Phew, I am glad May is over. Annual review and a deadline to submit a draft lit review in the same week – both done. I am apparently on track to submit by January 2020. I hope I can cope – I have spent the last few weeks either writing or feeling guilty that I was not writing. Today I gave myself permission to take a day off. I have gardened, doodled, read for fun, relaxed. I’m not going to […]
Readin’ time ..
Early on, I was pretty active in the Networked Narratives course as an open online participant, as a sort of satellite with a few others to the actual university course being taught by Alan Levine and Mia Zamora. My comic strip alter-egos — The Internet Kid and Horse with No Name — were also part of the Twitter conversations and activities. At some point, I admittedly lost track in a peripheral way (this is the beauty of RSS feeds — […]
I submitted a draft of my PhD discussion chapter yesterday. It’s over 7,000 words, so I won’t post it all here! I can never remember the actual title of my thesis – but I am looking broadly about how peer interaction helps to support learning, and I am using CLMOOC (and a bit of DS106) to think about the question. My draft thesis statement at the moment is this: CLMOOC is best conceptualised as being an affinity space, or affinity […]
A quick trip over to Arran at the weekend with Flora McPuffin. She had a lovely time seeing all the diverse birds over there. A pair of pheasants A shelduck and a swan An oyster catcher A heron
So, as consumers participating in a capitalist society, our economy currently depends on our continuous purchase of stuff- the internet of things.How many of our things currently link up to the internet? Over 25 Billion in 2019! And when I say things, I mean everything. Cars, phones, computers, lamps, toasters, sex toys, televisions, refrigerators, as well as services. Your ISP, your utilities, practically anything that uses electricity or generates it is capable of spying on you if it can be hooked up to […]
“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. Education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living.” Dewey, Democracy and Education. I’ve been thinking a lot about resilience recently. Not as the ability to spring back up when knocked down (though that can be a good thing). But as the ability to adapt, to look at a new situation and think about how one can apply one’s existing skills. resilience (n.) 1620s, “act […]
Do you have an email account? GMail or Outlook or Yahoo? Guess what? Unless you are paying money for that free account it does not belong to you. Violating their terms of service means they get to shut you down. They own your information. They can shut you down for any reason. And they do not have to explain. And unless they decide to play nice, your information is gone. Who even knows if they have read it or not?Lesson 1: […]
Greg has been building out a few fun, helpful video tutorials on our move in CLMOOC to use Web Rings and RSS Planets to gather the work and writing and sharing and connection of people together after the plug got pulled on G+ space. Sheri wrote a useful post that gives more specific details on joining these ventures. The CLMOOC Web Ring, still under construction with a few hiccups along the way (including this platform of Edublogs not quite in […]
Image by author CC-NC-SA I was asked this week how I write. Quickly, I said – in odd moments snatched whenever I can find them. I try not to think too much about what I’m writing – I scribble words on scraps of paper, I doodle on the scribbles and scribble some more. I try not to worry about choosing perfect words and phrases – I often use square brackets to remind myself that parts need polishing – that the […]
Is there a difference?Really I am not sure if it matters as it is just another way to tell a short story.Today is Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day.Who knew?And our Daily Digital Alchemy task was to create a short story about grilled cheese.I am a mother of three men. I know alllllll about grilled cheese.When my son is gaming this is the call I get from the basement.He did it the first time as a joke, but now he actually says […]
Today is National Unicorn Day. Yes, really. Some of you might know that the unicorn’s Scotland’s national animal. And in these dark, uncertain days, I think we need a miracle to see us out of Brexit, out of te UK, out of austerity. Here’s our national animal standing proud on the steps of our Uni chapel. Happy Unicorn day, all
Some #clmooc folk were sad that G+ died recently. I can understand that – while I always struggled to navigate there, others had made it their home. Greg offered a solution – a web ring and a planet – are you there yet?
I’m patting myself on the back Tentatively Today I submitted my draft findings For the last month I have been too busy writing about my affinity space to play in my affinity space Now I have time to breathe Hurrah