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Great post from Nav that proves our work on the book has clearly touched and inspired many. Well done everyone.
I've been chatting about the The Really Useful Ed Tech Book with some learning technologists today. This is a great all round read for those working in TEL, those who want to understand what impacts on TEL and those who want ...
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great post +Nav K Hundal!
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New post Great video from +Graham Brown-Martin and his TEDx talk recently. Certainly proving a focal point for some of my thoughts and experiences, both personally and professionally.
One book I've added to my wish-list bookshelf, but not had the funds to get yet, is Learning {Re}Imagined from Graham Brown-Martin. Both professionally and personally the future of education interests me: my work at Warwick and my two primary school-aged boys. I know from my experiences in both ...
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New post You know I like sketching and #sketchnotes, yes? If you do too, whether you realise the full benefit of doodling for pleasure instead of doodling out of boredom, then you’ll love this TED talk from Sunni Brown – Doodlers, unite! 
#Sketchnote. April 21, 2015 David Hopkins Leave a comment. You know I like sketching and sketchnotes, yes? If you do too, whether you realise the full benefit of doodling for pleasure instead of doodling out of boredom, then you'll love this TED talk from Sunni Brown – Doodlers, unite!
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Interesting new home page for Twitter, and about time too. It'll make the network far more usable and approachable, and easier to show non-Twitter users what it's about. But does it go far enough to remove itself from the negativity that's been directed its way about the shallowness of fake celebrities, pictures of coffee/beer/cats, and trolling? Surely the categories it's going to highlight could be enhanced to include 'real' and 'meaningful' content?

I rarely look at the trending topics on Twitter as it's rarely of interest as I don't follow sport, not interested in news or politics, get annoyed and angry with fake celebrities (or real ones) behaving badly.

This is Twitters chance to show it has grown up and is taking issue with the negativity that's been levelled it's way in the past.

Sorry, rant over!
Twitter.com is a barren wasteland. I should qualify that statement. For the roughly 20 percent of American adults who maintain active Twitter accounts, the site is an overflowing river of wry observations, edifying links, and up-to-the-second dispatches from around the world. But they’re the minority. For the vast bulk of...
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I have one The Really Useful #EdTechBook  iPhone 5S hard cover spare if anyone is interested? Contact me direct if so and we'll arrange something.
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I’ve just read the post by Donald Clark called ‘What does ‘learning’ have to learn from Netflix?’ which has resonated with much of my own thinking from recent work and discussions I’ve been having on Twitter.

So, if we’re changing our viewing habits, are we changing our learning habits (as pointed out by Donald)?

Yes. Consider Donald’s points ...
I've just read the post by Donald Clark called 'What does 'learning' have to learn from Netflix?' which has resonated with much of my own thinking from recent work and discussions I've been having on Twitter. I signed up for one of the free 1 month trials of Netflix when it was first available ...
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New post For those of us who #sketchnote our way through meetings, events, conferences, etc. (just like the wonderful +Sheila MacNeill) what can we do to make the experience, and sketches, more meaningful? Preparation, that's how.
If, like me, you want to sketch your notes at a conference or event, and worry about missing important details or not being ready, here's a cheat-sheet for you. Pens: Get your pens (including back-up pens if you think you'll run out of ink) ready and somewhere you can easily get at them.
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Great video ... watch what students say about a project called 'disconnect', where they voluntarily give up their smartphones and gaming devices for a week.
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Of coarse. I do have, not one, but many irrelevant products. But, I also know that they are a waste of my time, and I use them as a "necessary waste"

But, teenagers do not have this maturity to decide what's good for them. And Companies fully exploit this mutability in Teens.

They make slick ad's telling Teens that Smart phones, Burgers, and Coke are "good" for them.

The net result is that, Teens veer more and more towards the Irrelevant and the Trivial, and forget what's truly eminent.

Oh! Instead of dwelling upon why I have posted this message here, people should ponder if French fries and Smart phones are really a "must-have" products, as the Companies tell us they are.
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New post All of these have one thing in common … do you know where your data goes, or who is watching/listening/capturing your data? #FLbigdata  
I've already posted these videos before, but I thought I'd post them here again, in one place, as a good resource for the learners on the Big Data FutureLearn course that started today. All of these have one thing in common … do you know where your data goes, ...
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New post .. I don't like Emoji's, so this is how to remove the keyboard in iOS8.
I don't like emojis. There, I've said it. Yes I use the simple ones like :-) [smile] or ;-) [wink] but that's about it. I like them even less when I always seem to hit, by accident, the icon on the iOS keyboard which brings them up, when I really meant to go to CAPS or numbers.
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I have re-enabled the free download PDF on the website. The reason is that a few University libraries have added the book, and PDF download, to their systems, but are unable to host the PDF file. Thus, hosting it myself on my blog, enables the libraries to further the book and the work of the wonderful individual authors in it.
Title: The Really Useful #EdTechBook. Editor: David Hopkins Word count: 61000. Price eBook: $6.99 / £4.50 / €5.80. Price Paperback: $29.99 / £19.99 / €24.99. Publish date: 28 January 2015. Available: Paper and eBook editions are available from the following online stores.
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Great post by Ian Wilson who is 'slowly' working is way through the book, here is what he thinks so far:

"I’m currently reading ‘The Really Useful #EdTeach Book’ which discusses the role of both the learning technologists and technology within learning. The chapter written by Peter Reed links the work of the learning technologist to teaching and this is where I see learning actually being enhanced by technology. Learners and practitioners need to develop their own understanding and use of technology in order for it to have an impact on their practice and/or learning. I wrote a waffle about developing your own style of teaching and even wrote a magazine article about it. If technology is not your thing then you don’t have to teach with it – but should we then impose this onto the learners? Should the learners not have the option to use their mobile devices within sessions to support their learning if this is how they learn? I’m going to waffle about how they do actually use them in a second, but I just needed to first establish that I think the choice needs to be with the learner/practitioner and not be imposed by either one onto the other. I would never suggest within a session that I didn’t want any pens or paper used – maybe this analogy is too extreme, but I feel it makes my point."
Talk about a catchy waffle post to get your attention! It is, of course, a Pink Floyd reference to another brick in the wall - not that I was or ever will be a Pink Floyd fan but I am a fan of tech...
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With experience of learning technologies my main area of interest is the support of learning and education, where I focus on the use of appropriate technologies to enrich and engage students and educators both in and out of the classroom. I have further interest in the appropriate use of tools and techniques for online and distance learners to foster relationships, networks, and their learning capabilities in an environment that is as comforting and engaging as we can make it.

I also use my background with learning technologies to question the support roles and how they can be used to their maximum potential, and how I myself fit into this arena. My work and research continues to focus my attention, experience, and reading in online and distance learning, mobile learning, open badges, eBooks and eReaders, social media for learning, and the use of tablet and smartphones in effective student engagement.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA, 2011) and holder of Certified Membership of the Association of Learning Technology (CMALT, 2013), as well as an assessor for CMALT candidates and I sit on the CMALT Development Group for ALT.

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