Edtech Forecast Blackboard, Moodle, Fronter, Pearson: Westerly, veering southerly, constructivist, downturn. Canvas, outlying, veering mainstream, not yet connectivist. Start-ups, vying, occasionally rough, turning…

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Today I am 50: I am birder

[caption id="attachment_8094" align="alignright" width="136"] “The Observer’s Book of Birds”[/caption] Today I am 50 years old. I am going birdwatching. I started birding (a term we use for birdwatching) in the late 70’s and I have always been an aspiring amateur naturalist. So what’s that got to do with this blog? My birding kit in the…

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Time to put a stop to the Sound-byte Generation

Touch-Screen Generation, iPad Generation, Generation Z, Touchscreen Teens These kinds of terms are a useful way for identifying if a talk will be any good or whether it will be full of sound-bytes. But the language is more than that, using it in this way disenfranchises billions of people in the world with no access…

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Do we need new pedagogies? Really?

I was engaged in an online discussion recently, and frankly annoyed. There are a lot of commentators pushing for pedagogy to catch up with technology, or for technology to catch up with pedagogy. And don’t even get me started when someone starts throwing around things like heutagogy. So I wanted to reflect on three things…

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