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Get an infographic of your twitter stats, then knock it down Angry Birds style! Can you beat my 10,902 pts?
Do you have an active online presence? Are you looking for a quick and stylish way to present a bio online?
This is what it looks like… Have a look at some of the featured bio’s for inspiration (if you need it).
Another great, warming recipe to share with you. A lovely golden brown picture of this Curry-spiced Shepherds’ Pie caught my eye in the latest Delicious magazine. Lucky we had most of the ingredients. So simple, so delicious, all the bowls were licked clean!
In a world of hyperconnectivity, are we really connecting with learners? Can Moodle help us connect? Here’s an overview of what I got out of Moodle Moot 2012. Click the title of this post to watch my presentation.
Recently, I have been collating useful infographics. In fact, I think I’m slightly addicted. You can view my collection here at Pinterest. Some are related to teaching and learning and some are a bit more random, like 20 Awesome Free Fonts, ePortfolio’s and the Psychology of Colour.
Here’s a great one I came across today.
OK, so I was wrong! In my communications so far I have suggested tools like Twitter will reduce email overload…
Now I’m wondering why I even suggested that. Do they really, or are we just spreading the information overload? Perhaps we are, perhaps we are all searching for ways to filter the masses of information out there that we now have access to.
This article, “How To deal with Twitter overload” recommends some ways to “gracefully manage” Twitter using lists, time out, Twitter Apps, searching and more.
Just what is a Twitter fail whale anyway?
At my current workplace there has been a challenge issued by our Institute Director to reduce our current ‘Email Overload’. It’s a really good idea and was cleverly kicked off with a challenge set out in a video message (not email). I think this method of promotion and communication has seen a much higher level of engagement. For the first time I have heard people talking about the challenge, reminding each other not to send ‘emails’ if it can be avoided, and communicating in other spaces, like Yammer, Twitter, Facebook and even on a blog.
The challenge, and a recent staff survey has made me think about why we still rely on email at work. Most people I know rarely communicate by email at home anymore, preferring tools like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. These are tools that I have been using since 2007. Some of the challenges I’ve encountered when trying to incorporate use of these tools into the workplace include;
People are finally starting to embrace other communication tools to engage with each other at work, to find a purpose for using them and to realise the benefits. Is this because they use them at home and now they ‘get it’ and can see how to apply them at work? Is this the start of communicating in new ways at work, how long will it be until we see some real change?
What is the primary method of communication for your organisation? Is email still the major communication tool or are you doing something different? I’d love to know…
Well, we may have a little chef on our hands. Either that or a brick layer, or renderer… he’s obsessed with mixing. This morning we had to walk the development to see all the builders, the cement trucks and men laying driveways. He loves being in the kitchen, “look, see, mummy?” So cute. This evening we made some peanut butter cookies, he has to crack the egg and mix the dough. Gets very upset when we put it in the oven and there’s no more mixing.
Kylie, you have inspired me to update my list of recipes!
All important questions when you’ve just had a baby, I’ll spare you the details. This is where location enable services/ geo-tagging can help!
Personally, I use location enabled technology on my iPhone now more than I actually talk to people. I use it to help me find my friends, my phone (my toddler keeps hiding it), my way around, facilities and services nearby (like bars, banks, hospitals, etc) and even the nearest toilet!
I’m also excited about the educational opportunities that this technology may lead to. Nearly everyone has access to this kind of technology now, mostly in the form of a smartphone or tablet device.
Geotagging is the term given to the adding of geographical metadata to photos, videos, tweets, websites and other media. This ‘metadata’ can include longitude and latitude, and other attributes such as altitude.
Because a high percentage of people have the access to that kind of technology (smartphones have become essential items for many students, sometimes they even use them for talking with people), so why not provide educational opportunities for them.
Here’s a sample Lesson: Which Tree is which?
Objectives: the student will study trees on their campus, document findings and collect samples, images (smartpohone records GPS coordinates) then analyze the data upon returning to their classroom in order to identify the trees.
I was just reading an interesting article about QR codes, which fail to engage young consumers. The findings below (from 500 students across 24 colleges across the US) interestingly show that only 21% of students could cope with the technology, they thought the process just took too long, they lost interest
It’s surprising to me that so many people struggled with the technology, its as simple as taking a photo with a smartphone, easier than tying a web address into the phones browser. Isn’t it?
I agree though with this point;
“Remember, when it comes to trends, especially those in the tech fields, adoption doesn’t trickle down to college students but rather the other way around. The college campus is what drives our popular culture – always has, always will. Without adoption or buy-in from this segment, a product will continually struggle for relevancy.”
I also have to admit that when I first saw the QR code, I jumped in, head-first, finding reasons for educators to use this technology to deliver content in new, engaging ways. But I don’t scan them myself, the novelty has well worn off, there’s no ‘what’s in it for me?’, so why would I expect anyone else to? Is anyone doing anything really innovative with QR codes? Is it working?
I’d be interested to know. Bring on Augmented Reality!
I recently attended the Strategic Regional Leadership for Innovation Conference in Port Macquarie. The conference attracted more than 300 delegates, was opened by North Coast TAFE’s institute director, Elizabeth McGregor and featured many speakers, including the Hon Simon Crean MP, the Hon Andrew Stoner, MP, Rob Oakeshott MP and many more, including the engaging and “17th most important person in London”, Dr Tim Williams, Publicani.
The conference attracted considerable media attention and was pivotal in reshaping thinking about regional leadership across Australia with a big focus on the NBN (National Broadband Network) and the opportunities and services it will bring to the mid-north coast. North Coast TAFE had a great stand demonstrating how we are currently using new technologies in education. The stand was manned by myself (a.k.a. Gadget Girl). North Coast TAFE had many presentations throughout the conference, but I thought I’d share the prezi that I developed because I just heart prezi.