The 101 of Tweet Chat participation

Social media for learning is one of the best resources available to us. I’m a fan of the access to content that supports our growth for learning. Active participation, or even being an elegant lurker, allows for the engagement that can trigger ideas, inspiration, connections, and possibility. The chance to explore ideas connected to current…

#MuseumEdOz is launched

Over the past few months I’ve been working with the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney as a Visiting Research Fellow. We have been exploring how we can engage education audiences with learning and social media (you can read more here and here on initial thinking). It has been such an exciting adventure…

The 9 commandments of Tweets that add no value

A fellow passionate social media user for professional connections pinged me a great blog post that made me think about the value of tweets and how we critically read them. Jan (@Janpcim)  and I have regularly talked about the value of social media for us as educators. We are both advocates of this way of working and…

#AcademicsWhoTweet meets #digitalacademics

Over two days I was involved in what I’m calling a Think Tank. Great brains from different parts of the world, at different stages in their research, and indeed careers, all in one room discussing what is means to be a Digital Academic in the contemporary environment of higher education. As a part of the…

Twitter, pre-service teachers and their thoughts on use

I’m writing a book chapter at the moment that celebrates pre-service teachers use of Twitter while studying visual arts as a part of their teacher education studies.  I thought I would share some of the findings that I will share in the publication to  get your response. I have been exploring the data through Wenger’s (1998, 2000) Community of Practice framework. The…

Starry Ideas: What has caught my eye while learning to STOP!

I just read Thesis Whisperers latest post about Why do academics work so much? And I couldn’t help but find myself nodding at pretty much everything at that Inger wrote. I too have an extended break (but not because I’m transiting positions across universities).  I had the joy of having all of December and early January…

Top 10 must remember when inviting young people to be photographers of their learning

I’m a huge advocate of young people as capable photographers. The digital camera becomes an accessible, handheld and portable digital technology that assists the young people to be photographers of their observations. Situated in learning environments across multiple sites, the possibility of the digital camera to be a technology that supports alternative ways of reflection,…

Kids with cameras

In 8 days I’ll have the pleasure of watching 27 primary aged children, 12 parents, 2 teachers, and 3 gallery education staff  come together in a partnership that celebrates kids with cameras. Our destination is the National Gallery of Victoria (@ngv_melbourne). I’m pumped! The young people are excited! And the educators are fascinated! Sounds crazy…

Education Hashtags – Which ones inspire you?

Dr Narelle Lemon (@rellypops) 12/06/12 11:18 AM Great hints RT “@teachfine: 10 Education Hashtags to Follow on Twitter #cdwedtechmagazine.com/k12/article/20… via @EdTech_K12 This Tweet and subsequent blog post by @teachfine inspired some thinking about what hashtags I follow for inspiration and connections in learning and teaching. I like these streams as they are an initial contact point to current…

Looking through the eyes of a child through the lens of a camera

I am a firm believer that young people are capable photographers. The power that their images have in sharing their voice is significant in any forum but in the learning and teaching environment this way of communicating has the potential to  contribute greatly to the learning of all in that environment. This post shares a…