Recently I was asked if I had anything to use with academic staff and/or students to give them some basic pointers on how to be a little more savvy with their social media use.
I’ve often heard the phrase “We don’t have time!” during staff development sessions where staff are encouraged to embed technology into their practice. Without wanting to get into the argument of whether this is a perfectly justified response or whether it hides a range of other issues that are not technology related per se (like anything else, it will depend on context), I wanted to flag one tool in particular that can save time.
As free screencasting tools go, Screencast-O-Matic is my favourite. It features as number 27 in the Top 100 Tools for Learning poll of 2015 and is an easy way to create fairly short screencasts (15 minutes or less) to help reinforce key topics with learners. Continue reading Tools to Promote Learning (#3 Screencast-O-Matic)
Continuing in a similar vein to my previous post on this subject, I thought I’d write a quick post on another tool that I’ve found incredibly useful for engaging learners with video – Zaption. Continue reading Tools to Promote Learning (#2 Zaption)
Focus on the learning, not the tool.
This is an all-too familiar mantra for those working in elearning circles and one that’s difficult to argue against. Continue reading Tools to Promote Learning (#1 Mentimeter)
Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting one of my childhood heroes: Johnny Ball, the star of many a Childrens TV show from the late 70s right through to the 90s (remember Think Again or Johnny Ball Reveals All anyone?). For the younger readers who may not be familiar with his work Johnny Ball is perhaps best known for popularising Mathematics with his inimtable approach and style. Continue reading Being on the Ball with your Digital Identity
Right, now I’ve hooked your attention with an ambiguous title, allow me to clarify: in this post I want to explore how you can revamp your image (or indeed images) to create dynamic learning objects. How? By taking a closer look at ThingLink and, more importantly, how you could use it creatively to embed meaningful activities into lessons. Continue reading Looking to revamp your image?
I know, it’s a ridiculously facile question on the surface. With so many options out there it’s difficult to single out just one. Besides, the key consideration has to be what you are trying to achieve with your learners, but that isn’t the only consideration: context is everything. Continue reading What is your favourite collaboration tool for learning?
Facebook often provokes mixed opinions from teachers when exploring its educational applications and, as a fellow sceptic myself, I thought I’d take this opportunity to share my own experiences of moderating a Facebook group. Continue reading Observations on Moderating a Facebook Group