Monday, February 01, 2016

Who to Follow where to look for the new ?





I had one of these brain dump conversations this morning on Skype that spanned change initiatives , technology,  and the sharing and networking of learning materials among other topics.

I've been around a bit - here is a quick guide to folks that I think are worth keeping an eye on in Scotland and across UK currently.

I hope this is useful and I'm happy to add folks - probably lots of omissions. Surely there is  a useful google.doc or other crowd sourced directory out there by now ?

I've tried to make list one of people rather than organisational accounts.

This with a focus on 16+ learning formal or informal.

First of all who to follow on twitter or to grab an rss feed from their blog.

JISC Folks  are always a good place to start .

For a UK focus - follow
https://twitter.com/dkernohan
https://twitter.com/sarahknight
https://twitter.com/MoodleMcKean


For JISC UK with Scottish angle
https://twitter.com/PennyRobertson
https://twitter.com/JiscScotland
https://twitter.com/celeste_mcl
https://twitter.com/JasonJisc


For Scottish College staff - harder but try as a starter
https://twitter.com/lee_ballantyne
https://twitter.com/sscotborders
https://twitter.com/waltatek
https://twitter.com/ColDevNet/lists/staff

For right across life long learning schools/colleges/adult learning and HE

https://twitter.com/joecar/lists/scottish-education-twits

For College News
https://twitter.com/ColDevNet/lists/colleges

SQA Tweets
https://twitter.com/joecar/lists/sqa-tweets

For leading change
https://twitter.com/A_L_T
https://twitter.com/MarenDeepwell
https://twitter.com/mhawksey
https://twitter.com/LornaMCampbell
https://twitter.com/dajbelshaw
https://twitter.com/GrahamBM
https://twitter.com/DonaldClark
https://twitter.com/bobharrisonset
https://twitter.com/BryanMMathers

I hope this is useful - especially if you are still trying to explain to staff 'what is the point ' of twitter or other social software tools in developing a personal learning network.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

#EDINA20 EDINA and other Mysteries









Data libraries and the skills needed to create and maintain systems that allow the storage, archiving , curation , custodianship and management of information are not things that make headlines in an age when everyone assumes that Google does this all in any case.

You may have fallen asleep already - but this is important !

EDINA celebrated its 20th birthday this week.  Based at Edinburgh University EDINA provides services to the global academic community and a number of resources that should be better known and better utilised by UK Schools and Colleges.

While there was much celebration around the fact that over 70% of Colleges in the UK  are signed up for EDINA services I have not seen these tools being used and embedded in practice across Colleges in Scotland.

Take a moment or two and have a look at these resources -  These are just some of the great resources delivered by http://edina.ac.uk/


These resources should be being used across the curriculum - not just in geography.

jiscmediahub.ac.uk  A service that EDINA provided for JISC and currently about to be re-shaped.  

opendepot.org  Open Deposit and search across UK HE open research repositories


Edina.ac.uk/stat-acc-scot The archive of the  two Statistical Accounts of Scotland, covering the 1790s and the 1830s, are among the best contemporary reports of life during the agricultural and industrial revolutions in Europe. A key source to study the emergence of the modern British State and the economic and social impact of the world's first industrial nation.


Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches is a collaborative project which has been set up to preserve, digitise, catalogue and make available online several thousand hours of Gaelic and Scots recordings. This website contains a wealth of material such as folklore, songs, music, history, poetry, traditions, stories and other information. The material has been collected from all over Scotland and beyond from the 1930s onwards. You will not find these resources on YouTube

http://datalib.edina.ac.uk/mantra/  - A free way to understand the challenges of managing digital data

an online non-assessed course with guidelines to help you understand and reflect on how to manage the digital data.

datashare.is.ed.ac.uk  A repository of data-sets and http://stats.datalib.edina.ac.uk/sda/ gives you and learners opportunity to do statistical analysis on some big data sets.







Monday, January 18, 2016

#Bett16 #Bett2016 Not At Bett don't despair - A Survival Guide for following #BETT Week





It is really a great privilege  to get in and around the largest educational technology conference in the world. I hope folks who are in and around the conference appreciate that and make the most of social media to share their experience of the event.

But you can now engage with it from your mobile device - wherever you are.

Here is a quick survival guide for those who can't make the conference in person this year but want to follow what is happening through twitter or by other means

The main conference hashtag is #BETT2016 . There are a range of tools that will let you monitor the twitter feed and filter out the sales patter.  Filtering out the sales patter is what you need to do too  if you are there in person.

It is worth having a look at the sections of the programme you are interested in http://www.bettshow.com/

The three strands I have an interest in are the  FE and Skills , Technology in Higher Education, and Leadership in Education .

The buzz starts before BETT with the Education World Forum #EWF2016 for policy makers and ministerial teams http://www.theewf.org/  . This conference usually runs on Monday , Tuesday and Wednesday with Wednesday being the day the internatonal policy delegates are brought over to the BETT Conference.

The EWF can be a bit of an advertorial for the English education and skills system -which often masquerades at this international event as the "UK Education and Skills system"  - so great to see that this year Angela Constance the Scottish Minister for Education has a speaking slot http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Scottish-education-on-the-world-stage-2164.aspx .

There won't be a lot of tweets from #EWF2016 but worth watching out for links to the keynote's presentations.  https://twitter.com/hashtag/ewf2016

On day one the Education World Forum ,  Education Fast Forward held a session for the global delegates on literacy challenges around the world.

