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The law is out of date already, before it's even in place. It's not about texting anymore, it's FB or Twitter updates, it's snapchat or whatsapp messages, it's Pokemon go, it's angry birds, it's Netflix, it's all the other multitude of distractions that a smartphone offers. Oh, and it's a camera/mirror too!
http://mashable.com/2016/09/17/texting-while-driving-uk-fines/?utm_cid=hp-r-1#3EKTqZMiimqB
UK drivers will be fined up to £600 for texting.
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Any use of a handheld device (either for text, calls, social media or whatever) should be as illegal as drink or drug driving. It should carry an automatic 2 year ban on top of whatever other penalty, so to run after any custodial sentence. 2nd offence should be a 5 year ban, 3rd 10 year or even life time (3 rules and you're out strike) ban. You have to be a real arrogant prick to not only think you are safe to do this whilst driving, but also to put other people's lives in danger. If I have offended anyone with this post, then they probably deserve it. Nothing is that important that it can't wait until you can pull over to a safe place. If you don't care about your own life, consider other people's right to existence if you have a cavalier attitude to their right to life. Some things are pretty clear cut in life. This is one of them. DON'T DO IT. It's sad that we need harsh laws to enforce them, but sadly, there will always be selfish arseholes.

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Question for all my UK HE chums ... I remember a while back (4-5 yrs ago?) that the way the Uni ranks changed and included some or all of the NSS questions/scores. When was this, and what were the changes?
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I've found a new hobby - look at the dubious links some companies are trying to use to get their adverts higher views on Twitter, using the #MayThe4thBeWithYou hashtag. Go on, try it out, it's great. Let's post the worst or least connected offenders here?
https://twitter.com/hashtag/MayThe4thBeWithYou?src=tren
Happy @starwars Day, We can now reveal the true identity of Darth Vader #AusOpen #MayThe4thBeWithYou https://amp.twimg.com/v/dc3d8d1b-e8f2-4d69-9e78-85b35d1da54b … 146 269. Top news story. Silverline. 4m4 minutes ago. Silverline @Silverline_UK. RT @BBCWorld #Maythe4thBeWithYou here's our ...
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Interesting article about Netflix, but even more interesting if you reduce this into an #eLearning setting - it's all about the data, analytics, dashboard reporting, etc.
What happens when every part of an online entertainment empire is engineered to be everything to everyone, all of the time.
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New post: Open Badges in HE #openbadgesHE  I don’t believe there is merit in a two to three hour stressful exam scenario. Some students do well here, others do not. I would liked to have had the opportunity to produce more appropriate projects, like I do for work, where I had a role to play, sometimes many roles, in order to organise myself and others, collect and collate resources and knowledge, prioritise these resources and manage outcomes. Not to mention the presentation of the project, either digitally or in-person, and the ability to discuss the project and how I/we worked to get this end result. Here I see where badges can showcase individual achievement, aligned to the formal assessment criteria maybe, but giving the ability to showcase my skills, not just knowledge. - See more at: http://www.dontwasteyourtime.co.uk/open-badges/open-badges-in-he/#sthash.Nby2g2tR.dpuf
An unfortunate clash in my calendar meant I wasn't able to attend this wonderful event today, but it hasn't stopped me joining in and being a Twitter-pest with my comments. You'll be needing Doug Belshaw's excellent slide deck for this: Open Badges in Higher Education from Doug Belshaw ...
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Badges: A Community Commitment to Changing the Game for Learning http://flip.it/3jOAj
Digital badges are a game changer. As we as a nation struggle with how to address the deep inequities plaguing education and workforce opportunity in the 21st century, badges are a critical tool for breaking through institutional barriers that lock too many young people out of traditional paths to success and pursuing what they’re interested in.
By Connie Yowell, CEO of LRNG and Collective Shift
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End of the summer holidays means one thing in my world – ALTC, the annual conference for the Association for Learning Technology. This will be my third visit to the conference, the second time it's been held on my doorstep, the University of Warwick. You can see my previous posts about ALTC from ...
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New post: A slightly off-camber post here, but someone I trust mentioned that we ought to understand the bitcoin and blockchain development as it could be about to hit the mainstream. Here’s some explanation and videos to help.
The main point I hadn’t fully appreciated or understood is that bitcoin and the underlying blockchain is not just financial, although it is all about transactions – the transaction can be financial, but also information, knowledge, subscriptions, etc.? I think? It’s about the trust the chain has based on the underlying technology.
- See more at: http://www.dontwasteyourtime.co.uk/technology/bitcoin-and-blockchains-explained/#sthash.GV9FxsEd.dpuf
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New post Heuristic Learning & Shakespeare (App)
This new app I’ve installed actually covers two loves – learning/reading and technology. In my role as eLearning Consultant at Warwick Business School I am responsible for the University of Warwick’s Shakespeare and His World MOOC. My involvement with this course and Professor Jonathan Bate has kick started my love of reading – I studied English Literature A-level. So here we have an app that’ll help me understand the use of technology (and see a fantastic new approach to tech that can aid learning) as well as the understand the Bard’s language. - See more at: http://www.dontwasteyourtime.co.uk/elearning/heuristic-learning-shakespeare/#sthash.Aano5We9.dpuf
I used to write about apps I used or liked as part of my work, or at least I recognised could aid me in my work, but have been remiss on this front for a while. So, with the urging of a few peeps on Twitter (thank you) I'll start it up again. This new app I've installed actually covers two loves ...
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New post - How 'long' is too 'long'?
For a few years now I’ve been spouting the same lines when it comes to planning a video for an distance learning course or MOOC: “preferably no more than 4 minutes, definitely no more than 6.” Anything more than 6 and we’d consider splitting it at a natural point in the subject, or working with the individual and their content and seeing where a natural break can be made, or other ways to shorten the video. - See more at: http://www.dontwasteyourtime.co.uk/elearning/how-long-is-too-long/#sthash.3j3mwCcL.dpuf
For a few years now I've been spouting the same lines when it comes to planning a video for an distance learning course or MOOC: “preferably no more than 4 minutes, definitely no more than 6.” Anything more than 6 and we'd consider splitting it at a natural point in the subject, or working with ...
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Ooh ooh ooh! Just had great idea for next #EdTechBook, who's in?
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This LinkedIn Snakes and Ladders from +Sue Beckingham  is just perfect for anyone who has a LinkedIn profile, student or staff. Sue makes important suggestions on what will help or hinder your profile, like adding projects, publications, and a professional photo (help) or sharing trivia, posting insensitive or unprofessional updates (hinder). - See more at: http://www.dontwasteyourtime.co.uk/social-network/is-linkedin-still-relevant/#sthash.8294CQGd.dpuf
I have a LinkedIn account and profile – here it is: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/davidmhopkins. I think it's OK – nothing special, nothing outstanding. I've put a little effort into making it what it is, making sure it's up to date, professional, and that I have appropriate and relevant ...
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eLearning Consultant interested in eLearning, Blogging, Digital Literacy, QR Codes & AR, Social Media, MOOCs, eBooks. Views are my own
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eLearning Consultant, Warwick Business School
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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.

Summary: eLearning, mLearning, Blackboard, eBooks, Blogging, QR Codes, Open Badges,Learning Technology, Learning Technologist, CMALT, ALT
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