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#SilentSunday, Apple Blossom, Open Participants 2021, The Network

Spring at last

Two photos, taken a week apart, both of the same branch. Last week it was cold in the garden – bright, but not warm enough to sit and enjoy it. Today was a beautiful day – warm enough to sit out with a cuppa and read while the cats basked on the paving slabs. I think that spring is finally here. Facebook reminded me that it’s been just over a year since I submitted my PhD thesis for examination. As […]


Open Participants 2021, peace, The Network, Ukraine

Peace cards

I love this postcard project – the decision to make a round of postcards – in this case prompted by our CLMOOC Postcards for Peace popup; the choice of design – this time blue and yellow with sunflowers for Ukraine; the scrolling through the Google Sheet to find names and addresses – I love this part as I get to imagine what all the different places are like, and to look them up on a Google Map as I write […]


Open Participants 2021, relaxation, The Network

Time to Relax

This Christmas I’ve had a holiday. For (most of the) last three weeks I’ve not worried about work, or agonised about what I should be reading and writing. And as I relaxed, I realised that this is the first Xmas that I can remember for at least 20 years that I’ve not had a mountain of academic work hanging over me: no piles of essays to mark; no outstanding PhD thesis to guilt trip me. This meant that I’ve been […]


#TDC3649, Open Participants 2021, The Network

The DS106 Daily Create is 10 years old

So here’s 10 reasons why you should join us in the Daily Create Teacher owl says Daily Creates are better than applesYou too can become a leaderAnyone can be a Daily Create InfluencerIt’s free, and open to anyone to participateYou will meet True FriendsYou might be able to solve #SockGateThe Daily Create is not speciesist – we have participants from across the animal kingdomYou don’t need to wear a fancy uniform to participate (most of the time you don’t even […]


ASCILITE, Open Participants 2021, The Network


Last month Wendy and I gave a presentation about the collaborative poem that happened as a result of a DS106 Daily Create. It was 9am Sydney time, making it early am for Wendy and late evening (10pm) for me, but we managed to present synchronously. Here’s the slides Ascilite 2021 lines of thought: the emergence of meaning through collaborations and remix from NomadWarMachine We also wrote a short report which was our submission to the conference, and that’s also available […]


Burns, Obama, Open Participants 2021, st Andrews Day, tdc3610, The Network

St Andrew’s Day

Today is St Andrew’s Day, Scottish feast day of Andrew the Apostle. no day off for me, as although it’s a Bank Holiday, institutions are not obliged to honour it (boo!). The Daily Create today asks us to use an online video generator to show What Might Obama Say About The Daily Create? I am not sure that my attempt is particularly successful, but here he is reciting the last stanza of Burns’ Such A Parcel Of Rogues In A […]


Open Participants 2021, The Network

5 in 1 story

Grab the 5 nearest books around you. (Novels or textbooks, whatever story you’re wanting to make.) Create a story from the following: The first sentence on p. 1 of the first book.The seventh sentence on p. 5 of the second book.The first sentence of the third paragraph on p. 20 of the third book.The fifteenth sentence on p. 47 of the fourth book.The last sentence on the last page of the fifth book. Give it a catchy title! #TDC1102