Archive for the ‘digital video’ Category


I have gained a huge amount from doing this course, particularly as Sue and Cheryl have said from the other blogs. I have been able to look at so many good resources from other people that I have already been using in my teaching.

 The format of the blog with tasks linked to other blogs responding to tasks has been really good and I am now just about to replicate this with my teacher trainees. They are due to go out on block placement so we won’t see them for six weeks and we had always intended to set up online activities for them. The platform of choice by default was to be Blackboard but I have chosen to use blogs and going to trial the same model with minor differences in terms of the workload. I find Blackboard extremely frustrating , non intuitive and fragmented – I have been using it for 10 years and God knows I have tried to love it but it is not working for me! Am off to a preview soon of the new Blackboard which I hope includes a button to blow it all up and develop something that people can actually understand!

 I agree with Sue it was a lot of hours particularly in the first few weeks where there were lots of new things that I spent a long time thinking about and setting up – in later weeks we were looking at things  I knew about so it wasn’t so intensive for me. It was not that those hours weren’t available as I spend 2-3 hours a day bogging and social networking but it cut into my ‘social’ use of these things but for a limited time that was fine.

Most useful things I think have to be Delicious – very sad that it might go – RSS feeds and blog readers (being very much a blog addict!) and Slideshare. Once I get really into my research I can see that Mendeley and Cite U Like will be more useful.

I have really enjoyed the little community that we have built here and looked forward to finding out about more about people who work at Hudds Uni which was one of my aims for the course. I am very impressed how much of people’s personality has come over through this interaction – I feel I have got to know people as people through their posts – what they feel strongly about and their experiences and I think that is very much to do with the quality of the contributions they have made – they have all shared lots of things about their experiences doing the course but also their interests and lives.

I think having access to Twitter feeds as well ( as I have been following Sue and Cheryl)  has helped as there has been lots there that has enabled me build the bigger picture of them.Cheryl and I have known each other for a number of years and our offices are opposite each other but her Twitter feed and blog has enabled me to find out more about her interests as well as we don’t get a lot of time to interact face to face at work.

On  practical note please  leave this blog live so that when I forget what Mendeley is and how to use it in a few months I can some back and look at the info!

My other ‘thing’ is a resource I use constantly at work – Teachers TV  – set up to produce short digital videos  for professional development of teachers – originally shown on cable late at night as well as ‘catch up’ through the web. Although not a collaborative resource like You Tube it is a very, very useful repository – lots of real life footage filmed in schools and colleges and invaluable for those in my field. Sasha you may find it useful to look at what is available as resources for teachers in your PhD topic. I have heard that funding is being cut for it (how novel!) but hopefully the archives will remain.

For me having WordPress as the platform made it very easy to set up and contribute – might have been more of a challenge in Blogspot!

Have really enjoyed it – thank you very much for the chance to do this and I will miss not doing it – however I will have more time to catch up with my crafting blogs now!

Am going to leave you with a pic of one of my fave places in all the world – was trying to find a good pic from Flickr but all the ones I  liked were ‘all rights reserved’ so you have one of mine instead.

This is La Marina in Spain – I will be here in 5 weeks time!

The salt flats in between the beach and the mountains




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A web 2.0 case study

Following on from the ‘How Do You Use You Tube?’ inputs one of my students has just sent me this very good case study about Bath College of Music and its use of Facebook, You Tube and Google Docs for its students – well worth a look.


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I absolutely love You Tube and don’t know what I would do without it. If it goes the way of Delicious (that was going to be my new best friend) then I shall be seriously upset.

Like Paul I use it all the time in my teaching – thanks for your videos by the way, the Clash one brought back lots of memories and the 1920s one was fascinating. I love the fact that You Tube goes from the sublime to the ridiculous and back again and I thought that Cheryl’s examples really showed the impact of the medium. Both of her examples were so thought-provoking. I also liked Sasha’s point about it being an archive for ephemeral material like adverts.

So what to choose to show you….

Bearing in mind Paul’s point about the health warning aspects of You Tube I thought that I would share a little story with you from a few years ago. I always do a bit about the joys of You Tube to my trainee teachers at the start of each year – encouraging them to go and explore its joys and use it in their teaching. Well a few months after my input one of my trainees,  Jan shared this warning story with us.

She was teaching a lesson to an Adult Literacy group on formal language and wanted a good example of such and decided that the Queen’s Christmas Day Speech would be good. She had looked at some examples at home and went into the class later that week to deliver the session. Realising she had not written down the exact URL for the video she did a quick search and found what she thought was the clip she had looked at. She set it playing  for the students and was busy sorting out handouts at the back of the class when she realised that they were all laughing. This was an ‘edited’ version with added subtitles, not quite the effect that she intended!

Those of a royalist disposition – look away!

I always share this story with my group now – not only check the content – check each version!

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When I watched the introductory video for Library Thing my first thought was that there was so much info on this site how would I find my way round it. On registering I was very pleased to see that they had local book group and reading events info – how did they know where I was though? I put in my work e-mail but that is not specific to Huddersfield – is it through IP address, is Big Brother really watching me? Not that I mind, just curious as to how they do it 🙂

I have added some books I regularly use in teaching but couldn’t remember all author names so only have  a few – was very impressed at the way it found all I searched for – the database behind this must be huge. I can see this being useful as a virtual reading list for my students and as I love buying and reading books would probably use it for personal info. Not sure how I would use in my research – I suspect my topic is mainly to be found in journals rather than books.

A very interesting resource and one to go back to.

The Mendeley site could be very useful to me once I get really into my doctoral research – I like the idea of being able to access all of one author’s papers from their profile rather than having to go and find them through Summon etc – rather like an academic version of looking at someone’s Facebook likes and photos! I suppose it depends like all things who is using it. I have not been able to add many of my library as am doing this from home and have ony limited resources here.

I was not certain what Cite U Like was until I watched the video then it clicked.  On an aside I agree with Sue’s comments about the name – I actually worked for a fast food baked potato company called Spud U Like while a student and it does sound tacky!

I have found the videos very useful for every topic – it is a very good way of explaining things and is something I am exploring in my own teaching. One of the things that I love about WWW2 is the video creation and sharing – when YouTube was first around I thought  it was merely going to be a collection of ‘You’ve Been Framed’  type funnies but there is so much useful work on there and doing 25 Things has made me realise that there is a lot more useful instructional work than I ever realised. I use it a lot for work but not in that way so will definitely explore this – I like the fact that they can be embedded into a blog post as well so you can contextualise the learning.

So to sum up some very useful tools this week – the best one is Delicious – the others will be more so once I can spend some time on them and when I get more into my research – at the moment have little to put into some of them and being pragmatic will spend the most time on the most useful at present.

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