You can find tweets and links from this morning's debate  and you can find a recording of the debate here http://www.effdebate.org/eff16/

Over the course of this week I am looking forward to seeing some updates on JISC work around FE and Skills and the work that has been done to date by the FELTAG Coalition Group http://feltag.org.uk/feltag-coalition/


Wed
Look out for English Minister for Education Address to delegates.
Watch out who wins the #Bettawards in the evening - often a reasonable indicator of interesting work.

Thursday
Usually day that vendors like Microsoft and others get to show off something new and make announcements.

Friday
Teachmeet - can be worth a follow - though Teachmeet Bett is on an epic scale
http://teachmeet.pbworks.com/w/page/103885843/TMBett16  #tmbett16

Around Bett time worth following - some of these folks - I will come back and add some more

https://twitter.com/innovativeteach
https://twitter.com/bobharrisonset
https://twitter.com/eyebeams





Tuesday, January 12, 2016

#BYOD4L Day Two of On-line Course


I am taking part in a open on-line course https://byod4learning.wordpress.com/ 

Today is day two and I was set some questions -


 1. State how you currently communicate with others in your private and professional life.

I use a range of tools to support my work and my professional development.  Here is a list of the current tools that I use regularly and a timeline of my adoption of these.  It does not happen overnight.


If you have a look at some of the earlier postings on this blog you will get a feel for the range of tools that I have used in the past.

I use Facebook and some other tools only in my private life .

I am comfortable managing both my professional digital identity and my private digital identity.
You can find me on most of these platforms - I adopted the moniker 'joecar' as the  internet arrived and I was living and working in an area of Glasgow called Cardonald  -so Joe at Cardonald College became joecar. If you do an internet search or a search on one of these platforms you will find me as joecar or joecar80 and sometimes as Joe Wilson.

With foresight I could have adopted a more professional by-line but it still reflects my approach to much of this area.  Everything is in Beta and you should have a healthy questioning distrust of experts.


2. Discuss at least one of the scenarios and identify how this/these links/link to your own practice

These apply to both scenarios -

In both scenarios learners and practitioners need to adopt an open and collaborative mind-set and see the value that investing a little time in sharing brings.

Learning now happens beyond and institution. Private sector organisations are threatened by the porousness of information flows but in reality it is something that we all need to embrace.

In my practice I try to exemplify this :

By sharing lots of relevant links and ideas and encouraging people to network through relevant on-line social platforms .It is worth following some key individuals on twitter or other social platforms even if you are just lurking - experience builds confidence.

By encouraging others to become open practitioners while supporting and protecting them around managing their digital identities.

By encouraging teachers and learners - we are all learners - to share their learning journeys and share useful resources openly.


3. Explore opportunities to enhance your communication strategy with peers, tutors and the wider community using smart devices to support inclusive learning and teaching in and outside the classroom.

At moment I am interested in Pinterest as a vehicle building quick e-portfolios for learners .  Learners in the know do a lot of collaboration through tools like Snapchat and Instagram.  If we want all learners to have the same opportunity we need to ensure that they all  have excellent digital literacy skills .

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Presentation from #IODScotcon

Last week I had an opportunity to speak at the Institute of Directors annual Conference in Scotland . I ran a workshop on ways that organisations can shape what Colleges deliver. My slides are a combination of slides from CDN , from Colleges Scotland , from SCQF from SQA and from Education Scotland - as all the public partners in Scotland are focused on Developing Scotland's Young Workforce and working in partnership with employers .




Monday, October 12, 2015

How Learners want you to use technology #ScotEdChat


I have run this as a session a couple of times . Once with the assembled staff of West College Scotland and a couple of times more intimately with the boards of some Colleges looking for the answer to the 'what next " question or even the what's happening now question.

It's actually more about the things that are easily in reach for the technically terrified than it is about global change and  the massive global changes that are happening in learning delivery.

I focus on things like what I would do with my Youtube channel if I was still in classroom . No it wouldn't be a homage to my 14 years in the classroom it would be a set of great learning resources borrowed from lots of other people and organisations etc

I give examples of how I continue to use all of the tools listed on the early slide.  I should really have a much longer slide of all the tools I no longer use - to illustrate that we should not fear obsolescence in moving the learning dialogue forward.

I pick examples where folk have said it couldn't be done !  - teaching art and photography to degree level on line for instance - both Scottish and UK examples .  You don't have to be rich to innovate and disrupt in this space any longer. Open is a way of doing things and not just a brand in Education.

I highlight not the big things happening in USA and global spaces but Tute and tools that are helping learners - better to have a tutor supporting young learners on line than old model of the tutor visiting your children at home.

And I encourage folk to get on and move into this space and use the networking tools that are available ,  before it is homogenised by commercial publishers, who want to own if not our learners souls, then at least their full browsing and on-line purchasing history.

Someone pointed out that 'facebook' is not on this list . Yes I use facebook and lots of other tools but not in the learning space - that is another slide deck on managing your digital identity.

I've probably still to do some attribution on some of these slides - but will get there .






College Development Network - Leading Creating Sharing #Scotedchat

Yes we do have our own website but I do keep being asked 'so what does the College Development Network do ? " thankfully by folk out with the college sector . And we have been doing a refresh around values mission and all the things that give an organisation and the team that necessary set of purpose and focus -

So here is some shorthand around what CDN does.

I thought I'd include the #scotedchat tag as some innovative folks were trying to promote this over the weekend . Learners know all about life long learning and learning journeys . We need to remind ourselves sometimes that it is too easy to work in silos - sharing really helps across systems