It’s graduation next week, the official end of the University year and the start of the summer battery recharge. Inspired by a comment from my friend and colleague Chris Hall made at yesterday’s #SUSALT18 Conference, I thought that it was time to reactivate my blog with a few thoughts on what I want to achieve over the summer.
So here, in no particular order, are the things on my todo list.
Continue to advocate for wider use of Microsoft Teams for Committees, Work Groups, Communities of Practice, Courses and Students within my University.
Go on holiday
Some of these will be part of my CPD, some may be of interest to my readers. However, I make no promise that any will become the subject of a future blog post.
One reason that I haven’t felt the need to Blog for a while is that I have been keeping a (nearly daily) Journal in TiddlyWiki. It’s live, hosted in GitHub pages and reachable at journal.cpjobling.net.
I created this page as a proof of concept using CoDog’s link extraction tool on the story that was curated by Sheila McNeil.
Observations, long tweetchats like this should be edited in the Text view in WordPress. Rendering the tweets in the Visual HTML editor view is not something that the WordPress can cope with, but is probably necessary if you want to add commentary to a chat rather than a straight record.
The page will take a long time to load as each tweet has fetched as HTML, embedded in the post and rendered by the browser! (I assume Storify caches the embedded tweets somehow to avoid overloading the Twitter APIs.)
There’s a danger that you might crash your WordPress server!
Was waiting to check it was OK to do so, i.e you wanted it before this chat or after and to include further reflection. I have the lovely @debbaff to credit for me using PADLET as my repository, but I'm using @Pebblepad as my vehicle – #BYOD4Lchat
A2 Email still has high usage. Twitter next. Noticed this year I use it more than my contacts in Outlook! FB for personal. Whatsapp for family/parental work. I add and delete iIstagram on a semi regular basis. #BYOD4Lchat
A2: We've tried quite a few 'workgroup' apps at work, but none of them have really stuck. Often we just use the one we personally prefer – it's much better if there's no-one else on there to give you work to do! #BYOD4Lchat
A3: Twitter is very useful for consolidating different parts of my life and finding interesting things to read about or events to go to. But you have to be prepared to (Elsa voice) 'let it go' when you've gone a bit out of date with recent messages #BYOD4Lchat
A3 My PLN has grown so much since I have been connecting online .. have had so many opportunities as a result … awesome communities like this … i'm always learning something new #byod4lchathttps://t.co/L2PKToOjpM
A3 I use it a lot for networking for my PhD. I have connected loads of educational developers and academics interested in Student Engagement for Curriculum Development https://t.co/MJXtDj7UJq#byod4lchat
A3 as @debbaff said I’ve been blown away by the opportunities that have come about through my learning network on Twitter. Almost on a daily basis I learn about awesome new (to me) apps through my LN. #BYOD4Lchat
A4 – yes, I think if you have used social media it’s easy to forget how scary it can be at first. Also with increased advertising, use of algorithms it can be annoying to find your way around for staff and students #BYOD4Lchat
A4 #BYOD4Lchat I've used the Visitors and Residents activities with my students (academic staff). This helps them reflect on their own skills – they tend to make their own assumptions about their own skills. https://t.co/BICVVQa1js
A4 I am currently doing a small piece of research on student nurses internet self-efficacy. We are starting to implement more blended learning into the curriculum and we are assuming that students are confident with accessing activities online #BYOD4Lchat
A4 We need to support each other to develop confidence to give a variety of different communication tools a go. Case in point is @SFaulknerPandO is going to teach me how to use Snapchat for L&T #BYOD4Lchat
A4 I sympathised greatly with teacher in the scenario. Its only with gentle support and nurturing – show and copy type approach – that I've been able to engage in the things I have. Tweetdeck, hootsuite etc a case in point #BYOD4Lchat
A5: For an edtech type, I'm usually very late to actually using technologies myself. I think it's because I'm never really quite convinced that anyone wants to hear me. So I lurk^H^H^H^H legitimately peripherally participate for a while #BYOD4Lchat
A4 For me its about providing a safe, supportive space (physical or virtual) to allow people to ask questions and get up to speed at their own pace. Seems obvious but I've seen examples where people in a space and they aren't ready #BYOD4Lchat
But also can then have values of the institution. People who take action for harassment/bullying etc. People who run it who care about the participants and use their data ethically, unlike the big commercial services 2/#BYOD4Lchat
A6 don’t be afraid to reach out to people. Everyone in this community is super helpful. I’ve been blown away by the support and opportunities afforded to me by @suebecks@alexgspiers & @aiaddysonzhang. I’m sooo excited for what 2018 holds #BYOD4Lchat
It’s time for Bring Your Own Device for Learning 2018 (my 6th) and this year there are 5 additional C’s (Confidence, Capability, Copyright, Community and Celebrating) to add to the usual menu of Connecting, Communicating, Curating, Collaborating, and Creating.
I’m probably not going to have the freedom that I had last year to contribute as much as I would like, but I will be using a new curation tool – TiddlyWiki – and its mobile editing app Quine.
You can follow my progress by checking out my Byod4L TiddyWiki on Dropbox. Just download a copy of index.html and open it in a browser.
If you take a TAGS file (I used this one: BYOD4L 2016-2017 (@cpjobling)) and sort it in time order, you can then copy column Q (status_url) and paste the data into the HTML view of a WordPress page or Post to get a similar archive to that which @Storify produces.
Unfortunately, there seems to be a limit (on hosted WordPress at least) and only the first N tweets are shown (where N is to be determined). If there are more than N, only the links are shown. Also, retweets will need to be romoved from the data because they are not shown correctly.
(There is a bug in TAGS, the HTTPS protocol has to be used for WordPress to embed a tweet, but Martin records HTTP in the status URLs … A simple fix.)
Yesterday, Storify announced the retirement of its Storify service. This leaves a lot of users, including myself, with Storify stories linked into their blog sites and nowhere to host them when the service closes. Storify has provided an export feature, which can output a whole Storify store as a static HTML5 webpage, and GitHub provides a way to host static websites via its free GitHub pages feature. I, therefore, yesterday tweeted about a proof of concept trial: